10 Must-Have Tools for Graphic Designers to Ramp Up Your Creativity

10 Must-Have Tools for Graphic Designers to Ramp Up Your Creativity

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10 Must-Have Tools for Graphic Designers to Ramp Up Your Creativity

From meetings with clients to managing feedback, finding design inspiration for the next web design project to delivering the project on time, web designers have a lot on their plate. There are plenty of tools available online as desktop software, web apps, mobile apps that are tailor-made to meet the specific needs of graphic designers.

No matter if you are just getting into graphic design, or thinking to polish your skill set and creative thinking, you can use many design elements to build upon these fundamentals that will take you from a good designer to a great one.

I’ve curated the list of best apps, tools, resources and websites that will help web designers to streamline their work, make collaboration simpler, get inspired for your next design project, polish your skills and ramp up your creativity.

Check these best graphic design tools out, they are all amazing. Happy designing!

1. Awwwards

awwwards

Web designers can submit their creative work to Awwwards to evaluate website designs. If your design meets their standards, it will be nominated. Your design will go through a voting process and based on the results of the community and the jury, a designer wins an award “Site of the Day”.

2. Adobe Creative Cloud

adobe creative cloud

Believe it or not, Photoshop is the cornerstone for nearly every graphic designer. Adobe Creative Cloud gives users an entire collection of creative tools for your desktop, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe Premiere Pro. Designers can take full advantage of different mobile apps that will make sure you are able to do your creative work from anywhere, at any time.

3. Behance

behance

Designers can sign up, create an account, upload their resume and links to portfolio, and upload their creative design work. Other design members of the community can comment, like the design project and can follow specific accounts for future corresponds.

4. Dribbble

Dribbble

Dribbble is an online community for designers that serves as the online “Show and Tell” for web designers. It allows artists and designers to upload images, GIFs, to their personal profile or web design team profile. Other members of the community can provide their constructive feedback, ask questions and discuss the designer’s visual choices.

5. The Dieline

dieline

The Dieline can keep web designers up-to-date on the latest design trends in product packaging.

6. 8 Faces

8faces

8 Faces highlights all the creative work in typography to inspire font designers.

7. TypeKit

typekit

Adobe’s TypeKit is a free subscription service that allows you to download fonts or embed them in your web design projects.

8. Google Fonts

Google provides a list of open source fonts that are free to use.

9. InVision

invision

InVision is a design prototyping tool that provides a lot of features. Users can upload their innovative designs and share a link with reviewers who can give their feedback. In addition, it also serves as a project management tool that keeps track of different versions.

10. Pictaculous

Upload an image, and this MailChimp tool will reveal a color palette based on the visual.

 

 

 

Irfan Ak
Irfan Ak
He is currently associated with Dubai Monsters which is an independent web design agency specialized in web designing, corporate branding, and custom logo design services.

1 Comment

  1. Methew Bond says:

    Great blog! I am a graphic designer. I am also using all above listed tools to make creative images.