These make the perfect gifts for an aspiring designer
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Everyone’s got those things they need but will never buy. Computer software and programs are top of that list. That’s, in part, because these can be so pricey, so they’re so easily an afterthought. But believe me: Any aspiring designers in your life will thank you a million times if you buy them any of these subscriptions or licenses. What’s more, they don’t have to worry about renewing anything. These last a lifetime!
Make someone special’s dreams come true by giving them the tools they need to succeed.
Those who are obsessed with programs like PhotoShop or Lightroom know that simply having the program isn’t enough. There are custom overlays, presets, brushes, and fonts that people create for you to download. However, the best ones are rarely free. This bundle comes with more than 70,000 assets to take your creativity to the next level. There’s no limit to how many you can download, either. The bundle is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Get the Professional 70,000+ Graphic Asset Bundle: Lifetime Subscription for $99 (reg. $199), a savings of 50 percent.
Making animated videos from scratch is a heavy lift. VidToon makes that process a lot easier. It’s a drag-and-drop video maker to help you create animated videos for whatever you need. The program comes with some animated characters already included, and you can tweak them to do motions that’ll fit your video’s message. Ten music tracks come with the software, but you can also import or record original audio if that’s your thing. This is, at the very least, a great introduction to the world of video editing. It’s usually more than $4,000, but you can save 99 percent if you buy it today.
Get the VidToon Personal Plan: Lifetime Subscription for $39 (reg. $4,020), a savings of 99 percent.
Need assets for a logo? Or how about graphics to help you illustrate? PicaStock can help make your life a little bit easier if you need someplace to start. After all, not every graphic designer has illustrating skills to help them draw an entire project. This lifetime subscription comes with fonts, graphics, illustrations, and more. They come in a number of formats and sizes so that you can import them into any number of programs. The templates can be used for posters, print products, and more. The aspiring designer in your life will thank you for the inspiration that PicaStock spurs.
Get the PicaStock Premium Fonts & Graphics: Lifetime Subscription for $99 (reg. $499), a savings of 80 percent.
Sometimes, a photograph isn’t enough. Sometimes, you need that photograph to transform into a painting to truly encapsulate what you want to showcase. This painting software makes that a reality. You can customize the settings to make sure that your creation fits your vision. The software essentially places a filter on top of a photograph, but who’s going to tell the difference? Your work will look like a straight-up masterpiece. The program comes with three modes: a photorealistic painting, a monochrome painting, and multi-colored. A lifetime license to this product is a fun way to build up someone’s artistic skills.
Get the Akvis AirBrush Photo to Painting Software: Lifetime License for $58.99 (reg. $69), a savings of 14 percent.
If your special person wants to become a professional photographer, they’re likely to have clients who want a little something extra on their images. Maybe that’s a border or some text. Well, if they want to make sure their photos have professional-level quality, a lifetime license to this art suite may help. It comes with a number of customizable options, including creating postcards out of photos or building a holiday album. If that aspiring designer you know wants to make a career out of photography, this program can create an avenue where they could even profit off their work.
Get the Akvis ArtSuite Versatile Photo Effects: Lifetime License for $34.99 (reg. $49), a savings of 30 percent.
By now, most people realize that the models they see on giant billboards aren’t naturally perfect. That’s a result of heavy photo-editing. While the ethics around photo-editing is leaning more toward maintaining a subject’s natural features, image editing is still very popular. After all, some models don’t want their blemishes coming through. A lifetime license to this image editor allows you to improve the focus of a photo, as well as color correct. It comes with many features that are necessary in the photography world. It’s a must-have for any budding photographer.
Get the Akvis AliveColors Image Editor: Lifetime License for $44.99 (reg. $49), a savings of 8 percent.