Graphics Software

Best Graphics Software include:

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator CC, Canva, and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite.

Graphics Software TrustMap

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Graphics Software Overview

What is Graphics Software?

Graphics software provides tools that allow users to create, edit, and store high-quality images. Certain tools, like 3D character creation and certain drawing capabilities, are similar to those found in video and animation software, but they are still very different. Businesses use graphics software to create professional marketing materials like logos, clip art, and web graphics.

Graphics Software Features & Capabilities

  • Photo editing

  • Freehand drawing

  • High-quality templates

  • Advanced font options

  • Art brushes

  • Object isolation

  • Path editing

  • Compositing

  • 3D Capabilities

To choose the right type of graphics software, users need to know what kind of files they will be working with.

Raster Files

Raster files use an assortment of colored dots (or pixels) to form an image. Since the dots are created at a certain size, enlarging the image can make it blurry, while shrinking it can erase important details. Raster files are usually best for photographs or complex images, as long as they do not need to be resized very often.

PaintShop Pro, Microsoft Paint, and Adobe Photoshop are some of the most popular types of graphic software for raster files. Users can easily import photos and edit individual elements. More complex editing options are also available, like compositing (layering two images together), or removing unwanted items from the background. Some graphics software can be used to create 3D images.

Vector Files

Instead of using pixels, vector files use mathematical equations to determine how certain elements should be placed within the design. It can get pretty complicated, but the main idea is that these equations allow vector graphics to be scaled up or down without losing clarity - which is ideal for logos, banner ads, or web art that is simple but may need to be resized regularly.

Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Inkscape are good examples of vector-based graphics software. Users can create designs using geometric shapes, then customize those designs with colors, textures, and text. There are even freehand drawing tools that allow the user to create their own vector images and then “lock” them into place, so they can be enlarged or compressed without losing quality.

Pricing Information

Most graphics software vendors offer different plans for individual or business use. For a larger lump sum, users can buy the full software and install it on one machine, but that may not always be cost effective. Most vendors offer monthly subscription plans for $10-$50 a month, depending on the number of users. If users still aren’t sure what software they need, most vendors also offer free trials for 7-15 days.

There are some free graphics software programs available online, however, they typically have limited functionality. Canva is a popular free choice that offers templates, basic photo editing, and stickers, but it still has a paid version with more premium options.

Graphics Products

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Adobe Photoshop
1,568 ratings
102 reviews
Top Rated
Adobe Photoshop is the best known graphics product on the market.
380 ratings
93 reviews
Top Rated
Canva is a popular, simple online graphic design tool. Users can import images, use templates to design banners and logos, or pay to use Canva's premium stock images/paid templates (elements starting at $1).
Adobe Illustrator CC
636 ratings
65 reviews
Top Rated
Adobe Illustrator CC is a vector-based graphic design software.
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite
27 ratings
10 reviews
Top Rated
Corel Corporation, headquartered in Ottawa, offers the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, a graphic design studio and library of tools.
11 ratings
7 reviews
Unity Technologies headquartered in San Francisco offers the Unity real-time 3D and 2D development platform.
6 ratings
4 reviews
PicMonkey, from the company of the same name in Seattle, is an application designed to help users create standout visuals for Insta posts, Facebook covers, YouTube thumbnails, web pages, holiday cards, posters or anything with a visual, offering graphics and templates, unlimited stock photos and fea…
11 ratings
4 reviews
GIMP is a free, open-source graphics software. GIMP, or General Image Manipulation Program was developed in 1996 and has continued to be updated by volunteers since then.
3 ratings
2 reviews
Infogram is an online tool for creating infographics, charts, dashboards, and interactive reports. Users can upload spreadsheets containing the data they want to visualize, or set up a live integration from another data source using the Infogram API. From a graphics and layout perspective, Infogram …
6 ratings
2 reviews
Luxion, headquartered in California, offers KeyShot, a 3D rendering software.
CrazyTalk Animator
1 ratings
1 reviews
CrazyTalk Animator is a 2D animation tool designed to allow users to create professional animations easily. Users can apply motion effects to static images, turn videos of human faces into animated avatars, etc. The product is currently in its 3rd version.
1 ratings
1 reviews
OTOY, headquartered in Los Angeles, offers OctaneRender, a GPU rendering engine.
Topaz Gigapixel AI
1 ratings
1 reviews
Topaz Labs in Addison offers Gigapixel AI, a photo editing and enhancement application.
LivingActor Presenter
Living Actor Presenter is a browser-based graphics software solution from Cantoche. It is built to generate video animations from a text or audio file used to automatically animate a three-dimensional avatar in front of a customizable background.
6px is an API for image processing in the cloud. Some key features include: a predictable pricing model, API and client libraries, and a smart and scalable infrastructure.
SlideModel is a provider of presentation templates. The vendor has a catalog of designs that includes diagrams, layouts, charts and popular business models that are provided as presentation templates so they can be easily edited to prepare a final presentation. The presentation templates are compa…
Design Wizard
Design Wizard is online graphic design software from Wavebreak Media Ltd. It allows users to create visual content for social media posts, emails, flyers, posters, invitations, etc. using over one million copyright images and over fifteen thousand templates. The vendor's aim is to make the design pr…
PACE (Picture Analysis and Conversion Engine)
Apex CoVantage Headquartered in Herndon offers PACE (Picture Analysis and Conversion Engine), designed to convert publishable graphics and images in minutes.
Avid Maestro
Avid offers the Maestro suite of graphics applications.
PhotoMirage from Corel Corporation is a photo animation software tool.
Let's Enhance
Let's Enhance is an online platform that offers image upscaling, JPEG-artifacts removal and color/tone enhancement. The main focus of the company is to make image upscaling without losing its quality. For now the website has 4 various filters for image editing: Photos and Art, Illustrations, Colors…
Kerkythea is a free graphical rendering software designed to produce graphics without requiring image licensing.
Pixologic in Los Angeles offers ZBrush, a digital sculpting and painting program for the 3D industry. Built within its interface, ZBrush offers tools for digital artists with an arsenal of features that have been developed with usability in mind, to create a user experience designed to feel natural …
PaintTool SAI
PaintTool SAI is presented by developer SYSTEMAX Software Development in Japan as a lightweight painting software featuring fully digitizer support, anti-aliased paintings, as well as easy and stable operation to make digital art more enjoyable and comfortable.
Pixlr is a photo editing tool formerly part of the Autodesk suite of products, now from 123RF from the Inmagine Group (acquired 2017).
Corel PaintShop Pro
5 ratings
0 reviews
PaintShop Pro is an all-in-one photo editor with advanced photo management, editing & creative tools that deliver everything a photo & design enthusiast needs, from Corel Corporation.