Best Online Graphic Design Tools: My Top 5
Are you searching for the best online graphic design tools? Maybe you’d like to have a piece of software that you could call your own, but other things may be stopping you…such as cost, learning curve, or maybe you would like to have something that you can take with you, and do some work from your tablet or phone while waiting in a doctor’s office, etc….we know all about on-the-go lifestyles.
Canva is one of the best tools I’ve found and I heard about it through most of my blogger buddies who use it regularly to create social media graphics for their posts; I also know of one particular blogger who uses Canva to create printable journal and planner pages too!
There are a mixture of images; e.g. clipart and vectors, available to use, some are free and some have a small fee attached (each one is labeled as such)
I used the free version of Canva to create the banner for my Etsy shop. I didn’t have to worry about choosing the right dimensions or anything…there are a series of predesigned templates already sized.
I just chose one with the most appealing background and went to work!
Among the type of layouts you can create include social media images, letter size (A4) documents, flyers, posters, and website or online store banners.
I drop in and drop out periodically with the free plan, with is still a good deal…I have access to one GB of space, can upload my own images, and have access to many (not all, but that’s OK) templates. If you wish to upgrade to the “Pro” plan, you get a 30-day free trial, and more access to features like unlimited design storage space, and no limits on templates, plus the opportunity to turn designs into animated GIFs. At the time of writing, this plan is 9.95 /mo.
This one is my favorite out of all the tools I use. As a blogger, Picmonkey has become my BFF for making multiple graphics to support my written content. I use it to create graphics from scratch for my social pages, as well as edit photos and add flourishes to them.
I also use the multitudes of images and fonts to create designs for print on demand products that I carry on Etsy. I’m like most women about shoes when it comes to fonts : “You can never have too many!”
One of my favorite features is the built-in storage hub, which means bye-bye thumb drives! I can even organize my Hub space and attribute labels for my different projects -for example, I have a folder for my images for this site, another for my Etsy designs, and another for another one of my niche sites. Yes, I have two other sites besides this one. Really great time saver!
The second best feature is the autosave...Love this! As someone who has had all my hard work lost when something “Murphy’s Law” happened and the site crashed…Ugh!
The autosave is great for peace of mind. Only thing I run into is that when I’m typing something kind of long, sometimes there are letters missing due to data caching (I think) but it’s a minor inconvenience.
Stencil is another good one to use….It’s got a free plan in which you can create up to 10 designs per month. I have a Stencil account and I use that “ten for free” plan to come up with some simple text-based designs for my POD (print on demand) line…Sometimes I like to experiment to see which designs get the most love, simple or complex.
Again, I heard about Stencil from word-of-mouth and from what was said, it is excellent for content marketers. All of the pre-set social media sizes are available, so no guesswork there…you can also preview your designs and share them on the fly.
There are two paid upgrade plans on Stencil, with both you get access to features like more templates, icons, fonts, amount of designs you can create/download, and collections.At the time of writing the upgrade plans are $9 and $12 per month. Another cool feature is access to multitudes of royalty-free stock images. Having those all in one place is convenient (I usually have to dig a little for mine.)
Plus there’s also site support if you need anything.Even though I’m only using the “Hobby” plan, I would recommend them.
This company is based out of Ireland, I think, and after I received an invitation to try them out from the owner, I checked them out for myself.
Design Wizard has a lot of unique features – including that of video editing
Upgrade plans start at $7.41 and include more features like video editing and integration with sites like Marketo, social sharing, access to royalty free images, and many images and templates.
When I go into the user portal, which looks pretty similar to that of Canva…it is easy to navigate. The template images are shown, there’s a few that are free to use (shown near the top) as you scroll down you’ll see they require a small fee apiece (you’ll see that as you mouse over them individually, a price of $4.99 appears…I’m not sure if that is a one-time fee, or unlimited.)
There are only a few free images, I think a couple of them are $1 and the rest $4.99. That one of the left, when I moused over it, I swear the reader turned a page in the book, so I don’t know if it’s animated or not?
This last one in my lineup appears to be pretty popular. There are pre-set social media templates included (One thing I didn’t see was Etsy, however) Since it’s pretty blogger-friendly, I thought I would go ahead and do a demo of a graphic for you…
The free plan will let you create and download up to five images per month, and the upgrades (two) will let you access the media library, so no deep digging around for stock photos. It starts at $10 a month and lets you integrate with Buffer (sorry – unsure of what that is)
Hope this post will be helpful for you…..Happy Designing!