How much Graphic Designers make?

In the fabric of modern companies the need to create visible themes for strong brand recognition. This is done through elements such as colors, fonts, images and many more factors. This responsibility to create a strong brand usually falls onto a Graphic Designer. With this and more responsibilities questions arise on the income of graphic designers.


Income Range

According to finding of the Bureau of Labor Statistics there seems to be a large pool of possible incomes. The average wage of most designers nation wide in the United States is $24. 83 an hour. With most designers working the average 40 hours a week the annual average income is $51,640. Thought this is average doesn’t mean all designers make this amount. The lowest 10% can make under $30,000, while the highest 10% make $81,320. Considering the bell curve system of distribution of income it is safe to go with the average income as a bases for income.


Industry Wages

Another factor to take into consideration when determining possible income is employment possibilities. Since Graphic designing allows the flexibility to work in a variety of environments. Those who provide services to client also known as free lancing make an average of $51,000. Computer system design may make $60,000. Those working within Federal Executive Branch can expect an average of $78,000. Printing and related areas would make an average of $41,00.


State Income

Location, location. location, is crucial for any industry. Graphic designers find more opportunities in urban areas where there is an agglomeration of businesses. Many New England, far West (California, Oregon, and Washington) and key Southern states that are filled with business such as Florida and Georgia have a large amount of opportunities for Graphic Designers.

States with highest wages are in order as followed: District of Colombia with $66,000,  New York with $59,000 California with $57,000. All 3 areas filled with businesses that need the work of designers. California employing the most designers no doubt because of large population, and entertainment based business.


Job Perspective

With a 10% job growth outlook, around national average, but seems to be centralized in specific areas. Growth is expected to rise in Web design, video internment, and advertisement. However the same is not true for printing and layout simply because of the rise of outsourcing theses task to over seas companies.


Photoshop: Destructive and Non-Destructive

Photoshop among the most advance digital graphics and photo editor is known for its extensive tools and options. Among the large pool of abilities comes the destructive and non-destructive operations.



Non-destructive operations refers to the option to avoid overwriting the original image data. This means that the original quality and properties of the image is left intact. This is useful when the original image may be needed later. There are several ways for this to be done. Masking allows multiple editing without losing the hidden content. When cropping assure the Hide option is on. This allows backtracking when cropping to go back to original state, therefore not losing valuable content. Opening camera images as smart objects, this always reconfiguration of the image therefore returning to original basis. Using many editing tools like clone  or stamp tool on a separate layer (Selecting sample all layers) allows non destructive editing. Using some commands such as highlights and shadows on a Smart Objects with a Smart Filters also give this nondestructive ability. Transforming with smart objects allow positioning altering also. Another great alternative that also allows many option is using adjustment layers. All these options give a variety of ways to edit images without messing with the original image.



Destructive operations means tat when editing the original data is changed. This refers to image quality. In the Image tab under adjustments editing elements in such an area, t edit these changes in the Edit tab is where theses options can be further edited. After changes are made, only in the edited tab can these changes be altered, since the original image can not be restored. Especially when working on a background layer this means the original image will not be able to be restored.


As one becomes more experienced it is natural to lean-to non-destructive editing, because it allows space to return to the original image. Mistakes are unavoidable and will happen, but it is best to be able to go back. Altering the image data makes for a frustrating starting over.With so many possibilities to avoid destructive editing with more work non-destructive editing will become second nature.

DPI in Photoshop

Photoshop among its hundreds of abilities, it can be difficult to navigate. One of the most basic elements when creating a project in this powerful Adobe software is understanding DPI. DPI an acronym for dots per inch is crucial for creating content. DPI relates to the sharpness displayed on a computer monitor and printed work. Monitors use pixels not dots, but referring to dots creates common ground when translating to printed content, this is necessary when content must be displayed through diverse medias. The dot pinch indicates the maximum amount of “dots” in an inch.



When material is being printed the standard is 300 DPI give or take. DPI with in itself is specified for print, and the number of colored points in an inch of printed material greatly affect the sharpness. Printers use a specif algorithm in order to properly convert a digital image into printed material, it takes pixels and converts them into printed dots. Since DPI is a conversion factor it is necessary to be cognizant of this. If a mis-written DPI is inputted for printed material that is too low the results are blotchy and dull. The once sharp content is now a blurry mess. Especially when paying money for a large print job putting the web used 72 DPI will be a waste of money.



In the case of digital content that will be shown on a monitor the optimal DPI is 72. Since DPI is used for print not web, it may not have too much of an effect in this realm. The difference between the 2 is that in print there are more dots per inch, and in web such a factor is not applicable because it is based in pixels. The history of the 72 standard in web comes from the 1998 Macs which were linked to the Apple printing application. When adding in DPI information to Photoshop the importance is to be cognizant of what will be done with image. Sending in a web based image (which is less than 300 dpi standard) to a printer will end unsuccessfully without taking into account DPI.


DPI is often confused for PPI which is pixels per inch. Used incorrectly as synonyms these terms refer to very different realms. Monitors use pixels to create crisp image therefore higher PPI better quality picture. This is true for pricey cameras that provide higher mega pixels. DPI once again is used as conversion factor between digital and print. When scanning images there is a conversion from DPI to PPI, while printing is vice versa. Between all the acronyms they can save you much confusion when printing.