Graphic Design on a Budget: A list of free products to get started

I know what it’s like to be on a budget and have a dream. That was me throughout my whole life. BUT just because you don’t have money, doesn’t mean you give up. I grew up thinking there is always a way. Graphic Design software is expensive, and the industry standard is Adobe. Although I am a big fan of Adobe, it’s expensive especially if you’re learning and experimenting for fun.

If you are a student in college, you can actually get a HUGE discount on Adobe. Go to this website http://store.collegebuys.org/ and look for your school. You need your college ID as proof that you are a student.

Even though I think Adobe is better than every product on this list (I’m biased because I learned everything in class with Adobe), here are the free counterparts of each design program. Also note, brackets is owned by Adobe.

Click to tweet-Free graphic design software

Photoshop

1. Gimp

https://www.gimp.org/

2. Pixlr

https://pixlr.com/

Illustrator

1. Inkscape

https://inkscape.org/en/

Dreamweaver

1. Brackets

http://brackets.io/

2. Coda

https://panic.com/coda/

Laziness

1. Canva

canva.com

I listed Canva as laziness because it’s a site that I use when I am lazy. It comes with templates for social media sites, blog posts, ads, resumes, email headers, and so on. Canva is great for beginners because they have pre-made templates and graphics already ready to use. You can also import your own images and create graphics from scratch.

Infographics- Free Counterparts of Adobe

Do you have any free programs that you like to use for design? Let me know in the comments below.

–  Paigon  | Natasha Lane Design Co.

 

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