Graphic design is a field that can be easily ignored, but there’s a lot of work behind every design. How something is presented visually can be a make-or-break scenario where your intended audience may not accept whatever you are trying to communicate to them, due to poor imagery.
Graphic design is also one of those fields that is almost synonymous with powerful computing hardware but what if I told you that this does not have to be the case? In this article we will be exploring 3 different graphic design web apps. Since they are being run on the web, your machine does not require a great deal of power and should be able to run them well.
The Desygner editor gives various options for editing your image as desired.
You can search for images, templates, backgrounds or stickers to add to the project you’re working on. Items can also be added from your Library if you have unlocked this premium option.
You can choose between different templates from within the editor as well. Images and text can also be added. The Customize option allows you to add various backgrounds, image place holders, stickers and shapes. It also allows you to draw.
The Import option is another feature available for premium users. It allows for the importing of elements from Photoshop and Acrobat Reader PDF & SVG.
Please take note of the important Desygner Editor features in the screenshot below.
Outside of the design capabilities, you can also view the work of others who have chosen to make their work visible to the public under Explore.
Finally, there is also a social aspect of Desygner where you can follow or be followed by friends.
After creating your Canva account, you will be able to design your image based on a variety of different templates or you can choose your own custom settings.
The preset templates are as follows:
Social Media Posts
Blogging & eBooks
Social Media & Email Headers
After you select the format for your design you will be directed to the Canva editor which is pictured below.
There are a few options that you will have for making changes to your design. First, you have a variety of layouts which you can choose from as seen below.
You can add various elements to your design as well depending on the look you’re going for.
Text can be added to communicate messages.
There are a variety of backgrounds that you can choose from as well.
You will also have the option to upload your own images.
The options discussed so far are all free but there are some premium features offered by Canva which you may wish to consider which are illustrated below.
In terms of stability, I had no problems with any of these web apps when using them. As for effectiveness, PIXLR stands out as being the most powerful out of the three offerings. It offers some functionality that one would expect from a standalone desktop software.
While this may be the case, this is not always desired and you might just need a template to get up and running quickly. This is where Desygner and Canva come in. They offer a number of templates and preset options designed to help you make awesome looking designs with ease.
In the grand scheme of things, there isn’t much difference between Desygner and Canva. I will say however that the Desygner editor’s ruler grid is great for when you want to look at what the dimensions of a specific part of your design are like. This is something that Canva doesn’t offer. Also bear in mind that Desygner is actually in beta. Although I didn’t run into any issues there may still be some niggling bugs that may get in your way when using this web app.
To sum up, if you require features like a color picker and generally more advanced functionality PIXLR should do the job for you. If you want to make a design for something that is pretty standard like a Facebook cover or an event poster you should consider either Desygner or Canva.