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Hi, I am a graphic artist working for 1 and a half years in a printing house. I am very interested in upgrading my skill as a graphic artist. How should I go about doing it? I am thinking of building up my design resource such as collecting photos,illustration and fonts. However, copyright issue comes to mind. What are items that are good to collect for a graphic artist? I do not have much illustrating skill, how can I go about this disadvantage?

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Hello,
Thanks alot for your question. Upgrading your skills depends on what you want to be and how you want to use it. For example, if you would like to be web designer, you should learn more about Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, CSS and HTML.

Although each field in design got its skills, there are some basic knowledge that you need to cover such as good experience in Photoshop and if you like to do illustrations and vector, Illustrator would be a good choice and if you learn it well you would get into the illustration field very easily.

Resources are good idea, and you can always look for inspirations for new designs, artwork...etc. this will help fueling your creativity with new ideas and how to use the software to create creative designs.

Hope this helps!!
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My experience includes 9 years of working in graphic design, web design, animation and creative direction. This includes a deep experience in user experience and creative directing. I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Flash CS3 and Photoshop CS4, with experience in instructing and giving course in graphic products and Adobe tools that extend to 4 years. My experience includes writing and authoring tutorials about graphic topics in Adobe design and developing center, Adobe Edge magazine, www.communitymx.com and www.graphicmania.net.

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