Its been a while since I started designing graphics again. You could say at some point I lost my confidence. So I stop designing graphics because I didn’t feel like I was good enough compared to other graphic designers.
Losing my confidence wasn’t such a bad thing because I learnt some valuable lessons.
1. Photoshop, gimp, and corel draw has nothing to do with graphic design.
I know what you thinking those tools are what is used to create graphics right. Yes that is true! Kind of. When I lost my confidence in myself I still knew how to use every tool in gimp and photoshop ,but couldn’t design a single thing. Simply because I couldn’t think of anything because I was so depression, anxious and stressed. Your mindset has everything to do with graphic design.
2. There are different types of graphic design
1)Digital artist, 2)typography, 3)vector graphics, 4) Digital photography(tweaking photos and adding effects etc)
I’d say I have a little bit of all these skills but generally good at one of them. Lately I’ve been improving my vector design skills because I wasn’t really that good at it. Also vector designs plays a major role in logos, drawing, clipart, identity or branding. Its not an easy skill to learn but it is fun to play around with. It takes time and imagination to learn but I love it and will never stop learning.
Of course it doesn’t start with a computer. You can start with a simple pen and paper. Draw chicken stretches and explore from there. If you looking to get into graphic design. My advice to you is? Have a passion for it or you will find yourself frustrated and you will burnt out learning something that you just wanna to do for the sake of doing. Also have an imagination and believe in your designs even if you people say they suck. Work at it until you happy with it. Learn from other graphic designers and most of all never compare yourself with someone else.