Whether it’s Twitter memes, posters or logos, design plays a big part in the creative industries and is a great tool for promoting your work! A good design is what separates the best from the rest! But it’s not always affordable to download the latest design software. But, don’t worry… we’ve got your back!
We’ve picked out some great, FREE easy-to-use graphic design tools to help you create, edit and share your stunning designs.
Pixlr is a graphic design tool that boasts more than 600 effects and overlays. Pixlr lets you to crop, re-size and even remove red eye from images. It is easy and free to use online. Pixlr uses a very familiar interface which looks much like Photoshop to make you feel comfortable so if you have used Photoshop before, Pixlr will be easy to pick up and is available on both Android and Apple.
Serif DrawPlus is a great tool for designing graphics online. It is free to use and you have a choice of templates to pick from as well as the chance to edit objects in 3D. Serif DrawPlus has an edge over other graphic design tools as it is print ready which means you can get your designs out to the world straight away. You can create vector graphics, layouts, brochures, design documents, and even web animations with Serif DrawPlus, but you will need to register with an active email address to use it.
Canva is one of the easiest graphic design tools to use. Simple controls such as drag and drop, and the ease of adding and editing your ‘canvas’ separates Canva from the rest. Canva doesn’t give you page grids like most graphic design tools but gives you the freedom of designing your own templates. Canva allows you to easily upload your own photos or designs. Canva is free to use but to use one of Canva’s hundreds of layouts, you will need to pay $1 which lets you edit the image for up to one day and allows you to easily share your work via social media.
PicMonkey is a photo collage maker as well as a graphic design tool that’s simple to use. PicMonkey allows you to create and customize designs with ease. The editing options let you crop, rotate, resize and apply basic filters and PicMonkey features over 20 free collage layouts for you to use or you can create your own. PicMonkey is free to use with no registration needed but you can upgrade to a Royale membership which gives you access to all features. PicMonkey is only available online with no downloadable app and lacks layering options but is a great tool for a quick edit and sharing your designs, as well as being able to store it in a cloud instantly.
Paint 2 is a tool that lets you create and edit all kinds of images. Paint2 gives you quick access to all tools with easy editing and removal options. You can add layers and images to your design, with layers appearing on the side of the canvas, similar to Photoshop. Paint2 is free to use but if you upgrade to Paint Pro, you can use all of its functions. Paint 2 is a quick and easy option for editing and creating simple graphics.
Now that you have all these tools, get designing and why not share them with us on Twitter!
If you want to learn more about graphic design, check out our Big Master Class with Studio Lovelock here. You can also try these free tools to improve your Social Media management or these handy cloud storage options.