Web Design

Web and Graphic Design Tools: The Ultimate List + Bonus

Design is an inseparable part of the digital world. It is used everywhere – in digital marketing, websites design, game development, etc. It’s no wonder, as we all know  “An image is worth a thousand words”. 

There are so many outstanding design tools and editors that can inspire even not creative people to discover a new passion. And I’m one of them. I’m not a very creative person, but web/graphic design was on my list of the new things that I want to learn. So I decided to start with exploring design tools and understanding which one I’ll need for discovering a genius artist within me)

So what are the most famous and not so famous web and graphic design tools? 
I know that no one likes long and boring intros) Let’s start with the list. 

Photo Editors

Photoshop

photoshop editor

There is no need to introduce Photoshop to anyone. It has every feature that a designer needs. Although its functionality is a little bit difficult, and it takes some time to get used to it, but this tool is a dream come true for every designer. The apparent disadvantage is its high cost and subscription-based monthly fee. 

Affinity Photo

Affinity is a lesser-known but very functional and budget-friendly alternative to Photoshop. This tool has a powerful toolset and allows complex photo editing and professional retouching. The edited images will look natural and smooth. The interface is quite simple and user-friendly. You definitely should give it a try.

PIXLR

pixlr phot editing tool

 PIXLR is a multifunctional tool that offers mobile and desktop editors. And, ATTENTION please, it also allows you to edit any picture online – directly in your browser. It’s an AI-powered tool for quick but professional designs. You can:

  • Make beautiful templates for different purposes – business cards, brochures, social media stories, invitations and more
  • ​​Create photo collages
  • Add filters, effects and erase the background

InVision Studio

Invisionapp

  InVision Studio is not only a design tool, but also a collaboration platform. It allows you to design, animate, prototype and scale your design. You can create interactive, vivid and responsive designs. 

It’s a perfect choice for you if you are collaborating with others or you are a part of a remote working designer team. You will be able to easily sync with others, get real-time updates and stay connected.

InVision is a very powerful and full-stack design tool that is a must-have for every designer.

Skylum Luminar AI

Skylum Luminar AI

 Skylum Luminar AI is an AI-powered tool that allows you to edit your images without spending much time or effort. You can edit landscapes, portraits, food photos and more. 

 Don’t be afraid if the resolution of your photos is too low, with the help of the powerful toolset you will make your photos stand out. And do you know what makes this tool even more appealing? The AI will suggest personalized templates to choose from. This will help you to save a lot of time and focus on creating more beautiful collages. 


Corel PaintShop Pro

paintshop pro corel

Corel PaintShop Pro offers a 30-day trial and affordable pricing. You will be able to get the results you want with powerful features, smart solutions, instant effects, templates, drawing and text tools.

Adobe Lightroom

adobe lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is a perfect tool for beginners or the ones who want a simple and quick way to edit their photos. It’s a simpler alternative to Photoshop where you can store and manage your photos as well.

GIMP

gimp editor

GIMP is an open-source and entirely free photo editor that allows creating high-quality images, original artwork and graphic designs.

Blender

blender editor

Blender is another free photo editor with modeling, animation, video editing features and more.

CyberLink PhotoDirector 365

CyberLink PhotoDirector 365-min

CyberLink PhotoDirector 365 offers more than 3000 effects and templates, an audio library, stock video footage and photos.

Fotor

fotor photo editor

Fotor is a free tool that comes in mobile, desktop and online versions. Although it doesn’t have a professional toolkit or complex functionality, it is enough for the simple editing requirements and quick retouching.

Sumo Paint

sumo app

Sumo Paint is an online photo editor that offers free and budget-friendly versions.  It includes different brushes, gradients, pencils and more.

Canva

canva editor

Canva is one of the wildly known and used online tools. It has a wide range of features and includes trendy filters, templates, collage makers, an image library and tons of other useful assets.

Other great photo editing tools are:

iPiccy
piZapBefunky
Phixr
Lunapic
FotoFlexer
Photopea

Illustration and Graphic Design Tools

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator

Follow your imagination and experience the freedom of creating whatever you want. There are no limits or boundaries with Adobe Illustrator. You can create sketches, complex illustrations, posters, logos, icons, vector art and much more.

Corel Painter

Draw realistic artworks and illustrations with numerous art tools and features with Corel Painter. Create your next masterpiece right now. The software is compatible with:

  • Photoshop
  • Tablet
  • Mac and PC

Autodesk Sketchbook

autodesk sketchbook

Autodesk Sketchbook is a great tool for architects, designers and professionals with experience. It is available on every device – desktop, tablet and mobile. The Sketchbook comes with hundreds of brushes, vivid colors and smooth lines. It’s a perfect tool for drawing wherever you want.

CorelDRAW

Bring your authentic ideas to life with this tool. CorelDRAW is an all-in-one software that allows you to create fantasy arts, illustrations, game personages, branding identity and paintings. 

Artwaver

artweaver features

Artwaver is a full-featured art software with realistic brushes, a user-friendly interface, the opportunity to work together with a team.

ArtRage

ArtRage will allow you to create realistic and stunning masterpieces. The natural gradient, beautiful textures, shadows and smooth brushes will make your artwork more realistic.

Color Tools

Brand Colors

brand colors

If you want to check the branding colors of different brands and companies, then Brand Colors is for you. It suggests the biggest list of brand color codes from around the world.

Flat UI Colors

flat ui colors

Find your next project’s color scheme inspiration at Flat UI Colors. Check different palettes and color combinations made by 13 different designers.

Adobe Color CC

Adobe’s Color wheel allows users to generate and combine different color palettes. If you want to save the results of your experiment, you must be a registered user.

Coolors

Coolors

Coolors is a must-have tool for any designer. Even if you are not a designer, this tool will help you to:

  • ​generate color palettes, different shades and color gradients
  • upload an image and generate palettes based on its colors’ schemes
  • crate collages
  • check the trending color combinations
coolors trending palettes-min

It’s a very simple, easy to use and user-friendly tool that offers options for people with color blindness as well. Just sign in, do your magic and save your creation or simply export it.

Color Hunt

color hunt

Color Hunt is another cool tool that presents different color shades’ combinations. You can filter the palettes based on their popularity, recentness or based on the collection (like winter, space, pastel, etc.).
And, as a bonus, if you want to add more colors and creativity to your life then try Color Hunt’s Chrome extension. It will replace your boring screen tab with a beautiful one. 

Colorzilla

colorzilla tool

Colorzilla makes it easy to create custom gradients, and copy or export its CSS or sCSS. It also offers Firefox and Chrome extensions.

Paletton

paletton tool

Paletton is another tool for creating beautiful and unique color combinations.

Palette Generator

palette generator

Palette Generator is another great tool that makes your life easier. We all have been in a situation when we see a picture and want to find out the used color palette but there is no way to extract it.Palette Generator is the tool you need. Just upload the image and the website will show you the dominant color of your image, and you can choose how many colors you want to extract.

Colordrop.io

color drop io

Colordrop.io combines a couple of important features. It can be used as one united tool instead of using various tools. You can choose from the ready color palettes or flat colors, edit gradients and scan images for extracting the dominant colors. 

Material Palette

material pallete colors

Choose two colors, and it will generate a matching color palette. You can also choose from one color’s different shades. As a bonus, Material Palette gives you an opportunity to pick an icon as well.

Stripe Generator

stripe generator tool

Experiment with different colors and shadows to get unique stripes. Stripe Generator is not only a great tool to unleash your creativity but also download the best ones.

Colrd

colrd

If you have lost your inspiration while doing your everyday mundane tasks and responsibilities, then Colrd is the place to get motivated and creative again. The users of the website upload:

  • flat colors
colrd colors
  • color palettes
colrd palettes
  • gradients
colrd gradients
  • patterns
colrd patterns
  • images
colrd images

After getting the required dose of inspiration and artistry, go ahead and create your own design. After finishing, you can share it with other users.

Typography

Fonts Google

Fonts Google

Google Fonts offers a wide range of beautiful fonts. You can browse the website and download the font family you liked the most, or copy the link and add it to your website’s CSS.

What Font Is

What Font Is is a necessary tool for every designer. It allows to upload an image and identify the font on it. You will be able to get inspiration from your favorite photos or spy on your competitors)

Logo Design

Designmantic

Designmantic

Designmantic is an affordable and easy-to-use tool that will allow even non-designers to create simple logos. All you need to do:

  • Enter company name
  • Enter the industry
  • Create your logo
  • Download it

Renderforest

Renderforest is a great and budget-friendly platform for creating everything for your brand identity. You can create exceptional logos, graphics, videos, animations (from the scratch) or choose from the templates.

Graphic Springs

Graphic Springs is a simple tool intended for creating unique logos and other assets that a brand will need. Even if you are not a designer you can choose from the hundreds of templates.

Bonus Part

And, as I’ve promised, the bonus part. As a bonus you will find free and paid stock photo websites below:

unsplash stock photos

Do you need to find icons for your next project? Here is the list of the best free and paid icons websites:

envato elements

Do you think that’s all? Hold on! There is more. We all need inspiration and motivation from time to time:

devianart
Narine

Narine

Narine is a digital marketing specialist with more than 5 years of experience in the field and more than 10 years of experience in the banking and financial spheres. Her goal is to help people and companies to realize their dreams and achieve ambitious growth with digital marketing.

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