Presentation is everything when marketing your brand, and no one knows that better than a graphic designer. Because of this, it’s paramount that you have the proper software for whatever you strive to do, whether it be creating a blog or editing photos for your business. Adobe Photoshop is one such software, a software that most people’s minds go to when they hear the words graphic design, but there are plenty of other software programs on the internet that are just as viable an option to use as Photoshop is. Here are some of the best programs available to graphic designers this year.

 

Adobe Photoshop

 

There’s a reason that Photoshop is synonymous with graphic design and photo editing. Its design tools, user interface, creative cloud, and open-source GIMP software are all key features that make the program desirable, and it even has a mobile app for editing on the go. 

 

Pros

  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Rich set of typography and drawing tools available
  • Efficient file transfer system between different programs
  • Customizable options such as canvas size, brushes, 3D elements, element isolation from backgrounds, etc.

 

Cons

  • Adobe subscription to Creative Cloud can be costly, and there’s no option to buy a perpetual license for the product
  • Abundance of features may overwhelm new users
  • Lessor support for raster and vector images

 

CorelDraw Graphics Suite

 

CorelDraw Graphics Suite is an easy-to-use and highly accessible interface that’s bundled with multiple editing applications. It has an online digital library that registered users can use to access thousands of high-resolution photographs, as well as over 2,000 vehicle templates, 1,000 fonts, and much more. With a customizable UI, flexible payment options, and a new pointilizer, CorelDraw is money well spent.

 

Pros:

  • App-wide workflow and under-the-hood innovation/performance enhancements
  • Gives the option to choose GPU acceleration over the default CPU
  • Smooth desktop-to-tablet transition
  • Better EPS and third-party PDF importing capabilities and leverages thanks to their GPL GhostScript feature

 

Cons:

  • No complimentary mobile app offered by Corel
  • Number of payment options might confuse users
  • Not an easy software to use for beginners

 

Inkscape

 

Inkscape is a free graphic design program that’s easy for beginners or hobbyists to use, especially if they’re already familiar with Adobe’s tools. The software updates regularly to give their users new features and improve old ones, but the open-source code allows for manual improvements by its users as well for a more personalized experience.

 

Pros:

  • Supports multiple gradients and comes with a separate tool for complex combinations
  • Equipped with Bezier handles to ensure effortless node movement
  • Offers several well-designed and full-featured tools to create/edit/convert vectors
  • Able to download or create ready-made plugins

 

Cons:

  • Streaming text needs to be converted to plain text before export
  • Mac version of Inkscape is not error-free
  • Slower processing than other graphic design software