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Free Graphic Design Software

Free Graphic Design SoftwareA free graphic design software is an awesome solution when you’re starting out your new business. I get it, I remember I used to try to save a few bucks and do it myself. In fact I was always trying to do everything myself and I went a long way with a free graphic design software.

My personal favorite free graphic design software when I first realized I had to put some images on my site, banner ads and other online profiles was Microsoft Paint. I know it sounds ridiculous to anyone in the graphic design industry but for me, it was great.

It was simple to use, I was able to draw shapes, add caption writing on top of my images, I was able to resize them and all that super simple, easy to use and straight forward.

Oh yes, I can forget about the famous “Print Screen” button on my keyboard. When you see something you like, you simply press “Print Screen” and whatever you see on your desktop will be copied into your computer’s clip board.

Then you can go in your free graphic design software and paste the image. Once in there, you can easily play around with it.

From my understanding, the free graphic design software Paintbrush is kind of the equivalent of Paint but for Mac.

Keep in mind that these free graphic design software are very basic in nature that have limits in the creativity you can have.

Free Graphic Design Software

If you want to go pro or just have more options, like working with layers, color correction, masks and a whole slew of other options then Adobe Photoshop is by far the number one software on the market. I now personally use Photoshop as once I order something from a designer, I ask for the .psd files and I can go in and tweak things that I want to change.

The perfect example for this is my Youtube Thumbnail images (the ones on you see on all my videos). Once I create my video, I open my main thumbnail template and just change the text layer to give the new title. That’s it, nothing else, I keep it really simple, you can see a behind the scenes of my day at work and at about the 6th minute mark you’ll see what I’m talking about.

What I like about Photoshop is that there are a lot of tutorials and action scripts available online, specifically tailored to that software. Here’s an awesome Youtube Photoshop playlist by Robert Baldwin I personally watch to get more tips and tricks on how to use Photoshop.

You can also get a free 30 day trial of Adobe Photoshop here, then it’s like $10 per month (more on the Photoshop price plan here). That’s really good, I remember in the past, they didn’t have a monthly option, you could only buy the full software for like $700.

Side Note! Gimp and Pixlr are both free graphic design software that can help you with your design ideas

Ok, I did say free graphic design software and Photoshop has a free trial. So it sort of counts but what about 100% free graphic design software? No worries I got you covered. Gimp.org is an open source platform that pretty much very comparable to Photoshop. Because it’s an open source, it’s 100% free, you can download it and install it on your computer, work with layers, etc.

It’s a super robust software. I just find that some of the tools and layouts are a little different or located in different menus. I’m sure though you can find lots of tutorial on how to use it.

Finally, the last free graphic design software but not least, is a web based client therefore you don’t have to install it on your computer. You can have access to it anywhere in the world (as long as you have access to an internet connection). This one is called Pixlr.com.

Again the cool part is that you can open your files and work with layers, adjust text, color correction, and again lots of similar tools Photoshop has.

Since I have Photoshop I didn’t really have the need to use these other free graphic design software anymore but at the beginning when I first started out with a limited budget and all, those were my “go to” tools. I also kept note of them just in case I’m travelling somewhere and for some reason I need to fix a banner or something (which is probably NOT going to happen).  haha

These are my selection of free graphic design software tools that are a great compliment for your business arsenal of tools

What about you, how are you going to use these free graphic design software tools?

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