- Photoshop: A pixel-based software that can do amazing things for images but is limited by the number of pixels in the original image. As a result, it is most appropriate for photo editing (the amateur version is Photoshop Elements, or even an iPhone can do elementary photo-editing)
- Illustrator: A vector-based software for images. The benefit is that the image can be enlarged without losing its resolution, for more flexible output as well as for more detail editing, like a designer can zoom in as much as he wants without losing the details. The core tool for the graphic designer.
- Adobe In-Design: A vector-based software with lower functionality when compared with Illustrator but has added features for creating complex book layouts as well as for making PDF presentation.
With progress in division of labor, in today's established design studios, some specialists will only be responsible for editing photos while others will only do vector-based graphic designs. The art director may not be proficient in any technical skills but he will certainly need to be knowledgeable about their capabilities and therefore can instruct his subordinates to venture into solving technical design problems. Such problems that he believes able to be solved, although he may be less than technical to solve the problem himself.
In today's jewelry workshop, a special-purpose telescope for micro-setting small gem-stones is a must. A jewelry design like me need not (and usually not) be able to do the job as good as the best craftsman, but surely we must be able to create great designs that can challenge the technical skills of our best stone-setters. In all industries, good designs usually demand the employment of the state-of-the-art technical skills.
|Telescope for micro-setting gem stones|