If you want to be a successful car designer, you can’t limit yourself to pencils, markers and paper. For a car designer, you have to be a master of sketch and design both on traditional mediums like paper and advanced mediums like computer aided softwares. In this article we discuss the most useful and the most popular car design software tools that every car designer must know, learn and master. But before we do that, let’s understand the importance of these software tools in the automobile industry.
- Sketching, Designing and Prototyping of a car using computer aided software tools is quick and cost effective since they allow for multiple iterations and provide advanced automation.
- Since these tools make the job of a designer easy by providing powerful options and high-end user interface, they promote productivity by motivating designers to do better and do more.
Now that you know the importance of software skills in the car designing sector, here’s a list of softwares that you can start with, to learn sketching, rendering and modeling cars on digital platforms.
- SketchBook Pro
SketchBook Pro by Autodesk is a wonderful car design software tool that enables you to sketch like a pro as the name implies. The software is known for its user-friendly interface, powerful illustration tools and features like flipbook animation, dynamic gradient fill and perspective guides. Sketchbook Pro is made available for Mac OS X, Windows, Android and iOS operating systems thus enabling its users to access the software on all digital platforms.
- Adobe Photoshop
One doesn’t need an introduction to Photoshop by Adobe Systems. Though its release dates back to 1990, this raster graphics editor still remains to be the favorite of professional car designers and beginner students alike. Photoshop provides a wide variety of tools and features which enables you to explore an innumerable number of options to refine your sketching and rendering skills.
ALIAS is another car design software tool by Autodesk that comes loaded with intuitive sketching, modeling, surfacing and visualization tools. More than sketching, the software’s primary focus is on Surface Modeling and creating Class A surfaces for Virtual Prototyping of cars. Here is a Case Study provided by Autodesk on how Ashok Leyland used ALIAS to design and digital prototype its Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV). Note that the vehicle was designed by Ashok Leyland’s Head of Styling, Mr. Sathiyaseelan Gangasalam who is also the head faculty of Launchpad Academy.
- PTC Creo
Creo is a scalable and interoperable CAD design software suite by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC). It enables you to 2D design, illustrate, view, visualize and perform 3D parametric and direct modeling. The Creo suite of softwares is a composite of PTC’s popular products Pro/Engineer and CoCreate. The software is compatible with Windows operating system and is made available for free for a trial period of 30 days.
It is well and good if you master all of these car design tools before you pursue your higher education in design in a reputed design school or apply for transportation designer/automobile designer jobs. These software tools will provide the necessary foundation that you need as a car designer and help you thrive anywhere in the design industry by enabling you to learn and adapt to more complex car design softwares and mediums.
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