6 Simple Tools That Can Revolutionize Your Life as a Graphic Designer

Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, for almost every elementary graphic design task. Tech tools like fiber-optic Internet and a Mac – really, is it even possible to do topnotch graphic design work on a PC? And basic tools like Skitch and a Lorem Ipsum generator.

But what about those lesser-known tools that can revolutionize a graphic designer’swork? Check out these six tools that’ll make your life simpler, and your work even more outstanding.

Five Second Test

First impressions are important, especially when it comes to your design. Five Second Test allows you to get feedback on your work. Simply upload a screenshot of it and get feedback on the design’s elements. You’ll choose the questions for viewers to answer – then the test runs.

Five Second Test

Viewers will be given five seconds to check out your design, then they will answer each question. After the test, you’ll receive data and graphs that’ll help you improve your work.

Fount

Have you ever spotted a font online but are not sure what it’s called? Fount has created a solution for this headache of a problem. By using a bookmarklet, the tool is able to tell you the font used. It’s also able to let you know the weight, style and size of the font.

Fount

Shrink O’Matic

You’re probably convinced this tool is worth installing simply thanks to its catchy name. The Shrink O’Matic allows you to (no surprise here) shrink images. The tool can work with JPGs, GIFs and PNGs. All you need to do is drop images into the tool in order to resize each image.

Shrink O’Matic

Dropbox

This cloud storage tool makes collaboration with coworkers and clients simple. Dropbox allows you to save all your pictures, designs and documents to the service. You’ll not only have backup files of all your work, but you can easily share designs with those involved.

Dropbox

Easel.ly

Creating infographics is time consuming. With Easel.ly, you can create topnotch infographics with ease and in less time. Instead of starting from scratch, this tool will gives you templates to put content on. Creativebloq.com compares it to, “Illustrator for infographics.”

Easel.ly

Harvest

If you’re a freelance designer, Harvest will come in handy. This tool makes it easy to track the time you’ve spent working – and it can be done online, from your phone or other devices. You’ll even get insight that’ll help you stay on top of your time and budget.

Harvest

Harvest also allows you to pay and get paid with tools like Paypal. Additionally, there are more than 50 business apps to help with everything from the workflow of the project to the accounting side of tasks.

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