Mastering These 5 Graphic Design Tools Can Get You Better Job Than Traditional Degrees

Updated on 20 Aug, 2014 at 7:01 pm


For those of you seeking a creative job in the field of graphic designing and affiliated professions like animation, multimedia, you’ll need more than just a degree in hand. Before hiring candidates of such jobs, companies will test your skill at using graphic design tools.

Some of the graphic tools that can earn you a better job include:

5. Photoshop

Undoubtedly, Photoshop is the best and the most basic designing tool that sets the foundation for graphic designing. Students adept in using Photoshop have tremendous opportunity to excel and find well paid jobs.


Photoshop is a 2D graphic software and is frequently used for web designing and graphic designs printing for news papers, magazines and all other kinds of print media. It also has a special place in the fields of marketing and advertising.

Photoshop can be learnt with the help of 6 to 12 month Diplomas. Such courses train you in fundamentals of Photoshop, web designing, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator and Aftereffects.


4. Max and Maya

If animated movie characters and Xbox game characters fascinate you, Max and Maya are the best graphic tools to master. These two are used for 3D Designing and modeling, but each software has its own specialties. Max for instance works better with animated architectural and visualizations, whereas Maya can be considered as a modified version of Max that is highly scriptable and allows you to animate, render and customize characters more precisely.

Various institutes offer combined or individual courses for these graphic tools for a duration of 6- 18 months. Mastering these tools gives you access to endless job opportunities in fields such as 3D Animation, 3D Modelling Artist, VFX Compositing, game developing and 3d Architect.

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3. AutoCAD

AutoCAD is the by far the best drafting and designing software from Autodesk that helps to prepare 2D and 3D technical drawings, blueprints for buildings, machinery, electrical systems, vehicles and various other engineering machines. The graphic tool is a necessity for aspiring engineers involved in designing.

There are different AutoCAD products for specializing in different sectors. For instance, AutoCAD Civil is specifically meant for 3D Civil Engineers, Drafters, and Designers. The normal course duration for can AutoCAD depends upon the sector you prefer. It usually varies between 3 and 12 months.

There are endless jobs for candidates with good knowledge of AutoCAD. They can seek opportunities in fields such as Design Engineering, Civil Designs Manager, CAD Operator, Architecture Draftsman and Mechanical Draftsman.


2. ArchiCAD

ArchiCAD is another product by Autodesk, meant for use in interior and exterior designing. The graphic tool is quick and simple to use, which makes it a great selection for technical drawings. It allows creating models in both 2D and 3D formats. When used in collaboration with Morph Tools, it helps to create great geometrical formats, which are very useful in architectural plans.

To master ArchiCAD one can take up one of the numerous courses that range between 6 and 12 months. Once a pro, there is ample scope to get jobs as Interior Designer, Architectural Draftsperson, Residential Draftsperson, Production Draftsperson, Architectural Associate and Civil Draftsperson.


1. Combustion

Developed by Autodesk Media and Entertainment, Combustion is a computer program for motion graphics, compositing and visual effects. The software allows users to work with features like vector paint, motion graphics design, animation, and compositing. The graphic tool comes with the most advanced visual effect tools like keying, grain management, masking and various visual effects.

With some many exclusive features, the software can be used for editing, adding VFX or animation, curve editor, key-framing, etc. For a specialized course in combustion, the duration of study can range between 6 and 12 months.

If you hold specialization in Combustion, there’s plenty of job scope as VFX artist, Mechanical and process designer, graphic manager, design engineer and design architect.