45 Fantastic Design Apps For A Novice Or Expert

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Design Apps For Every Novice And Expert

Bloggers and small businesses are constantly on the lookout for fantastic design apps for every novice and expert. And if you’re anything like me, you don’t always have the time to be trying and testing the entirety of the APPS tore! So, I’ve created a handy list for you… Here is THE best of the best apps to try! Most are free design apps, with a handful that is a one-off cost, or monthly, such as Canva, which is one of the top design apps available.

1. Adobe Illustrator

Well known and well-loved by many creatives, with good reason. Create logos, icons, sketches, typography and other vector art with Adobe Illustrator CC.

2. Adobe Photoshop App

Join millions of creative folks who trust and use Adobe Photoshop Express for fast, powerful, and easy editing on mobile devices. Try-out the #1 user-requested feature: COLLAGES. Photoshop Express Collages feature combines powerful Photoshop editing and quick Style Transfer to help you create studio-calibre collages in just 5-7 taps. It really is that easy!

3. Adobe Spark Post

Spark Post is a free online social media graphic design software that lets you add text, apply filters, resize, crop, and rotate photos.

4. BeFunky

BeFunky Photo Editor lets you apply photo effects, edit photos and create photo collages with collage maker.

5. Canva

Create beautiful designs with your team. Use Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and layouts to design, share and print business cards, logos, presentations and more. Those that know me will know that I am a huge lover of this one!

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6. Collageable

The easiest pic collage app! Choose from tons of trendy template designs and photo collage styles to tell your story with one framed picture.

7. ColorStory

Named Best New App as well as App of the Day by Apple. A color story focuses on fresh photos and video, on-trend editing styles, and colors that pop. This one’s a no brainer!

8. Crello

The simplest online image editor. Create your own designs — posts, covers, graphics, and posters using the best software on the web. It’s easy!

9. Designsta

Amazing graphics, designed by you. Designsta is an extremely easy-to-use graphic design platform for entrepreneurs, bloggers, creatives and more.

10. Easil

Customizable Graphic Templates – drag and drop your way to designing stunning graphics like a pro in seconds; without having to leave your web browser.

11. Flyr

Flyr is the easiest way for people to create event invites through fun and exciting GIF’s. You can create a Flyr for parties, weddings, vacations, beach hangouts and any occasion in under a minute!

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12. Fontcandy

FontCandy puts you in the creator’s chair and allows you to produce custom designs in seconds. Add quotes, artwork, filters, colours, and even layer multiple images! FotoJet is a powerful online app for graphic design, photo collage, and photo editing. No download or registration required. It’s a paid for service, however, there is a free 7-day trial. Why not give it a go?

13. Gif Maker

Create high-quality animated gifs & videos of yourself or advertisement banners online with GIFMaker.me. It’s easy to use and there’s no sign up needed.

14. GIMP

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

15. Giphy

Fast and easy GIF creation. Create animated GIFs from YouTube, videos, or images. The best bit? Decorate with captions and stickers.

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16. Hype Type

With the tap of a magical little button automatically pull random, yet meaningful quotes to give context to your story that may have not been there to start.

17. Legend

Legend for iPhone turns words into stunning text animations, in video or animated GIF. Perfect for Instagram.

18. LightX – Paid

LightX is all in one free picture editor to make photo collages, add photo frames to your pictures, add stickers, make cutout and photo background changer, blur photos, create cartoons and caricatures, create sweet selfies and portrait photos and change hair colour. You can also add colour splash effects, merge photos for double & multiple exposure effects and apply many other tools to edit pictures. You can put text on your photos and create your own text memes as well.

19. Logo Maker – Paid

Logo Maker is the simplest app that allows you to create your own logo on your iPhone, iPad and iPod. Create stunning logos, icons, symbols, posters in just a few clicks – you’ll pass for a graphic designer in no time!

20. Mixgram

Mixgram is a collage maker, photo editor, poster & stories creator. It makes design amazingly simple, fun and easy! No design skills or complex software needed to build beautiful Instagram Stories and Posts, Facebook posts and covers or Twitter header and posts, Posters and Flyers. Download now and join millions of awesome makers!

21. Over

No matter who or where you are, you should be able to pick up your phone, open the app and design whatever you need – whether it’s a quick birthday card, a logo, or an engaging social media campaign. I need THAT in my life!

22. Photogrid

A must-have free photo editor app for photography fanatics and Instagram users! It’s packed with features like meme, gif maker, video collage, pic collage, scrapbook, camera effect, instasize, crop, AR face filter, sticker, photo clipping, background, template, font, slideshow, blur, retouch, pattern and SO much more. Create and beautify interesting photos within seconds! PhotoGrid makes photo editing much easier and turns users into photo-editing masters in a snap!

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23. Photolayers

PhotoLayers is a photo-editing app to combine multiple layers of different images to create a single montage. The good news is that, unlike other applications of this type, it’s actually super easy to use.

24. Photopea

Open and edit PSD, XCF, Sketch (Photoshop, Gimp and Sketch) or any other image files. Inspect PSD and Sketch files. Convert Sketch to PSD. Especially helpful for those busy artistic types while on the go!

25. Pic Stitch

Quickly combine multiple photos into one beautifully framed picture! Be creative and find the angles, capture all the looks, see all the faces together in one layout with the Pic Stitch collage maker. Pic Stitch packs a simple design with a powerful editor to give you everything you could possibly want to make your photo’s even more amazing.

26. Piccollage

Download the best photo editor app for editing photos, making free greeting cards, crafting photo collages, AND creating stories.

27. Picmonkey

Create beautiful photos, logos, social media graphics, and Facebook covers with PicMonkey’s easy yet powerful photo editing and graphic design software. A popular choice!

28. Picsart

500 million+ installs strong, PicsArt is the #1 photo editor & pic collage maker on mobile. Download PicsArt to enjoy all the tools, effects, collage maker, camera, video editor, free clipart library, 5 million+ of user-created stickers & our drawing tools. PicsArt’s all about making awesome pictures & having fun by remixing free-to-edit pictures into awesome collages & memes.

29. Picture quotes

Picture Quotes is the best to convey message you want with text on photos with various textures, colours, fonts and shaders. A fab option for making quote social graphics!

30. PixelLab

Adding stylish text, 3d text, shapes, stickers and drawing on top of your picture has never been easier. With a simple and clean interface that lets you focus on whatever you’re doing, a wide selection of pre sets, fonts, stickers, backgrounds, more than 60 unique options that you can customize and of course your very own imagination, you’ll be able to create stunning graphics and amaze your friends straight from your phone or tablet.

31. Pixlr

With an impressive 2 million+ combinations of Free effects, filters and overlays to get creative, PIXLR turns every mobile device into a complete mobile photo editing tool that works best for simple tweaks right up to the more creative edits. Now you can edit your photos from wherever you are.

32. Postermywall

Create amazing Posters and Flyers in minutes. Our design templates and easy to use tools allow you to create great looking flyers, posters and other designs for printing or sharing on social media.

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33. Powerpoint

The PowerPoint app gives you access to the familiar tool you already know. Quickly create, edit, view, present or share presentations quickly and easily from anywhere. Need to access your most recently used PowerPoint files quickly while on the go? PowerPoint provides a quick view of your recent files for easy access on any device. Worried about multiple file versions when you work on PowerPoint mobile? Syncing is seamless across devices. Work with anyone and present to anyone, anywhere, with confidence.

34. Promorepublic

Create stunning photos of your products and showcase your service with catchy stickers! Add effective visual elements to your professional business photo posts. The stickers are created for entrepreneurs, crafters, coaches and more. You can share your edited photos directly to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

35. Quotes Creator

Share your own thoughts or Words with picture. Create beautiful inspirational text pictures and sayings images for Instagram. Add poems or quotes to a photo and share your thoughts on Instagram. You can also add your own watermark, logo and QR code over image.

Quotes Creator is the best and easiest way to create and share your quotes with the world. Quotes Creator ready with customizing options such as background, text colors, text size, and fonts, or you can choose your photo from your Photo Gallery to be used as background, so you can share your own quotes with your friends.

36. Ripl

Stand out on social media. Create eye-catching marketing videos, share to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and measure your engagement—all in one.

37. Snappa – Desktop

Snappa makes it easy to create any type of online graphic. Create & publish images for social media, blogs, ads, and more!

38. Snapseed

Snapseed is a complete and professional photo editor developed by Google. You’re in safe hands!

39. Social media post maker – Google App

To help you come up with engaging social media posts for your business, we’ve come up with some real-life examples that stuck out to us, across all social media platforms.

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40. Social Post Maker – Google App

The easiest way to create and share social media posts fast and from anywhere. The Social Post Maker app is here to boost your social presence with engaging visuals. Use a library with 1000s of templates & millions of royalty-free images. Work with the right image size and resize in seconds. Get an Instagram Post to fit Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn, all in a few clicks. Share your designs straight to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & more.

41. Stencil

Ridiculously simple image creation for social media marketers, bloggers, and small businesses. If this is you, Stencil would be right up your street.

42. Typorama

Typorama lets you create amazing visuals by “automagically” transforming your text and photos into beautiful typographic designs. No design skills needed – bonus!

43. Unfold

Unfold is a toolkit for storytellers. Create beautiful and engaging stories from minimal and elegant templates. The best bit? It’s available for both iOS and Android.

44. Werble

A powerful new way to bring motion magic to your photos and art! Easily turn still images into captivating moving moments. It’s fast and fun, and with over 1000 effects there are infinite creative possibilities. You’ll stand out from the crowd without a doubt.

45. Wordswag

Word Swag easily and magically turns your words into beautiful photo text designs. Perfect for those typography lovers – myself included!

What’s Your Favourite?

I would love to know which design apps are your go-to for design, so please do drop them in the comments below!

If you want to discover another of my top design apps, I’ve written an in-depth Fotor Review – An Easy Design Tool and Photo Editor, that I think you might be interested in.

Speak soon!