Design is so important in everything you do online that you need to have some skills to be able to create things yourself. Whether you’re building websites, designing a book cover or you need a logo, it really sucks if you have to pay someone else to do it all of the time. Doing this stuff yourself isn’t that difficult. You don’t have to be an adobe master anymore, in fact, there are tons of design tools that are free, easy to use and produce awesome results.
These are my top seven design tools that you really need to know about.
- Canva – Canva is one of my most used websites. It allows you to create a variety of designs and images from leaflets and Facebook banners to posters and book covers. You can upload your own fonts and images to use as well as being able to use the huge variety that Canva have on offer. There are templates and designs already available for you to use and customize. It also has an array of images and designs that you can use within your design, both free and paid.
The are certain things that Canva can’t do, such as allow you to curve writing, but it’s still well worth using, and even worth upgrading to the paid version which is only around $10 per month.
- Pixabay – Pixabay is a photo website that provides copyright free images for you to use in your projects. They have thousands of absolutely fantastic photos that are yours for the taking.
- Gravit.io – Gravit is basically photoshop, but free to use. You don’t need to download any software as it’s completely browser based, but you can also download it so you can use it even if you don’t have internet access.
- PNGtree – PNG tree offers, as you might suspect, free png images. If you need the images for commercial use then you can pay as little as $199 for three years.
- Fontsquirrel – Font squirrel provides free fonts that are even free for commercial use.
- Vectr – Vectr is a free in browser tool for creating 2D vector images and is also available as stand alone desktop app.
- Sumopaint – A free in browser painting tool. With Sumopaint you can create your own glorious images and paintings completely free.
Combining these seven design tools will mean there is nothing that you can’t do (depending on your actual design skills of course) and if you build up your skills you can make money designing book covers, logos, picture books, website banners, social media posts and business cards to name just a few.