Graphic Design Computers – What Are Your Options?

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Graphic Design Computers

Hello Graphic Spot Community! We are going to explore what you will need in Graphic Design Computers.

Whether you are in the market for starter computers or high-end Graphic Design Computers, there will be some technical aspects needed to run the various programs that are commonly used by Graphic Designers.

What Do You Really Need To Look For In Graphic Design Computers?

Bear in mind that this is a commentary on which computers provide the Ram and Graphics that the design software requires. This is not a review of any particular computers. Nor is it a bunch of technical jargon about gaming and the ultimate graphics cards.

I would like to be honest in the fact that my expertise in the technical aspect of these is not very highly developed. I do however know which computers work well for Graphic Design through personal use and the knowledge of what the software requires to run most efficiently.

Below please see the system requirements for Photoshop Elements 2019
& Premiere Elements 2019:

Google search for specific requirements per program that you will be running on your computer. The results of a search above show you what Adobe requires.

I only use Adobe software, but there are others available and you can do the same search with the software names to find what you will need for any software, you can also refer to the software manufacturer.

Below see the screenshot of the computer that I currently use:

Required Specifications To Run Graphic Design Software

Once you have determined what specs to look for then comes the fun!

Search for your new computer based on the requirements of your software. Be sure to note if you are also doing other RAM or Graphics heavy tasks or gaming on the same computer. Then you may need to increase your RAM or opt for a higher end graphics card.

I do not use my computer for these other heavy tasks, such as splicing large videos, so I don’t require an expensive graphics card.

My set up is what I need.

Being realistic about your needs will save you a headache in the long run. Finding that your software is not rendering graphics or 3D properly.  Having to go out and buy a graphics card to install, if your system can even run it. So on that note please don’t skimp on what you really need for your work.

Recommended Graphic Design Computers

I have compiled a listing of some computers that are well suited for Graphic Design

Laptops:

This is by no means a complete listing of all the computers or laptops that are available. Merely a sprinkling of some better ones for graphic design.

You can find what you need with some research and price comparisons, in a future post I will be offering links to computers that will meet Graphic Design specs.

For now, take some time to find out what you need for your specific software or type of designs you will be creating.

I mainly work with Illustrator, Photoshop, and Indesign. My designs revolve around Logos, Branding, Brochures, Letterheads, and Business Cards, T-Shirts, and some Packaging.

Make a list of what your software requires and look for those specs when considering your purchase.

Future Aspirations To Consider

If you plan on expanding your skills in the future, your best choice would be to go with one of the high-end Graphic Design Computers.

If your budget is limited right now, you may want to consider purchasing a basic computer with the requirements for the software you are currently using. Until you are able to afford the one with all the bells and whistles.

I mean you are in this to make money right? Once you have put some experience and sales in your business then you can reward yourself!


“This joy of discovery is real, and it is one of our rewards. So too is the approval of our work by our peers.”

Henry Taube


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Graphic Design Computer on the desk

Go Forth And Be Creative! (and Fruitful!)

As you know I am a Freelance Graphic Design Student.

WOW, that was a mouthful!

What I mean by this is that I am learning to become independently successful in the Graphic Design field.

Every day, I learn something new about how to achieve this and I want to share this with you. As a result, by taking the time to write these posts I am also learning more about Graphic Design and Entrepreneurship. I believe that one should never stop learning. Let that be your motto!


“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

Pele


In closing, I would like to give some encouragement to all of you who are just beginning this journey. It may seem like you will never get to where you want to be in your career, but with hard work, dedication and help from others in your field you will find yourself exactly where you want to be.

Please be true to your passion for creativity and let your work speak for itself, remember you are your own worst critic, don’t fret the small stuff! Create what you feel is the best expression of your ideas, this is how you will separate your style from the masses.

You are unique and your designs should reflect that. Yes, you will be producing works based on your customer’s wants and needs. Remember that they are also asking for your ideas on how best to present their ideas. Use what you have learned in school or other learning to apply your creativity to your projects and you will succeed.

Til we meet again,

Virginia

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Have any Questions or Comments?

6 comments on “Graphic Design Computers – What Are Your Options?

GVporras

Hello thank you for this great information about graphics design,  I’m using photoshop now and I do love it I think is one the best. And yes I did make the mistake for not checking the requirements on my computer and ending buying a new laptop. But other than that graphic design tools are great. Thank you 

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Virginia

Yes I did the same thing years ago! Thank you for your comments on the subject and hope your enjoying your work as a graphic designer.

Virginia

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Solomon

I’m very glad I found this post before buying a new computer. Now I know what to look for before I purchase a new computer. Thank you for this post. I am an aspiring Graphic designer and I hope to see more posts from you in the future days. Thank you 

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Virginia

Hi Solomon,

Glad to be of assistance to you! Here’s to your success in Graphic Design. I look forward to hearing from you again, keep me posted on your experience. 

Virginia 

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Cory Haasnoot

I’m new to graphic design. I have been playing around with it little. There is quite the learning curve involved in graphic design. I think with the right computer and software you could do most anything graphically that you want to do with a lot of learning. All I want to learn is the basics so that I can provide good looking graphics to my website content.

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Virginia

Hi Cory,

Thanks for stopping by! Yes there are a lot of things that you can do with graphic design and graphic arts, if you are looking for some simple tutorials on how to spice up your website stay tuned! I will be exploring some tutorials soon.

Thank you,

Virginia

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