A Students Intro To Design Software

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So at some point when you start using new software’s in the multimedia design field you’ll be required to become familiarized with most if not all of them. lets go over a few.

Adobe photoshop/

links http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-premiere-elements/features.html#whatsNew


 adobe photoshop elements- up first is adobe photoshop elements 15 and we will use this for some minor editing, the newest features on this rendition are the cataloging which will save photos for you automatically so that you dont lose any of it and the adjustment of new facial features which can flip smiles for examples and another feature is the ability to clear haze from landscape shots and remove the minor deficiency that you get from camera shakes.

adobe photoshop lightroom- is a newer software intended for photographers mostly so that they could do easier  and minor editing to their photos. although its still not capable of the more demanding tasks that photoshop can provide. made to be more user friendly and what they call ” work centric “you can adjust a few things quicker than photoshop such as RAW file editing, exposure, contrast, saturation, noise reduction, vignette, split toning and burning effects can all be made with the adjustment brush.

adobe photoshop- simply put this is a behemoth of a software and can do so much for the multimedia world, known globally as “photoshop” this is what professionals use. its exstensivley used for retouching, content filling, acti0n performance and layer and opacity. you can also mask photos as well as stretch them out in different directions or add or remove images, manipulate eye for examples if someone did or didnt blink since its pixel based.

the above listed software will also be used to fix any discrepancies in photos that you take or need to fix.

printed design layouts

adobe indesign- designing printed layouts will require this software since its capable of editing  work that you would noramlly see on flyers, posters, magazines, brochures and books, to include ebooks and digital magazines and convert files to be compatible with mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets.

the above is what you’ll use to edit design printed layouts.

adobe muse- adobe muse is used for creating html and website design and can create static web designs that allow it to be used by any host provider, meaning you can create the website on muse and then host it somwhere else, you can also make widgets on muse that normally you couldnt with other software.

the above is what you’ll use for web design.

adobe premiere pro- adobe premiere pro is what you’ll use for editing videos its supposed to be non linear and you can use it anyway that you want. couldnt find much on this one.

the above is what youll use for videos

adobe audition- this software is what youll use for audio editing, and has a multi track function as well as a destructive approach and mix-edit function

the above is what youll use for audio

adobe animate- this software is used for creating web animations and can be used to create vector graphics, also some animation, websites, video games

the above is used for animation on websites and other applications.

common mistakes to avoid


common mistakes in creative cloud use

1- using light fonts and low contrast, its modern and catchy but hard to look at so the fix for this is adobe indesign, create better text fonts and double check on adobe muse to see how it looks on the site.

2- to much clutter with things on the page, to avoid this make sure you limit your use of adobe animate, to much of anything is bad, and while repetition is a good fundamental of design, try using adobe muse to fix the clutter and use some minimalism with sequential use of the color pallet.

3- hidden gestures that are behind actions, on some phones and websites you swipe the direction that you want to go but what if it opens a new tab and you didnt want that, try using adobe muse and animate to create mini tutorials that show what the finger swipes do such as those in samsung.

4- icons that dont make sense, dont have a home button that doesnt take you to the main page, make sure that they do what they look like and keep it simple, you’ll most likely use adobe animate and muse to make sure that the directional arrow goes to where you tell it to.

5- your onboarding is too static-  some customers or clients will be to overwhelmed with  a user interface that has to much to fast, think a dating site thats simple like tinder, swipe left for yes, right for no, red heart indicates a like , but we associate red with love and a heart for romance. this lets people jump right into it and get to swiping. using a simple set up on adobe muse and animate you can use a crisp  looking page thats just a touch of minimal, that will also engage clients and keep them using your app or site.


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