A graphic software package is a combination of applications which can be used to create and edit images on computers. There are two different types of graphics package:
These packages involve pixel-based images where the artwork or image is created by changing the colors of the pixels. The coding is in bit pattern to create a bitmapped graphic file. These graphic files are perfect for scanned photos or photos that are taken digitally. The image looks like a painting where colors blend into one another smoothly.
The biggest advantage of working with these types of images is that you can work at individual pixel level. This is why it is possible to edit these images in great detail using a good photo editor.
However, the one challenge in this format is that small little parts of the image cannot be resized. The image has to enlarged or reduced as a whole. Also, information about every pixel needs to be stored, which means that the files produced would take up an enormous amount of space for backups.
Some of the examples of graphic software packages for bitmapped images are – Appy Pie Design, MS Paint, and Adobe Photoshop.
Drawing packages are great for creating images that consist of colored lines and shapes. These images are stored in vector graphics files in the form of a series of instructions that can be used to recreate it.
The vector images that are created with the help of these drawing packages take much less space and that is one of the reasons for their popularity. Another advantage while editing vector images is that every part of this type of image can be treated as a separate entity. This makes it easy to edit each individual part with ease.
The one disadvantage here is that the images do not look realistic, instead like a crisp illustration or drawing.
Most popular examples of drawing graphic packages include Appy Pie Design, CorelDRAW, and AutoCAD.