7 Essential Tips and Tools for Graphic and Magazine Design

by Fred Showker

Shweiki While designing layouts or graphics for a website or publication might seem difficult and expensive, in reality, there are tips and tools that can help anyone create high-quality designs with little effort and often for no cost. Here Shweiki presents seven essential tips and tools for graphic and magazine design that enable anyone to quickly and easily create professional designs.

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1. Use Envato Marketplaces' Online Tools To Create Digital Designs From Nothing

magazines designEnvato Marketplaces offers eight different platforms to assist with everything from templates to stock footage. Every month, they give away a handful of Marketplace items for users download and use. But it's important to hurry, as each freebie is only downloadable for the month that it is awarded.

2. Access Photos For Download or Publication With Freedigitalphotos.net

A frequent problem for many is needing photos but being faced with copyright limitations. Fortunately, Freedigitalphotos.net allows users to bypass this issue and download premium stock photos and illustrations for websites, advertising materials, newspapers, magazines, ebooks, book covers and pages, music artwork, software applications and much more--all at no cost. The images are high quality and produced by a community of professional stock photographers and digital illustrators.

3. Spruce Up Design With Vector Graphics From Vecteezy

Users can download high-quality Vector graphics for free fromVecteezy, where they will find find ready-made pieces such as Vector Icons, Vector Patterns, Vector Swirls, Flourishes and other cool stuff to enhance designs and creativity.

4. Create Logo Designs Using Logo Genie

Logo Genieaims to help small companies create quality logos on a minimal budget by providing a free online logo design system. The logo design engine allows users to create logos without going through a design company. Their tool is easy to use and costs nothing, and the results are amazing.

5. Brush Up On Graphic Design Skills With Free Online Classes

Education Portal details which specific online graphic design courses are offered by real schools and helps users discover which courses are available, what topics they cover, and which ones lead to real college credit. The future starts now!

6. Avoid Paying For Fonts

For those looking for just the right typeface to complement their design, there are tons of websites for downloading fonts. It is, of course, important to keep in mind that the authors always appreciate a donation for their work, but the donation is by no means a requirement and one doesn't have to pay to use the fonts. One can simply browse, download, install and use! DaFont and Font Squirrel, are recommended by the team at Shweiki.

7. Use Canva For One-Stop-Shop Design

Canva provides users with everything they need to easily turn ideas into stunning designs by using a tool that makes design simple for everyone. One can create designs for web or print, including blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more. With hundreds of images, fonts, backgrounds, layouts, and even photo editing tools available at no cost, it's easy to create fun, professional designs. Canva even has tutorials for using all of the tools available, plus more video lessons for learning design tips and tricks. From designing birthday cards to websites, Canva can be a designer's best friend.

With these tools, in no time, anyone can create a variety of clean, simple and professional-looking designs to promote a business.
GO Envato Marketplaces offers eight different platforms to assist with everything from templates to stock footage.
GO Freedigitalphotos.net allows users to bypass this issue and download premium stock photos and illustrations for websites
GO www.vecteezy.com download high-quality Vector graphics for free
GO Logogenie provides you with a free, online logo design
GO Free online courses in graphic design
GO dafont.com, and fontsquirrel.com free sources for downloading fonts
GO canva.com creates designs for Web or print

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