Do you want your blog and social media posts to stand out? Are you willing to create a stunning graphic design on your own? If you can’t afford a professional graphic designer then this article How to create great graphics – even if you’re not a designer is absolutely there for you.
As you have to capture and captivate your audience, creating great-looking content must be your priority.
It’s ok! If you’re a designer or you have a team ready to design great graphics every single time you want to publish a post. But what if you don’t or you can’t afford it?
Of course, there’s no alternative to skilled graphic designers. But there are some exclusive tools in the market that anyone can now create highly engaging graphics without a pro.
So, here are some of those professional graphics tools.
Canva is the highest-rated and most favorable tool known for its excellence and ease. Here you can create stunning graphic designs like social media images, banner ads, blog covers, business cards, and a complete list of other graphics without spending a cent. There are in-app purchases for additional features and assets. We can say, canva is the affordable platform for creating and managing professional-looking branded documents.
As the name depicts itself, it’s mainly developed for creating graphic designs like infographics, charts, and reports. It works on drag and drops infographic directions. If you have a vision and need the execution, you can easily start with a blank canvas or without a template. Otherwise, it contains numerous design templates.
Piktochart is available in both free and paid packages. If you’re looking to make it the most integral part of your marketing, I recommend going for a paid package. It offers the larger upload limits and including other features too.
When it comes to getting source images to create wonderful and stunning images by editing and renewing, Pexels is there. Generally, it’s a website containing loads of high-quality images, both free and paid, without attribution.
Being a creator you need stock photos for graphic design from time to time. It’s not always in the budget to spend big bucks on photos for every blog post, especially if you’re posting several times a day.
Basically Flaticons is a collection of icons and stickers. It contains more than 2,500 free icons and even allows you to create your own as well.
It is incredibly easy to use and handy for banners, presentations, infographics, and reports.
Venngage is counted in the highly advanced infographic creators available online. It contains numerous easily customizable templates necessary for graphic design. Thus, you can create a highly engaging post by using those templates and some additional features offered by Venngage. You can enjoy creating with limited templates in a free account or you can go for paid premium accounts.
99Designs is a type of pro app/site for graphic designers and buyers. With this, you can create a brief and launch your brief as the contest to the design community of the site by choosing one of the 99Designs packages. They will respond to you by submitting their own designs on the site.
You would receive dozens of entries that might give you several interpretations of your brief. You just need to pick your favorite design. The designer will get the prize money and you can take complete ownership of the design.
Are you looking for a quick and easy way to create your next graphic design? Then Stencil is right there for you.
Stencil contains more than 200K graphics and icons. If you like sharing quotes and thoughts on social media you can quickly do so with its ready to add quotes feature. You can easily upload any web-image and modify it and then share it with its browser extension. You have access to over 860,000+ background images at your dashboard.
In Stencil, you have free excess to 10 images per month. Later you can upgrade to 500 images per month and unlimited plans as per your requirements.
Visme allows you to create interactive infographics like presentations, banner ads, customer layouts, animations, and many more.
You can use hundreds of custom templates and customize each of them with text, shapes, and icons, images, graphs, tables as well as widgets. You can either add video and audio.
Very easily you can avail yourself of these cool features both free and the paid.
Ripl is specifically a mobile/android app where you can create short animated videos with professionally designed templates.
Initially, it offers you 200+ animated designs to easily create visuals that fit your business brand. After choosing a design template you can add images, text, and icons. Later you can share with your social media accounts with a single tap.
Once you’ve connected your social profiles to Ripl, you can directly post to Facebook, LinkedIn, Insta, YouTube, Twitter, and many more. Either you can export your videos to the phone’s gallery.
Biteable is a desktop app and video creation tool that claims to be “The World’s Simplest Video Maker.” It consists of several pre-designed Templates. Either you can use them or create your video from scratch
Biteable offers a large collection of images and video clips, both free and paid. You can add them to your templates. It even provides you simple animation and claymation sequences from that you can produce engaging explainer videos in a few minutes.
Its free plan allows you to create 5 video projects a month and publish those HD-quality videos to YouTube, Insta, Facebook, or many other platforms. The paid plan comes with $29/month and allows you unlimited videos, 85,000+ stock footage clips without any watermark.
PhotoFunia is mainly a photo editing app from that you can edit photos online in your phone. It’s a free tool resulting in high-quality photo collages and graphic designs in just a few seconds.
The name Photofunia itself describes that the tool is fun to use. It’s a very useful tool to create eye-catching images by editing and recreating the old ones with new effects. You can use those images for background images such as magazine covers, billboards, and movie posters.
12. Quotes Cover
If you are the one who loves to share quotes on social media? The amazing feature of Quotes Cover is it can turn quotes or short text into meaningful images for social media. Mainly these are high-resolution images for posters and other graphics.
Quotes Cover is an efficiently working easy to use the app. It’s so simple to use, you just need to enter your quote or text by choosing your preferred design elements. They may include fonts, shadows colors, and effects. You can either upload your own image for the background or keep it simple and readable.
Easil is an online graphic design tool with pre-made templates that you can use to create awesome designs with simple drag-and-drop tools in just a few seconds. It’s most effective for Instagram and Facebook posts.
It consists of a help feed that teaches you to design and its workings. With the free version of Easil, you are limited to download the files. With a free version, you’re not allowed to download a PDF or GIF. The Premium service costs $7.50 a month, and the pro or Edge service costs $59 a month.
14. A Color Story
A Color Story is an app that offers you a large selection of filters that make your photos stand out. These are not only simple filters but enhancing and enriching your photos to look more natural and lucrative. It offers the compositions of Bright whites, rich color, and clean adjustments.
Like canva, this app too provides you the facility to save the steps of editing that will help you in editing and batching the other posts.
Plotaverse is a multi-tasker app that animates images with super magical effects. You can very easily create graphic designs like animated GIFs, animated PNGs, or looping videos. If you post those thunderous images on social media you are gonna get to see the difference.
Mostly, you may create looping videos or animated images from the video. But, Plotaverse does this with still images and creates CGI effects. Now you can upload the image to your website, or social media platforms. If you are using the tool through a website then it costs you nothing but the iOS app costs $4.99.
When you should Go for a Pro
If you’re a beginner or need small content projects, quick blog post visuals, and a frequent need for a logo. You may not need professional graphic designers if such great resources are available. But don’t forget all those features are not free.
If you’re looking for truly unique custom designs, you should go for the premium version. Or you’re running a big business, you must need quality content at high quantity by professional designers.
But if you don’t have the budget then these cool apps are really a blessing! These tools can be proved to your marketing assets.
Do let us know which tools you’re already using and feel free to share your opinion about the favorite graphic design tools in the comment below.