August 10, 2007
Going software shopping
Progress has been a bit slow, I’m afraid. This week was a bit of a wash-out; I fell in a bit of a heap. I may be a day late on my weekly header image drawing practice, since I’m still thrashing out the preliminary sketches without much success.
After considering some of the comments I’ve had on forum posts on what I should update, I think its probably time to get my own copy of Adobe’s art tools. From what I’ve researched on Adobe’s FAQ page it looks like Adobe are cool with their education software being used eventually for commercial purchases, so it looks like it’s a decent investment while I still qualify for education pricing. The A$800 dollars charged for the education version of the suite is not cheap by any means, but it’s not too bad a price to have a full suite to learn with if I can continue to use it for paid work later on.
The two main reasons I’ve always wanted to try Adobe’s software is Illustrator and Flash. Illustrator is the premiere vector graphics package out there, and I’ve always wanted to give it a proper go; I know there’s a demo version out there, but I’ve never thought I could devote a full month to properly using it plus I already know it’s the tool of choice.
However Flash is something I think would be a real boon to learn, as it’s the natural choice for vector artists who also like to make games. John Hattan has already mentioned once that Flash seemed an ideal match, and I’ve also had some acquaintances ask me if I knew anyone who could code up Flash games for their department.
Once you want more than one piece of Adobe software it seems more cost effective to buy a suite, so I’ve been looking at which is the most appropriate. All the Premium suites have Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop, so the question is whether I should focus on web, design or video production. The web suite looks like it might be the most appropriate, although I still haven’t ruled out the production one.
I’m also leaning towards getting the Mac version for my laptop, since from my reading it seems the Mac is a better natural fit for graphic design work, plus it would be portable. I’m starting to like the Mac more as a work computer, although that might be because I’ve got my Windows PC loaded up with over a decade’s worth of distractions.
I’ll wait at least a week before making any decisions to give me some time for the questions to settle in my mind. I’m also thinking of getting a new Wacom Intuos tablet as well, so I need to choose which one is best as well (currently leaning towards the 6×11 model as the best fit for my widescreen laptop; I’ll have to see if it’s portable enough to fit in my laptop back though first).