If you love creating beautiful and eye-catching graphics for your blog, marketing campaigns, or website you need to check out my favourite online tools I use during my design process.
Dribbble is a self-promotion and social networking platform for digital designers, It’s very similar to Pinterest! It serves as a design portfolio platform, job recruiting site and is one of the largest platforms for designers to share their work online which makes it extremely useful for keeping up with hot design trends and getting inspired by the industry’s best. Dribbble is a showcase of really high quality and original work. The most popular design specialties on Dribble are UX Design, App Design, Illustration, and Branding Design (logos, etc.) so if you’re looking for more “casual design” inspiration I would recommend Pinterest or Behance.
Similar to Dribbble, Behance is a social networking platform for designers but you’re likely to find work from smaller designers and is great for collecting social media, magazine, and web design inspiration. Plus! If you’re an Adobe user like me – It’s really easy to transfer colour pallets you like from other people’s work!
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If you ever need help creating cohesive colour pallets Coolors will be your new best friend! It allows you to generate perfect matching colours with just your space bar. It uses colour theory to get the right hues and shades in any colour format you need (RGB, CMYK, Pantone, Copic, Anything!)
I do almost all of my designing on Adobe illustrator. Here create vector graphics, logos, play with text, everything! It’s the industry standard program for graphic design and it’s very easy to pick up if you have basic Photoshop or InDesign skills.
Imagine Microsoft Paint for Pros!
On the down-low… There are heaps of rising platforms that are just as good as Adobe Illustrator for much cheaper, even free!
I’m keeping my eye on Inkscape & Vecteezy and considering the switch very soon!
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