Free Graphic Design Software: Ultimate List of 170 Tools (2020)

Free Graphic Design Software: Ultimate List of 170 Tools (2020)

Free Graphic Design Software: Ultimate List of 170 Tools (2020)

Abhik Shome

Founder and Editor-in-chief
The Starting Idea

Weronika Wysocka

Designer
The Starting Idea

In business, presentation is everything.

You need to communicate about your product in a way that it captivates the audiences.

You need to present your ideas in a way that you look genuine, authentic and command authority in your industry.

Having said that, graphic design software and resources like stock photos, videos, graphics editors, icons, etc., are expensive products for a startup business owner or a solopreneur.

Based on that, we have created the ultimate resource of 160+ free graphic design software and resources containing everything from PSD files, stock photos, videos, icons, fonts, patterns, mockups, colors, infographics, graphic design editors, and more.

At the time of making, all the tools in the list have a free forever option and are updated for 2020.

We have listed a collection of 170 graphic design software and design tools online that will take care of every graphic design need required in modern business in 2020.

Be it blog, video, or print, these free design software and tools will literally make your content look like a million bucks!

These free graphic design software include everything from fonts, icons, infographics, stock photos, to amazing free Adobe alternatives that can replace Photoshop, Illustrator, and other expensive design tools.

To make it simple, we have organized these design tools into different categories.

Use the table of contents below to scroll right to the section that is most relevant to your current design-based needs.

Here you go:

  • All-in-One
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Icons
  • Mockups
  • Infographics
  • Fonts
  • Patterns
  • Logo Creator
  • Wireframing
  • UI
  • Web Template Designs
  • Color Picker
  • Design Creation
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All-In-One

A collection of high-quality flat designs, photos, and mockups that are free for both personal and commercial use.

Get a ton of free PSDs and website templates.

Go for this site for some amazing PSDs and device mockups.

Sign up and get free design goodies.

Get free PSD resources every week in your mail inbox.

Fonts, mockups, templates and more. Get top quality free resources daily with this site.

Free UI kits, mockups, textures, layer effects, seamless patterns and even website templates for Photoshop and Sketch.

Use it to get a variety of product mockups for free.

Free design resources for Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketch. Also contains code scripts.

The site is known for its vast collection of free icon sets.

Get HD mockups that are pixel perfect for free.

From dropper bottle to Yoghurt packs and everything in between, the site has free mockups for every imaginable product. Also has a great collection of Typefaces and UI kits.

Over 1000+ design freebies made by Dribbble users.

More than 3683 design resources.

An eclectic collection of stock images, mockups, and much-needed vectors.

A set of quality design resources for creatives.

Get all the free stock images, videos and sound effects arranged in this directory.

Free fonts, PSDs and mockups.

I love the free graphics this site offers. Seems great for Social Media posting.

Browse both popular and latest vectors and download them for free. They create 100s of free vectors daily!

An eclectic mix of mockups and beautiful fonts.

Free web designs, UI kits, backgrounds, and icons. It even has a cat magazine mockup!

Self-explanatory by its name. Get tons of PSD templates for free.

The site has over 119 categories including Photoshop actions, Vector backgrounds, brushes, and more.

25. 365PSD

This one has some great UI kits.

I really like their resume and CV templates.

Thousands of fonts, icons, graphics, templates, interfaces, mockups and more.

Photos

Get some of the best free photos from a community of the world’s best photographers.

Over 1.6 million stock photos and videos to choose from. This is my go-to site for stock photos.

19226 high-quality stock images. A great option if Pixabay doesn’t satisfy you.

31. Pexels

Just take one look at Pexels and it will win you over with its collection of photos. These photos tell a story of their own.

The site adds 100s of high res photos weekly.

33. Reshot

The site offers handpicked non-stocky looking images that are free.

The site has safe to use royalty free images, Mockups, and vectors.

Fan of quirky images that stand out? Want them for free? This is the site for you.

Stock images presented by the Shopify brand.

Insta-worthy images for free.

Another site with free insta-worthy photos.

The site has daily updates with new photos, textures, and illustrations.

40. MMT

The site has some awesome photos and videos for commercial use.

Free license to use a huge collection of stock images.

Another site with a great collection of free stock images.

Free high-resolution images for personal and commercial use.

Enter your keyword and this site will find the perfect photo for you.

New free photos for your projects.

Their CCO licensed images are completely free to use.

Stock images dedicated to food theme.

2890 free stock photos.

Make your projects look the best with these non-stocky looking stock photos. Every month get 20 new stock photos in your inbox.

A free image library. Another great resource.

Feminine styled stock photos.

52. Flickr

A popular site for getting the perfect photos.

53. Canva

Free stock photos from the Canva brand.

Browse their albums and find the perfect images.

230,953 photos to choose from.

Select pics from public domain.

Another hub for high-quality stock photos. Get a freebie every month.

Over 350,000 stock photos, free for commercial use.

The home of creative commons.

Photographer Daria’s free to use photos.

The site gives you 7 hi-res images when you sign up. Also, the site supports a very noble cause of providing portable defibrillators to schools and sports areas. Support them if you can.

Search millions of Creative Commons photos and add them to your blog posts.

If you are a fan of vintage photos and want to use them for free, use this site.

Photographer Jay Mantri offers free pics with CCO license.

65. Wylio

Over 100 million photos available.

Browse photos and illustrations from across a variety of categories.

50.963,750 freely usable media files.

Choose photos from a variety of categories like abstract, architecture, objects and life.

More than 100,000 photos available for free.

Free pics without any attribution requirement.

A huge collection of public domain photos.

A curated directory of high-resolution CCO licensed images.

Get a free hi-resolution photo every day.

Their most popular categories are pictures of people and business related pics.

Over 25000+ free stock photos.

Videos

76. Videvo

Thousands of free stock videos. Sort them based on keywords.

77. Pexels

Collection of completely free stock videos.

Collection of free HD stock footage and 4K videos.

Over 1.6 million stock photos and videos to choose from.

80. Pond5

Pond5 claims to have the world’s largest royalty-free video collection.

81. Vimeo

Free HD stock footage from the Vimeo brand.

Choose from a collection of videos based on categories like city, clouds, drone, food, office, people, water and more.

83. Coverr

Best beautiful free videos for your homepage.

Get premium stock footage for free across a variety of categories.

Get over 1.1 million video clips.

Free videos for your use.

Icons

A curated directory of 1,268,000 vector icons grouped in 25.860 packs.

88. Icons8

Get 86,300 flat icons in any format, size, and color. All in 20 seconds flat.

700+ icons in 43 themes. Use the icons for landing pages.

Get over a million curated icons.

A massive curated list of icons with a bunch of additional filters to get to the perfect icon pack.

Another great variety of icons brought to you by Dribbble.

93. Nucleo

Their free icon pack includes 60 high-quality icons.

Icons, brushes, templates, PSDs, vector kits and tools that you can use without any restriction.

14,911 free icons.

Get beautifully crafted symbols for common actions and items.

A huge icon repository.

100 free radical geometric icons.

More than 2500 free icons to customize.

Beautiful icons to use for free.

Mockups

A large collection of free mockups. Use this site to get iPhone mockups, iPad mockups, MacBook mockups, Fashion and apparel mockups, magazine mockups, food mockups and more.

102. Mockups

Another set of classy looking mockups.

103. Behance

A third option for mockups you can try.

Infographics

104. Hubspot

Get 15 beautifully designed infographic templates in Powerpoint and 5 more in Illustrator. All ready-made and free.

A collection of 40 free infographic templates.

Turn your site data into charts and infographics.

Fonts

A huge collection of free fonts from Google.

108. MyFonts

Over 2000 free fonts to choose from.

A collection of handpicked typefaces presented in an easy to use format.

Over 113 free fonts to choose from

111. Canva

An awesome type parings site.

Another great font collection brought to you by Adobe.

113. Dafont

Another huge collection of fonts.

114. Ufonts

Over 3254 pages filled with free fonts.

Instantly identify what fonts are being used on a particular webpage.

An extensive repository of free fonts.

117. Fontjoy

With the help of machine learning, find the best font combinations for your next design project. 

Do you want to know what font has been used in different design projects? Upload a horizontal image to WhatTheFont to find the font you have been looking for. With the help of deep learning, the tool searches through a collection of over 133,000 font styles to find the best match for the fonts in your photo.

Patterns

119. Toptal

Choose from a huge variety of modern design patterns. The Collection boasts of patterns like Moroccan blue, folk pattern, wheat pattern and more.

9595 free patterns spread across a variety of categories.

One of the largest collection of free patterns submitted by some of the top designers.

Logo Creator

A SaaS tool which recreates your handwritten business signature.

Generate cool and hip looking logos for free .

Get logos for free but in low resolution with this tool.

A SaaS which creates professional online logos.

Create your logo in just 3 simple steps. Choose from 10,000 free logo pre-made designs and then customize.

A free logo making tool with 100% customizable options.

Wireframing

Design, prototype, and animate. All in one place.

129. Figma

Turn your ideas into products with this tool which allows you to design, prototype, and get feedback.

A clear and simple wireframing tool.

131. Fluidui

Create web and mobile prototypes in minutes.

One of the most popular wireframing tools which replicates a whiteboard.

A quick and rapid way to brainstorm UI ideas.

This free tool lets you make unlimited wireframes with unlimited users.

The tool has sitemaps that builds itself as you add more pages.

Create faster prototypes.

Create easy flowchart diagrams and assign different shapes.

An easy frame sharing tool.

UI

4000+ UI elements for designing web and mobile apps.

140. Figma

Create, collaborate, prototype, and handoff all on the cloud.

Generate fake names to use in designs and mockups. A lot of fun too.

142. Marvel

Everything you need to bring ideas to life. With the Marvel design platform, access all the core functionality you need to build digital products – wireframe, prototype and generate design specs in one place.

143. Webfx

20 free UI kits to download.

144. Origami

A tool for designing modern interfaces, used by designers at Facebook.

Web Template Designs

Super responsive HTML templates that are customizable and 100% free under creative commons.

A total of +867 CSS and HTML responsive templates that are released for free under creative commons.

Jazz up your web presence with these free uber cool web templates, especially suited for small businesses.

The largest collection of open source bootstrap templates.

400+ Free HTML & Bootstrap Website Templates collected by Colorlib.

Color Picker

150. Coolors

An ultra fast color schemes generator.

Browse through biggest collection of official brand color codes around.

Create color themes.

Get the perfect colors for flat design.

Use these awesome gradients automatically created by A.I. 48 times daily.

Choose from a wide set of colors for use in your next project.

Simply press the spacebar to generate interesting color shades for your next project.

Design Creation

157. Visme

Edit a large variety of infographic templates from Visme’s free plan.

158. Snappa

A simple but powerful graphics editor where you can quickly create social media images from pre-made templates.

This is a must-have in every budding designer’s toolkit. The templates offer a large variety of flexibility, making the final product look like its done by a highly professional designer.

160. Befunky

Design beautiful infographic in seconds with their ready-made templates.

Create infographics from 37+ chart types and 13 map types on their basic free plan.

Use scientific illustrations on your infographic with this tool.

163. Canva

One of the best graphic designing tools. Perfect for freelancers who are non-designers.

164. Easelly

Turn boring data into attractive infographics.

Stand out as a freelancer. Use this interesting tool which converts your resume into an infographic.

Very good free tool to act as an alternative to Adobe Illustrator.

A great alternative for photoshop where you can replicate the photoshop software and get close to similar results.

168. Vectr

A free forever web and desktop cross-platform design tool to create vector graphics.

169. Pixlr

If you don’t want to spend money on expensive photo editing software Pixlr comes to the rescue. Its intuitive UI makes re-sizing, cropping, color grading, or other basic image editing simple.

170. Pablo

Create social media posts in a software made by Buffer team. 

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Abhik Shome

Abhik helps entrepreneurs shorten their path to online growth with conversion marketing. He is a leading conversion marketing expert and online marketing thought leader. As CEO of Brand Bridge Solutions, an online marketing agency, Abhik's content has been featured in mainstream media outlets like Inc Magazine, Business Insider, Inc ASEAN, YourStory, and Influencive among others. Abhik is the Founder of The Starting Idea, a business growth magazine focused on giving fast-paced actionable marketing strategies to the modern day entrepreneur. He is also the founder of Product Know, an exclusive library of business software and resources. He has recently authored the book The Growth Toolbox covering 210+ tools to grow every aspect of a modern day business. Get it for FREE here. His blogs and articles have been shared and appreciated by top industry experts including Larry Kim, Founder of Wordstream & Mobile Monkey.

Weronika Wysocka

Weronika Wysocka is the design head of The Starting Idea. A master of all things tech and graphic design, she is the brains behind the look that everyone associates The Starting Idea with. With her in-depth knowledge of all the latest graphic designing software interwoven with a self-made promise of having the smoothest UX. Weronika is the key to The Starting Idea's standout look and rising growth. See Weronika's range of design skills along with her graphic design work through her Behance portfolio here.

5 Quotes of Elon Musk to Live by and Base Your Business Around (Infographic)

5 Quotes of Elon Musk to Live by and Base Your Business Around (Infographic)

5 Quotes of Elon Musk to Live by and Base Your Business Around (Infographic)

Weronika Wysocka

Chief Design Officer 
The Starting Idea

Elon Musk is known to have some of the best one-liners and quips in the business world. 

From being inspirational to sometimes painting the bitter truth, his words always push the mind to think and see things from a renewed perspective.

Here are 5 of the most impactful and noteworthy quotes of Elon Musk which will put you in the right mindset for your business and life.

1. Focus on constant improvement of yourself. Think what can you do better every day.

“Constantly think about how you could be doing things better and keep questioning yourself.”

2. Do things which are important to you and results will follow.

“If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.”

3. In everything you do, have a higher purpose. Impact the world.

“My motivation for all my companies has been to be involved in something that I thought would have a significant impact on the world.”

4. Have enough motivation to do things.

“You have to be pretty driven to make it happen. Otherwise, you will just make yourself miserable.”

5. Focus on your recipe for success.

“If you’re trying to create a company, it’s like baking a cake. You need to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.”

Weronika Wysocka

Weronika Wysocka is the design head of The Starting Idea. A master of all things tech and graphic design, she is the brains behind the look that everyone associates The Starting Idea with. With her in-depth knowledge of all the latest graphic designing software interwoven with a self-made promise of having the smoothest UX. Weronika is the key to The Starting Idea's standout look and rising growth. See Weronika's range of design skills along with her graphic design work through her Behance portfolio here.

5 Quotes of Steve Jobs to Live by and Base Your Business Around (Infographic)

5 Quotes of Steve Jobs to Live by and Base Your Business Around (Infographic)

5 Quotes of Steve Jobs to Live by and Base Your Business Around (Infographic)

Weronika Wysocka

Chief Design Officer
The Starting Idea

Steve Jobs always believed in challenging boundaries. Here’s a brief insight into his thought process with 5 of his best quotes.

Use them to re-engineer your mindset for creativity and growth.

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1. Start your day with an honest question in the mirror

“If today were the last day of my life would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

2. Work will fill large part of your life. Make sure you do what you believe is great work.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

3. While making decisions trust your instincts, your gut feeling.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

4. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. The key is improvement.

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

5. The goal is not to make money. The goal is to make every day something wonderful.

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful [at Apple], that’s what matters to me.”

Weronika Wysocka

Weronika is a Chief Design Officer for The Starting Idea, a growth marketing and self-development magazine exclusively focused towards giving fast-paced actionable strategies and tools for the modern day entrepreneur. Passionate about the art of expressing emotions through design, Weronika has headed multiple graphic designing and motion graphics projects in her illustrious career. She aims to share her knowledge and skills with other design enthusiasts through The Starting Idea platform.

20 Iconic Quotes from Famous Entrepreneurs

20 Iconic Quotes from Famous Entrepreneurs

20 Iconic Quotes from Famous Entrepreneurs

Weronika Wysocka

Chief Design Officer
The Starting Idea

Let’s face it – Entrepreneurship is not for everyone.

It can make you question your beliefs, your vision, your capabilities, your courage, make you lose friends and sometimes make you feel terrifyingly lonely.

BUT here’s the deal.

Due to the above causal effects of pursuing it, entrepreneurship becomes something which simply does not restrict itself to business and the art of making money, it actually becomes a highly valuable life exercise which embodies the spirit of the victory. It becomes an activity which when pursued with the right mindset, can transform all your vulnerabilities into a relentless force of unbreakable will.

From the spirit of NEVER giving up to the value of self-preservation, from ability to take a hit to overcoming the abyss of fear, pursuing entrepreneurship is enrolling you in the high school of life which will lead you to graduate as your best self EVER.

Based on these thoughts, we bring 20 iconic quotes from famous entrepreneurs which will teach you about life, love, passion, overcoming fear and biggest of all – Relentless Perseverance.

Use these quotes in your life whenever you feel down or out, whenever someone close to you does not believe in your vision or when you feel afraid of taking the next big step.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”  Steve Jobs

“If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.” – Jack Ma

“If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.” – Jack Ma

“Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world… If you do so, you are insulting yourself.” – Bill Gates

“The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”– Warren Buffet

“If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” – Elon Musk

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk.” –  Mark Zuckerberg

“One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.” – Jeff Bezos

“We only get to play this game one time. We have one life.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

“Pursuing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting.” – Guy Kawasaki

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

“Ups and downs in life are very important to keep us going, because a straight line even in an ECG means we are not alive.” – Ratan Tata

“If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford 

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” – Tony Robbins

“Always deliver more than expected.” – Larry Page

“Don’t be shy about believing in your ideas— even if folks around you think you’re crazy.” – Tim Westergren

“If you’re not a risk taker, you should get the hell out of business.” – Ray Kroc

“F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.” – Zig Ziglar

“If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.” – Jack Ma

“I’ve only had two rules. Do all you can and do it the best you can. It’s the only way you ever get that feeling of accomplishing something.” – Harland David Sanders

So, what you think of our list? Any one of your favorites which we missed out on? Share your picks, be it of a famous entrepreneur or your own, in the comments section. We would love to hear from you.

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Here’s one more to go which perfectly captures the sentiment of entrepreneurship and actually comes from none other than a Jedi Master –

“Do or do not, there is no try.”

Weronika Wysocka

Weronika Wysocka is a designer of The Starting Idea, a growth marketing and self-development magazine exclusively focused towards giving fast-paced actionable strategies and tools for the modern day entrepreneur. Passionate about the art of expressing emotions through design, Weronika has headed multiple graphic designing and motion graphics projects in her illustrious career. She aims to share her knowledge and skills with other design enthusiasts through The Starting Idea platform.

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