Best Graphic Design Software of 2020

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Welcome to PinProgram. Here, we have top graphic designing software for you (designers). some of them are free but, most of them are paid. Gone days when designers used pen & paper to show their art. Now a days all the graphic industry is moved on to software basis.

Whether, you want to create a web design, edit an photo or to create a new stunning logo for your clients. This is top 10 index list of best graphic design software’s available in market right now, with their pros & cons.

“Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.” – Neville Brody

1. CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2019

The Best #1 software for graphic designing is CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2019. One of the Legacy Windows OS software used by millions of designers all around the world. Wheather you want to edit vector graphics or raster graphics, this is best. Best tool for designing logo’s. Top 5 Reasons to buy CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2019, according to corel :

  • Comprehensive
  • Creative
  • Productive
  • Innovative
  • User Friendly

Pros :

  • Big Community (old).
  • Nice Design & touch support
  • One Time Fee / Subscription
  • More customization & features
  • Windows 10 Friendly
  • This makes it, the #1 of the “top 10 graphic designing software”.

Cons :

  • No Mac OS variant .
  • A bit difficult for new learners.
  • Scrolling difficulty (navigation) for new designers.

Price : $ 449 (Amazon) (~ 30000 rs/- but cost usually less thought shops)

2. Adobe PhotoShop CC

The Best #1 Photo Editing software. Also one of the legacy Windows / Macintosh OS software available in the market. This is an very powerful tool to create high quality graphics through different layers. With Photoshop you got complete control over your images. Add, remove, edit & delete anything you can imagine with a photograph, this software can do it. Some best features of Photoshop CC according to FinancesOnline :

  • Stroke Smoothing.
  • Brushes from Kyle T. Webster.
  • Better Brush Organization.
  • Color and Luminance Range Masking.
  • Access Lightroom Photos.
  • Quickly Share Creations.
  • Quick Share Menu.

Pros :

  • Big Community (old).
  • Faster Rendering.
  • Improved Performance than its competitors in the market.
  • Better Interface (But not that Good enough) .
  • Best for Image editing.
  • Available on both Windows 10 / Mac OS.

Cons :

  • Subscription basis (biggest drawback).
  • Very Expensive, than real Photoshop

Price : $20 / Month, Creative cloud $120 / Year or Boxed Copy of Adobe Photoshop $700

3. Adobe Illustrator CC 2019

Adobe Illustrator CC 2019

Another vector graphics editor by Adobe since, 1985 originally developed for Macintosh OS. Illustrator is used to create logo’s, sketches, icons, drawings, topography, drawings and illustrations for websites, prints or videos. Adobe Illustrator is also a famous software used by millions of designers to create mind blowing icons and graphics for book illustrations and billboards. Its quite similar to WordPress Framework in terms of functionality, it comes with some pre-installed plugins which makes the web page looks more vibrant & beautiful.

Pros :

  • Medium Sized Community.

Adobe Illustrator is the gold standard when it comes to creating and editing vector graphics. It is a comprehensive tool. — Benjamin Brogdon (Instructional Designer)

  • Nice Design & touch support.
  • Free Transform Tool
  • Available on both Windows 10 / Mac OS.

Cons :

  • Very High Price

Price : Adobe Illustrator CC only available via Adobe Creative Cloud subscription at $19.99 / month (annual plan) otherwise $29.99 / month.

4. Inkscape (Free)

One of the best Free & open source tool available on Linux / Windows / Mac OS platform. Same as Illustrator it is used to create & edit vector graphics like drawings, logo’s, illustrations, etc. Well being a open source platform its not only used by pro users but also by others normal users. Some of the best known Inkscape features include object creation, object manipulation, fill & stroke, operations on paths, text support, rendering, many different file formats, etc. You can see all features here : Inkscape featues

Pros :

  • Free
  • Open Source
  • Simple & easy
  • Small – Medium Community
  • Available on Linux / Windows 10/ Mac OS platform

Cons :

  • Not Flexible as others stated above
  • Slower

Price : FREE

5. Adobe InDesign CC

Adobe InDesign CC another product from adobe used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books and eBooks. It is a is a desktop publishing and typesetting software. Adobe InDesign is used for publishing books & magazines .

The industry-leading page design software and layout app lets you create, preflight and publish beautiful documents for print and digital media. InDesign CC has everything you need to make posters, books, digital magazines, eBooks, interactive PDFs and more. — Adobe

Pros :

  • Easy and interactive .
  • Useful for text & image interaction.
  • Nice design.
  • Medium Community.

Cons :

  • Comes with few Graphics limitations.
  • Increasing Complexity.

Price : It’s a part of Adobe Creative Cloud at $19.99 / month.

6. GIMP (Free)

GIMP is an Open Source (Free) GNU Image Manipulation Program. This tool is specifically used for image editing purposes, also supports free-form drawing. Available on all platforms Linux / Windows / Macintosh OS. Some of the best known features of Gimp includes photo enhancement, digital retouching, and also supports various common file formats like JPEG, GIF, PNG, etc.
GIMP features a great full screen mode allowing you to not only preview your artwork but also do editing work while using the most of your screen estate. —

Pros :

  • Free
  • Open Source
  • Simple & Easy
  • Small – Medium Community.
  • Available on Linux / Windows 10/ Mac OS platform

Cons :

  • Not Flexible as CorelDraw graphics suite or Photoshop.
  • Few bugs.

Price : FREE

8. Corel Paintshop Pro 2019

Coral Paintshop Pro 2019

PaintShop Pro is a raster and vector graphics editor for Microsoft Windows. — Wikipedia

Another, graphic designing software by corel. Corel PaintShop Pro 9.0 is the newest verision available right now in the market. Clearly, its not good as CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2019. But, still it’s an good photo editor & also compatible with common file formats like JPEG, PNG, RAW, PDF, etc.

Pros :

  • Available on Windows 10 Platform
  • Experience new creative presets powered by Artificial Intelligence, 360° photo editing and over 50 performance improvements for faster and better photo editing. — Corel

Cons :

  • Not available on Linux / Mac OS.

Price : $79.99 / Rs 6500 (ULT)

7. Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp is a bit similar to Paint3D but different in functionalities. It’s fast, supports 2D & 3D documents.

There’s a reason SketchUp is synonymous with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software: we don’t sacrifice usability for the sake of functionality. — Google SketchUp

Pros :

  • Extremely intuitive layout makes SketchUp Pro one of the easiest CAD programs to use.— TopTenReviews
  • Good for building or architectural drawings.
  • Easy & simple
  • Time Efficient
  • Android/Google App
  • Available on Windows 10 / Mac OS

Cons :

  • Expensive
  • Not as good as other professional softwares.

Price : FREE / Paid (Shop : $199 / yr, Pro :$695 / yr)

9. Microsoft Paint3D (Free)
Microsoft Paint3D

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft renewed its legacy Paint program by Paint3D for Windows 10. With the help of Paint3D you can draw 3D as well as 2D images. Microsoft has added many new features like 3D shapes, stickers, 3D text, new effects, canvas and lots more.

Whether you’re an artist or just want to try out some doodles–Paint 3D makes it easy to unleash your creativity and bring your ideas to life. Classic Paint has been reimagined, with an updated look and feel and a ton of new brushes and tools. And now, create in every dimension. Make 2D masterpieces or 3D models that you can play with from all angles. — Microsoft

Pros :

  • Free
  • Backed by Microsoft (Reliable)
  • Available only on Windows 10.
  • Small community

Cons :

  • Less Flexible than above.
  • Less Functionalities as compared to others.

Price : FREE



The most used & one of the oldest graphics legacy software, it comes in two variants :

  1. Classic : FREE
  2. Store : Paid (Microsoft)

Pros :

  • Easy
  • Simple
  • Fastest Graphic editor

Cons :

  • Less Flexible
  • Less functionality

Price : Both Free & Paid versions.

That’s it for our Top 10 list. Hope you like it. Tell us your favourite graphic design software in comment section below.

Rajan Bhave

A skilled and knowledgeable computer science student with extensive knowledge of programming and computer applications. Loves to create new things like websites, software and apps.