5 Graphic Design Tools for DIYers

In Branding & Graphics by Kristen Jerry

We get asked a lot, what resources are out there for those that can’t pay for a graphic designer but still create an image for their business? Well, we’ve compiled a list of 5 great tools for designing graphics within your business. All have different features and benefits to help your business grow visually. Explore all of them to find the one that works best with your workflow.

Canva

Canva is a free graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals. The tools can be used for both web and print media design and graphics.
Web based and App – Learn more
Cost: Free, $12.95/month for Canva Works

GIMP

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It is a downloadable program that can be added to your computer and then creativity is almost endless.
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Cost: Free

Adobe Spark

Create stunning graphics, web pages, and video stories in minutes. Upgrade to Premium and you can personalize your creations with your own brand. Lets you select the images you want. Upload your own from your device or cloud storage, or select from thousands of free online images.
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Cost: Free, $9/month for Individual Premium, $19/month for Teams

Pablo by Buffer

Whether you need to create a blog header, or an image for Twitter, Pablo is a tool offered by Buffer. Perfect sizing options for Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. With different font styles, colours etc. it makes it easy to create a quick image post to social media. Direct uploading to social media as well as if you are using Buffer as social media management tool, you can schedule it for later.
Web based – Learn more
Cost: Free

Venngage

Infographics make data and processes accessible and memorable. Choose from a 100+ infographic templates on Venngage and follow these steps to create your own infographics. If you want a different way to present facts and figures on social media or within reports this is a great option. The free plan limits you to 5 infographics with Venngage branding. You will have to pay for further access to products and branding free.
Web based – Learn more
Cost: Free, $19/month for Individual, $49/month for Business