Design Tools

The Best Online Design Tools 2021

As a recruitment marketer, you already know that images are a key component of a winning marketing strategy for your agency. Images play a crucial part in marketing out your brand online, promoting your featured job ads, and increasing the impact of your recruitment blogs. But, let’s face it, not everyone is skilled with Photoshop and other graphic design software. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple to use, free options available online. To help you create great, professional looking images, we’ve put together a list of the best free graphic design tools you can use today.

Sketch Pad

Free Online Drawing Application for All Ages

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Create digital artwork to share online and export to popular image formats.

SketchPad is free. Really free. Not just parts are free. The whole program is free if you use it in your browser. No downloading. No making an account, no new password, no nothing. You can play with all the pretty art toys to your heart’s content, download your artwork without watermarks or any kind of advertising.

Brand Colors

Official Brand Color Codes

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The largest collection of official color hex codes of popular brands. Includes hex colors codes for 500+ brands including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many more.

LogoMakr

Create Your Own Logo in Minutes

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Free Logo Maker. Create & design your logo for free using an easy logo maker tool. Choose from hundreds of fonts and icons. Then just save your new logo on to your computer!

Free Logo Design

Create Your Own Logo, It's Free

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Logo Maker – Create your logo design online for your business or project. Its Free to use. Customize a logo for your company easily with our free online logo maker.

Compfight

A Flickr Search Tool

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If you’re looking for a Creative Commons image, but are finding terrible options through its native search engine, check out Compfight. While it often surfaces similar content, Compfight has an algorithm that places the gorgeous images right at the top — cutting my image hunting time down by a ton.

Bonus: You don’t have to worry about correct attribution because Compfight will automatically generate HTML codes you can embed in your website to properly credit the original author.

Canva

Create Beautiful Designs With Your Team

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Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content. It is available on web and mobile, and integrates millions of images, fonts, templates and illustrations.

Crello

Anyone is A Designer With Crello

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Create like a pro. No design skills needed.

Crello is an online tool for easily creating videos and graphic designs, for social media, print, or any other web-based graphics by using a huge collection of already designed templates and video/photo content. … Upload own photos or use free stock images, backgrounds, and clipart.

PlaceIt

Smart Templates Make Design Easy

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Create mockups, logos, videos & designs in seconds!

Sometimes, you need a photo of your website, blog, or Twitter profile with a little polished flair. While you can try manually customizing your screenshot to fit into a stock photo you already have, PlaceIt is an even better alternative. Upload photos directly into Creative Commons-enabled stock photo templates and watch your screenshots come to life.

Bonus: You don’t have to worry about correct attribution because Compfight will automatically generate HTML codes you can embed in your website to properly credit the original author.

ColorZilla

Advanced Eyedropper, Color Picker, Gradient Generator

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ColorZilla is a great tool for your most basic to your most advanced color-related needs. Whether you’re looking to pull up the HEX code for a specific pixel on a page, analyze DOM element colors, or uncover element information such as tag name, class, id, and size, this tool can handle it all.

Available as either a Google Chrome Extension or a Firefox add-on, we’re willing to be that ColorZilla will quickly become one of your favorite go-to design tools.

Unsplash

Beautiful Free Images & Pictures

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The Internet’s source of freely usable images.

If you’re looking for more “do whatever you want” photos with a scenery or inanimate object tilt, check out Unsplash. Just like our own stock photos, no attribution is needed. The pictures speak for themselves — so go check out the website for more.

Infogr.am

Create Infographics, Reports and Maps

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If you’re looking to make interactive infographics — not just plain visuals — check out this online design tool. Easily add graphs, maps, text, and even playable videos without diving deep into a design program. It also has social sharing tools built right into the infographic, so you don’t have to worry about creating a custom Pin-It button. It’s a pretty nifty tool if you want to create and ship an infographic — fast.