Graphic Design

In this section, you will find a selection of free or low-cost tools for all your visual representations. Present your data with an interactive dashboard, create a flyer, or edit your photographs. From easy-to-use tools to more sophisticated platforms.

If you have a tool you would like to be considered for inclusion on our site, please see our criteria for e-tools.

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Top 'All in One' Tools

  • Xtensio - Create and collaborate on all kinds of business publications (one-pagers, business model canvas, etc.). Ideal for start-ups. Basic account is free.
  • Canva - Create and collaborate on visual designs (blog and social media posts, cards, etc.). Always free.

Infographics

  • Easelly – Create professional-looking infographics for free. Using the site is as easy as dragging and dropping design elements. Users can either choose a template from the library or start from scratch.
  • Piktochart – Easy-to-use infographic maker. Free lifetime account: unlimited creations, access all icons and images, full editor functions, and download and share in original size.
  • Infogr.am – Make charts and infographics in 3 easy steps. Free Basic Plan: limited to 10 infographics, 10 uploaded images, no private sharing and no downloads or live connections.

Data Visualization

  • Tableau Public – Free service for Mac and Windows to create and share interactive charts and graphs, maps and live dashboards. Free Tableau Desktop license if you are enrolled full-time at an accredited school anywhere in the world.
  • Google Fusion Tables - Google Research’s free experimental application to visualize hundreds of thousands of rows of data using charts, maps, and graphs.
  • Datawrapper – Open source project to create graphic design-like visualizations in four simple steps, without any programming skills. Free basic plan available.
  • RAW – Free, open web tool to create custom vector-based visualizations. RAW focuses on those layouts you cannot easily create with other tools.
  • Plotly – Easy-to-use web app to create charts and dashboards online and conduct statistical analysis. Free public accounts and private accounts for $19 per month. Free private accounts for university students.
  • Timeline JS – Free, open source tool to create timelines with your chronological information.

Photo Editing

  • PicMonkey – All-in-one editor with easy-to-use, powerful tools. Use all basic features for free or upgrade to get the extras for $3.99 per month billed annually. 
  • BeFunky – Free easy-to-use photo editing and graphic design tools. No registration required.
  • Sumo paint – The free version is a great alternative to Photoshop. Regarded as the most versatile photo editor and painting application that works in a browser.
  • Pixlr – Free family of photo editing apps: editor, express, mobile, and desktop. Recommeded because it offers a lot of the same features as Photoshop.
  • GIMP – Free and open source image editor with many sophisticated tools. Can be complicated to use and requires a bit of a learning curve.
  • Xpert Attribution ; This free sites allows you to add attribution notes to all of the pictures on your sites quickly and easily. Great if you're using pictures from free sites and want to give the photographers credit.

Presentation

  • Prezi – Cloud-based software to create presentations that combine motion, zoom, and spatial relationships. Create a free public account or a private account starting at US$4.92 per month. Free private account for students.
  • Slides – Create, present, and share presentations with your web browser.
  • SlideShare – Share your presentation, infographic, document or videos with a targeted audience.
  • Tiny Take - A free and simple screen capture and recording tool.
  • Record It - Quickly record screencasts for free.
  • Xtensio - Create and collaborate on all kinds of business publications (one-pagers, business model canvas, etc.). Basic account is free.

Images

  • Canva – Create beautiful designs and documents for free with Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts. Perfect for social media design elements.                 
  • IconfinderMore than 950,000 free icons. Upgrade to Iconfinder Pro starting at $9 per month.
  • Endless IconsA free icon library.
  • Noun Project - Over 1 million icons, available royalty free.
  • LibreStock – Search engine that aggregates stock photos from 47 free stock photo websites.
  • Stock Up – Search free stock images across 32 websites.
  • The Stocks – Search engine for free stock images, as well as videos, audios, icons, fonts, and colours.
  • PEXELS – Search engine of free stock photos that are subdivided into easy to use categories.
  • Stock Snap - Search engine that curates stock photos from around the web.
  • Pixabay - Free images that are Creative Commons licesnsed, and can be used commercially.
  • Unsplash - Free high resolution images. 10 new photos are posted every 10 days.
  • Gratisography - Free high resolution images. This site specializes in providing unique and quirky photos, so if you're looking for something that will stand out check here.
  • Flickr Creative Commons - Free high resolution images under a variety of licenses. Flickr provides a helpful summary about what each license type means and divides the pictures into categories based on licensing for easier browsing.Once you select a picture, make sure that you check the licensing on that particular picture just in case.
  • PikWizard - Free high resolution images. This site provides images similar to Pexels or Pixabay; a high proportion of pictures on the site are exclusive content.

Quote Maker

  • Quozio – Turn words into images for free.
  • Quotes Cover – Turn quotes texts into quote pictures for free.
  • Pablo by Buffer - Add words to free stock images.
  • Recite - An easy to use free tool that allows you to place your quotes into existing visual templates.