With October around the corner, it is time to start designing for the fall season. There are many design options for the times, like the Halloween theme or perhaps something that reflects the harvest.
As you prepare your theme, here are some of the top graphic design software options and more affordable alternatives to the Adobe package, including Photoshop and Illustrator.
DrawPlus Starter Edition for Windows
This amazing and completely free graphic design software is a Serif product that you can use to design, draw, create and edit 2D vector graphics to come up with a professional-looking design. The software also offers a range of 3D styles to transform your objects to 3D via extrusion.
DrawPlus design software is great for beginners, as it offers a variety of pre-defined templates and tutorials to help you get started. You can also use the application to create bespoke designs, animations, logos, technical drawings and so on.
Inkscape for Windows, Linux and Mac
This open source vector graphics editing tool is similar to CorelDraw or Illustrator. It has many powerful features, including those for print and web design. Inkscape offers good SVG integration with a simple and user-friendly interface.
The professional graphic editor comes with a variety of tutorials and plenty of information, as well as previously created work galleries to help you get started.
Fat Paint for web
Fat Paint is considered the best graphic design application, paint and logo maker for web users. There is no charge for using the image editing software, which lets you create vector illustrations, pages, logos, design products and edit photos online.
GIMP for Windows, Linux and Mac
GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. This is one of the most popular free photo editing software that is just as powerful as Photoshop. Users can perform a range of basic tasks including image resize, photo retouching, and colour correction, as well as more complicated tasks such as image creation and composition.
The software offers a scripting interface for the advanced users, as well as filters, extensions and plugins.
Sumo Paint for browsers
This is a free online image editor that also offers similar photo editing features as Photoshop. The app allows you to edit photos via your web browser without making any installations, though Adobe Flash is required. That said, you can also download the app at a small fee for offline access.
These are just five of many graphic design tools available for free, so you don’t need to be a professional designer or have to pay premium subscription costs to create great graphic designs. Just find a graphic design app you’re comfortable using and start a new canvas or template to bring your designs to life this fall.