Free Design Software

Picmonkey

Picmonkey is my absolute favourite free design software. It’s like Photoshop and Illustrator for beginners all rolled up in one. You can use it to edit your photos, create graphics for your website / blog posts / social media, design your logo and much more.

Picmonkey is also really easy to use and has a wide range of filters, shapes/illustrations (called overlays) and fonts built in for you to use. While Picmonkey is free to use, without even having to create an account I might add, they do also offer a paid account which gives you access to an even greater variety of fonts, overlays, filters and other features. A Picmonkey Royale account is also very affordable at just US$39.99 per year or US$4.99 per month (as at September 2016)

Aside from being really easy and fun to use, one of the main reasons I love Picmonkey so much is that you can also use the fonts installed on your computer, as well as upload your own overlays. This is great if your brand uses specific fonts and it makes it easy to add logos and watermarks to your photos and designs.

But that’s not all! This year has seen Picmonkey adding to their already amazing features. In 2016 alone Picmonkey has introduced design templates, a layers palette which makes it easier to select and edit different elements in a design, a free mobile app and Picmonkey Hub (Royale members only). Now you can create your designs (from a template if you wish) on your phone as well and save it to Picmonkey Hub and access your design on your computer.

Unfortunately when you save an image from the mobile app it flattens everything into a single layer meaning you can’t re-edit later. However when you save to Hub from Picmonkey.com it does not do this and you are able to continue editing your design later. This means that you can set up templates for things like blog post graphics and use the ‘Save A Copy’ feature to make a new design.

NEED HELP USING PICMONKEY?

I made a video tutorial on how to create blog post graphics using Picmonkey where I also run through the basics of the program. Picmonkey also has a great tutorial section where you can learn how to use specific functions and tools and achieve all sorts of different effects.