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How to Determine What Kind of WordPress Designer You Are

These days, the term designer encompasses many things relating to the world of WordPress web design. A WordPress graphic designer has the ability and creativity to create graphics from scratch, or to modify existing photos or graphics to suit a particular need using image-editing software. Other WordPress web designers don’t necessarily create any graphic designs, but they master the art of manipulating images and photos to display on a website for a nice visual presentation.

Graphics software packages don’t come cheap, so before you make a decision on which one to use, you need to determine what type of graphic work you’ll do for your WordPress web design projects. Web designers fall into three standard categories, and your design style may fall into one, two, or all three.

  • Graphic designer: You may consider yourself an illustrator because you create all the graphics that you use from scratch. You start with a blank slate, and through different tools and techniques used in your favorite image-editing software, you create your own unique graphics.

  • Graphic manipulator: You’re a master at taking graphics, or photos, that someone else created and manipulating them for use in your WordPress web design projects. Through the use of different tools and techniques, you can do things like adjust colors and sizes, and even change the shapes and positions of the different elements of a graphic (particularly if you’re working with vector graphics).

  • Graphic consumer: You download images from resources on the web, and you use those images to add color and visual design elements to your website projects.

You may fit one, two, or all three of these categories, and that’s perfectly acceptable when designing themes for websites as long as you abide by copyright and licensing restrictions on graphics you use (if you’re a graphics manipulator and/or consumer). Additionally, it is important to understand the types of graphics that you can use to accomplish your goals for your web design projects.

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