The internet is a gateway to countless interesting tools and websites. From trimming MP3 tracks to designing your own floor plans and searching for royalty free music, you’ll find everything under the sun. And when it comes to creating and designing posters, thankfully, the internet doesn’t disappoint.
There are plenty of poster making websites that offer their content for free (well, almost). You just need to design and let the world see your creativity.
Yes, some sites make it so simple. In this post today we are going to explore six such sites that make poster making a walk in the park.
The first site on our list is Postermywall which lets you design simple banners as easily as it allows you to build attractive party posters. You can easily integrate text, videos and multiple images on your posters to make them Instagram ready (No offense, Facebook).
It has plenty of preloaded templates to which you can add your touches. Plus, the templates are neatly categorized so that you do not feel lost in its huge archive. You just need to figure out what goes in the background and the foreground.
There are numerous font and image options. You can either pick a photo from the stock image library or upload one from your PC. Also, you can choose the type of media files — normal banners, social media posts, or A4.
Postermywall follows the Freemium model. While saving images in HD is free, you have to shell out a few bucks for high-res downloads. Thankfully, the free ones don’t carry any watermarks, so no worries on that end. Also, some videos and premium stock photos are hidden behind the paywall.
Crello is another website which you will love for its simplicity. Once you have logged in, you can search from a massive archive of photos, background, and illustrations. You’ll have to pay for using some premium files.
What I loved most about Crello is I could search for a free photo via the Free Photos tab. There’s a filter using which you can search for specific types of (free) pictures. Sadly, this feature is limited to Photos only. You’ll have to scroll through long lists of paid content for searching free designs and backgrounds.
When it comes to font styles and fonts, you can select from simple headers to photo text (text with a unique transparent background) and ready-made text styles.
As you may have deduced by now, Crello is also a freemium website and contains a mix of free and paid content. The good thing is if you choose free content, there are no restrictions on the downloads. If only the makers had provided a couple of more free illustrations.
With over sixty thousand templates, Canva is a poster maker’s paradise. All you need to do is sign in to this tool and be prepared to be bowled over by its features. From Facebook cover pictures to standard image manipulations, you can spoil yourself with several options.
Plus, the customization options are a class apart. You can choose the image size, add multiple layers to images, change the font styles and pick from a wide array of background images. To add to it, Canva lets you adjust the image transparency or add multiple pages to a file.
Similar to Crello, some clipboards and shapes are also paid in Canva. The difference being Canva lists the free ones on the top of the list, which saves time and improves the overall experience.
Till date, Canva is one of my favorite apps, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you give it a shot right away.
4. Adobe Express
Adobe Express features a vast number of templates for different occasions. So if you want to fashion a simple social media posts or a funky college flyer, you can do it.
Spark features a multitude of stock photos to make your poster visually appealing. You can either choose from Adobe Stock or your collection on Google Drive or Dropbox.
It has the usual crop of customization options such as changing the color, font, switching the background image or adding different text styles or effects.
The only feature which you may miss is the lack of Cliparts and stickers. Plus, Express stamps a watermark to the download images, which is a big bummer.
Although I absolutely love the Adobe Express app on Android, I found the website a tad slow when it comes to loading effects.
If you like minimalistic designs, you’ll fall in love with Snappa. It’s clutter free and clean interface is what appealed to me in the first place.
Similar to Canva, you can select the image size and pick the font styles and shapes. The crux of Snappa is its free and attractive backgrounds. You will find everything from prismatic (gradient) designs to classic bokeh and stylish patterned images.
Unlike other websites, Snappa doesn’t put many limitations on its free plan.
You have access to a horde of photos, graphics, and templates. The only catch is that you’ll be able to download five graphics per month.
Easel is the tool for you if you’re a beginner and learning the ropes of making professional looking graphics.
It’s a simple tool with an equally straightforward interface. It doesn’t have snazzy transitions and effects like the websites above, but it should get your work done.
The free version lets you mess around with a handful of ready-made templates. At the same time, you can also search for objects, or select from the available sets of icons and lines. But let me warn you, Easel has limited resources.
In this age of social media, creating social media ready graphics is more important than ever. With the right tool, you can explore your creative side to create professional looking graphics without shelling out a bomb. And once you are comfortable with one tool, you can upgrade to the paid version to unleash its full potential.
Next up: Are you looking for poster making apps to make some on your Android phone? Here are five best apps that’ll help you create some jazzy posters quickly.
Last updated on 01 August, 2022
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