What is a Graphics Software?
If this is your first time asking, “What is graphics software?” Graphics software has a wide definition in the minds of many, but in the context of this site, it is any software used to create, edit, and manage 2D computer graphics. These computer graphics can be clip art, web graphics, logos, captions, backgrounds, digital photos, or other types of digital images.
- Paint Shop Pro
- The Apple Photos plugins from Macphun
- Adobe Lightroom
- Digital Image Suite
- and many more.
3D modeling and CAD (computer-aided design) software are also graphics software, but these are very specialized applications that specialize 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 although we touch on this type of graphics software on this site, it is described in more detail in About.comAnimation and desktop video titles. Again, you will be amazed to see that a lot of graphics applications are able to do that.
Another type of software we cover is graphics software that you can use on your smartphone or tablet.
Inspiration can hit anywhere, anytime. You can use your smartphone or tablet to replace a photo you just took, wireframe a website you work on, and draw an idea you have or anything else that calls for a call to your creative museum. Best of these mobile apps, it allows you to answer calls from anywhere from your local coffee shop to the tourist table at the local park.
What Isn’t Graphics Software?
There is a lot of software that some people consider to be graphics software because you use it to work with graphics, but technically it’s not because you don’t use it to manipulate images directly. Here are some examples of software that people think of as graphics software, but not on this site:
- Page layout software such as InDesign, QuarkXpress, and Publisher.
- Presentation software such as PowerPoint or Apple Keynote.
- Home publishing or creative printing software.
What are the Types of Graphics Software?
Graphics software has two main sections and several smaller tools. The two main categories are pixel-based image editors and vector-based image editors.
- About the Two Types of Graphics Software
- Image Management Software
- Image Viewers
- Batch Processing Tools
- Web and Animation Software
- Diagramming Software
What is Graphics Software Used For?
Graphics software is used in many aspects of life and business. Some of the most common things people use with graphics software are: editing and sharing digital photos, creating logos, drawing and modifying clip art, creating digital artwork, creating web graphics, designing advertising and product packaging, touching scanned photos and drawings, or drawings.
There are also unusual applications such as editing video in Photoshop or 3D drawing in Illustrator. As well as a new class of software is being developed. It is a prototype software designed by graphic designers to design and interact with prototypes for applications or webpages that are intended for smartphones, tablets, and desktops. That’s all we see.
In fact, the graphics software touches on practically everything you see on paper or on the screen.
Since you came to this site, you may remember something you want to do using graphics software. We have extensive listing techniques, tips, and tutorials like this.
Go to the Software Find category for more resources to help you find the best graphics software to suit your needs and budget.