Introduction to Design Applications
October 2007, ©2008
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The tools available to a creative artist are many and varied. Some, such as brushes for painting, chisels for sculpture, and fire for welding and shaping, date back to antiquity and beyond. Others, such as cameras and recording devices, are of much more recent vintage. However, in the past 30 years, the device that has not only revolutionized production in the applied arts but also vastly expanded the artistic possibilities is the computer.
The multiplicity of design software on the market today may seem daunting, but all of the software is based on one of two basic approaches – vector and rester – terms that will be explained early in this textbook. The most widely used vector-based software today is Adobe Illustrator, and the most widely used rester-based software is Adobe Photoshop. A thorough understanding of these two programs is critical for success today in any kind of design field. For this reason, six of the eight tutorials in the book introduce students to the fundamentals of these two design applications.