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Old August 24th, 2010, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
Jb2rice Jb2rice is offline
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Hello, my husband and I wanting to start a Screen Printing business, neither of us have taken any Graphic Design classes, and I am just curious if you guys recommened classes from our local college, and also what software we will need to learn, for the designing aspect of the business.

Thanks so much.

Jessica
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Old August 24th, 2010, 04:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'll open myself up but for someone breaking into the industry with little draw program experience I would recommend a Full Legitimate Version of Corel Draw.

Corel is by far much more user friendly, you can find tutorials on youtube, also lessons at http://coreldrawtips.com/site/coreldraw-x3-tutorials not only X3 but several other versions. Also many of the other version lessons will be valid with later versions. In other words, many X3 lessons will work in Corel 4 or 5.

Adobe Illustrator is also a very popular program, very detailed and exacting, it is just not a very user friendly program due to is level of detail. Comparing the two in learning is like learning to work on a lawn mower engine compared to learning a Ferrari V-10 Fuel Injected with twin turbos.

This is not saying that the final artwork has the same comparison, both produce unbelievable artwork and will completely fill the bill for your needs.

Another item to consider is the cost, you need to purchase full versions, not student or limited cost versions due to many plug in programs not working on anything but full retail versions of either. The lowest prices I have found for these full retail versions were $449.00 for the Adobe Illustrator CS5 and $169.00 for the Corel Draw X5 (with a total of 6 fully featured programs).

Corel link: http://www.powerkeg.net/product.sc;j...FZBd2godkGL6sw

Adobe link: http://www.softwareking.com/AICS5DW-...tratorcs5.html

Some community colleges may have a Graphic Arts program, you will need to check locally.

Hope this helps a little.
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Old August 24th, 2010, 09:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd highly recommend checking out www.lynda.com....great tool for learning Corel or any other program you want for $25 / mo. Thousands of online tutorials.
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