8 Incredibly Useful Design Tools You Must Try | by Jerry Keszka | August 2022

Not just for digital marketers, content creators and web designers

Visuals are essential for successful branding, content creation, and marketing. In the world of design, there are so many tools to choose from. It can be hard to decide which ones to try and even harder to know which ones are worth using on a regular basis. So I’ve put together a list of 8 incredibly useful design tools you need to try today!

These tools will help you streamline your workflow and create great designs faster than ever. Keep reading for more information on these tools and how they can benefit your design process.

Photo credit: author. Screenshot of UIGradients taken on 2022/08/03

You can download free gradient backgrounds from UIGradients. Choose beautiful backgrounds for your interface or website from this website.

You can browse the collection and then cycle through each gradient background until you see the one you like. At the top, you can see the hex code for each color, then use them with your design tool, like Photoshop or Canva.

Alternatively, you can download the background as a JPEG file by clicking the Downland button at the top.

This website will help you create professional mockups, such as:

  • smartphone
  • cup
  • T-shirt
  • and more

On the left side, you can filter by free mockups. Feel free to browse the mockups to see which one you like. Click on the one you want if you’re using Canva, copy the size and then copy the image.

Canva will ask you for permission to access your SmartMockups account, so allow it. From there, click save. Now that it’s saved, go back to SmartMockups, click “download from”, then go ahead and click “Canva”.

The design you just created can be found in your SmartMockups account. Click it once, then click crop and continue. Instantly, this image was directly placed on this smartphone mockup. All you have to do now is click “download” so you can use it on your website, social media or wherever you want.

Fonts In Use is the website where you can see what fonts are in use according to different companies and brands. If you have ever wondered what fonts are on particular logos. You can browse this website to find out which fonts have been used by clicking on Themes.

You can browse topics or you can access formats or fonts. Feel free to go to Collection and find one from some of these examples. The fonts used give you more inspiration and better ideas about fonts.

Coolors is a free website that will allow you to generate color palettes for your brand or website. All you have to do is click “start generator”. Right away, you can choose which color combinations you can use or hit the spacebar.

If you don’t want to do this, you can click “Tools” and then “Explore Palettes”. Now you have the list of trending color palettes. You can use it and see the real demand and popularity of these color palettes.

This website will help you see what your wordmark will look like based on the fonts currently installed on your computer. Enter your word or phrase, such as your business name or company name, then click “Go” to see how the text looks with your computer’s fonts.

You can see different variations, and if there is something you like, you can see which font to use. So rather than trying to figure out what font to use in Photoshop and then switching between fonts, which can be a huge waste of time, use Wordmark, enter this phrase and you can instantly see what that resembles.

unDraw offers free illustrations that you can download based on different topics and industries. If you go to the very top, you can also change the color to change for all illustrations.

Click the one you like, and now you can download an SVG for your projects or a PNG for your blog or social media. There’s a ton to choose from, and the best part is that it’s all free for commercial and non-commercial use.

One of the best websites for downloading icons is Flaticon.com. They have many icons for Youtube and other social media platforms.

To find the icon you want, type the word in the search window and you will find a huge library of icons for you to use. They are all free to use for non-commercial and commercial purposes, but you must credit the website.

If you are looking for icons, this one is probably the best.

Have you ever wanted to take a full page screenshot? There is an extension you can install – GoFullPage. Install the extension and go to the website where you want to take a full screenshot. Now click on the GoFullPage icon and let it do its job of capturing that full page.

It takes a full page of any website in seconds. You can download it in PDF or image. This will save you a lot of time.