Free Web Design and Graphic Design Tools

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This is a growing list of Free Web Design and Graphic Design tools. All tools that appear on this list are either free or have a free basic account you can sign up for.

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Tools to Create Visual Content

  • Canva – Canva is my favorite tool for creating beautiful graphics. They have many templates and free images and shapes anyone can use to design attractive visuals to use.
  • Adobe Spark – Similar to Canva, but this tool focuses more on social media size graphics.
  • Pablo – Content creation tool similar to Canva. Choose or upload image and add stylish font to create graphics for your blog or website.
  • Picmonkey – Add filters, frames, text, and effects to images with our free online photo editing tool!
  • Stencil – Online tool to help you create stunning images. You can select from thousands of royalty-free photos for your design. Free account limits you to 10 images per month.
  • Recite – This is a free tool that lets you take any quote and turn it into an attractive graphic that you can then download or share it on social media.

Free Graphics Editors

  • Polarr – A free advanced photo editing app. Easy to use, fast with many photo filters.
  • PIxlr Online Editor – A free online image editor. Enables to fix, adjust, and filter images in a browser. Fast & powerful. If you know Photoshop, you will like Pixlr.
  • Sumo Paint – Browser based online image editor and drawing application.
  • Fotor Online – Fotor Photo Editor is a free online designer and editing tool catering to all your photographic and image creation needs! Add filters, frames, text, stickers.
  • BeFunky – BeFunky Photo Editor lets you apply photo effects, edit photos and create photo collages with collage maker.
  • Paint.Net – Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
  • Gimp – The Free & Open Source Image Editor. GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems.

Image Compression Tools

  • Tiny PNG – This free online tool uses smart lossy compression technique to greatly reduce the size of your Transparent PNG.
  • Compressor.io – Compressor.io is a powerful online tool for reducing drastically the size of your images and photos whilst maintaining a high quality with almost no difference before and after compression.
  • JPEGmini – JPEGmini is another great tool. They have two options avilable. You can either reduce the size of your photo online by uploading your photos or download desktop app for Windows or Mac. There is a free trial version that doesn’t expire and allows you to shrink for up to 20 images a day. Nice.
  • Optimizilla – This online image optimizer uses a smart combination of the best optimization and lossy compression algorithms to shrink JPEG and PNG images to the minimum possible size while keeping the required level of quality.

Bonus: 5 Online Image Compression Tools Compared

Free Font Tools

  • Google Fonts – An excellent seletcion of high quality fonts from Google. These fonts are free and easy to integrate into your website.
  • Canva Font Combination – Folks at canva created this tool that makees it very easy to find a perfect font combination for your next online project. If you’re looking to find a nice font combo for your website, this is a good place to start.

Screen Resolution Testing

  • Quik Tools Screenfly – Test your website on any screen size including desktops, tablets, televisions, and mobile phones.

CSS Code Generators

Free Color Pickers

  • Colour Lovers – COLOURlovers is a creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes, and patterns.
  • Adobe Kuler: Color Wheel – Create color schemes with the color wheel or browse thousands of color combinations from the Kuler community.
  • HTML Color Picker – Searching for that perfect color has never been easier, use our HTML color picker to browse millions of colors and color harmonies.
  • Coolor – Create, save and share perfect palettes in seconds!
  • W3S Color Picker – Well organized and easy to use color picker.
  • Flat Color Palette – Flat color has been use on many sites and for a good reason. Here is the flat color palette you can use.

Free Stock Photos

  • PhotoPin – Search millions of Creative Commons photos and add them to your blog posts easily.
  • Pexels – Best free stock photos in one place. High quality free stock photos.
  • LibreStock – Search the best 47 free stock photo websites in one place. High quality do-what-ever-you-want stock photos.
  • Unsplash – Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos. Popular images of business, nature, everyday life. (Attritbution may be required.)
  • Gratisography – Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. All photos by Ryan McGuire and free of copyright restrictions. ((Attribution is not required).
  • Picjumbo – Browse and download hi-res photos. (Searcheable. Attribution is not required).
  • Pixabay – Free searcheable images and videos you can use anywhere. All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons. (Attribution is not required).
  • Compfight – Compfight is an image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research.
  • Free Digital Photos – Free photos and illustrations are ideal for business, personal and educational use.
  • Start-up Stock Photos – Free photos for startups, bloggers, publishers, websites, designers, developers, creators, & everyone else.
  • Death to the Stock Photo – Photos, videos & other fuel for your creative projects.
  • IM Creator – A curated collection of free web design resources, all for commercial use. (Attribution required).
  • Public Domain Archive – New 100% Free Stock Photos. Every. Single. Week. Everything you need for your creative projects, all public domain images!

Bonus: (More lists of stock websites)

Screen Recording Apps

  • Screencast-O-Matic – Screencast O Matic offers both a Windows Client and a Web-based screen recording feature. It’s a quick and easy to use. Simply launch and start using with a single click. Finished videos, which can be up to 15 minutes long, can be exported as MP4, AVI or FLV files, uploaded to YouTube, or saved to the Screencast-o-Matic site.
  • Open Broadcaster Software – OBS is the best screencasting and streaming tool when it comes to free screencasting software. It does have a lot of features that might take some time to learn if you’ a novice user.
  • Jing – Jing allows you to instantly capture images and record video on your computer and share them with anyone. Jing is a great tool for adding basic visual elements to all of your online conversations
  • Free Screencast – Capture any part of your PC screen and save them to MP4, WebM, AVI and more for easy sharing and screen casting.
  • Use Loom – Chrome extension that allows you to do screen share recording. Free account allows up to 10 minutes of video recording.

Wireframing & Prototyping

  • Framebox – This is a free web-based wireframing tool. It allows you to create wireframes inside the browser and share it with other users using a unique URL.
  • Wireframe.cc – Another web-based wireframing tool. It offers a nice, clean, and clutter-free interface to help you design and share your wireframes.
  • Mockflow – Mockflow is a nice set of online tools for creating sitemaps and wireframes, getting feedback from clients, approving designs, etc. Free account allows you to create one project in each app and share it with 2 members.
  • InVision – InVision allows you to turn your designs into a functioning prototypes. You can link pages, create interactions and have clients leave feedback on the designs you create. (Free for first project. Paid)

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