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Free vs Paid Mobile Graphic Design Apps 2021

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In need of graphics on the go? From the pricier $100 a year options to the free ones, we have tested the top contenders and found some refreshingly good apps for your budget.

Stefan Racic Writer
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Free vs Paid Mobile Graphic Design Apps 2021

Introduction

There is no denying that we live in a very visually oriented society. In fact, it would be very difficult to find a culture today that isn't this way. Television, games, and social media all rest on captivating imagery. Graphic design is an integral part of the process. If you're running a business or promoting your services - you will definitely need to know the basics of it.


This, however, doesn't mean that you require a powerful computer nor complex software. In fact, much of the work can be done on your smartphone. Recently, we have had the pleasure of testing a number of apps that aim to make the process as easy as possible. Which one has performed the best? We urge you to read on and find out.

Our Pick

A firm favorite

Want a platform that is able to create business cards AND Instagram stories? What about newspaper ads as well as animated presentations? Then you've come to the right place because Canva has everything.

Why we chose Canva:

  • A great solution for small businesses that want to make a lasting impression on social media audiences
  • Amazing for individuals and teams alike
  • Free 14-day-trial that lets you take full advantage of the app's wonderful functionality - after which you can stick to the basic plan and save money
  • The premium option lets you create and edit the most diverse range of content - from social media images to full-fledged animated videos - for $8.49 a month

Yes, you may be right in saying that the price point is not exactly ideal but what you get more than makes up for it. If you run a business, you can rest assured that it will pay off.

Read Canva's Full Review
Runner Up

Slowly turning into a classic

  • Photo Editor & Collage Maker by BeFunky is a fun, easy-to-use photo editing app.

    4.5 Ratings 255K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free
    Free

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Conversions from desktop to smartphone don't often work. There are too many variables to consider. The creators of BeFunky have covered them all and made an app that is well worth trying out.

Why we chose BeFunky:

  • One of the best photo editors we have ever come across with plenty of free features and only $4.99 a month for premium
  • A wide selection of effects and filters available free of charge
  • The sheer speed at which each task can be performed is absolutely amazing
  • The app is well connected to all major social media platforms, including some lesser know gems

Even if BeFunky doesn't cast as wide a net as Canva, it performs wonderfully and is an app we cannot possibly recommend enough.

Read BeFunky's Full Review
Also Groovy

Over the Moon for it

Graphic design doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, it is possible to create some genuinely powerful images without opting for vectors. Over strikes a perfect balance between ease of use and superb functionality.

Why we chose Over?

  • An excellent selection of graphic design options that can rival professional software for half the price of Canva
  • Awesome for creating printed promotional material as well as book covers
  • An enormous database of templates in the premium version
  • Full control of your privacy through advanced settings

While the app is not quite there yet when it comes to video, it is still a great multi-purpose platform you can rely on for almost any part of the graphic design process.

Read Over's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Canva makes video & graphic design amazingly simple for everyone! 🙌 Get a photo editor, video maker, and logo creator all in one FREE editing app. Stand out with eye-catching Insta stories, cards, flyers, photo collage — even if you’re new to design.

    Crowd favorite features ⭐️
    • Video editing – crop, flip, trim, cut and split video files; add pages to video stitch
    • Add music to video – tell engaging stories with free audio tracks
    • Photo editor – use photo filters, background eraser, and make transparent pictures
    • Background Remover (Pro) – cutout product pictures for collages & ecommerce / online shops
    • Animation – make designs move with transition effects & animated text stickers
    • Add text to photo – 500+ fonts for every mood; use curved, glitch effect, neon text styles, etc
    • Sticker / GIF maker – save videos as GIF for social media
    • Logo maker – create logo design & watermark for your business, brand, or esports gaming

    Everything you need to create is in Canva. Access a library that has thousands of free stock photos & video montage, background music, illustrations, photo frames, etc. Plus: get professionally-designed templates to use for business cards, flyer creator, Instagram stories, posters, CV, Instagram posts, and more.

    Make people 👍❤️ 😂 on social
    • Grab attention with stunning photo collages, no crop Instagram story templates, Instagram highlight covers, Highlight icons, & animated social media posts for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
    • Spark excitement with our free video maker! Create the perfect video collage, Youtube thumbnail, Tiktok wallpaper, or Youtube banner. Crop videos for the Tiktok editor or for an intro maker.
    • Make any occasion extra special with online party invitation, holiday greeting card, birthday card creator, wedding invitation maker, & save the date digital card

    🚀Boost your business or side hustle
    • Build a memorable brand with our business card & logo maker; ad creator & book creator; event poster maker
    • Pitch ideas easily with free slideshow & PPT presentation designs, brochure & flyer creator free
    • Look professional with our CV and resume maker

    Save time with 👑Canva Pro tools
    • Background Remover – cleanly cut out photos with just one tap
    • Magic Resize Image – Made an Instagram post? Instantly resize it to a story, poster, email banner in one go
    • Plus: Get 75+ million premium photos, videos, background music tracks, and graphics!

    Get creative with school & personal projects 🎨
    • For students & teachers: create posters, infographics, PPT presentations & labels
    • Create a fun virtual classroom with photo background editor for Zoom
    • Play with photo retouch, photo grid, and picture editor
    • Have fun with Youtube intro maker, motivational quotes creator, Instagram quiz & bingo story designs, podcast & mixtape covers
    • Make graphic design for a scrapbook, mood board, vision board or photo book

    👇 Start designing now
    • Pick a blank design or ready-to-use template. We’ve got video collage, IG story / Instagram layout, invitation, banner, brochure, photo grid, and other needs covered.
    • Customize it with your own photo designs or videos. Use our image editor & photo editing tools.
    • Add text on photos: play with animated text stickers, neon & glitch effect; also a quick watermark maker.
    • Make it extra with our free video editor with music; add photo effects & animations.
    • Easily send your design to family & friends, or share the link to edit with your team!
    • Canva is available on tablet, desktop & web so you can jump back in anytime, anywhere.


    Follow @canva on Instagram for design tips. Need help or have a request? 👉 https://canva.me/android/
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $1.49 - $119.99 per item
    $0.99 - $119.99 per item
  • Runner Up

    Photo Editor by BeFunky

    4.5 Ratings 255K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Photo Editor by BeFunky. Anything you want to do to your photo, you can do with BeFunky Photo Editor! With all the photo effects you love and many you won’t find anywhere else, BeFunky Photo Editor is the most feature filled photo editing app in the world!

    BeFunky Photo Editor comes stocked with powerful photo editing tools, an amazing collage maker, tons of fonts (tons more now because you can access all the fonts in your device!), fantastic photo frames, overlays, and a bunch of great goodies and stickers. PLUS, we give you the ability to instantly and simultaneously share your photo to your camera roll AND BeFunky/Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Flickr/Tumblr.

    No registration is required, there are NO ADS, no watermarks, no limitations, and no forcing to share… With BeFunky you get total control over your photo editing experience.

    NEW: COLLAGE MAKER
    Create stunning, dynamic collages with up to 9 photos, beautiful backgrounds, text, and stickers

    NEW: TONS OF FONTS FOR YOUR PHOTOS

    Choose from tons of fonts (ours AND yours!!), colors, and backgrounds!

    NEW: TOUCH UP EDITS
    Touch up your photos all the way down to the pixel with our state-of-the-art red eye reduction, blemish fixer, flashspot remover, teeth whitener and more!

    NEW: PHOTO OVERLAYS
    An abundance of shapes and patterns to overlay onto your photo for a truly unique look!

    NEW: GOODIES AND STICKERS
    Packed to the brim with a plethora of unique, one-of-a-kind goodies and stickers for you to choose from!

    AMAZING PHOTO EFFECTS

    Over 32 free effects included: Vintage, Pop Art, Instant, Summer, Viewfinder, DuoTone, Chromatic, Sketch, Tilt Shift, Old Photo, Cross Process, Gritty HDR, Orton, and many more.

    POWERFUL EDITING TOOLS

    BeFunky Photo Editor has everything you need, from the simple edits of crop, beautify, and sharpen to more advanced edits like fill light, exposure, and saturation.

    MARVELOUS PHOTO FRAMES

    Choose from Instant, Filmstrip, Halftone, Grunge, Classic frames, and more.

    SHARE PHOTOS INSTANTLY

    Simultaneously save to BeFunky, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, and your Camera Roll/Gallery. All this happens in the background with a single click so can move on with your life!

    If you want to see any features added to BeFunky, or in the unlikely event you're having trouble with our app, email me directly at support@befunky.com

    Help us keep BeFunky Free

    Rather than having ads throughout BeFunky, we rely on your app store ratings and word-of-mouth to keep BeFunky free. We’d really appreciate it if you could take a moment to rate our app and share it with a friend. If you’ve done it in the past, you can update your rating for this current version (and share it with a new friend!).

    Thank you for your support!
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
  • Also Groovy
    Over is the world’s easiest photo editor and story maker–no design skills needed. Create stunning marketing materials and design graphics, professional ads, branded content, business cards, and stunning stories in minutes.

    Best features
    - NEW: Add videos from your own on-device video library or from our exclusive Over Stock Video Library.
    - Start with a blank canvas or customize stylish templates
    - Logo maker with over 67,000 ready-to-use graphics
    - Poster and Flyer maker with a selection of over 500 fonts
    - Add text to photos and create custom effects
    - Unlimited access to a large selection of stock images
    - New design templates for your creative canvas available daily
    - Flyer, business card, poster and logo maker, and graphic design and photo editor app all in one

    Story
    Over is a great tool for all influencers and social media managers. Get your storytelling and brand image aligned and reach your followers!

    Discover a large selection of templates, stock images, canvases & wallpapers with incredible layouts. We offer logo creator tools and a large variety of fonts to best suit your graphic design team.
    Make your designs pop. Add text to photos with blending, layers, and masking and look like a pro.

    Get access to a huge stock image library and create stunning Instagram stories, Facebook and TikTok posts, Snapchat stories, banners, flyers. Find the best pictures for your creatives.

    Over has all the tools to be your logo, poster, and flyer maker and create stunning stories. Whether you’re a designer or influencer, Over is made super easy to use, regardless of your level of expertise.

    Photo and Video editing
    Easily import your photos and edit them like a pro. Retouch your pictures with a large selection of filters and find the right preset to best suit your pictures.

    You can now add videos to your designs, either from your own on-device video library or from our exclusive Over Stock Video Library. You can add filters to videos, edit them to adjust brightness, saturation, or contrast, layer them with images, text, and graphics, and blend them with images to create amazing, unique video effects.

    Over is a complete photo editor tool. Adjust and edit the settings of your photos including exposure, contrast and find all the photo editing features you need in one app. Play with your photo perspectives & grids and get automatic crops to share on your favorite social media channels.

    Create memes and collages
    Are you a meme fan? Add text to photos and create the best memes. It’s a great way to create photos and custom memes to share on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok with one of the 500+ fonts available.

    You can also easily create photo collages. Over offers many layouts combining your best pictures to create beautiful collages. All creators will find their happiness with all the different canvases available. Make amazing business cards, wallpapers, or create an art piece.

    Design your logo
    Over is also a logo creator tool: draw or select a logo template and visually share the value of your company.

    Use the logo creator to design your logo. Apply to all your marketing materials, designs and ads for Facebook, TikTok, Pinterest and Snapchat. Make business cards, flyers, stamps, printed materials, wallpapers and let your logo and brand appear everywhere.

    Over is more than a photo editor; it's a design and content tool for all.


    Got feedback? Email us at oversupport@godaddy.com.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $4.99 - $69.99 per item
    $6.99 - $99.99 per item

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Free vs Paid Mobile Graphic Design Apps 2021

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