5 effective graphic design tools for bloggers

This spring and summer, I’ve found a real passion for graphic design. I love putting together an aesthetic and creating something beautiful, whether it’s for me, for my blog, or for a client.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite graphic design tools that all bloggers should have. These will make creating beautiful, custom artwork for your platform an absolute breeze and take your posts to the next level!

Before we talk about my favorite tools, though, I’m excited to bring y’all another drop of custom wallpapers and graphics! I created these using the tools I talk about below πŸ™‚ and if you want more content like this, head on over to my Patreon and unlock more exclusive wallpapers that are designed for book lovers and adventure seekers.


If you’ve got an iPhone or iPad, Procreate is my favorite app for doing hand-drawn graphic design! I use Procreate on my iPad and use my Apple Pencil to draw, but there are plenty of options for all budgets. For $5, you can get Procreate Pocket on your iPhone and draw with your finger to achieve that custom graphic look. There’s a wealth of information and tools on how to make the most of your purchase.


The holy grail of simplified graphic design! Canva is a free website that’s streamlined to make graphic design achievable and effective. They’ve got a wide variety of free and paid options for clip art, fonts, backgrounds, and templates. Start from scratch or use their recommended designs to bring your vision to life.


All bloggers need a great site for royalty-free images, which basically means you can use the image without having to pay the original creator for its use. I love Kaboompics because the photos are all gorgeous, but the site also generates hexcodes (a number and letter combination that allows you to recreate the color in places like Canva and Procreate) based on the image. This site is perfect for brand design!


If you’re looking for a stock photo site with a wider variety of images, Pexels is the place to go. They’ve got thousands of images, so you’ll be able to search more specifically and find the exact kind of photo you’re looking for. I also love Pexels because they have in iOS app that makes graphic design on the go super convenient.


This one might seem a little unorthodox, but stick with me here. I LOVE Etsy for finding new fonts and tools to freshen up your designs. You’ll be able to find custom fonts, inexpensive color palettes, and Procreate brushes to make your graphic design feel especially unique and custom. My favorite shops are Cypress and Wool, Wildflower Scout Co, and Brush and Barley.

What are your favorite graphic design tools? Drop your recommendations in the comments and let’s learn and grow together!

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  1. I don’t know what I would do without Canva. Sometimes, I think I spend longer playing with graphics in Canva than I do reading books and writing the reviews. I just love it!πŸ’–