10+ Resources and Apps for Novice Graphic Designers

Posted by David Watson . on October 4, 2017

You are usually tight on budget when you start your career, however being a novice web or graphic designer; you need to somehow invest in tools to showcase the creativity in you.

Adobe Creative Cloud Suit is used by experienced professionals as it is considered as the standard for the industry and the cost of using it is that much heavy that any fresher, freelancer, college graduate or budding creative professional can’t even think of adding them in their toolkit.

But you don’t need to worry. You do not have to pay hefty amount for such costly tools as there are free alternatives available. There are still numerous free apps available which are affordable and even free apps similar to those used by experienced creative professionals.

Scribus (free InDesign alternative)

Compatibility: Windows, macOS, Linux, BSD

Pixelmator (budget-priced Photoshop/Illustrator alternative)

Compatibility: macOS

Krita (free painting tool)

Compatibility: Linux, macOS, Windows

Font Squirrel(free fonts library)

GIMP (free Photoshop alternative)

Compatibility: Linux, macOS, Windows, BSD, Solaris, AmigaOS 4

Inkscape (free Illustrator alternative)

Compatibility: Linux, Windows, macOS

Affinity Designer (budget-priced Photoshop/Illustrator alternative)

Compatibility: macOS, Windows

SketchUp Make (free 3D modeling tool)

Compatibility: macOS, Windows

Sculptris (free digital sculpting tool)

Compatibility: macOS, Windows

MacFly Pro (maintenance software)

Compatibility: macOS

Ello.co (online community)

DigiKam (free media managing software)

Compatibility: Linux, macOS, Windows

TypeKit (fonts library)

DeviantArt (online community)

Lyn (budget media managing)

Compatibility: macOS

Unsplash (free Adobe Stock alternative)

Compatibility: the Web

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