Looking for some simple & popular free online graphic design tool, is massively popular. And for good reason – it’s a great tool! But as much as that may be the case, there are plenty of other apps that can help you accomplish the same types of tasks.
So if you’re looking for a new approach, or maybe even just some new templates or interface options, the graphic design apps that I’m going to feature in this post are absolutely worth checking out.
Ready to dig in? Let’s go.
Canva is a tool loaded with enough easy-to-use features and functionality that anyone can create a variety of engaging content that gets shared.
Like most of these solutions, Canva offers drag-and-drop functionality. Combined with search, this feature makes it easy to discover image elements and to include the ones you like.
Whether you use a free or paid photo, or even one you upload yourself, Canva provides and easy-to-use photo editor where you can change the look of your image using settings that include filters, tint, brightness, and more.
As for fonts, Canva offers hundreds from which to choose. It’s hard to stop playing with all those choices!
If you like working on the go, Canva offers an Android & iPad app that’s as full-featured and easy-to-use as the online version.
When it comes to price, you can’t go wrong with Canva because it’s free! You read that right, you can use every Canva template for free.
The only time you’ll need to pay is when you use one or more of the premium images that they sell for the low price of $1 per image. Don’t want to pay? No problem! They offer tons of free images to use as well. and if you’ll need one of the paid plans starting at $12.35 per 3 months.
Stencil is a graphic design tool that’s focused on marketing, rather than making graphic design accessible. And beyond marketing, Stencil is specifically focused on social media images.
This “niching down” allows them to offer a hyper-focused tool, though you’ll also lose some flexibility when it comes to templates and stock photos.
The big draw of Stencil is that it’s designed to allow you to push out social media images as quickly as possible. And it’s also stupid simple to use.
Stencil has hundreds of templates, 1,200,00+ CC0 images, 800,000+ icons, 100,000+ quotes, and lots of other nifty features.
They have a free plan that lets you create 10 images per month. But if you really want to use it to boost your social media tools, you’ll need one of the paid plans starting at $9 per month & Pro unlimited plan at $12 per month.
Like Canva and DesignBold (next on this list), Snappa is another all-purpose design tool that simplifies graphic design enough to make it accessible to an average person. Quickly create images based on set dimensions or pre-built templates. Then, edit and add effects as needed to create the perfect design.
Snappa offers up 200+ fonts and 3,000+ vectors and shapes to help you create some stunning designs. And what’s really nice is that you can schedule your images to post on social media without leaving the Snappa interface.
That’s definitely handy!
Like Canva and DesignBold (again!), Snappa also has a feature that lets you automatically resize images to convert between different dimensions.
Snappa has a free plan that allows 5 downloads per month. After that, you’ll need to go with the $10 per month pro plan.
DesignBold is a tool that’s quite similar to Canva. While you’ll feel right at home in DesignBold’s interface if you’re already familiar with Canva, DesignBold does do a couple things well to differentiate itself.
First off, it has a much larger selection of stock photos. SO if you were always disappointed by the stock photos available in Canva, you’ll be happy to know that DesignBold struck a deal with the popular stock photo site DepositPhotos to make all of DepositPhotos’ stock images available inside DesignBold (for a fee of course).
Additionally, DesignBold has a whole new set of templates that you can choose from when you’re creating your designs.
Like Canva, DesignBold has a stellar free plan. Then, if you want more features, you can upgrade to a paid plan to get access to tools like:
- 20MB upload limit (free plan is 5MB)
- Download transparent PNG
- Download PDF for Print (in beta)
- Custom color palettes for your own design info
- Ability to upload custom fonts
- Magic resize tool to reuse the same design across different dimensions
The pro plan starts at $19 per month.
Crello is a new’ish Canva alternative that a few different people shared in the comments. I haven’t used it as much as the others, but it seems to be quite flexible and have a good set of templates.
One neat feature is the ability to create animated content or even Instagram video stories.
In total, Crello supports 40 different formats.