Graphic designers possess a rare skill that many people only dream of. Through the use of images and text, they’re able to creatively persuade and convey a message to their respected audience.
But to do this, they must first invest in some pretty expensive graphic design software, software that many aspiring designers simply can’t afford. Fortunately, there are ways for designers, both beginners and professionals, to save their hard-earned quid on graphic design software and still get creative:
- Start slow. You don’t always need the best and most expensive software available. Software like Adobe Creative Suite can set you back hundreds and hundreds of pounds. Search the web for some free graphic design software to get you started — one of our favourites is Fatpaint, a FREE image editor that can be used as a desktop publishing application to create pages, images and logos.
- Get the student discount. If you have your heart set on getting the new Adobe Creative Suite AND are a student or teacher, you’re in luck. Adobe is currently offering the Creative Suite 6 Design Standard Student and Teacher Edition for £237.60 as an education discount. For everyone else, you’ll have to dish out £1,227.54. Ouch.
- Ask around. Many graphic design software packages come with multiple licenses for designers to use. If you know someone who has recently purchased a package, ask if they have any unused license available and offer to buy them dinner for the next week…or two.
Whether you’re a beginner or professional graphic designer, you should always want to save money on software. By following the above tips, you can do so without having to jeopardise the quality of your work.
Anne Perkins is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial savings tips for cash advance company and enjoys taking any idea and making it easier or cheaper to complete.