What is Graphics Software?

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If this is your first time here, you may be wondering, "What is graphics software?" Graphics Software has a pretty broad definition in many people's minds, but in the context of this site, it is any kind of software which can be used to create, edit, and manage 2D computer graphics. These computer graphics may be clip art, Web graphics, logos, headings, backgrounds, digital photos, or other kinds of digital images.

Some of the graphics software titles covered on this site include:

3D Modeling and CAD (computer-aided design) software is also graphics software, but these are very specialized applications which are best covered under the respective topics for the industries in which they are used. For example, 3D graphics software is often used in animation, and CAD software is often used in architecture and engineering.

Motion graphics have their own unique qualities, and though we do touch on this kind of graphics software on this site, it is covered in more detail in the About.com Animation and Desktop Video topics. Then again, you will be surprised to discover a lot of graphics applications are able to do just that.

Another software category that we cover is graphics software you can use on your smartphone or tablet.

Inspiration can hit anywhere, at any time. Thus your smartphone or tablet can be used to modify a photo you have just taken, wireframe a web site you are working on, sketch out an idea you have or anything else that heeds the call of your creative muse. best of all these mobile apps let you answer the call anywhere from your local coffee shop to a picnic table in a local park.

What Isn't Graphics Software?

There is a lot of software that some people think of as graphics software because you use it to work with graphics, but technically it is not because you don't use it for directly manipulating images. Here are some examples of software that people think of as graphics software, but aren't covered on this site:

What are the Types of Graphics Software?

There are two main categories of graphics software and many smaller categories of specialized tools. The two main categories are pixel-based image editors, and vector-based image editors.

Some of the categories of specialized tools are:

What is Graphics Software Used For?

Graphics software is used in many facets of life and business. Some of the common things people use graphics software for include: editing and sharing digital photos, creating logos, drawing and modifying clip art, creating digital fine art, creating Web graphics, designing advertisements and product packaging, touching up scanned photos, and drawing maps or other diagrams.

There are the unconventional uses as well such as editing video in Photoshop or 3D drawing in Illustrator. As well a whole new class of software is emerging. It is prototyping software where graphic designers create the design and interactive prototypes for apps or web pages that will be destined for smartphones ,tablets and desktops. We  look at all of that as well.

In fact practically everything you see on paper or a screen has been touched by Graphics Software.

Since you have arrived on this site, you may have something in mind that you want to do using graphics software.We have a rather extensive list o techniques, tips and tutorials showing you how to it. Head on over to the Find Software category for lots of resources to help you find the best graphics software to fit your needs and budget.


Update by Tom Green