4 Essential Tools That Will Help You Become a Graphic Design Pro

We can’t all be graphic designers, right? Think again! With all the free tools available online, there are no excuses for your lack of graphic exploration. 

You may be wondering if graphic design is even really something that your business needs? It may or may not be, that is up to you to decide. Our only wish is that you at least try. Who knows, you may even surprise yourself.

For many of us, keeping up with the constant pressures of delivering relevant and engaging content can be stressful. Graphic design is a fun, creative outlet, that will help expand your content bank with unique and personalized visuals.

Let’s be real, graphic design can be intimidating. Many professionals spend years mastering the Adobe suite and must constantly keep learning to hone their craft. That is not a feasible game plan for a busy professional like yourself. So, let us offer an alternative that will save you time and money!

Here are our top 4 user-friendly (and free!) graphic design tools that will have you creating high-quality content in no time.


If you try only one application from this entire list, please let it be Canva. Canva is like your one-stop shop for all things design-related. 

What is so great about this program is how easy it is to use. With thousands of beautiful templates, ranging from social media posts to brochures, you’ll never have to worry about setting the right dimensions again. Not to mention, you’ll have access to a bank full of free photos, graphics, and fonts, to use at your disposal. 

You can easily save, share, and export an unlimited amount of designs within the app. Everything is drag and drop, so even for the most novice of designers, creating graphics is a breeze. 


Stencil is quite similar to Canva in the sense that you are designing within the interface. With hundreds of templates and thousands of images, icons, and quotes, Stencil is easily accessible and simple to use.

What sets this application apart is its focus on marketing, specifically social media images. Stencil is, therefore, more niche and a highly recommended tool for businesses.

With a free plan, users receive 10 image downloads per month, which is ideal for your monthy content needs.


Snappa is another great all-purpose tool that simplifies graphic design for the average user. With a wide range of templates and pre-set dimensions, this tool allows creators the freedom to have as much, or as little creative freedom as they require.

Another handy feature that Snappa offers is the ability to schedule social media posts through the interface, which will definitely help you save time!

With a free plan, users can download 5 designs per month. This may not seem like that many, but this program is definitely worth it – so be sure to make your 5 designs count.


Now, this isn’t a design program, but it is one that will help with your design process immensely! When creating graphics, you’ll need access to photos. But what happens when you don’t have the specific photo you need? To the internet! 

Unsplash is a great resource for free pictures. There are so many to choose from and the quality is much greater than any other stock photo site. 

It’s free, it’s helpful, and it’s easy to use; what more could you need?

Now you don’t have any more excuses for putting off your graphic design journey! What were your thoughts? Do you use any of these applications already? Do you have one that you love that we didn’t mention? Let us know!

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