Thanks to digital technology, graphic artists can create stunning works, beautiful prints, and advertisements for a fraction of what it once cost. The days of colored pencils and large work stations are quickly fading as digital graphics and personal computers continue to find a place in today's world of design. If you have artistic talent but are not handy with a pencil or paintbrush, take note. Digital graphics is becoming the medium by which people like you can provide input into the world of art.
What is digital graphics?
In essence, digital graphics allows artists to transfer ideas directly to a computer and then subsequently onto whatever medium (paper, cloth, metal, etc) with which they work. Costly materials and tedious drafting are things of the past. You can try out new ideas very quickly and efficiently entirely on your computer. You needn't possess extensive programming knowledge since most applications rely on user-friendly interfaces with easy to follow instructions. However, some training is required.
Training in digital graphics
Although programming knowledge is not essential, a deep understanding of computers is. Thus, you will want to complete some type of formal training in this growing field. Many schools (especially arts schools) offer degree programs in digital graphics. Alternatively, you can focus on computer science, graphic art, or digital media as well.
Time and money saver
Because digital graphics is relatively cheap compared to traditional methods, increasingly companies have come to rely on this new technology. With certification in this field you can help satisfy the growing demand for more digital artwork. Expect to work on projects ranging from billboards to Web sites.
Publish date: February 10, 2011