11 Essentials Tools for Creative Graphic Designers

Joomla, WordPress, Drupal and many others have made it easier for people and organizations to create their websites. While creating a website in today's age is easy; professionally designing it is still difficult as ever. That is why we see a growth in people learning website designing skills or companies offering website designing around the world.

An essential part of website designing is the graphics. Having the right graphics on your website can bring in more traffic. Therefore, if you are an aspiring or professional website designer, these are the 11 must-have tools every designer should have:

1.  Adobe Illustrator CC

It ranks amongst the top tools for a designer. The software can be used for designing graphics for videos, games, websites and simple logo designing. It features built-in design pre-sets and templates which help in faster design creation.

2.  Adobe Photoshop CC

Like the Adobe Illustrator CC, this software is ideal for professional use. Designers can use it for various purposes including website designing, photograph editing, banner creation and more. There are many pens, pencils and brushes to choose from in the software.

3.  Adobe InDesign CC

The software is ideal for web media projects and used in designing documents, brochures, posters, etc. If your website creates content especially designed for tablet computers, this software is perfect for your needs.

4.  Autodesk 3D Max

It has the latest and cutting-edge 3D modeling, animation and rendering tools. Interestingly, the software can work with Unity and Unreal, both of which are top-end graphic design engines. The user interface is user-friendly and can be customized as per user preferences.

5.  Adobe Dreamweaver

It is one of the standout graphic design software. The software allows you to not only create but publish and manage the website from a single dashboard. Interestingly, it supports multiple monitors for Windows.

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6.  Corel PaintShop Pro

It contains various tools which allow for the creation of high-end graphics, logs, and is a useful tool for photo editing. One edge that the software has over others is that the tools can be customized according to user preferences. 

7.  Fotor

Fotor is an all-in-one visual content creation tool, being used by tens of thousands of professional marketers and entrepreneurs. It comes with a smart and quick interface, so it is very easy to use. You can use it to create engaging and high-converting graphic designs like posters, flyers, banners and so much more to promote your business in minutes. 

8.  Inkscape

Unlike other photo editing software, it is a free and open source software which is useful in vector graphic creation. The software can work on any operating system, and despite being free, it contains all the necessary tools for graphic designing.

9.  GIMP

Like Inkscape, it is also a free and open source software and useful for creating and editing images. It also supports downloadable plugins through which more features can be added. A novice can use the software without any specialized training as it has a straightforward interface.

10.  Canva

It is a cloud-based platform which is perfect for professional use and for beginners who have just ventured into the world of graphics designing. There are thousands of designs to choose from to create the perfect icon, picture, flyers, visual charts and much more.

11.  Coolors

Most people spend a lot of time in deciding the color scheme for their website. This tool allows you to generate different color schemes for your website quickly. It is also available as an add-on for various software, the most notable being Adobe.


These are the 11 essential tools for creative graphic designers to use. If you master some of these tools, you are well on course towards becoming a top graphics designer.

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