How to Become a graphic designer

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How to become a graphic designer? Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field.

Know Your Shortcuts (Tritik)

Photoshop – Adobe Photoshop is a great program for modifying already created images or graphics.

  • Out of 100 job posts studied, 79% required Photoshop.
  • You can have complete control of your projects, since you can edit your graphic pixel-by-pixel.
  • Purpose is to take the elements that you create in Illustrator.
  • Basic: Cropping, straightening, rotating and flipping.
    Auto-Fix: One touch adjustment.
    Blemish Removal: Ability to remove any spot or dirt from the image.

Illustrator – Used often to create logos or anything that may need to be printed or displayed at different sizes.

  • 74% wanted illustrator.
  • If you want to use vector art to create logos, sketches, typography, icons or even complex illustrations for videos or mobile then Illustrator is the tool for you.


  • 74% wanted InDesign.
  • Used for layouts, books, or multipage items.

Current Trends:

  • Vibrant color schemes
  • Color gradients are back
  • Unconventional colors
  • Bold and handwritten fonts
  • Multiple brand color schemes

Demand for Designers

Who Hires Graphic Designers?

  • Advertising agencies
  • Retail stores
  • Public relations
  • Publications, magazines, newspapers
  • Museums
  • Software development companies
  • TV and Video production companies

What Will My Title Be?

  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Illustrator
  • Web Designer
  • Art Production Manager
  • UX Designer

Interview Tips and Tricks

  • Be prepared for unique interview elements.
    • You may be asked how you would improve certain designs that are presented to you.
    • You may be asked to briefly create a design in-person.
  • Bringing a physical portfolio to the interview can be a powerful asset.
  • Be honest about your skills.
    • Focus on what you do well and how it can benefit the organization.
    • If you aren’t proficient in a skill, express your desire to learn more. Professional development is a major part of the industry.

Ready to Get Started?

Southeastern University’s online Bachelor of Science in Digital Media & Design gives you the knowledge you need to start or advance your career in graphic design. Learn how to lead others and excel in this fully online program.