Five Apps: Free graphic design tools

Five free tools to aid in graphic design

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When you think of graphic design, you generally think of Photoshop, Gimp, Inkscape, and other bitmap and vector image editing software. But most designers have more than just the standard tools in their arsenal. Whether it's a tool to aid in the selection of a color scheme, batch processing tools, or font tools etc. - there's always yet another tool to aid in your quest to create the perfect design. And these tools aren't just for the hard-core designers. Anyone can add secondary tools to their ever-growing graphics toolkit - but which tool is best suited for you?

I've scrounged up five tools that meet different graphics needs. Alone, none of them will help you create a masterpiece. In conjunction with your favorite editor, however, these tools will go a long way to help extend your abilities and offerings.

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By Jack Wallen

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