Last updated: September 23, 2018
Thanks to online graphic design tools everyone can now be a graphic designer. Even if they have no design background and haven’t used drawing tools like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw before. What is the difference between online graphic design tool and regular (desktop-based) graphic design tool?
Functionally, an online graphic tool is not different to regular graphic design tool like Adobe Illustrator. The difference, online graphic design tools commonly have been packaged with ready-to-use layouts for specific designs like social media post, banner, flyer to event invitation. Users usually only need to replace the default contents of a layout they choose to tailor their needs.
Thus, as I mentioned, everyone can now be a graphic designer, at least per a personal use. Below are the best options of online graphic design tool available today.
Canva is one of the best online graphic design tools. Some folks here at Bettertechtips.com also frequently use this tool to create visual contents, infographic in particular. No matter operating system and web browser you use, Canva can runs seamlessly. In Canva you can find thousands of ready-to-use layouts of any type of design, despite not all of them are available free. Some types of design you can create using Canva include social media post, infographic, logo, ebook cover, event invitation and so on. Read here to learn more about what you can do with this tool.
The type of design you can create with Snappa is not as many as Canva. But, you can rely on this tool to create frequently-used visual contents like social media post, infographic, social media headers to banner ads. While there are plenty of preset sizes you can choose from, along with ready-to-use layouts, Snappa also gives you freedom if you want to use your own graphic dimension. Canva is also a freemium tool. Free version of this tool allows you download the design you created in a high-res. Unfortunately, free account doesn’t allow you to save your work.
Befunky is a flash-based online tool that you can use to create and edit images. Unlike Canva and Snappa which is designed specifically as an graphic design tool, Befunky can also be used to edit photos as well creating photo collages.
The graphic design tool provided by Befunky is also cool enough. You can design such things as invitations, posters, flyers, social media materials and so on. Unfortunately, the graphic design tool of Befuncy comes with lack of free template. Each type of design provide only a single free template. Plus, free account have to deal with banner ads.
The work space of Crello is quite similar to Canva, with dark background a bit. Features and capabilities of these two online graphic design tools are also not much different. The only difference is probably that you can create an animated post for social media. Crello also has a better file manager whereby you can create folders to save your projects.
Other advantages of Crello is that you can use all of the features for free. You will only need to pay if you want to use the paid images offered by Crello, which is cost for $0.99 per item. All paid images on Crello are supplied by Depositphotos. By the way, Crello itself is part of Depositphotos. Probably, Depositphotos created Crello as one the methods to sell its stock photos.
Ever heard about Picnik? It was a popular online photo editor that was bought by Google in 2010. Sadly, Google decided to close the tool in 2012. Some former Picnik employees then created the similar service in the same year Picnik was shut down. The service called PicMonkey. Previously, PicMonkey only provides an online photo editing tool but its service has been expanded. You can now also use PicMonkey to design something. Unlike four first tools above, PicMonkey is a fully paid tool. You will only be able to use tool for free during the 7-day trial period.
Pablo is an online graphic design tool owned by social media management tool Buffer. This tool was designed specifically to help you to create visual contents for social media. Some contents you can design with this tool are promotion, announcement and quote. This tool is very simple. There is no easy-to-use templates offered like five tools above. But, this tool offers over 600 thousand free images you can take advantage of. Pablo is a fully free.
Infogram is also a great online graphic design tool, especially to create visual content for your social media post. However, you will see no template so you have to be as creative as possible to use this tool since you have to create your own concepts. The interface of this Infogram is not much different to the majority of tools on this list. It takes only seconds to learn to use it. In addition to social media post, you can also use Infogram to create infographic contents. Infogram comes with cloud storage integration. You can save your works directly to online storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive.
Visme is better known as an online presentation maker, but you can also use this tool to create other visual contents including social media post and infographic. Not as good as, for example, Crello and Canva in terms of ready-to-use template provision. Its interface is also too PowerPoint-like even if you have chosen banner or infographic option, you will get the same canvas. The template options, free in particular, are also too little. Visme is a freemium tool. Free version of Visme is only allowed to create 3 projects.