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The Best Free Graphic Design Tools 2018

by Tuesday Mahrle | December 4, 2017, 5:19

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The human brain in 1/10th of a second processes the visual images we see and understands it 60,000 times faster than words. This is why graphic design is important. Unfortunately, many companies lack the cash to spend on expensive graphic design software. While purchased programs will always be superior to the freebees, we have provided you with our favorite alternative, free tools. Vectr: a free graphics editor that you can use to create vector graphics – graphics that are scalable without the loss of resolution – easily and intuitively. Instead of using pixels, vector graphics use mathematical equations to draw your design. Of course, Vectr performs the math behind-the-scenes, so the only thing you need to focus on is what you’re creating. Vectr is available online and on your desktop across multiple platforms, allowing for live collaboration and synchronization anytime, anywhere, and with anyone. With Vectr’s easy-to-use interface, anyone can unleash their creativity as an illustrator or graphic designer – we’ll show you how in no time. Gravit Designer: a full featured free vector design app that can do screen design, icons, presentations, and more. Gravit can be used online or downloaded to your computer. They offer free tutorials and full courses through Envato. Recently, they released Gravit Designer 3.2.6 with a bunch of critical fixes and improvements included. Inkscape:  a free and open-source vector graphics editor. it can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings. Inkscape's primary vector graphics format is Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), however many other formats can be imported and exported. Think of this as a simpler Illustrator. Krita: this tool was made primarily for digital painting and animation but can do a multitude of other projects. It features a low-distract UI, high-quality OpenGL accelerated canvas, color management support, advanced brush engine, non-destructive layers and masks, group-based layer management, vector artwork support and switchable customization profiles. Krista is great for comic book artists. GIMP: stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program and is a great alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It includes layers, highly customizable brushes, filters and automatic image-enhancement tools, and support for a huge number of plugins. GIMP also has a huge online community who produce one-of-a-kind free plugins and continue to troubleshoot and bugs.   We know, this can be intimidating. If you're interested in a new logo, check out our article on why your company needs a professional logo design.