Website builders provide users with everything they need to create awesome websites that can go a long way in delivering a message and developing a brand. When it comes to content, however, you are on your own. It is up to you to create articles, share images, and edit videos that people will love.
Thankfully there are tools that can help you do just that. Listed below are our top free and paid web design tools which we use every day to create content that is seen and shared by countless users around the world. They are a vital part of any website owner’s toolkit and are perfect for new and seasoned users alike.
A logo is a graphic that is used to represent businesses, organizations, and even individuals. They are an essential part of brand creation and represent an excellent way to promote instant public recognition.
Many consider logos to be essential for a business, using them everywhere from their website to their social media accounts and even on signage. It is, therefore, important to find a quality logo of impeccable design. Of course, you don’t want to break the bank while doing so.
Listed below are our top free and paid options for creating the perfect logo.
LogoMakr is an easy to use tool that provides you with a free and fast logo based on your own design preferences. Unlike other free tools that use cookie cutter logos for every user, LogoMakr enables you to create a professional logo that nobody else will have.
This is achieved using fonts, customizable images, and an unlimited color pallette. Because each logo made on LogoMakr is original, you will be able to copyright the logo you create. They even provide the original vector file so that you can use your logo wherever you wish.
The only form of reimbursement they request is a mention on social media. The service provides high resolution, print quality graphics for $19, but most users should be content with the free logo they create.
Free logo designing tools can only go so far and if you want to create a truly unique brand and image, we recommend opting for the services of a professional designer. In our experience, 99designs is the best way to find great designers at a reasonable price.
Starting at $299, 99designs collects information about your business to create a design brief. This brief is then presented to over one million designers who can choose to take on your project. They are then pared down and you will receive dozens of designs from which you can choose your favorite.
Once a connection is made you can help the designer refine your logo until it is exactly what you are looking for. This unique concept enables you to choose from a pool of the top designers who compete for your business.
Admit it. Sometimes you only click on a link to a news story just to look at the photos. Including images in your blog posts and around your site is a good way to grab people’s attention. In fact, users are more likely to read and share your content if there is a photo.
With this in mind, it is important to know where to find images that you can use on your website. While most people have neither the time nor the ability to go out and take photos of the things they write about, there are services that provide stock images and photographs that you can use on your website.
Listed below are our top free and paid options for finding the best photos for your site.
For high-resolution photos that you can edit, crop, resize, and do anything else you want with, nothing beats Unsplash. Users can quickly and easily download anything in their catalog of thousands of images without the need to sign up. The powerful search engine is capable of finding photos based on user-defined tags.
What sets Unsplash apart from other free stock photo services is their collection of images is curated to ensure that only the best images are featured on the site. Users can “heart” photos, which can also be a good indicator of the quality of each image and its worthiness to be featured on your website.
If you are looking for world-class photos that document the most important current and historical events, this is no better resource than Getty Images. Owners of some of the most important photo archives in the world, Getty is trusted by websites that need royalty-free images from a seemingly unending resource.
Getty Images don’t come cheap, however, and the higher the resolution you require, the more you should expect to pay. Still, there is something to be said for a website that uses images of the quality Getty offers and no matter what kind of image you require, you will almost certainly find it on their website.
Image editing is as old as photography itself and it is likely that you edit images every day on your smartphone or computer. When you have your own website, you may find that you need a graphic editor that can handle a bit more than basic image altering apps.
Listed below are our top free and paid graphic editors.
GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP, is the most popular free graphics editor. Once considered difficult to use, the program has changed dramatically over the years becoming a respectable alternative to other paid products.
GIMP is capable of high-level image editing using common tools like color correction, object selection, image editing, layers, scripts, and much more. The program lacks some features, but if you only need it for basic and some advanced-level tasks, it is more than enough to help you get the most out of your images.
Sometimes products become so prevalent that their name becomes a verb. Photoshop is one such product and for good reason. It is the gold standard of graphic editors and is simply unbeatable in terms of capability, robustness, and power to create anything you can imagine.
Photoshop can make all of your website images pop with tools that enable you to edit, enhance, manipulate, and layer. Of course, all of this comes at a price, but if you need the best, there is no other option.