Top 10 Best Graphic Design Software Programs

The Top Ten
1 Adobe Photoshop

When it really comes down to it, Adobe Photoshop is indispensable to any graphic artist or illustrator's toolbox, whether it's the CS or Elements version. I have a variety of photo and image editing programs, but I consider Photoshop to be the best of them all. I highly recommend it.

Photoshop is both a design program and can serve as a hub to hold all of your elements from several different programs in it. Most Adobe programs can do this, but Photoshop does it really well.

Photoshop has always been one of the best design programs, and I recommend that the Photoshop makers should come up with more Photoshop programs. Thank you.

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2 Adobe Illustrator

Better than Photoshop for design by far. The options for creation and text layout are far superior and of a wider variety.

It's the most flexible and convenient-to-use software for layout and design.

More advanced than Photoshop and much easier to illustrate something.

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3 CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

Corel Draw is not the best, but excellent software. You can do anything with the help of so many tools and support file features. I think this is the world's first software for graphic designers, illustrators, and publishers, and everyone.

Mohankumar Shah,
Aakruti Creation,
Wardha, Maharashtra, India

I used it, and I really think it is the best software that Corel Draw could ever make. So, I recommend it to all my buddies. Thanks.

This is the only software that can make every design in the world.

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4 Adobe InDesign

I love being able to mix great page layout with great illustration and photos.

This is the best.

5 PaintShop Pro

I am very happy with this.

6 ArtRage Studio

It is great! I have never used anything like it. It is a bit slow, but then again, it could just be my computer! Anyone who loves or likes painting should definitely go for this Art Rage app.

Very inexpensive software with a full artist palette that feels like the real thing.

7 Adobe Premiere
8 Corel Painter

If Art Rage made it in, then I think it stands to reason that Corel Painter has to be considered (different from Paint it!).

9 Cinema 4D

After Photoshop, this is the most important tool for a graphic designer.

Great 3D program that allows you to create anything your imagination desires.

10 AutoCAD

I think this is the best software for designers, architects, and engineers! Can you imagine life without AutoCAD?

The Contenders
11 Xara Designer Pro

Xara Designer Pro X10 is our top-of-the-range product and includes all the features and templates of Web Designer 10 Premium, Photo & Graphic Designer 10, and Page & Layout Designer 10 in a fully integrated single package solution for all your graphic design needs, for print and the web. Illustration, photo editing, DTP, and document creation, web graphics, and websites - Designer Pro X10 does it all!

I switched from Corel Draw to Xara over 15 years ago and have never looked back. I used it in my sign shop for years and then expanded into layout and design sales of 4-color printing. I've also created nearly 50 fully functioning websites for my customers. All from one inexpensive program. No regrets!

This can do everything that Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and of course, Corel Draw combined can do. Everything is so simple and smooth. You don't need a big, built computer to keep it from stumbling or crashing.

12 Autodesk 3ds Max

Very good software.

13 Inkscape

Inkscape is so great! Definitely my favorite graphics software out there.

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It does everything the others do for free. The notion of a steep learning curve and a bad interface is a myth. Similarly, the idea that there's a huge difference in difficulty between this and Photoshop is also a myth. You need to learn your way around all graphic design software, and once you're used to GIMP, it performs as well as any other.

GIMP 2.9 is super powerful. I get the same results I used to get in Photoshop. I love the GIMP community. There is so much help and support out there.

15 Microsoft Paint

It has very little, but if you're experienced, you can create amazing stuff on Windows Paint that you won't be able to create using any other program. If you haven't voted for this one, you clearly haven't watched videos of people creating the most amazing and unique artwork you'd ever see.

I hate Windows Paint.

16 PhotoShine Mini
17 PaintTool SAI

The perfect tool for beginners everywhere.

For beginners, it's cool.

18 Maya
19 Sketch

It's basically made for only app and web designers. It includes the most powerful tools and has a very simple user interface, fast productivity. Vector is always best with all the export support options. So get in touch with new design trends.

20 Blender

Heck yeah! Blender is my favorite software for making 3D animations!

21 PhotoLine

Fine all-rounder. Superb value.

22 Gravit Designer
23 Paint.NET

I've used Paint.NET for years, and it allows me to do anything and everything I want. No need to try Photoshop - Paint.NET handles and meets my needs perfectly. It's free, but I've donated a few times over the years. I really love this product.

Pretty good program. It's a free program and easy to learn. Better than Paint.

24 PhotoScape

I love this program. It's intuitive, pared-down without being chintzy, fun, easy to use, and produces great results.

25 Krita

This software is too good. It's easy to use.

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