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/illustrator's toolbox, whether it's the CS or Elements version. I have a variety of photo & 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 of Adobe programs can do this but Photoshop does it really well.

Photoshop has always being one of the best designing program and I recommend that the photoshop makers should come up with more photoshop programs. Thank you

An intuitive piece of software. Thanks adobe, its easy to know why your are the industry standard. CS6 is the bomb!

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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 more easier to illustrate something.

Best of the best Graphic app for both Mac and windows; Love it!

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3 CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

Corel Draw is Not Best... But Excellent Software. You may do any this with the help of so many tools and support files features. I think this is an world's first software for Graphic Designer, illustrators and publishers and every one.

Mohankumar Shah,
Aakruti Creation,
Wardha, Maharashtra, India

I used it & I really think it is the best software that coral draw cop ever made... So I recommend to all my buddies to use this. Thanks

This is only software can be able to make every design of the world.

Really love coreldraw graphic design, will love to learn more.

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4 Adobe Indesign

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

This is the best

5 PaintShop Pro

I am very happy for 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 that loves/likes paintings should definitely go for this Art Rage app!

Very inexpensive software with a full artist pallet 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 to Paint it! ).

9 Cinema 4D

After Photoshop, the most important tool for a graphic designer!

Great 3d program that allows you create anything to your imagination

10 AutoCAD

I think this is the best software for designer, 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 added layout and design sales of 4 color printings, as well as creating nearly 50 fully functioning websites for my customers. All from one inexpensive program. No regrets!

This can do everything 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.

Great program for experts and novices. Almost perfect which leaves room for improvements and recommendations by users.

12 Autodesk 3ds Max

Very good software

13 Inkscape

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

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Does everything the others do for free. The learning curve and bad interface is a myth, or rather: there being a huge difference in difficulty between this and photoshop's difficulty is 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. Get the same results I used to get in PS. 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 wont be able to create using any other program. If you haven't voted 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 its cool

18 Maya
19 Sketch

Basically made for only app and web designers, includes most powerful tools, very simply user interface, fast productivity, vector is always best with the all export supports. So get in touch of new design trend.

20 Blender

Heck yeah! Blender is my favorite software to make 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 any and every thing I want. No need to try Photoshop...Paint.NET handles and meets my needs perfectly. Its free but I've donated a few times over the years...really love this product.

Pretty good program. Its free program and easy to learn. Better than paint.

24 Photoscape

Love this program. Intuitive. Pared down without being chintzy. Fun, easy to use, with great results.

25 Krita

This software is too good. Easy to use.

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