Don't-Miss Graphics & design software Stories
Comic Sans grabbed the collective imagination of millions of Windows users, and it's maintained that stranglehold for nearly a decade. It's time to help this chirpy standby go the way of the Macarena.
MAGIX Page & Layout Designer makes it easy to create custom materials using drag and drop simplicity, but this program feel too much like a repackage of a less expensive product.
DK Au Revoir is a handwritten font that has style and flair, with subliminal don't-mess-with-me undertones.
Precise yet lighthearted, Architect's Daughter is a font that plays well at larger sizes.
Tough but charming, HVD Comic Serif makes Comic Sans look like a wimpy Silver Age bad guy. It's well-designed, and will work in any context for which it's appropriate.
Sans serif typeface Lexia is friendly, legible, and playful without being a kids' menu item. This strong typeface is suitable for older readers, if not for business reports.
Crisp and futuristic, Laconic is a quietly arresting typeface.
With a tiny download size, minimalistic interface and virtually no learning curve, SpeedyPainter makes it trivially easy to start painting with a pen tablet. It's lightweight and fun to use.
Manga Studio 5 features new Photoshop and Painter-like coloring options and brushes with responsive drawing tools for creating art.
Slicetige-G is a simple and lightweight program that can help you design an attractive cover image for your Google profile, complete with a sliced out profile picture, and other customizable extras.
If you're looking for an inexpensive program that will help you create a simple poster or flyer, Poster will meet your needs, provided you can overlook its unattractive interface. If your needs are more sophisticated, though, this bare-bones tool is likely not the one for you.
Poster Designer is an attractive and easy-to-use tool for designing and printing posters. It lacks some of the refinements found on high-end business tools, but does offer plenty of fun for home users.
A consistent typeface on all your communications makes your business look organized—but that font had better match your business's image. We look at five fonts to help you build your brand without breaking the bank.
SmartDraw 2013 offers fast, neat, and automated solutions to creating diagrams. If you're not a Microsoft Suite user, or if you need to make complex graphics from scratch, you may be left frustrated.
Great for budding artists and hobbyists, Painter Lite lets you get creative with numerous brushes and effects. It's powerful and affordable, so the main investment you make is your time.