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.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at:
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 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 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 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 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
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 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.
CyberLink PhotoDirector 365
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.
Illustration and Graphic Design Tools
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.
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.
Flat UI Colors
Adobe Color CC
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
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 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.
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 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.
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
- color palettes
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.
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)
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.
And, as I’ve promised, the bonus part. As a bonus you will find free and paid stock photo websites below:
Do you need to find icons for your next project? Here is the list of the best free and paid icons websites:
Do you think that’s all? Hold on! There is more. We all need inspiration and motivation from time to time: