When it comes to web design there are a few tools that I cannot live without. My first go-to is Adobe Photoshop. It handles most jobs for me and sometimes I start in Photoshop when I’m creating a design before I move into Adobe Illustrator. Photoshop is a great place to start for anyone that is doing graphic design. It is your beginning tool for setting a great foundation for your graphic design. If you draw and you are familiar with tablets and pen tools, then you may want to use Illustrator as your first tool, but I can’t freehand draw to save my life, I have to use a computer and so I use Illustrator for most logos and other designs that I create.
If I am creating a catalog or extensive brochure then I use InDesign. When I first started my career as a Web Designer I had no idea where it would take me. I didn’t even know what a “bleed” was when it came to print jobs and I had to learn the hard way. Over time I learned that there are specific tools inside Adobe’s Creative Cloud Suite of programs that really get specific when it comes to creating certain things. InDesign is for layouts and magazines, illustrator for Vectors, Dreamweaver for all of your code writing needs and of course After Effects for awesome videos with motion and animation.