How I Am Teaching Myself Design Software

Learning just one program is a daunting task. Sometimes you don’t know where to start or what to draw.

When I first started out, various emotions ran through my head, mostly fear that the program would be too complicated to learn.

Luckily, I started my design software learning from the easiest program to learn = Adobe XD.

Knowing what I know now about some of the different design software, Adobe XD is one of the simplest programs which performs basic functions of graphic and UI design. When opening XD for the first time, you are greeted with a simple tutorial on how to use it, which helps a ton.

Then I figured I should know what photoshop and illustrator is about since so many people still use it to this day. While starting from a blank page is difficult, Youtube was a tremendous resource for my self learning. I basically copied every move that some of the youtubers would perform when using Photoshop and Illustrator.

If I did not understand something, I simply replayed the video and copied the tools that the youtubers used again and again. After some time of doing this, I was able to get a grasp of at least the basic functions of complicated programs like Photoshop and Illustrator.

Then I moved on to learning Sketch.

Knowing Photoshop and Illustrator helped a ton for learning Sketch, and I picked it up much faster than the prior programs. Much of the tools and functions were the same just packaged in the different way.

It is true that sometimes you are confused when switching back and forth. After much switching back and forth, I concluded that Sketch and Adobe XD is good enough for what I am learning in terms of UI / UX Design.

I think it is an exciting time to learn a new software. There are many to choose from, but the choices are only clear after you do some research on the web. Hopefully, what I wrote would inspire someone to pick up a new tool and to start designing.