My Favorite FREE (or almost free) Graphic Design Tools for the Graphic Design Challenged

Favorite Free Graphic Design Tools Graphic design can be the one thing that makes people stop and read your post or blog. However, for those of us who may be graphic designed challenged, it can be an intimidating task to take on. Thankfully, over the years I have discovered multiple free, or nearly free, content marketing tools out there that can help you create graphics that will turn heads. I am going to share with you a few of my favorite graphic design tools that are easy to use and give you professional looking results.

My Favorite Free Graphic Design Tools

Atlas – Charts, Research, and Data Visualization

Data and statistics are not compelling reading, but when you put that dry information into colorful and easy to understand charts, it can become almost exciting. Charts and graphs will allow your readers to compare the data side by side and visually see what your content is about adding depth to your content.

Unsplash –Free Images (Really)

Finding images that are really free to use can be frustrating. Unsplash has images that are absolutely free with no attribution required. And not just free, they are actually great images that you can use for a wide variety of applications along with many images that can be used just to add some color and life to your content.

Canva – All in One Graphic Design Tool

Canva is a graphic design tool with a little bit of everything. You can design cards, slides, brochures, photo editing, and more. Plus, it can do it all quickly and easily. If you are looking for a one-stop tool, then Canva is the one.

Write Behind – Add words that are behind your image

Write Behind is a unique tool that allows you to add words to your graphics, but not just words in front of your image. Write Behind will make it look like the letters are going partially behind the pictures which gives you a simple yet cool effect!

PicStitch – Make a Collage Out of Multiple Images

A collage is a great way to create excitement, movement, and fun in the space of a single image and PicStitch is the tool that can make it happen. Just add your images or videos, decide on a layout from one of 300 options or create a custom layout, and you are done!

Adobe Spark – Create Impactful Graphics

Adobe Spark allows you to create beautiful and compelling graphics in minutes without any design experience. You can create compelling content, web pages, video stories, and more.

Evernote’s Skitch  – Add Notes, Arrows, and More to Images

If you use Evernote already then, you will love Skitch. Skitch allows you to annotate your pictures, images, and screenshots with arrows, highlights, check marks, and more. This will allow you to impact your viewers quickly and draw them into the process.

Word Swag – Add Text to Your Photos

Word Swag is another great tool that allows you to add text to your photos. This tool is perfect to use for a “Thought of the Day” post or inspirational quotes.

PicMonkey – On the Go Photo Editing

This tool boasts a fantastic photo editing feature, but can also create collages, and has some great graphic design templates. My favorite part of PicMonkey is how easy it makes it to edit photos on mobile for those last minute or time-sensitive posts.

Infographic Tools

We can’t talk about graphic design and compelling content without mentioning infographics. People love a great infographic, and they are a great way to encourage shares and reposts. Below I have listed a few of my favorite tools to use for fun and interesting infographics.

My favorite Infographic tools:

These tools will help you make your content exciting, compelling, and interesting by adding graphics. Whether you have used graphic design tools in the past or this will be your first try, these tools make it easy to get started today. So, what are you waiting for, let’s go design!

What is your favorite graphic design tool? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. Hi patty,
    Great thanks for sharing this amazing tutorial with us! Specially many many thanks for sharing infographic tools.
    I love Canva Infographic Maker . I think Canva Infographic Maker is easy to use for every user.

  2. Shelly Rice says

    Thanks Patty, very helpful.

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