Free Software Tools to Help in Graphic Design

Graphic designers are having a hard time these days, as are web designers because the massive popularity of the Internet has made their profession more competitive with less people to sell to. That is why up and coming graphic designers need all the help they can get, and if that help is via the way of free tools then all the better. All on the list are highly rated, which is why the list is in no particular order. They are just handy tools for a graphic designer (especially a self employed one) is going to find useful.

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1 – Blender

Yes it is an animation software but a shout-out has to go to the people behind Blender. It is diabolical in its complexity and will take you months to learn, most of which you will have to do from inferior sources such as ten year olds on YouTube. But, it is so versatile that you can build graphic design concepts in three dimensions and take snapshots of them for your work.

Why build a 2D character when you can build a very good 3D character and drop it in different settings and take as many shots as you want for your portfolio. You should seriously consider integrating a little bit of your artwork into Blender. It is viciously complex but with that complexity comes the ability to fine tune your designs to a very high degree.

2 – SVG-Edit

SVG means Scalable Vector Graphics. It is a format where shapes are detailed in XML which is rendered with an SVG viewer and modern browsers will show SVG and it is built upon JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS3 without any need for server side processing. You can edit code with it, create documents and edit them too. It may seem like it has very basic capabilities, but they are handy none the less and it is a tool you should consider using. The website it is based upon is pretty ugly though.

3 – Retrospectiva

This is a collaboration tool because if you have a big project then you are probably going to need help. It is an open source program so there is no need to pay and it is built to help development teams work together. It has a review sections and ticket system and you can set milestones to be sure everybody is up to date and the project is coming along at the right speed.

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Yes, it is an Infographic creator an quite a crude tool when you consider the years of training a graphic designer receives, but it is handy for cranking out a few simple visualizations. You can use a bit of artistic flair and make something that the low-brows are going to love if you wish. It is good for quick projects where you are asked for results over quality, in which case this tool can give you a leg up.

5 – DrawPlus Starter Edition from Serif

Have a look at some of the work that has been done with this tool before you cast it asunder. It is a two dimensional vector graphics editor for vector drawing, and it has realistic brush strokes so you can paint in various digital forms such as if you were painting with oils and such. It has lots of features including a few for 3D extrusion so it is definitely worth a look if you are a graphic designer.

6 – Dropbox

It seems only fair that a cloud storage program gets a mention since there is a good chance you are using one or have to use one. It allows you up to 2GB of free storage and it stands above the others because it has a small box item on your desktop that you drop your files onto. It prints those files into your cloud file which makes backing up your work burningly simple and convenient. There is no need to keep opening up a browser or anything of that nature if you can just drop files on your Dropbox icon and it‘s saved.

7 – Remember the Milk

Perhaps not the most sophisticated task management solution on the planet, but you may find that most sophisticated ones become a task all in of themselves. You find yourself wasting valuable time trying to organize your organizer. At least this to-do list tool is simple and you can set up alerts to remind you do to stuff. You can even set it to remind you when your bills need to be paid or when a client should be paying you.

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2 Responses to “Free Software Tools to Help in Graphic Design”

  1. Richard Thompson @ Alphagraphics

    Sep 04. 2014

    Really great suggestions, I love blender. I have been using OneDrive, but I might take your suggestion and try dropbox.

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  2. Brandon Smith

    Oct 09. 2014

    As a graphic designer, in order to hold up in the competition, I must be continually updating myself with anything pertaining to design and also new tools.

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