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6 Best Free Graphic Design Online Software & Tools for Entrepreneurs

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In order to create designs (e.g. social media posts, banners, lead magnets, website, etc.) for your brand, you will require some graphic design online software & tools. Due to a limited budget, you might want to go for free options.

No worries, we will get you covered.

We will share with you 6 essential software for graphic designers (with both free and premium plans) that will render a professional look to your designs.

For other tips on design, please check out more of our articles.

Canva

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Canva is a graphic design tool website, founded in 2012. It makes good use of the drag-and-drop feature. It provides access to millions of graphics, photographs and fonts.

Pricing

Canva has both free and paid accounts. More details on pricing. Note that prices are subject to changes.

  • The free version of Canva provides include features including but not limited to accessing over 8000 free templates, uploading your own images
  • Their paid version “Canva for Work “ which costs $12.95 per team per month. Which includes Unlimited folders for all of your designs, team functionalities, exclusive access to 400,000 free illustrations, photos and templates and many more. Link to premium page.
  • Of course, they also have Canva for Enterprises including Onboarding Incentives and dedicated account manager.

Why we love Canva?

  • We know that sometimes photos or images can be tilted and not aligned. Canva’s photo straightener allows you to use this feature to correct your misaligned photos.
  • Canva’s image cropper allows you to crop the size of your image and alter them further to fit your frame.
  • Canva offers tutorials, webinars, and a teachers’ hub to take design literacy to another level. 
  • Canva provides a host of integrations to make it easy for you to create designs, save them, host them and use them at your free will.
  • Canva is available in desktop browsers and also as an iOS and Android App.

Snappa

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Snappa is created for marketers and entrepreneurs who want to design stinning graphics without the need to get graphic designers or photoshop.

Pricing

Snappa has 3 pricing options to choose from. Note that prices are subject to changes.

  • Starter which is the free version that includes 1 user and numerous High Definition Photos and Graphics, Templates etc.
  • Pro version costs $15 per month or $10 per month if billed annually, which offer more HD photos and graphics, templates and allows unlimited downloads and social media accounts, etc.
  • Team version costs $30 per month or $20 per month if billed annually. Features include all of the Pro Version plus the Team Collaboration feature.

Why we love it?

  • Its fully-featured graphic editor provide powerful but easy to use dragging and dropping function.
  • It has a stunning library of visual assets with 500,000+ photos, 70,000+ graphics, 200+ fonts. Most importantly, photos and graphics are 100% royalty free and licensed for commercial use.
  • Its magically resize graphics allows you to resize into different sizes from social media banners to billboard ads.
  • You can also upload your own logo. Numerous tutorials, FAQs and In House support are also available to equip you with the skills to best leverage the platform.

However, we are aware that Snappa is compatible on most desktop browsers except internet explorer.

Crello

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Crello is a visual editor launched by Depositphotos. It allows creating social media images, ad banners, posters, email headers, and other popular formats.

Pricing

Crello has 3 options on pricing: Free, Advanced and Pro. Note that prices are subject to changes.

  • On the Free plan, you only have access to one format – animated post 1080×1080, with Crello watermark, etc.
  • Advanced plan charges $7.99/month offers access to 20,000+ images and premium design elements. as well as a large number of image uploads.
  • Pro is priced at $19.99/month. It gives you full access to thousands of animated elements, FB video cover, Full HD video and grand unlimited commercial Usage etc.
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Why we love it?

  • Crello has both Photo Editor and Design tools. Its versatility will surprise you.
  • Crello allows you to add various photo effects using different filters easily!
  • Well stickers aren’t just the thing for messaging apps, you can now create create adorable designs using different stickers in Crello.

Adobe Spark

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Adobe Spark is a free online and mobile graphic design app. It comprises of 3 separate design apps: Spark Page, Spark Post & Spark Video.

Spark Page helps turn words and images into beautiful, magazine style web stories.

Spark Post assist you with photo-editing and turning designs into presentations that are social media friendly.

Spark Video allows user to easily create stunning videos by aggregating video clips, photos or your own voice recordings.

Pricing

Adobe Spark comes in free and premium plans. Details can be seen here. Note that prices are subject to changes.

  • Adobe Spark Free allows graphics, web pages and video stories creation. The app is available on desktop, iphone and Ipad. Projects across your devices can be synced.
  • Adobe Spark Premium allows you to customize stories, videos and images by applying your own brand logos and colors. It also incorporates functionalities from Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC on creative cloud plans.

Why we love it?

  • Spark Post: you can get started with beautifully design templates. You can apply an overarching theme to transform your text and photos. Resizing is also made really easy that will make your design compatible with different platforms.
  • Spark Page: there are various professional photo layouts. The Glideshow function adds fluidity and elegant motion to your text and photos. You can also create responsive web designs effortlessly.
  • Spark Video: you can easily create video within minutes – simply adding text, layers, clips, soundtracks. There are rich visual themes that will match your story, mood, and message well. Transitions are also made beautifully.

PicMonkey

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PicMonkey is a photo editor and design maker, making image creation easier. PicMonkey’s mission is to empower everyday creatives to communicate visually.

PicMonkey is a photo editor and design maker, making image creation easier. PicMonkey’s mission is to empower everyday creatives to communicate visually.

Pricing

PicMonkey has 3 pricing options to choose from: Basic, Pro & Team. Note that prices are subject to changes.

  • Basic costs $7.99/month, offering 1 GB Storage. It provides a great library of top-tier fonts as well as primo Effects, templates and touch up tools, etc.
  • Pro costs $12.99/month, offering unlimited storage, export options in JPG, PNG or PDF, functions from the Basic plan as well as option to upload your fonts to PicMonkey.
  • Team plan costs $33.99/month and provides access to every feature in mobile app as well as extra functionality in team and permission management.

Why we love it?

  • It comes with a Cool Photo Editing tool with dozens of effects and filters, layers and masking options
  • There are advanced touch-up functions such as color change options for eye and hair, as well as enhancement tools to whiten teeth and remove wrinkles.
  • Its Cloud Storage feature enables the auto-save functionality and as well as easy access from desktop and mobile.

Stencil

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Stencil is a simple image creation for social media marketers, bloggers and small businesses.

Pricing

Stencil has 3 pricing options: Free, Pro and Unlimited. Note that prices are subject to changes.

  • Free plan allows you to save up to 10 images/month. You can only access limited number of photos and icons and upload up to 50 images etc.
  • Pro plan costs $15/month (billed monthly). You will have access to millions of photos, icons and graphics, hundreds and thousands of templates and font options etc.
  • Unlimited plan costs $20/month (bill monthly), covering all of Pro Features as well as functionality to save, upload and create unlimited number of images, etc.

Why we love it?

  • Royalty-free photos are of high resolutions with Creative Commons license, hence photos can be used with no attribution required.
  • Instant Resizing Tool which allows images to be magically resized. Preset sizes are also available.
  • Live Previews allows you to share your images faster and easier
  • Integrations with social media automation tool such as Buffer to allow auto scheduling of social media posts and content.
  • Choose and search inspiring quotes within Stencil.
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