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How Can I Get Started in Vector Design?

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  • Written By: Marco Sumayao
  • Edited By: Lauren Fritsky
  • Last Modified Date: 04 August 2018
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Individuals interested in building a career in vector design should first hone their craft by taking design classes and practicing constantly. Choosing the right software and hardware often makes work easier, although a skilled graphic designer can get by with the bare essentials. Once an individual is confident in his skill in vector design, he should start building a portfolio of work to present to potential clients. He can also get a jump-start on his budding career producing vector graphics for stock image services and doing freelance design work. This helps build both the artist's portfolio and his business network, which will eventually open up more opportunities for employment.

Prospective designers will need to familiarize themselves with the intricacies of the vector image format, as well as various design philosophies. Many educational institutions and online services offer classes for both fields, along with specialization courses such as logo design. It might also be useful for individuals to take several marketing classes in order to get a better perspective of what types of vector graphics are most effective at impacting a targeted audience.

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Although most classes will recommend their favored vector design software for producing a scalable image, graphic designers should not be limited to just one application, as a handful of clients will specify what software to use. Learning to use different types of software and hardware should be included in a designer's practice regimen, which should consist of at least one hour of design work per day. Constant practice not only sharpens an individual's vector design skills, but it also helps him become more efficient at handling his implements and software.

A daily practice routine will also help a designer build his portfolio, which is especially important as most clients require job applicants to present prior work for consideration. The artist's portfolio should display his skill in all types of jobs, from logo design to full advertisement pegs and other large works. Since many employers look online for design talents, budding designers should make their portfolios available on the Internet. The portfolio can be posted on several image-sharing sites, as well as the designer's personal website.

The easiest way to get started in design work is to search for available freelance jobs requesting vector design. These can be found on classified ads and numerous freelancing websites. In addition, beginning designers can attempt to sell their works to the many stock image websites on the Internet. With constant self-improvement, a good work ethic, and a little luck, an individual will eventually be able to secure a long-term vector design job.

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