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A graphic design invoice is a form used to collect payment when creating visual concepts such as logos and illustrations for a customer. Graphic designers should use this invoice anytime they provide services that include graphics whether it be by hand or with a computer.
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Graphic design is the profession (art) of creating illustrations, which can include both images and text, by hand or with computer software – most often it’s the combination of the two. Graphic design is used anytime an image needs to be processed for print (on paper) and online (websites). Graphic designers, in the modern-day, are more technologically savvy than they are artists. A good graphic designer can take the concept of an idea and push it through the entire production process. Having a solid understanding of graphic design software (such as Adobe Illustrate) is the most important aspect of graphic design.
With graphic design software, you can make logos, illustrations, vector art, and manipulate photos (images). Without graphic design software, it would be impossible to find work as a graphic designer.
Top 3 Graphic Design Software Applications
Adobe Photoshop – The leading graphic design software for photo editing in raster images.
Adobe Illustrator – The overall leading graphic design software for vector images (do not blur). This software is used to create logos and anything related to illustration design.
Gimp – A free, open-source, graphic design software (for raster images) that can work on both PCs and Macs.
With over 217,000 people employed in the graphic design industry in the United States alone, it has a lot of room for growth now that so much information is freely available online. It does not take one to go to school in order to become a graphic designer. All it takes is an internet connection and one can find courses online via Youtube and Udemy. The top concentration of graphic designers fall within the following categories:
- Specialized Design Services
- Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
- Newspaper, Book and Magazine
Hourly Rate: $24.21 /hr
Salary: $50,370 /yr
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)