While I do offer many graphic design services for Etsy Sellers in my Shop, I know that a lot of Etsy Sellers enjoy making their own graphics for social media and listings. Plus, when you’re just starting out, you can’t always afford a designer right away; no matter how affordable they try to be.
While I personally use industry-standard software (Adobe Products such as Illustrator and Photoshop), I know that’s not always an option for brand new sellers trying to make sense of the world of Etsy. One Caveat to this though: if you have the desire to learn Adobe Illustrator, don’t bother with any of these free programs; learn one software and master it.
So to make your life a little easier, I’ve compiled a list of Free Graphic Design Resources to help you get started (until you can hire a professional 😉 )
Canva – This is seemingly the most popular option (or its at least closely tied with PicMonkey). It’s web based, so you don’t have to download a thing. It has a lot of pre-sized and preformatted options to choose from. So if selecting colors and styles is not your forte, this is perfect for you. There is also a App available, but it is not as in depth as the desktop version
The downside to canva is that it’s only free to a point. There are designs that do have a cost associated, and there is a Unlimited Paid Option available as well.
PicMonkey – Again another very popular choice and it also offers a free app with limited features. There is also a Upgrade option to do some of the things that Canva will let you do for free, which is a Debbie-Downer.
Vectr – Vector is another choice on the table with both a downloadable version and a web-based version. I personally have not tried it, but it is recommended as a good option for beginners. It appears to have a pretty good user interface, making it easy to use.
BeFunky – This is a pretty cool option and it had a nice pretty aesthetic. Best of all, the only real perk to upgrade that I could see is upgrading to remove ads; which means you’re getting a lot of their best features without shelling out your hard-earned cash. There were a ton of free templates for small businesses, including Facebook Ads, Promotional Materials (business cards, letterhead, etc.)
So onto the Apps! Here’s what I recommend if you’re on the go and can’t sit down to create or edit images.
As mentioned above, Canva and PicMonkey both have Apps. I personally do not use either of them.
For my on-the-go editing, I like and frequently use three apps for different reasons. I don’t feel like there’s any one app that’s really fulfilled all of my on-the-go needs. But I’m also kind of picky. As of this post, all are available on the iPhone App Store:
- A Beautiful Mess: It has great little doodles and a text editor. There are some backgrounds that you can add, some editing features too, but I mostly like it for the doodles. I know; I’m weird. This graphic was a quick one I made with A Beautiful Mess and an Instagram filter.
- Studio+: It’s great for adding text, shapes, filters and more to an image.
- VSCO: Awesome for adding a film texture to photos
- Snapseed: Mostly for actually clean up and editing of photos.
Have you ever used any of these programs? What did you think?