• Sharmila Ganapathy

5 Free Graphic Design Tools For The New Freelancer

Design help is just a click away, even when you're on a budget

When you’re a new freelance writer, resources are limited and you’ll need to do everything on your own, whether it involves editing your own work or simple graphic design for your blog. Not everyone can afford a graphic designer to create their blog or social media graphics, hence this group will need to rely on free resources to do the job.

Thankfully, the Web has plenty to offer in the way of free online design tools to make your life easier. Here are five of my favourites, in no particular order:

1. Canva

This do-it-yourself graphic design tool is web-based and pretty intuitive and easy to use. Choose from a variety of templates to suit your specific needs, or design your own via the custom template option. There are also free stock photos (although they are limited) and you can even upload your own photos if you prefer. The designing process itself is made simple via grids and templates. Try it out at:

2. GIMP 

GIMP is a cross-platform image editor for more extensive image editing that’s available for free here. It is a free, open-source editor that is a decent and stable replacement for the expensive Adobe Photoshop. In some ways, it is less user-friendly than Photoshop, but there are several GIMP tutorials on the Internet you can refer to help you along the way.

3. Social Image Resizer Tool 

Available on the Internet Marketing Ninjas website, this handy and free online tool lets you optimise your images for social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and more. This includes images such as your Facebook header, cover photo, banners, profile icon, and even your favicon.

4. Tiny PNG

Do you find that images take too much time to load on your blog? This is likely because your .png or .jpg image file has not been compressed or optimise for your blog. TinyPNG solves that problem for you by compressing your image files for free via its web-based tool. Access the web tool here.

5. Piktochart 

If you want to create infographics, presentations and customised graphics look no further than Piktochart. It is similar to Canva, in that it allows for drag-and-drop designing. Like Canva, Piktochart has lots of free icons, fonts and backgrounds and colours, fonts and graphics are all fully customisable. While there are paid versions of Piktochart, the free version is pretty darn good enough.

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