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I am good at Fine Arts and want to use my skills on a computer.

Traditional skills of the hand still remain prized, the computer has become an indispensable tool graphic designers.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2006 10:59 IST


I am good at Fine Arts and have been doing canvasses for the last eight years, without any formal training. I am interested in graphics, product design and film post-production. I have been advised to go for a Bachelor’s programme in Fine Arts but I am more interested to use my skills on a computer. Please guide me.

Although the traditional skills of the hand still remain prized, the computer has become an indispensable tool for today’s graphic designers. The professionals work on two-dimensional designs, which include print, drawings and illustrations as well as three-dimensional work, which could be video or animation.

Most graphic designing jobs require those with a talent in art and competency in handling different software applications. Graphic designers work with print, pictures and patterns.

They lay out text and pictures for books and magazines, advertisements, posters, sales brochures, product packaging, outdoor media like hoarding, kiosks, stationery, and so on.

They can also work on video graphics for television programmes, credit and title sequences of films, video animations and cartoons. Computer Aided Designing (CAD) and 3-D graphics is now often used and offers many advantages to designers.

CAD is a branch of the widely used concept — multimedia, which is an integration of various media such as sound, video, text, and graphics — on a single platform.

Web designing is another aspect of graphic design that has excellent prospects. A web designer is essentially a graphic designer with creative skills to provide an aesthetic appeal to a website. 

First Published: Jun 02, 2006 10:59 IST

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