Hiring a graphic designer can be pricey – on average, between $85-100/hour. If you’re a creative type and willing to try your hand at graphics, you’ll need killer free tools to get it right. Lucky for you, we’ve got three recommendations to get you started and a step-by-step guide to make your first hero image!
Canva is your one-stop shop for everything related to graphics. Especially if you’re a beginner, Canva is a good tool to start with. You can make blog banners and infographics, as well as social media covers, thumbnails, memes and photos. It’s easy-to-use with a huge database of templates to get you started.
Visme is a sleek, modern choice for your social media visuals. They offer templates, free stock images, high-res cut-outs and channel-specific layouts. With it, you can publish your new visual to your social media channel in one-click. Visme perhaps has fewer templates, but they’re more beautifully designed.
Last but not least, Piktochart is becoming popular with newbie graphic makers. It’s known for its user-friendly platform. With a minimalist layout, drag-and-drop options and one-click color changes, it’s super easy to adjust templates to your needs. Their design templates are quite professional as well.
Though we recommend the three platforms above for making rush-job social media graphics, there’s a ton of other pro tools out there.
Gravit is another graphic design tool, but it’s geared for more advanced designers. If you want an experience more akin to Adobe InDesign, Gravit’s for you.
Zen Flowchart is specifically for making flowcharts. While other graphics aren’t available here, it’s incredibly easy-to-use. If you need to make a first-rate flowchart, opt for Zen.
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