Graphic Design is always an important part of presenting information and can make or break the way people perceive your image. Often it get’s really confusing and can get messy when compiling text, images, charts, and everything else into a single document.
There are a couple of different graphic design services available, some of these are free, others are cheap; others can become costly depending on what you need to get done. A couple of things that you also need to consider is the quality of the work, and how it will be produced.
Free Graphic Design Tools
One of my favourite, and easiest to use tools for the web and social media graphics is Canva. I’ve used it for school presentations, website banners, Facebook Page and Event Cover Photos. Offline, I’ve put together posters to be printed on canvas, cards, and event flyers.
One of the first things you’ll notice once you log in is the range of image sizes available, simply click on one of these to start designing. Canva has some great prebuilt templates, perfect for using with your images and text. There are loads of free icons to use within your design, and there is also a great royalty-free image library, with images costing $1 each.
- There’s no limit to the number of designs you have (or none that I’ve reached over the past 4 years)
- It includes a colour picker and will accept HEX colour codes.
- It has a comprehensive image editor with preset filters. Change brightness, contrast, vignette, tone, etc.
- Their mobile app is quite good and gives you access to all your previous designs.
- If you have the paid subscription, you can set up teams, brand assets, theme colours, etc. You also get access to the ‘Magic Resize‘ tool, to automatically resize your designs into different formats, keeping the content and theming the same.
Cheap Graphic Design Tools
There is a range of online services that will promise graphic design, but some of these won’t deliver. That’s why it’s good to consider freelancing and have a range of options to choose from. Whilst I have not used these personally, I have had other recommend them to me, or have seen them used well.
Fiverr hosts a giant range of freelancers, and all of their work starts at $5. It’s as simple as that. You can find what you’re looking for, be it print design, corporate documents, web design, or even animations and copywriting.
It’s always good to have a look around, and remember if you’re choosing the $5 option, be prepared to wait a bit longer, and not get exactly what you envisioned. Fiverr has built their website around past performance, and for some, guides you through to find exactly what you’re looking for. For some products, it recommends between $30 and $100 as a mix of affordability and quality.
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Upwork is pretty much the big brother of Fiverr in terms of capability and range of services. You will find more experienced – and therefore more expensive – offers for work. One of the advantages of Upwork compared to Fiverr is the option to post a project and a range of freelancers will then bid for the job. This will allow you to select the most suitable candidate, and ensure that they are capable of carrying out your project.
Rather than paying per project like Fiverr, Upwork uses an hour based system. You can create a project that needs to be completed within a certain timeframe or budget. When freelancers apply for the project they will auction this hourly rate against others applying for the same project.