While Boise State University does not have a single recommended or “supported” graphic design tool, this article reviews several popular graphic design software applications and identifies the pros and cons of each one.
The intended audience for this article is faculty, instructors, TA’s etc. designing content to be used in a course.
Remember to consider accessibility elements like alternative text when creating content for online resources.
What Is Graphic Design Software?
Graphic design software is used to create and edit images, art, and illustrations. There are many different tools and options.
Why might someone might need a Graphic Design tool?
Instructors often have a need to create their own images and graphics. Use cases include the following:
Creating a course banner, thumbnail, or other image for aesthetic purposes
Creating a diagram or instructional graphic
Editing or annotating an existing graphic or screenshot
Editing a profile or other photograph
While these use cases represent the distinct activities of creating and editing, the tools available to do these tasks are often similar or overlapping.