Graphic Design 101

Whether it’s Twitter memes, posters or logos, design plays a big part in the creative industries and is a great tool for promoting your work! A good design is what separates the best from the rest! But it’s not always affordable to download the latest design software. But, don’t worry… we’ve got your back!

We’ve picked out some great, FREE easy-to-use graphic design tools to help you create, edit and share your stunning designs.


Pixlr is a graphic design tool that boasts more than 600 effects and overlays. Pixlr lets you to crop, re-size and even remove red eye from images. It is easy and free to use online. Pixlr uses a very familiar interface which looks much like Photoshop to make you feel comfortable so if you have used Photoshop before, Pixlr will be easy to pick up and is available on both Android and Apple.


Canva is one of the easiest graphic design tools to use. Simple controls such as drag and drop, and the ease of adding and editing your ‘canvas’ separates Canva from the rest. Canva doesn’t give you page grids like most graphic design tools but gives you the freedom of designing your own templates. Canva allows you to easily upload your own photos or designs. Canva is free to use but to use one of Canva’s hundreds of layouts, you will need to pay $1 which lets you edit the image for up to one day and allows you to easily share your work via social media.


PicMonkey is a photo collage maker as well as a graphic design tool that’s simple to use. PicMonkey allows you to create and customize designs with ease. The editing options let you crop, rotate, resize and apply basic filters and PicMonkey features over 20 free collage layouts for you to use or you can create your own. PicMonkey is free to use with no registration needed but you can upgrade to a Royale membership which gives you access to all features. PicMonkey is only available online with no downloadable app and lacks layering options but is a great tool for a quick edit and sharing your designs, as well as being able to store it in a cloud instantly.