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Free vs Paid Mobile Graphic Design Apps 2022

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.

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Free vs Paid Mobile Graphic Design Apps 2022
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Apps We Selected
  2. Our Pick Canva: Design, Photo & Video Canva: Design, Photo & Video Runner Up Photo Editor by BeFunky Photo Editor by BeFunky Also Groovy GoDaddy Studio: Graphic Design GoDaddy Studio: Graphic Design
  3. 2. Everything We Recommend
  4. 3. The 411 from our Appventurer
  5. 4. Other Apps Considered
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 editing, collage making, & graphic design made for everyone.
    4.5 Ratings 258K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free Feature Rich In App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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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 is your free photo editor and video editor in one graphic design app! Create stunning social media posts, videos, cards, flyers, photo collages & more. Stand out with one-tap animations and fun music for Insta stories and video collages.

    No design experience or expertise? No problem! From photo editor to collage maker, to logo maker – we made Canva really simple & easy for anyone in the world to design.

    THOUSANDS OF TEMPLATES – endless creative possibilities
    • Start inspired with thousands of customizable templates
    • Playful Facebook posts, Insta layouts, Instagram post maker, IG Story, & mood boards
    • Professionally-designed invitations, flyers, gift certificates, etc. to boost your business or event
    • Showcase your product with our logo maker
    • Visualize data with sleek presentation templates and slideshow maker

    PHOTO EDITOR – free to use, no ads, no watermarks
    • Effortless picture apps to crop, flip, & edit photos
    • Adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, tint, blur, etc.
    • Auto Focus for background blur & sharpen photo subject
    • Apply your style with aesthetic filters & effects (Retro, Pixelate, Liquify, etc.)
    • Top it off with text on photos and loads of stickers
    • Fun photo grid & photo collage maker
    • Design easily on a small screen without disruption from ads

    VIDEO EDITOR – make amazing videos in just a few taps
    • Produce professional videos right on your phone
    • Trim, cut, & split video layout and audio tracks
    • Crop, resize, and flip videos & images to any dimensions
    • Make static images move with one-tap animations & page transitions
    • Overlay multiple audio tracks of music, sound effects, & voiceovers
    • Use the video editor as a video collage maker & slideshow maker too!

    SOCIAL MEDIA – hit it big with on-trend content
    • Discover thousands of templates for Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, LinkedIn etc.
    • Queue your planned posts on Instagram with Scheduler [Canva Pro]
    • Play with our photo editor for thumb-stopping Instagram layouts
    • Use as a banner maker for eye-catching thumbnails & ads
    • Easy collage maker & video editor to create photo grids, collages

    HUGE STOCK LIBRARY – over 2M+ assets for you
    • Complete package: all the elements you need are here
    • 2M+ royalty-free images
    • Thousands of watermark-free stock videos
    • 25K+ pre-licensed audio & music tracks
    • Add text on photos with 500+ fonts & effects (curved, neon, and more)
    • Graphic design elements - illustrations, stickers, photo frames, etc.
    • Beautifully animated charts, graphs, & tables from any data

    SMART MOCKUPS – see your designs on a shirt or poster
    • Look professional by visualizing your designs on products
    • High-res mockups for phones, laptops, posters & other displays
    • Order printed flyers, mugs, and apparel for gifts or business

    REAL-TIME COLLABORATION – with anyone across any device
    • Edit team projects & presentations anytime, anywhere
    • Start a design on mobile & finish on your desktop seamlessly
    • Work with your team in real-time, leave comments & apply changes

    CANVA PRO – get more for a low monthly cost
    • Access premium templates, images, videos, audio & graphic design elements
    • One-click Background Remover
    • Magic Resize - Instantly resize your project to any photo & video layout
    • Brand Kit - Stay on brand with consistent logos, fonts, & colors
    • Scheduled publishing to Instagram, Facebook & more

    DESIGN FOR EVERYONE
    • Personal - Layout designs for creative & professional pursuits like Instagram templates, resume, photo collages, etc.
    • Entrepreneurs - Grow your business with our logo creator, video editor, poster maker, etc.
    • Students & Teachers - Engage with beautiful presentations and worksheets
    • Social Media Managers & Content Creators - Use the photo editor and collage maker for consistent visuals & mood boards for your brand
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $1.49 - $119.99 per item
    $0.99 - $119.99 per item
  • Runner Up
    Edit your photos. Create beautiful collages. Design stunning graphic design layouts.
    With BeFunky, you can do it all! We've taken the complexity out of the photo editing and graphic design process with our easy-to-use, one-tap features. With our A.I.-powered photo editing tools, intelligent auto-collage feature, and professionally made design templates, BeFunky truly is photo editing and graphic design made for everyone!

    Turn Your Photos Into Paintings, Cartoons, Sketches, and More
    Our Artsy effects are the most unique feature of our Photo Editor. With one tap, your photos will take on stunning, artistic characteristics. From realistic textures to natural-looking brush strokes and saturated color palettes, our artsy effects will instantly turn your photo into a work of art!

    Remove Backgrounds From Photos in One Tap
    Our A.I.-powered Background Remover intelligently detects the subject of your image and precisely removes the surrounding background. Perfect for changing backgrounds on product photography, portraits, and more!

    Enhance Image Appearance With A.I.
    There's a lot of trial and error and fine-tuning involved in enhancing a photo. Our A.I. Image Enhancer takes the guesswork out of photo editing. With a single tap, it'll make colors more vibrant and add a touch of contrast to enhance details, giving your photos what they need to really pop.

    Bring Out the Natural Beauty in Your Portraits
    Our A.I. Portrait Enhancer gives you professional portrait retouching results, all in a single tap. Quickly enhance exposure, soften the appearance of fine lines and blemishes on all skin tones, whiten teeth and brighten eyes without eliminating freckles and beauty marks!

    Create Photo Collages with a Single Tap
    Automatically generate the optimal collage layout with our Collage Wizard. It can quickly and easily produce high-resolution photo collages without cropping or clipping a single image, so no fine details get lost in the process. It’s automatic collage generating technology like no other!

    Access to Hundreds of Free Font Options
    Our Text Editor is packed full of fonts and customization options to add text to photos, designs, and collages. Choose from our collection of fonts hand-selected by our team of graphic designers, upload your own fonts, or use Google Fonts!

    Free Templates For Quick and Easy Graphic Design
    Our design templates offer the perfect starting point for any project. You’ll find thousands of design templates created by our team of professional graphic designers. We provide templates for birthdays, weddings, small businesses, and more! Don't want to start with a template? No problem! Start your design with a blank canvas and let your creativity take over!

    Give Your Photos a Unique Look
    There's truly no limit to what you can create! Everything from Vintage and Chromatic effects to filters that make your photo resemble a Van Gogh painting is right at your fingertips. Are you looking to add a texture, bokeh, or a design overlay? You'll find all that and more in BeFunky.

    Access Hundreds of Premium Features with BeFunky Plus
    Subscribe to BeFunky Plus on a monthly or annual basis to gain access to premium photo editing, collage making, and graphic design tools. Easily access our Plus features across our mobile and tablet apps as well as on the desktop web browser version of BeFunky by simply logging in.

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    For tips and inspiration, go to befunky.com/learn/ and follow @befunkyapp on Instagram
    Get help when you need it at support.befunky.com
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $9.99 - $59.88 per item
    $9.99 - $59.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    Welcome to GoDaddy Studio (formerly Over), the easy-to-use social media content creator, photo editor and graphic design app. Create stand-out social posts, Instagram stories, logos, Link in Bio sites and so much more — no design skills necessary!

    NEW Features
    Boost awareness and grow an engaged audience with a beautifully designed Link in Bio site — free with GoDaddy Studio.
    • Highlight your most important links in one place and drive traffic to your best content
    • Access professionally designed Link in Bio templates that are easily customizable to consistently reflect your brand look and feel

    GoDaddy Studio is your all-in-one app to design, promote, and grow your business online.

    BOOST YOUR BRAND 🚀
    Big business or side hustle, GoDaddy’s got you covered.
    • Define your brand identity with our easy-to-use logo maker – create your own unique design!
    • Draw or select a logo template to make a design and apply it to your social profiles and marketing materials
    • Use our banner maker to easily promote your brand across Facebook and YouTube

    BUILD TRUST WITH BRAND CONSISTENCY 💜
    Easily define your style and apply it everywhere for immediate recognition.
    • Stay consistent by resizing content to perfectly fit all social platforms
    • Choose and save your brand color palette and apply it to a whole project with just one tap
    • Create a beautiful Link in Bio that matches all your content, no more cookie cutter bios

    UP YOUR SOCIAL GAME 👍
    Build your social following and create engaging, thumb-stopping social content.
    • Create like-worthy Instagram story templates, Facebook posts, covers, profile pictures and more with our story maker
    • Banish post-paralysis the easy way with 30 days of done-for-you Instagram posts
    • Create with a wide range of templates, fonts and designs from our vast library

    PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS 📢
    Design beautiful content that grows your business.
    • Get traffic and build audience loyalty with engaging content created in minutes
    • Remove background and cut out items to create clean, professional product shots with just one tap
    • Powerful video creation made easy – add your own video or select a video from our exclusive stock library, blend videos with images, and promote anything online with unique, immersive content

    FAST & EASY CREATION
    The best graphic design tools at your fingertips, all in one place.
    • Start off inspired – choose from tons of flexible, social-first templates
    • Discover layers and design layouts for faster creation
    • Pick from a selection of over 600 fonts, use curved text and advanced text tools
    • Photo editor – add text and edit photos like a pro with different filters in just a few taps

    GROW WITH STUDIO PRO 💪
    Take your content creation and video editing skills to the next level with a Studio Pro subscription.
    • Access to a vast library of templates, images, videos & fonts
    • Unlimited use of the magical remove background tool
    • Unlock access to all premium content and exclusive creator tools
    • New content added regularly


    Terms and Conditions
    https://godaddy.com/legal/agreements/websites-marketing-agreement


    Privacy Policy
    https://godaddy.com/legal/agreements/privacy-policy


    Got feedback? Email us at
    oversupport@godaddy.com
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $4.99 - $69.99 per item
    $9.99 - $99.99 per item
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The 411 from our Appventurer

Stefan Racic
Written by:

Stefan Racic

My phone tends to be filled to the brim with apps I am either trying on for size of using on a regular basis. I use them for a variety of tasks, including sketching and creating art, keeping in touch with friends, being up to date with the latest news, learning about diverse spiritual practices and, of course, playing games!

With over 10 years of experience as a translator and writer, I channel my creativity into writing about things I enjoy. My education in business (I hold a bachelor's degree in operations management) is but one part of expertise. I have worked for art magazines, spiritual blogs, news and business sites, and now I explore the fascinating world of apps.

My previous work is as diverse as my interests. Fresh out of college, I was employed as a translator and interpreter at the fringes of the corporate world and the NGO sector. After switching to writing, I first focused on business news, then shifted to working for a series of art magazines (WideWalls perhaps being the most well known), and even wrote content for a couple of spirituality-focused apps for Labyrinthos Academy. Little did I know that I would eventually devote a good chunk of my time to writing about all sorts of interesting new apps out there.

Free vs Paid Mobile Graphic Design Apps 2022

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