Not everyone has the cash to spend on the most expensive graphic design software, particularly when starting a new business or embarking on a new career in design. Fortunately, there is a whole bunch of great free graphic design software out there to get creatives started.
Here is a small list of it:
1. Inkscape Â
As with many of the free options available, Inkscape focuses on the SVG format as its primary file format. This highly capable editor has a very good SVG integration, supporting many of the more advanced features that arenâ€™t always available in other apps â€“ such as alpha blending, cloned objects, and markers.
2. Serif DrawPlus Starter EditionÂ
Although at first sight you might think DrawPlus isnâ€™t really intended as an app for professionals, itâ€™s actually surprisingly capable, and as itâ€™s offered in a free version. DrawPlus is designed to be intuitive in use, and has a wide range of tools that mirror functionality in Illustrator, but in a more approachable manner.
1. Paint.Net Â
Paint.net is a Windows-based alternative to the Paint editor that Microsoft shipped with versions of Windows. Donâ€™t let that put you off, though, as it's surprisingly capable, useful and free graphic design software.
The focus is on ease of use, and there's a definite tendancy towards photo editing rather than artistic creation. That said, there are a range of special effects available, allowing you to easily create fake perspective, blend and push pixels around the canvas, tile and repeat selections, and so on.
Platform: Windows, Linux, Mac
Open-source free graphic design software that debuted on Unix-based platforms, GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. Today itâ€™s available in versions for Linux, Windows, and Mac.
GIMP's interface differs somewhat from Photoshop, but a version of GIMP is available that mimics Adobe's look and feel, making it easier to migrate over if you're ditching Photoshop.
Of course there are many more out there, but these are my recommendation.