Graphic designers create the graphics and layouts you see in advertisements and publishing - either in print or online. Often these designs are created almost entirely on a computer. To get started in graphic design, you’ll need raster and vector graphics editor programs, website design software and other layout systems to assist you with your projects.


Whether you select open-source graphic design software or a proprietary system, there are many free or inexpensive software options to get you started. If you are (or want to become) a professional graphic designer, you’ll want to invest in proprietary systems, like the Adobe Creative Suite that includes options like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.