Technology is a wonderful thing.
In the last few decades, technology has advanced leaps and bounds in an effort to make our lives easier. Before, we had to have a radio, calculator, alarm clock, phone, TV, computer, and so much more — now you have nearly everything you need on your smartphone.
It’s no surprise, then, that technology has crept into the professional world in virtually every industry. Graphic design and programming are no exception to that.
One of the newest trends in graphic design is that it’s now incredibly easy for those with minimal training to create designs for all kinds of purposes. There are tons of free tools online that use templates and simple design concepts to help those without formal training accomplish their design goals.
Of course, these tools will never replace having a skilled graphic designer — anyone can use a template to create a basic design, but it takes a true artist to be able to design something with real impact. Still, these tools can help you get the job done in a pinch and are worth looking into.
What’s New In The World Of Graphic Design And Programming?
Here are just a few:
Canva is an easy-to-use design software that lets users create all kinds of content — infographics, posters, social media images, and much more. Best of all, many of its features are free to use, though you can access more advanced designs and customization options with its paid plans.
Yumpu is a design software you can use to create digital flipbooks. Essentially, they look just like the magazines or books we are used to, complete with turning pages, except they are entirely digital. Or if you’re looking for other options, you can get in contact with enstitute — a blog dedicated to flipbooks.
Easel.ly is a lot like Canva, except it is mostly dedicated to the creating infographics. Because it focuses on this type of content specifically, it has great templates and tips for creating the best infographic for free.
Pixlr is a free online photo editing tool that’s similar to Adobe Photoshop. Though it doesn’t have anywhere near the amount of capabilities Photoshop has, it’s a good free tool you can use for basic photo editing and design.
Want to design something in 3D? SketchUp has you covered. It’s a free online tool you can use to create 3D models of all kinds of things, like mockups of projects or buildings.
Something for Everyone
These are just a few of the tools that are available online. Whether you’re in need of a simple design but don’t want to hire a designer, or you’re a designer that wants a simple way to create new work, there’s bound to be something out there that works for you.
Another great thing about most of these tools is that although you can use the free version, they also have paid versions you can upgrade to when you want to take your designs to the next level. Once you find the software that works best for you and familiarize yourself with using it, then you can decide whether it’s worth the investment.