Graphic design tools and applications are in a constant state of evolution. They have altered the way designers operate and has helped us become more efficient in our working process. In this collection, we assess some of our top favorite graphics applications that we have lately been using in our studio and daily workflow.

5. InVision

Known as the one most popular digital product design platform around, InVision enables designers to build the best user experience for their product and collaborate in a variety of ways with clients or team members. You can build entire design workflows for your web or mobile app, design rich and interactive prototypes with InVision. Try out the InVision Studio or for bigger projects, give the InVision Design System Management also known as DSM a try. 

 
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4. Procreate

Procreate is one of the top apps for designers and vector graphic artists. Even though this app is available only on the App Store for iPad, we just could not dismiss what a great and functional tool it is for designers and visual artists. In 2018 Procreate Pocket was released, which was created solely for iPhone and optimized for iPhone X, with full support for haptic feedback, P3 Color, and 3D Touch, making the most of every part of your iPhone

Both versions of the app allow for a fresh design perspective and new creative opportunities for artists and illustrators. Procreate has a great community page if you are looking to get inspired and see what other artists have achieved using the app. 


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3. Vectary

Vectary is an online 3D and AR design tool and by far the most inflectional app for us in 2019. Working with it for the first time felt like my first experience with any Adobe products. With an online engine and a simple user dashboard, it saves a lot of time and processing power for designers. Every once in a while we come across a platform that feels like a game-changer by pushing the boundaries of existing technologies. Vectary is definitely one of them!

Vectary offers a simple pricing plan, including a free monthly plan with limited functionality and watermarks on exports (great for testing the platform to see what I mean). The paid plan is affordable and worth adding to your digital arsenal, if you are looking to create cool, cutting-edge designs, and 3D experiences.

One of the best features of the platform is the embed option for your 3D designs. The simplest I’ve come across so far. Once you’ve finalized your design in the 3D environment, Vectary will create an iFrame embed code for you that you can place anywhere on your website or landing pages. It is hard to explain how great Vectary is without having you try it for yourself. If you are not ready yet, I still suggest browsing the app for inspiration and ideas. Vectary is also a great compliment to Figma and can easily be integrated.  

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2. Photopea

Photopea is by far the best online Photo Editor nowadays, that allows you to edit images, apply effects, filters, layers, etc. This free online editor supports working on all kinds of files, including PSD, Sketch, PDF, AI, and many more.

There are a few reasons why Photopea is such a magnificent tool for designers: If you are ever working on a slow computer, or do not have the bandwidth for using an application like Adobe, you can simply open Photopea on your browser and have access to all the same tools online. It is easy to use and extremely quick to make edits, export various file formats, and if you happen to create an account, you will have easy access to personal cross-platform settings! Photopea offers a few paid and ad-free plans for single and team users, with extra features such as steps in history access. However, the free version is just as beneficial and useful for beginners or advanced designers. 

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1. Figma

If you are an advanced designer, a creative web developer, or a digital product developer, you are focused mainly on user experience design and UX UI strategies. And you are most likely familiar with Figma and already love it! Figma is an extremely flexible platform that merges design, collaboration, and development all into one fine platform. It is the best environment for designers to build prototypes, collaborate with a team, or build design systems for products.

There are plenty of plugins and third-party applications available for Figma. These tools make it incredibly easy to design, prototype, and test your work for yourself or with a team. Be sure to checkout Maze, which is a user testing platform that turns Figma prototypes into actionable insights from real users, bringing confidence to the design process. Or take a look at Figmac, which is a lightweight Figma desktop app that delivers a more natural Mac experience. You can also use real data from Airtable to take your designs to the next level.

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