If you have a small business and you want to Do-It-Yourself regarding social media, banners, logos, image edits or general graphic designs, then this article is for you.
Online image and graphic editors are becoming the most cost-effective option for small businesses. In this article we will consider the top five easy-to-use graphic design and image editors for livening up your products, making eye-catching newsletters, putting together a stunning website and brand graphics.
Why you need to care more about creating great designs for your brand
According to Buffer, tweets with captivating images receive 150% more retweets, 89% more favorites and 18% more clicks that tweets without images.
Same applies to other social media channels. People are naturally attracted to things that are visually pleasing, engaging and easy-to-remember.
So, what apps or tools can help you take your brand to the next level?
Canva is an online graphics tool that’s extremely simple to use and offers tons of helpful templates.
It was designed to help the unskilled create stunning graphic designs. Canva has 8,000+ templates, up to 1GB storage and allows users upload photos in the free account. See features and pricing.
Picmonkey like Canva is an online editor and graphic design maker that allow users to edit photos and create new designs using templates or create a design from scratch. With 40+ photo filters, 4,000+ graphics and textures to choose from, and 300+ fonts, Picmonkey is a close match for Canva.
However, unlike Canva, Picmonkey has no free account and only offers 7 days of free trial. See features and pricing.
Stencil is where to go if you’re looking for an image creation tool that is simple and designed for speed. It is widely used by marketers, product promoters, bloggers and small businesses.
It allow users create and publish images directly to social networking sites and you can integrate Buffer for scheduling posts. Stencil would be a great choice for social media marketers. Like Canva, it allows you to create a free account but with very limited privileges. See features and pricing.
Fotojet offers almost similar features with Canva in layout, online look and feel. If you have ever used FotoJet, you’ll notice that its design app is very similar to Canva.
FotoJet lets you create designs, edit photos and make collages without registering. However to access all its features, see price plans and features.
Befunky is a feature-rich photo editing and graphic design tool that comes with a Photo Editor, Graphic Designer, and Collage Maker. It has a similar design layer with FotoJet and Canva but the style is different. The interface allows you to quickly navigate through its three different apps. The design background is not so eye-catching and it is quite slow compared to the previously mentioned tools as it uses Flash. It has a free account with lots of ads and restrictions. However if you want to go all in with the premium plan, check out the pricing and features.
I use Canva, which would you like to try out?
All the design and image editors discussed in this article function well and are very easy to use by anyone. However, great design begins from the mind of the designer; it’s how you use these tools that makes the difference in your design. So, I will advise that you choose the most appropriate design tool based on your design requirements and if the one you chose doesn’t work, try another.
If you use any other effective and easy-to-use online tool to strategically position your products and services that is not mentioned in this article, please share in the comment section.
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