What Are Graphic Packages?

By Staff WriterLast Updated May 27, 2020 7:35:35 PM ET
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Graphic artists use graphic packages to complete computer-generated artwork. These necessary kits provide tools for painting, drawing and editing photographs with the use of a computer. Most graphic packages are designed for performing one specific type of artwork. However, you'll find some packages that work together. This gives the user the ability to complete multiple types of graphic expressions at once.

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A wide range of graphic packages are available. The most common types of graphic packages are intended for painting, drawing, performing CAD and other engineering tasks as well as photo editing. Let’s take a closer look at these kits.

Painting

Painting graphics packages offer varying levels of complexity and features to accommodate the user’s specific needs. Some common functions and tools you will find available in painting graphics packages include a large assortment of color selections, pens, pencils, brushes and line designs.

The painting graphics packages work ideally for creating illustrations for books and magazines. You are able to change the colors of existing drawings, edit the drawings or use them with other graphics packages to emphasize your artistic skills. 

Drawing

Using graphics packages specific for drawing gives you tools for creating various lines, adding shapes and overall building dimensions for your artistic work. You can incorporate accurate measurements and bring depth to your drawings. With 2D and 3D capabilities, you can easily craft displays and presentations that convey your ideas in a creative way, which gets a better reception from your audience.

Whether creating personal or professional drawings, these graphics packages open up the capability of drawing freehand images with the use of a mouse, digital pens or tools incorporated into the software programs. Combine them with other graphics packages for unique results, then crop, edit and retrieve your work for later use.

CAD/Engineering Software

CAD and engineering software graphics packages contain the necessary drafting tools required for making 2D and 3D drawings. These programs let you generate graphics that meet industry-based standards. With the tools offered in these kits, you are able to prepare drawings complete with geometric dimensions, surface texture symbols, mechanical systems and weld symbols as needed.

With the ability to print in various forms, multiple users can utilize the designs for their specific projects. This saves time, increasing productivity and generating more revenue quicker. With the clarity of the designs produced, the user has more freedom to apply new ideas in a faster time frame. Designs can be saved and retrieved later to use when needed.

Photo Editing

Photo editing graphics packages are used by photographers, book and magazine illustrators and marketing professionals. These kits offer the ability to crop, edit and repurpose photographs for a variety of uses. With these software packages, you can import images from digital cameras or scan them into the computer with the use of proper equipment. Using other types of graphics tools and packages with the photo editing software gives you the opportunity to produce life-like photos with your own twists. You can also add text or details to your photos to make them fit your needs.