Graphic Design Software are infamous for being pricey and if you are just beginning your career as a Graphic Designer or are looking for casual graphic design tools for creating social media and marketing images then paying for a costly software may not be desirable. There are many free graphic design software and online tools available which offer professional quality graphic editing capabilities and we will take a look at them in this article.
You may already be aware of the most popular graphic design software: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. However they are available at a monthly price and not free. In this post, we are sharing a list of best and free Graphic Design Software that are suitable for beginners as well as can cater to advanced graphic editing needs. These software and online tools are capable of creating social media images, poster designs, Facebook cover and a lot more. They offer simple and easy to use interface which can be learned in minutes. Many of them offer ready made templates which can be modified by simple drag and drop interface and easy change of text and colors.
If you are just looking for a free tool to edit and re-touch your photos then you may want to take a look at these free online photo editors. In this post, our list includes those online tools and software which are capable of creating graphic design items such as posters, mock-ups, flyers, logo, infographics, presentations, magazine cover, greeting cards etc. What’s great is that all the products listed below are free to use. They may offer advanced templates or products at a price however all the basic features they offer are free.
Although Gravit Designer is a new entrant, it has already gathered a lot of appreciation from graphic designers and is regarded as a viable free alternative to Adobe Illustrator and Sketch. Gravit Designer is a full featured vector design application which sits right inside your browser and doesn’t require any installation or paid subscription. It presents clean, intuitive interface and can be used to design any kind of vector graphics. You can also download app for your favorite platform and use it offline.
Canva offers creation of graphics using multiple pre-created layouts and templates with an easy to use web editor. You can easily create social media images, posters, flyers, book covers and a lot more graphic items using their editor. Text, font, colors and images can be changed easily and you are allowed to download and share your creation for free. Canva offers paid templates as well as paid images, however many templates and images in their collection are free. You can also upload your own images and then add text overlays.
Crello is an alternative of Canva and offers similar features and functionality. This free online graphic design software allows creation of design using pre-created formats such as social media covers, ads, posters etc. Crello offers over 5000 free designs and collection of over 60 million images.
Snappa is another quick and easy graphic design software similar to Canva. It offers a free plan which includes 40,000+ free photos and upto 5 downloads per month. The free plan contains limited design templates to choose from and integration with 2 social accounts. You can upload your own graphics too in Snappa editor as well as import your custom fonts. Connecting your social media account allows you to share the graphic on the social platform right from the app.
Klex is built by the Gravit Designer team and offers an experience similar to Canva. It has pre-built designs and layouts which you can easily edit to your liking with change of image and text. Many graphic elements such as shapes, illustrations, emojis, icons, frames and stickers are included to be used for free in your design. You can upload your own images or choose from many of the backgrounds and free images provided in the editor.
Design Wizard has thousands of templates and over a million images for you to choose from and create your own design for social media, business cards, invitation and greeting cards etc. The free plan offers a pay as you go option which includes buying premium templates starting from $1. You also get online storage of 15MB to store your design.
Similar to other easy to use graphic design tools, Stencil also provides you with 650+ pre-designed templates, over a million images and 800,000+ icons and graphic elements to help you create your graphics. Free and simple image creation tools like Stencil are best suited for social media marketers, bloggers and small businesses. With the free plan you can create upto 10 images per month.
Vectr is a free vector graphic editor similar to Gravit Designer. You can download it to use on your desktop or use the web interface. Vectr is easy to learn and free tutorials and user guides are provided as well. You can send anyone a URL to your Vectr document for real-time collaboration, others can watch you create and edit designs live.
Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor available for Windows, Mac OS X as well as Linux. It’s open source software licensed under GPL. Inkscape is trusted by professional graphic designers and is one of the best free alternative to Adobe Illustrator. The learning curve may be a bit steeper compared to other graphic editors listed above, however with Inkscape, you would be able to create complex vector graphics which may not be possible to create in other free editors.
Talking about free alternatives, GIMP is long reigning king of free image editing software and is accepted as a powerful free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. You can refer to GIMP tutorials to get started with this amazing and free photo editor. GIMP is open source and available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems.
Do you use any of these free graphic design tools already? Were you looking for an alternative to Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop and found what you needed? Our team here at SDR uses many of the graphic editing tools listed above to create our blog graphics, logo, social media images etc. You can check the following collection of articles which will help you get better sense of graphic design if you are a beginner.
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