What are the best graphic design programs?

asked by Alfredo Aldave Bañez
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8 solutions
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    #1Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing software that became the industry standard today used by professionals and hobbyists alike. It has plenty of features allowing amounts of photo editing jobs to be done.


    Windows, Mac

    $9.99- Free trial available

    Craig Stone
    Written on December 1, 2017
    "Every year I get blessed with new enhancements in Photoshop. I always think my latest version is perfectly fine for my photo editing and graphics needs but I always find a new feature to sucker me into the latest version. Make no mistake about it, even the older versions of Photoshop is more than any basic hobbyist would need but the later versions just make your work more efficient. I can't stress how far Adobe has come in improving the healing brush as well as improved some of their algorithms. I remember having to use the clone brush back in the days to do touch up work for portraits. Along came the healing brush and that revolutionized the game and now they've even outdone themselves by improving that. The countless brushes and ability to manipulate images is beyond imagination. The ultimate power to color correct and just get creative is at the tips. If you're an amateur getting into photo editing, you can't ask for a better graphic design software for all your graphics and photo needs then Photoshop. If you're a pro, you already know this. Photoshop was, and is still the king of the mountain when it comes to this bar none."
  2. 12

    #2Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphics editor software developed by Adobe Inc. This can be used to create different designs with its drawing tools. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.


    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Carol Olson
    Written on December 8, 2017
    "I use this for all of my graphic design needs. Creates professional looking images. Fantastic!"
  3. 7



    GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is an illustrative digital freeware which serves as a photo-retouching program, image compositor, and image authoring. This program was created in 1996.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Nicole Ramos
    Written on December 5, 2017
    "Gimp is a graphic design. It works like Photoshop and it just as easy to use."
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    Canva is a graphics design tool where users can create professional designs by curating photos, text, animations, stickers, borders, frames and more. It also features albums and scrapbooks where users may collaborate with their friends. 


    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Varies by plan

    Madison Black
    Written on December 9, 2017
    "This app transformed me into an artist! the templates are beautiful and the platform is very easy to use."
  2. 5



    CorelDRAW is an illustration tool compatible to both Windows and Mac computers that helps users in designing either for print or web. The software also enables users to edit photos, layout multi-page designs, and more.


    Windows, Mac

    $669- Free trial available

    Samuel Ryan
    Written on December 12, 2017
    "Coral Draw is a great art suite for any professional or art enthusiast. It has great pen tools. Try it out with a 15 day trial."
  3. 5



    PicMonkey is a creative tool for photo editing and graphic design so you can show your creativity and your style. The photo editing tool is available online and on iOS and Android devices.

    Online Tools

    Free- Varies by plan

    Larry Richardson
    Written on December 3, 2017
    "the graphic design in the site is very easy and the app is very nice to use"
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    Krita is a free and open source painting software for artists and illustrators. Is a great alternative to Photoshop, built and designed by artists who needed a fast and free tool to create original digital art or enhance print artworks.

    Windows, Mac


    Jesse Hawkins
    Written on December 14, 2017
    "The exact page this links to does not give any real information about the program. However, exploring the site does show that this seems to be a pretty good painting software, and fits this search fairly well. I might rather see the main page instead of this one as the landing page in a search result."
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    #8Clip Studio Paint

    Clip Studio Paint
    Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga studio) is a great alternative to Photoshop, and one of the most popular programs for comic and manga artists. This tool allows artists to enhance their paper illustrations or create digital artworks from scratch.

    Windows, Mac, iOS


    Rebecca Holmes
    Written on December 10, 2017
    "I have used Clip Studio Paint. It is easy to use. It has many unique features, and there are many defferent things you can do."


Best What are the best graphic design programs
1Adobe PhotoshopSoftware 14 Paid
2Adobe Illustrator CCSoftware 12 Paid
3GimpSoftware 7 Free
4CanvaApps 7 Free
5CorelDRAWSoftware 5 Paid
6PicMonkeyOnline Tools 5 Free
7KritaSoftware 2 Free
8Clip Studio PaintSoftware 1 Free

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