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Best Graphic Design Software in 2018

Software from this category provides a comprehensive set of tools required for creating, editing, and reformatting graphic content. Graphic design is widely used across multiple business niches (advertising, publishing, production, etc) and creating visual content requires software from this subcategory. Creating and editing digital prints, product packaging, poster and flyer design, fonts and blueprints, all fall into the graphic design category. You can also find various color scheme generators, icon libraries, and other tools that create and catalog resources used by graphic designers. Some of these products can perform multiple roles (drawing and image editing, combining different media platforms, etc.) despite having graphic design as their center of focus.  Read the full software guide...

Adobe Color CC

Adobe Color CC 98


Adobe Color is an internet application that lets individuals try out, create and save various colour schemes, each of which consists of a set of five colours. More Information...


Lucidpress 91


Lucidpress is an intuitive web-based design/layout tool that allows you to easily create professional quality print & digital media. More Information...


Typekit 90


Typekit is a subscription font service that offers a huge number of fonts to be embedded into online documents. More Information...

InDesign CC

InDesign CC 90


Adobe InDesign is a publishing tool to create posters, flyers, newspapers, magazines, brochures and books. More Information...


Canva 90


Create graphics for your presentation, website, or blog with a simple drag and drop interface. More Information...

Icons8 App

Icons8 App 88


Online repository and offline application with more than 39000 flat icons More Information...


Designhill 83


Designhill is an online design marketplace that helps business owner’s source high quality custom designs at affordable prices. More Information...


Coolors 81


Coolors is a super fast colour scheme generator, of use to anyone involved in user-facing design. More Information...


FotoJet 80


FotoJet is an all-in-one graphic tool for photo editing, graphic design and photo collages. More Information...


Vectr 77


Vectr is a free vector graphics design software used to create graphics easily and intuitively. It's a powerful web and desktop cross-platform tool. More Information...


FontStruct 75


FontStruct is a free online font-building and sharing platform created by FontShop. More Information...


PixTeller 74


PixTeller enables anyone to create amazing graphic designs in seconds. More Information...


Colormind 68


Colormind creates unique, pleasing color schemes for designers and developers. It can generate color suggestions from scratch or based on your input. More Information...


Envato 95


Envato is the leading marketplace for creative people to sell their digital assets. More Information...

Illustrator CC

Illustrator CC 93


Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor used by design professionals across the world. More Information...

All in One Designer

All in One Designer 58


Complete web to print storefront software for printers. Most intuitive web to print software with most intuitive, capable, and tablet ready web to print design tool. More Information...


DesignCrowd 58


Crowdsource all your graphic design needs to 400,000+ designers around the world through the DesignCrowd marketplace. More Information...


Infogram 91


Infogram helps anyone create and share beautiful charts, maps, infographics, reports and presentations. More Information...


Piktochart 89


Piktochart is a cloud-based infographic tool allowing users to create professional-grade infographics in as little as 30 minutes. More Information...

Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC 89


Adobe Photoshop is an advanced image editor with capabilities ranging anywhere from simple retouching, to complex 3D designs. It also includes a basic video editor that integrates with the traditional tools. More Information...


WebProof 55


Online design proofing tool. Collaboration made easy. Comment, update, make notes, and more. Is the best tool to let tons of revision emails in the past. More Information...


BeFunky 87


BeFunky is an intuitive and user-friendly online photo editor. More Information...

Cargo Collective

Cargo Collective 86


Cargo Collective is a web publishing, CMS and community-building platform. More Information...


PicMonkey 86


PicMonkey is a free online photo editor where users can add filters, frames, text, collages, and many other effects. More Information...


PicResize 84


PicResize is a web-based image editing service. More Information...


DesignEvo 83


A powerful and free online logo design tool that helps people make professional and effective logos in minutes. More Information...


IconArchive 83


IconArchive is a professional icon search engine stocking more than 580,000 free icons for web developers, end users and graphic designers. More Information...


3DOcean 80


3D ocean is a massive online collection of royalty-free 3D models, textures, materials, plugins and more. More Information...


Skillshare 80


Skillshare is a learning community for creators. It offers a window to explore over a thousand classes from design to business and more. More Information...

Vector Magic

Vector Magic 79


VectorMagic provides vectorization software and services; converting bitmap images to vector images. More Information... 79

(0) is an online tool for reducing the size of images and photos. More Information...


Animatron 77


Animatron is an easy­-to­-use and powerful online HTML5 animation maker that enables users to create stunning animations and videos right in the browser. More Information...


YouiDraw 75


YouiDraw is an online vector graphics editor for drawing, logo creating and painting. More Information...


Redshift 74


Redshift is the world’s first fully GPU-accelerated, biased renderer. More Information...


LogoGarden 73


LogoGarden allows entrepreneurs to make their own logo for free or have a custom one designed for them at a fixed price with unlimited revisions. More Information...


48hourslogo 73


48hourslogo lets you run online logo design contests starting from just $29 with your first results within hours. More Information...


Kickresume 73


Kickresume helped more than 300 000 people create beautiful resumes in minutes. Stand out from the crowd and get hired. More Information...


Wake 67


Wake makes it super easy for designers to share work and collect feedback from their team. It’s the fastest way to get ideas out of your design tools. More Information...


Compressnow 67


Compressnow is a free web tool that compress GIF, JPG, JPEG, an PNG. images. More Information...


Pixlr 65


Pixlr is a photo editor that makes it easy for anyone to make and share creative images. Pixlr users can quickly crop, rotate, and fine-tune pictures in a completely ad-free experience. More Information...

Agency Spotter

Agency Spotter 64


Agency Spotter is reinventing how brands find and work with creative agencies, design firms and many other marketing service providers. More Information...


TuwiDeals 30

(0) - Deals Aggregator for Designers, Developers and Web Professionals More Information...


Webgen 30


With Webgen services, make sure you are effectively reaching your audience no matter what browser, electronic device and search engine they might be using. More Information... 30

(0) makes the design feedback process as painless as possible More Information...

Sumo Paint

Sumo Paint 63


Sumo Paint is a full-featured online image editing and drawing tool. More Information...


ChartBlocks 59


ChartBlocks is an online chart building tool. It is the world's easiest chart builder app where you can design and share a chart in minutes. More Information...


Prevue 52


Prevue is an easy design presentation and feedback tool for agencies and their clients. More Information...


Worka 47


Worka is a tool that helps creatives to create online portfolios. Artists can showcase their work with the many features that this product has to offer. More Information...


BannerBoo 45


BannerBoo is an online HTML5 Banner Maker. Create animated HTML5/GIF banners without coding skills. Build your own custom banner ads or use professional templates. More Information...


DebugMe 45


DebugMe is a visual bug tracking solution that saves time to designers, testers, web developers and their clients. More Information...


Maglr 38


With Maglr marketeers & designers can easily create and publish visual interactive content without technical knowledge. More Information...


UXRecord 32


Mobile user research with: Videos, Screenshots, Heatmaps and End-user Feedback. More Information...


ArtPort 31


ArtPort is a digital portfolio-building platform and collaboration network for artists. More Information...


FeedbackPlease 26


FeedbackPlease is a web-based tool that enables designers to gather feedback on their drafts easily. More Information...


TripsCommerce 13


An e-commerce solution for travel operators to manage and automate their business more efficiently and economically. More Information...

Graphic Design Software Guide

What is Graphic Design Software?

Graphic design software is a suite of digital tools that create, edit and manipulate image-based and type-based designs or a combination of both. Application of graphic design software is seen across industries for designing logos, web pages, brochures, signs, books, and posters to name a few.

Products in this category support either raster or vector graphics. Raster images are made of pixels, while vector images consist of lines and curves created using mathematical theories. Because vector graphics are rooted in mathematical equations, they can be enlarged to any size without losing resolution. This is why products focused on vector graphics are often used for designing scalable logos.

This category covers a wide range of software products, with different products focused on different areas of graphic design. For instance, some products come with a library of design templates to help you create designs without professional training. You’ll also find products entirely focused on web page designing, desktop publishing or creating presentations.

What Graphic Designs Software should I Choose?

Most designers need more than one software applications for graphic design. It is almost impossible to find a one-size-fits-all solution. You need to use different applications in different situations.

What software you should choose depends on the task at hand. For instance, if you are designing scalable logos and icons, you should use an illustration software application capable of creating vector graphics. On the other hand, photo editing software is best suited for image manipulations, creating and editing digital arts and pixel arts.

Depending on your niche industry, you may also need page layout or web design software. For instance, if you mainly design for the print industry, you need a layout application for printing work, packaging and magazine layouts. For web designing, you can either use a generic photo editing tool or a solution specially designed for creating web graphics. Specialized solutions often leave out some generic features to include more advanced features for web designing.

There are also solutions specially designed to perform one specific task related to web designing. For instance, you’ll find products specially designed for creating color combinations or custom typefaces. Some products even allow you to post your design needs to an online crowdsourcing platform and get response from expert designers.

In some situations, you may need to use multiple graphic design applications to get the best results. For instance, when designing a print leaflet, you may want to use a photo editing tool for background removal, an illustration software application for incorporating the company logo and a layout program to arrange the page layout.

Common Features of Graphic Design

CAD Tools Computer-aided-design (CAD) is used for engineering or designing 2D and 3D models to create new products or graphic elements.
Data Export Exporting functionality can be used to streamline the migration of data sets and information across systems, platforms or applications.
Data Import Importing functionality allows you to use data sets from other systems or platforms to cut down on data entry requirements or to more easily migrate records from similar applications you have used in the past.
Multi-User Supports more than just one user account and generally allows for collaboration with colleagues.
Pixel Graphics Support for pixel graphics files, such as JPGs, PNGs, GIFs and others.
Third-Party Plugins/Add-Ons Offers additional features or integrations built by third-party developers in form of plugins or add-ons.
Vector File Support Support for vector graphics files using polygons and control points instead of pixels. Common file types include EPS, SVG and PDF.
Video Support for video elements and other moving picture graphics.

Latest User Reviews of Graphic Design

Illustrator CC
Dovilė Misevičiūtė, Marketing Manager - Prewise, UAB
"Great and vrsatile tool that takes time to..."

what i like the most about this tool is its versatility. I use if for banners, ads, l...

Yago Cousiño, Telegrafista - La Locomotora
"Interesting alternative to keep an eye on"

I have casually found Worka as I wanted to look for an alternative for other online p...

Photoshop CC
Ron Barker, Support Worker - Chicago Transit Authority
"Gorgeous product"

I like constant improvements. Adobe Photoshop changed from year to year. This is a po...

Vector Magic
Hildegard Jessup, Headmistress - Oak Crest Private School
"Terrific Product with Great Customer Support"

Vector Magic rendered my image in detail exactly as I wanted it. I had tried several ...

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