With more than a decade of expertise in Design and Graphic Art industry and serving thousands of clients across the world, we have experienced series of changing trends and technological updates in terms of the software, techniques and systems in use to make design ideas as close to reality as possible. Though over the years we have witnessed and strongly believed that no amount of inspiring software can replace impressive human skills but in a competitive world it’s imperative for any expert designer to have every possible advantage and always seek more experience in trending software & techniques. We recommend and rank as per the usability, 10 such essential design software tools that every designer should consider training in to gain & sustain competitive advantage.

(Number 10)ZBrush 4R6
ZBrush from Pixologicwith its advanced use in high budget movies including VFX in the Lord of the Rings took design industry by storm in the early 2000’s. Ditching the “modelling” term for “sculpting” and setting sights on different ways to handle complex object topologies, ZBrush instead of branching out and catering to artists has kept its focus on high quality 3D objects.

(Number 9) Cinema 4D Prime
More popularly known as Maxon’s 3D modelling, animating and rendering software, it holds the pleasure of not changing ownership since its inception. One of the feature that makes it so unique & convenient to the designer is its ability to easily take objects from one program to the next (for example Element 3D).

(Number 8) Maya
Originally developed & promoted as focused 3D Animation tool, after years of intense competition with Autodesk 3D Max in the year 2005 its was taken over by Autodesk and has been expanding regularly ever since. Autodesk Maya offers some really cool salient features to make best 3D animators like modelling, skinning, rigging, cloth, fur, fluids, physics and particle effects.

(Number 7) Toon Boom Studio 8
Very famous professional 2D animation tool; ease of use with advance graphic techniques makes it the first choice for most of the beginner and professional creative designers when it comes to 2D Animation.

(Number 6) Illustrator CC
Appreciating the borderline monopoly,controlled grip on the industry globally; Adobe Illustrator lets artists make any vector based graphics they can imagine to present to their advertising clients. Icing on the cake being Adobe transitions into periodic subscription (Monthly & Annual) over a one-time price tag.

(Number 5) Premier Pro CC
Universally recognised as the beast of all Design tools, Premier Pro CC still holds its recognition by being the most resource hungry software with an ability to push system processor to its processing limits. It becomes unrealistically difficult to justify its application where the software price is not a concern. Premier Pro CC forms the most prolific video editing system when paired with Adobe After Effects CC.

(Number 4) Unity Pro 4
The gaming industry during last decade has registered stunning profits surpassing film industry by huge margins and recently it’s only expanded even more via complex gaming application in phones & tablets. Right from iOS and Android games to most complex 3D game for the PS3, Xbox360 and Wii, Unity holds the most respected position in the industry.

(Number 3) Mari 2.Ov2
The recent era of VFX has seen rise of number of 3D software, being extensively used in Avatar and countless other films Mari leads the list as pioneers in 3D texture painting techniques. It’s extremely user friendly and allows artist to spend more time painting over struggling with technical bottlenecks.

(Number 2) 3Ds Max
This master piece is considered as the game changer, right from the era of software upgrades catching up with hardware improvements; Autodesk’s 3D Max is known for challenging what computers are capable of achieving. Designers place 100% of trust on 3Ds Max when it comes to 3D industry.

(Number 1) Photoshop CS6
Since inception during late 1980s Adobe Photoshop has evolved leaps and bounds to arrive at near perfect solution for all design needs. While most of the designers and artists were busy growing up the nonlinear paths in life, Photoshop has spent nearly three decades only progressing in terms of its features, value additions, techniques and technologies.