is it hard to be a graphic designer?

@yelrihs (301)
Australia
July 31, 2009 9:49pm CST
I'm really interested, but dont know how to start. suggestions?
5 responses
• United States
9 Mar 11
No isn't difficult. There is one key, ONE : The practice !
@ample03 (403)
• India
20 Sep 09
Well, nothing is hard in the world if we take it easily. Knowing the softwares not at all proves that you are a graphic designer, but as to draw a picture you have to know how to hold the brush, how to use the paper and which pencil should you use, the same thing happens for the computer and a graphic artist also. I think computer is a platform and a bunch of tools for a designer who has the art in mind. The creative person gradually and easily learn the tools required to give the output. So according to me you should have a little bit of creativity, little bit color and designing sense, a strong wish to create something and a basic computer activity, thats all. The rest is done automatically. Learning the softwares like Photoshop, CorelDraw, Illustrator and 3DS Max or Maya would help you a lot. All the best for you
@Baltek (261)
• Canada
1 Sep 09
Hi, it is not that hard honestly, buy a couple of books, and practice! Also, check in my profile for a website that pays great and hooks you up with people that needs graphic designers, I made 500$ there up to that day.
@owstalaga (4576)
• Philippines
6 Aug 09
well not really... it's not hard if you love drawing or designing and stuff. First you need a degree in Fine Arts or Graphic Design. After that the rest will be quite easier. =)
@OceanLady (136)
• Canada
1 Aug 09
I started by just doing little designs for people... designing avatars, forum signatures and websites is how I taught myself to use photoshop. Then I took a one year introduction course at a college, which improved my drawing skills, as well as teaching me more about photoshop and fundamental design (though I always had a natural eye for it). To really be a graphic designer, I should have then gone on to do a more specialized two or three year program... but I switched majors. Still, I get a bit of freelance work on the side. Once you know the basics, it's easy to go on learning on your own time.