10 Awesome New Tools for Graphic Designers

Looking for some sweet new graphic design tools? The apps, software and web tools listed here have all made names for themselves in the graphic design market in recent years.

1. Paper

This iPad app lets you use your tablet like a notepad, allowing you to sketch your ideas as if you were using a traditional notebook.


2. Adobe Ideas

This is another idea notepad, except this one is integrated into the Adobe Creative Suite so you can use it seamlessly with Illustrator and Photoshop.

adobe ideas

3. iFontMaker

This iPad app lets you make your own handwritten font in minutes.

ifont maker

4. Pictaculous

Sometimes choosing a color palette can be challenging, but not anymore! Upload your photo to Pictaculous and it will automatically generate a matching color palette for you; thus saving time, effort and guesswork.


5. ColoRotate

Color editing has always been a mundane task for graphic designers, but ColoRotate takes a lot of the busy work out of it. The app promises quick color editing that is intuitive and easy to use.


6. Trevor Morris Photoshop Scripts

Here’s a host of tools for Photoshop CS6: a collection of scripts by Trevor Morris that will make your image editing quicker while reducing dull and dreary busy work.
trevor tools

7. Sketch

Sketch is more than just another sketchpad; it’s a powerful vector image creator and editor that is sure to satisfy even the pickiest graphic designer.

8. Sketchbook Express

This is a sketchbook for Mac that takes the idea of MS Paint to the next level.
sketchbook express

9. Neat Image

Digital photos are convenient, but they can often be noisy. Neat Image is a plugin for Photoshop that turns noisy, grainy photos into sharp, crisp, vibrant images.

neat image

10. iStudio Publisher

If you are looking for software to layout pages for a magazine or brochure, then iStudio is for you. The learning curve is low compared to InDesign or QuarkXPress, so you can be up and running in no time.

istudio publisher

Guest Author Brian Morris writes for the PsPrint Design & Printing Blog. PsPrint is an online commercial printing company. Follow PsPrint on Twitter @PsPrint and Facebook.

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