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    Hey guys, i was just wondering some general ideas on what most designers use for icon/logo design? i like to create some cool mac-like icons/logos, similar to Realmac Software - Creative Web Design Software for Macs or atebits , obviously among other good sites. Do they use Photoshop?? I guess the cheaper the better. Thanks for getting me started... for use with Mac B PRo

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    Hello,
    Almost all icon design is done in Photoshop, it is the absolute best software for designing realistic icons an other things. Icons like Courier, Socialite, Transmit, CSSEdit, and Espresso are all done in Photoshop.

    Logo design is done in Illustrator. (Logos like Starbucks) I have seen a photorealistic rum tumbler done in Illustrator, but Illustrator is usually used for logo, and vector art.

    While Photoshop is the most used software in the design world, I have seen some amazing icons done in GIMP also.
    GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation

    Pixelmator is also used by some, it also can do amazing things it you have time.
    Pixelmator

    It all depends on how much energy you have to learn how to do things, and a lot of patience.

    Did you know that you can download a 30 day trial of Photoshop?
    https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/i...duct=photoshop
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    thank you, i think i meant strictly logo design rather than icon. So , is photoshop somewhat equvilent as far as logo design. Reason for asking is my wife would like it for photo editing. Or is illustrator superior for logos? Thanks.

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    seems like CS5 web premium is good for me. What would say was used for http://www.realmacsoftware.com/socialite/ , just as example and do most people use some type external pad to design? Final questions. Thanks for the help.

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    Both Photoshop and Illustrator can do logos, but Illustrator is more suited for logo design because logos are usually vector (scaleable to any size) and it was specifically built for this purpose.
    But you cannot edit photos with Illustrator, you will need Photoshop for that purpose.

    On the Socialite website:
    The wooden shelf, the blue/purple/green background, the download button, the facebook/flickr/twitter/rss/digg icons, and the Socialite icon were made in Photoshop.
    I can't tell you for sure, but it appears to me that the greater majority of icons/design work was done in Ps.


    External tablets:
    Most designers probably have a tablet, if they use it a lot I don't know. I once asked a designer of a absolutely stunning credit card swipe if it was done with a tablet, he answered that it was all done with a mouse in Ps. I believe it was this one Pos Machine Icons by *omercetin on deviantART
    For me a tablet would be of use if I did a lot of digital sketching or drawing, but I prefer using the magic trackpad or a trackball when hobby designing website elements.
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    If you're going to focus on creating logos, there's some very good third-party logo creation software for the Mac as well.

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    great replies, thank you.. i've got a good opportunity to get CS5 web premium for $370 so i think i will go with that, sounds like a good deal... Thanks guys..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwillua View Post
    great replies, thank you.. i've got a good opportunity to get CS5 web premium for $370 so i think i will go with that, sounds like a good deal... Thanks guys..
    Oh yes at that price I'd jump all over that!

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