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Graphic Design Tools That You Can Use For Free


Service Team
Service Team
Sep 30, 2022
While Photoshop and Canva are widely known for graphic designing, there are various alternatives that you can try, that are as good as Photoshop and Canva.

Adobe Spark: A product from the Photoshop family, Adobe Spark provides a vast template collection and you can create designs in few clicks.

Stencil: Stencil is an efficient online graphic design tool suitable for beginners.

Pixlr: Recognized as an exceptional Canva and Photoshop alternative, Pixlr's free plan suffices for many graphic design needs.

Visme: Specializing in charts and infographics (up to 5 projects monthly), Visme offers a free version ideal for specific design projects.

GIMP: If you need a program that is exactly like Photoshop but free, this one is for you.

PosterMyWall: If you want a tool exactly like Canva, this is for you.

Diversifying your design tools with these alternatives ensures flexibility and creativity in your design endeavors.
Pixlr is usually my go-to graphics editor for very basic editing. Easily accessible and has the necessary tools I need.
InkScape, Paint.NET and Photoshop Express aren't bad if you're looking for free options, Affinity Photo 2 is also a decent paid option if you aren't willing to pay for a subscription based application as well. :)
I usually just use Gimp whenever I need to make graphics for my websites as well as thumbnails and other images for my Youtube channel too. Took me a bit to learn how to use it, but man it does a great job for being free!
GIMP annoyed me so hard that after 20 years of being a fan, I subscribed to Adobe…
Changing the UI repeatedly, changing shortcuts, changing behaviours. 20 years of muscle memory being tossed aside for no reason I could discern. I figured if I had to relearn muscle memory I might as well learn the industry standard rather than a tool that is actively avoided because of its name. (Seriously, schools won’t install it to encourage students to try it, just because of the name.)
Figma is the tool of choice for most UI/UX designers — with good reason. Figma democratized screen design and while doing so, pushed the boundaries of what web apps are expected to do.

Penpot is a free and open-source alternative for Figma.

Inkscape is an open-source vector graphics editor; it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings.

Blender is a professional, free and open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games.

There is PhotoGIMP that adjusts shortcuts and a bit of the UI to feel a lot more familiar by copying the hotkeys and tool layout of Photoshop. It doesn't replicate behavior exactly obviously but it does make it actually usable for me as someone who used Photoshop a lot in the past, and was eternally confused by GIMP.

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