3 Easy Graphic Designing Tools can Save Your Precious Time

Designing is Easy

Do you know a bit to use the designing software? If designing is not your profession or hobby then I suspect, you would be hardly knowing to design through complicated softwares. Eg: Adobe Photoshop, Coral Draw, In-design etc.

Second scenario is, you have designer or you are designer. So you can get your job done through designing software like Adobe Photoshop or Coral Draw.

You need to make beautiful posters, invitations, cards, website graphics, or even multiple-page presentations daily. You or your designer must be burning out from ton of designing load because you require tons of visual content.

I have one question for you?

Why don’t you reserve your hardcore designer for big projects which requires advance designing?

Here Solution is available.

There are many online designing Tools available which are free too. Best part of these tools is anyone can design through it.

I bet you that even you can make stunning design while using these tools.

I have shortlisted 3 most easy and powerful designing tools for you that can fulfil your 50 to 60 percent designing needs by reducing 80% work hours.

1. Canva

Canva makes it easy for you to create your own professional graphics, even if you’ve never done designing before.

Canva Design

With drag-and-drop functionality and ample free-to-use templates, you can get to work quickly making beautiful images it will wow your visitors without paying any money to a professional graphic designer.

Canva is ideal for creating social media graphics as well as for a variety of other design presentations, and it’s also perfect for designing powerful infographics that can be highly effective in lead capture and digital marketing.

Canva Social Media Design

Ultimately, Canva gives you to the power to produce work like a good graphic designer, even without having any prior design experience. You can then do anything with your graphics– add them to your website, your social media profiles, or your emails.

And best of all, Canva is 100% free to use. Although they give you the option to purchase additional design templates, we’ve found that you can create stunning graphic content quite easily using just the “basic” features (which include more than you would probably ever need).

FEATURE

With Canva, features include:

  • Choose from millions of preexisting images within the Canva database including stock photos and illustrations. Don’t see any you like? That’s okay too, just upload your own.
  • Photo filters aren’t just for Instagram anymore. Make your images look perfect by using preset filters. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, use the advanced photo editing tools.
  • There are thousands of elements you can incorporate into your designs include free icons and shapes. You can also upload your own.
  • Canva offers an extensive selection of hundreds of fonts.

PHOTO STRAIGHTENERS

Nothing can ruin the professionalism of your digital marketing images quite as quickly as a crooked photo, but Canva makes it easy to fix. The photo straightener tool offers easy-to-use rotation effects, so everything is perfectly in-line, instantly upping your professionalism and credibility.

IMAGE CROPPER

Cropping is a must-have within any image designing tool. Cropping takes on a whole new meaning with Canva, as the tool will automatically fit your image into a grid or frame. You can also crop images from the stock library to customise them.

ADDING TEXT

Add text on top of your image after choosing from a wide variety of text holders, typography and fonts. You can also customize the color of the text. As a fun addition, use speech bubbles to give more life to your digital marketing images. 

WEB WIREFRAME

If you’re using Canva to design your website, you’ll likely want to take advantage of the web wireframe,which is a simplified plan for your site, focusing on the interface and its functionality. You can drag and drop shapes, look through the widgets, sidebars and other elements, and you can work on your design until you have it perfect. It’s the ideal way to create a functioning mockup of your website.

DESIGN GRIDS

If you want to design like a pro, Canva’s design grids make that incredibly easy. You can divide your pages any way you want and then drag your own pictures, fill boxes with color, or customize them however you choose. The Canva design grid feature is perfect for designing your social media and blog post images.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND SHARING

The image below is an example of one of Canva’s currently featured social media templates. You can customize it to your specifications and even share it directly to your Facebook or social media profile from within the intuitive interface.

Canva also offers several opportunities for collaboration, so you can email and share your designs in an editable version while letting other people in your team review and make changes before you’re ready to publish. When you’re editing in Canva, you’ll notice many options are free, but there are also premium options that you can incorporate, most of which cost around $1.

DESIGN SCHOOL

There’s a lot to love about Canva, including their Design School.

The Canva Design School is essentially a series of tutorials that provide you with the information and foundation you need to become a master at designing professional-level digital marketing images.

Source: http://blog.leadquizzes.com/how-to-create-beautiful-marketing-content-using-canva/

2. Adobe Spark Post

FRESH DESIGN REMIX FEED

Adobe 2.5 takes into account how designers usually begin on Post, with a Remix design. It used to be that Adobe had to put out a new version of the app to offer new designs to users—not anymore, though.

Perhaps one of the most convenient features is the app’s ability to push new designs to users all the time. They can check in weekly to get their hands on new designs on a regular basis. 2.5 makes it possible to have fresh Remix Posts already ready and waiting, thus streamlining the process.

LIVE PHOTO DESIGN AND SHARING

This feature lets users add more vibrancy to their images. Recently, Apple debuted a stunning approach to capturing moments; they call it Live Photos, which is available on the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus and SE. Thanks to 2.5 you’re able to create beautiful, live designs with Live Photos.

As users share, 2.5 will ask them if they wish to export their Post as an image, Live Photo or video. They should pick Live Photo to save their enhanced Live Photo to their cameras to share with friends and family through SMS. For social media, users can export their designs as videos and upload them right to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

DESIGN SUGGESTION WHEEL

2.5 introduces design filters—a method of designing dazzling visuals simply and quickly. Think of the wheel as a place for users to test out specific design elements on only a part of their graphics. It lets users scroll through different design suggestions until they find the one that they want to test out for the particular area of their design.

Here’s how it works: Just pick a text element and then spin the wheel to line up with existing styles or discover new ones.

SMART ALIGNMENT GUIDES

Adobe has taken feedback from its designer community and implemented it for this new feature in 2.5. Smart alignment guides let users incorporate some visual feedback into their various design iterations. They can now align text with accuracy, thanks to guides.

HIGH-QUALITY EXPORT RESOLUTION

In another feature update based on design-community feedback, 2.5’s export resolution is 2560px by 2560px. Users can expect very crisp and sharp graphics for things like social headers, desktops, slide graphics and more.

Users who want a better and unique experience with social sharing can give Adobe Post 2.5 a try. Whether you’re making inspirational quotes, album covers, image captions, photo text, LinkedIn banners or YouTube thumbnails, there’s truly something for every creative person.

Adobe Post 2.5 is now available for download from the App Store. It is compatible with the iPhone.

Post’s on-boarding is pretty simple, in line with the mission to make Post lightweight and quick. You do need to create an Adobe account, but once that is set up you are basically ready to start making content. In their very simple introduction, Adobe emphasizes that Post is all about speed and the ability to iterate. The app is intended to produce simple graphics to be used on Twitter or Facebook, so Adobe expects that users will not necessarily want to begin each time with a blank canvas.

To facilitate that goal, a few dozen pre-made “Posts” are included to be “remixed” – or changed and modified by the user. Similarly, Post collects and saves your earlier designs for quick reference, so that they can be “remixed” as needed as well.

Remixing a Post is very simple and straightforward. The background image, text and graphic design can each be changed, replaced or removed. If you wanted to make a small change, like adding different text, simply double-tap and adjust the font, color, alignment, spacing, etc.

While you are limited to a fixed font library and no real color picker, each Post dynamically suggests colors and color pairings based on the colors in the background image. This feature makes Post especially helpful for a user with very little designer experience, but limits its usefulness even for a non-dedicated designer. For example, you wouldn’t be able to use a unique font or precise color that might be part of a company brand kit.

Changing the background image of your Post is also straightforward and assisted by Adobe. You can upload a photo from your phone’s storage or camera, or import a file from the Creative Cloud or Lightroom. This option enables Post to be part of the design workflow, meaning that more specific or complicated designs can still take advantage of Post’s speedy UX. However, one does not need to import external files to create new content. Ingeniously, Adobe allows users to search for license-free photographs by subject. For example, in the example I used, Adobe suggests other images of soup. This is very useful if you are looking to keep a Post around as a template, but want to add some variety.

Limiting features for the sake of speed and usability makes sense if Post is intended to be used by non-designers to quickly generate visual content for social media. However, Post also has fairly limited export options to actually get your Post out onto the social media platform of your choice.

From my experience, Post supports Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and even Snapchat, and I imagine Pinterest as well. Posting to Twitter or Facebook is relatively seamless and straightforward, but you need to copy and paste into Instagram, requiring you to go through the Instagram UI to finally post. Moreover, Post does not give you any options as to the size and shape of your image. My Twitter image was 600 by 600 pixels, which is perfect for Facebook, and would also work just fine on Instagram.

This “Goldilocks” approach — not too big, not too small — means that a social media manager would not be able to take advantage of the unique elements of a given social network. For example, Twitter’s image preview is always shown in a 2:1 ratio, so a square image with a centered design might not look very attractive.

Source:http://www.marismith.com/adobe-spark-create-stunning-visual-content/ , http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2016/04/adobe-post-2-5-released-with-stellar-new-features/

 

 3. Pictochart

Piktochart offers an easy way for people to produce visually appealing content without having to employ a graphic designer, or work out how to use Adobe Illustrator.

Plus there’s a free option, so have a play and see for yourself…

We all love infographics — those big, colorful graphics designed to distill big, complex ideas into a more digestible, compelling visual story.

We encounter them on websites and in print, and they’ve become a major weapon for everyone from designers to journalists to marketers to PR companies.

They all understand that a well-designed infographic can not only change hearts and minds — but purchasing decisions, government policies and even election results.

The demand for infographics has increased rapidly in recent years, with entire sites now dedicated tocrowd-sourcing their design. It’s a powerful medium for translating ideas, while remaining visually informal, and in some cases, even delivering your message with a healthy dose of humour.

This can lead to readers absorbing a message they might not have otherwise paid any attention to in other media.

However, creating your own high quality infographics with classic design tools is often time-consuming. The usual designer toolbox can be ‘over featured’ for this kind of simplified visual storytelling.

there are now a few specialist infographics creations tools out there aimed at precisely this market. Today, we’re going to take one of them — Piktochart — for a test-drive, and see what kind of result we get.

Piktochart.com is an online tool for creating visually-appealing, fully-customizable infographics, yet that remains straightforward to use, even for non-designers.

Let’s take a look at it and create our first infographic.

Create your first infographic

Piktochart offers a Pro pricing plan and a free plan. For now, let’s start with the free plan. This allows you to accomplish quite a lot, and you can always decide later if you would like to upgrade.

For this test-drive, I thought we’d have some fun. I’ve set myself the challenge of producing an infographic that explains the steps you need to accomplish to become a genuine superhero!

Source: https://www.sitepoint.com/create-slick-infographics-with-piktochart/

 

Conclusion: My recommendation is If you want a bit of advance designing then use Canva. Your requirement is to produce stunning visual contents with limited variations then use Adobe Spark Post. You require to produce infographic then use Piktochart. Make your life easy produce your visual contents fast. 🙂

Anand

I am Passionate "Digital Marketing practitioner". I have the fair amount of experience in the traditional way of marketing & Brand building too.

Since 5 years I am self-learning this tech-based online marketing practice and ideas.

The purpose of this blog to share and receive the information and ideas to my community.

Prior to take formal education in Marketing Management. I studied History and Indian culture.

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