Creogram Out & About,Design inspirations 25th January 2017

Better know them all! 21 visual design tools you need to use

by Ola Szczepańska

So you are a marketer, right? We have created a list of 21 design tools that can make your life easier. Infographics, photo manipulation, diagrams, line arts, charts. Just name it. These design tools will make you not only a super marketer but a superhero. We guarantee, you will nail it – and you will steal the show with your graphic work.

1. Pixlr

A free online image editor. Enables to fix, adjust, and filter images in a browser. You have full control over your images, including layers and effects. Long story short, easy-to-understand user interface, great editing features, dedicated apps for both Windows and Mac. Try and fall in love with it.

2. Corel Draw

Corel is a graphics editor developed and marketed by Corel Corporation. It is also the name of Corel’s Graphics Suite, which bundles CorelDraw with bitmap-image editor Corel Photo-Paint as well as other graphics-related programs. This tool will help you to create vector art and illustrations for logos, web graphics, brochures, and more. Corel will make you content, that’s for sure.

3. Sketch

Sketch is a professional digital design for Mac. Sketch gives you the power, flexibility and speed you always desired in a lightweight and easy-to-use package. Now, you may design as you wish.

4. Vectr

Vectr is a free graphics editor that you can use on your desktop or in your web browser to create simple, clean vector graphics. It’s a simple yet powerful web and desktop cross-platform tool to bring your clients’ designs into reality.

5. Irfan View

IrfanView is a popular and fast compact image viewer and converter that is compatible with a wide rage of image formats. It’s small, it’s fast, it’s free, and it does its work better than any competitor. What more can we add?

6. Pixelmator

Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful image editor for OS X. It has everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images. It is pretty cheap and almost as powerful as far more expensive Adobe Photoshop.

7. Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer is a professional-grade design and graphics software. The vector drawing app formerly restricted to Mac owners (but now available for Windows) is fast, smooth and budget-friendly. In your face Adobe Illustrator.

8. Affinity Photo

Affinity is the next-generation of creativity apps for professionals. For those tired of the subscription model of certain other software companies, Affinity Photo may do everything you need at a fair price. Affinity – accurate, high quality tools in fast, innovative, reliable apps with flair and fantastic compatibility.

9. Picmonkey

PicMonkey is an online photo editor that says Booyakasha! You can do whatever your creative heart desires: basic editing to advanced stuff like cloning, touch up and eye-gasmic effects. And you can have it all for free!

10. Picjumbo

Picjumbo is an extraordinarily good service that offers stock photographs, absolutely free of charge, for use in commercial and personal projects. It has over 1000 high res images divided into various categories. Enjoy!

11. Gimp

The Free & Open Source Image Editor. The GIMP is a multiplatform photo manipulation tool. It is surely a powerful distributed program for photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. It may serve as an alternative to Photoshop.

12. Inkscape

Inkscape is professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows desktop computers. It can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings. Yes, with Inkscape you may draw freely.

13. Canva

With Canva you will create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and more. Canva was produced for one main purpose: ” It’s developed for people to do graphic design work without spending too much cash and time.” You may produce some great designs just in a few clicks.

14. Adparlor

Great site, where you can create mockups of  your social media posts. Perfect while preparing presentations or other visual content for your customers. It supports almost all formats of Facebook Ads – you can visualize carousel, linkpost or photopost.

15. Librestock

Librestock is a multisite search engine that scans and indexes the stock photos from 40+ different websites. There is over 61 thousand images in one place! You’ll find there both, the graphics from the most popular stock sites as well as microsites, with only a dozen or so photos. A definite must-have!

16. FotoJet

FotoJet is a free online photo editor (some features are limited in the free version), collage maker and graphic designer that allows you to edit photos and create collages and designs easily. As they promise, you will turn your photos into works of art. Well, you have to have it.

17. Piktochart

Do you need infographics? Piktochart is one of the best tools for creating charts, infographics or even posters. Wide choice of elements and templates allows you to create hundreds of various infographics that look neat and professional. Remember about watermark though!

18. Powtoon

Get PowToon and make animated presentations and simple videos. Yes, you can create animated presentations for free (although their features are limited in the free version) that can be combined with narration, music or embedded videos. Ready, steady, go!


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20. Placeit

You do not need a graphic designer to visualize an e-book, a perfect website screenshot, project of a t-shirt, a leaflet or even a cup. Placeit does it for you – the free version has a limited resolution, but it is more than enough to create photos for social media or a blog.

21. Creogram

There is one tool that works differently for every project. This tool is Creogram. And we are this tool. With Creogram you will make your visual dreams come true.

Don’t hesitate and start to work your marketing magic with the lucky number 21!

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