Online graphic design tools have come a long way (remember GIMP?) with newer interfaces, more features, and preloaded templates that give Adobe Photoshop a run for their money. Well, the die-hard designers out there may never make the switch to use these tools over Photoshop, but for bloggers and marketers, these are quickly becoming the go-to solution for their design needs. Its no secret that Photoshop is memory heavy and their new monthly subscription can add up quickly, so having this list of design tools on hand is your ace-in-the-pocket for your next project. Seriously, you’re gonna want to bookmark this page and play around with each tool later. ;) Let’s get to it shall we?
http://www.easel.ly Easel.ly makes it (ahem…) easy to create infographics from their extensive template library. Not only do they have 1,000s to choose from, but each infographic is customizable so you can click, drag, and type to make it your own. It is basically a simplified Illustrator for infographics.
https://www.befunky.com/create/designer/ ooooooh, I’m so excited about this one! Its like a picmonkey, meets pixlr, meets Canva 3 way love child. This tool is your new design bff. It has 3 features: collage, designer, and photo editor with templates for social media, filters, and a library of stock photos from pixabay. Its fast, intuitive, and mostly free.
Pixlr.com This is one of my favorite tools to use in-browser when I need to remove a background or edit a photo quickly. Pixlr Editor offers a Photoshop-like interface and features like smudge and magic wand. For fun effects and collages, check out their Pixlr Express tool. http://madewithpixlr.com
http://www.picmonkey.com Pic Monkey isn’t messing around. If you need filters, effects, and cropping, then Pic Monkey can handle it all. They even have a zombie brush effect and comic hero theme built in. Neat.
canva.com If you’ve drank up all of your creative juices and are looking for something out-of-the-box, then check out canva. Their pre-made templates offer designs for all shapes and sizes. Save your uploads and creations to the library, then download or share directly to your social media accounts. The only downside here is the random occurrence that the download will be blurry. Yes, frustrating, I know.
https://inkscape.org/en/ Goodbye blurry logos, hello crisp edges! Inkscape, is a lesser known tool, but it's an extremely capable vector editor that functions much like Illustrator. The best part is, it's completely free and open source. Score!
http://vectormagic.com/home Yet another vector tool. Trust me, you’ll want to keep this handy if you plan on creating and printing a crisp clean graphic. This tool will automatically convert bitmap images like JPEGs, GIFs and PNGs to the crisp, clean, scalable vector art of EPS, SVG, and PDF with the world's best auto-tracing software. Yes, that’s right, auto-vectors. You’re welcome.
Just for the heck of it, how about some free stock photos so you can test out each tool? Oh, you’d love some? Great!
Here are 20 totally free and totally useful stock photography resources:
1. Life of Pix http://www.lifeofpix.com/
2. picjumbo http://picjumbo.com
3. picography http://picography.co
4. pixabay http://pixabay.com
5. photype http://photype.co
6. kaboompics http://kaboompics.com
7. Fancy Crave http://fancycrave.com/
8. Insta stock http://instastock.co/
9. stocka.co http://www.stocka.co/
10. Splitshire http://www.splitshire.com/
11. Gratisography http://www.gratisography.com/
12. Start up Stock Photos http://startupstockphotos.com/
13. Pic Jumbo http://picjumbo.com/
14. Jay Mantri http://jaymantri.com/
15. Death to the Stock Photo http://deathtothestockphoto.com/
16. Stock Snap https://stocksnap.io/
17. Super Famous http://superfamous.com/
18. Lock and Stock Photos http://lockandstockphotos.com/
19. Designer Pics http://www.designerspics.com/
20. Unsplash https://unsplash.com
So, tell me, which tools do you prefer to use and why?
Which tools are you eager to check out? Let me know in the comments below: