Design can be something that consumes a lot of your time, so I have listed the top 10 free graphic design tools that I constantly use, and that will help you with your productivity and speed up your workflow.
If you need images and don’t have any to hand then pixabay is a great place to take a look.
With over 1.8 million images available, for free and licensed for commercial usage. I use it all the time to source images that I either use as is, or as a starting point to design for what I need.
Pixabay also has a ton of vector graphics, illustrations and videos available as well.
More image tools
On the subject of images there is also freepik, which offers a similar service to pixabay with the addition of PSD formats as well.
We’re pretty spoiled as designers these days, with a range of fonts available through photoshop and google.
That said there’s always a time when, even with the choices we have available, you can’t find quite what you need, and that’s where befonts come into play.
Free, high quality fonts available in both TTF and TXT formats, including a huge range of fonts for free commercial usage.
I love the site design, with great graphic layouts showing off each of the font selections nicely.
Ever see a website and think “wow-love the font, I wonder what they’re using?”
Well, there’s a simple to use chrome extension that will tell you what you want to know.
Follow this link to the chrome store for fonts ninja
Once installed and running hover over any text on any page to get information about the font in use.
A fantastic tool and a real help when designing.
It’s not easy to decide which fonts work well together, so fontjoy has come up with a deep learning AI algorithm to help solve the problem for us.
Colour pallets and pairing
Just like working with complementary fonts your design will need complementary colour schemes to look pleasing and attractive.
Adobe’s colour wheel presents a simple to use interface making colour palette design and selection easy.
Quite often you’ll need to come up with a logo, quite often at short notice.
Logo creator is a fantastic free online tool that can help you do just that.
Choose a category, start with a template and then customize to your heart’s content with control over fonts, text sizes and colours. You can even upload your own images.
A clean intuitive interface presents you with a range of options that make designing easy and simple
Once done you download a hi-res version of your work for use on any of your branding.
Icons can really make your designs come to life, brochures, websites, icons in emails act as great visual tags to any piece of writing.
Freeicons has a large range of icons available for download, with a database that is easy to search.
Available in PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD and BASE 64 formats
If you don’t have access to Photoshop, but need to do some image editing then Adobe can help
Adobe Spark is an easy to use online image editor. Just sign up and then you have a huge range of image editing tools you can apply to any image you upload.
If you’ve ever needed a seamless and repeatable pattern for your backgrounds then flaticon has the perfect tool for you.
Bonus – on screen colour picker
Wouldn’t it be really handy to grab the colour information straight off a pixel on your screen?
Well, the great news is you can!
Just colour picker is another chrome extension that allows you to hover over a pixel and get colour information.
No more screen grabbing and looking at the image in an editor to find the colour you want. Now it’s possible to do it straight in your browser. A real time saver.
Summary -10 free graphic design tools
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of 10 free graphic design tools, and that you find them useful.
There are loads of tools available these days, and this list is just a starting point of my favorite go-to resources that I hope you will find useful as well, and aid you in designing and creating beautiful graphics and images.