When it comes to doing DIY projects for a wedding, one of the skills that really comes in handy is design. Personally, I studied Graphic Design in school and have worked as a graphic designer for many years… but I know that's not the case for every bride or groom. Don't be discouraged if you're not a pro designer, though – thanks to the internet there are more free design tools and resources than ever to help you do DIY design for just about every aspect of your wedding day!
Y'all know how much I love technology AND weddings, so today I wanted to share some great online tools with you that will help you navigate the design waters. These online resources will help you gain the skills and confidence to tackle designing various things for your wedding day and beyond! Did I also mention that each of these resources has FREE options? #budgetsavvy
Free Design Tools Online
Canva is a game-changer. I actually use Canva to create many of the graphics here on The Budget Savvy Bride! Though I received a degree in graphic design and am familiar with the entire Adobe Creative Suite, I have to admit that I sometimes prefer using Canva to do small design projects. (Fellow designers, don't hate me!) One thing that is great about Canva is that they have a plethora of templates for every occasion – whether you want to create a graphic for social media, a poster, or a wedding invite! Canva also featured an extensive library with thousands of free photos, graphics, and fonts, as well as affordable options that you can purchase as well. Bonus – Canva was created by a woman, and I just think that's kinda badass if I'm being honest. ?? #girlpower
Most of Canva's features are available completely for FREE, so it's an amazing tool to have in your back pocket. (Personally, I paid for their premium service so I could upload my own fonts, logos and branding to create graphics for BSB. The yearly price is TOTALLY worth it, in m opinion.) Many of their designs are pre-made and are completely editable, from the text to the colors and the fonts to the photos. Canva is a web-based application, so all you need is your laptop and reliable internet to use it– no need to download heavy-duty design software to create gorgeous designs. Plus, did I mention they also have an app? #obsessed I seriously can't say enough good things about Canva!
Another great FREE online design tool is Fotor. Fotor is a web-based photo editing and graphic design tool that is used by over 100 million users worldwide! Fotor has thousands of templates you can use to make anything from thank you cards, wedding invitations, social media graphics, posters and more. Their platform also offers a wide variety of fonts, themed stickers, filters, and more that you can use to customize or enhance your design creations!
In addition to their web-based app, they also have an application you can download for your computer or your phone to assist with batch photo editing or single image editing. There are options for adding filters, cropping, resizing, and even retouching! (Don't worry, I won't tell.) Check out Fotor for free by registering here.
Online Design Courses
If you're looking to learn more about design and design programs, you may want to consider checking out the courses available on CreativeLive. You might remember that Abby did an awesome review 0f CreativeLive courses last summer. They have thousands of classes dedicated to a variety of subjects — many of which cover design! You can learn the basics or more advanced techniques, depending on what your interest and skill levels are. You can take a course on the fundamentals of good design or you can take a course on how to use a specific design software program… there is so much to be learned with the help of CreativeLive!
Many of their courses are under $50 and are packed with helpful and relevant info. You can check out reviews of courses from previous students, which is really helpful. They also offer certain courses for free if you attend a live broadcast — so make sure to subscribe to CreativeLive for updates on upcoming free classes to take advantage of!
One of the most interesting courses I spotted that would be great for budget savvy brides (or grooms) is this course on Designing Wedding Invitations. It's completely FREE if you attend live on May 11-12!! Definitely worth checking out. Register for this class here!
Another great option for online design courses is Brit + Co! If you're like me, you probably LOVE the content and articles shared on Brit + Co, as well as their bright and bubbly aesthetic. This same vibe is infused into their online courses, taught by some super savvy and stylish instructors. Their classes are well structured, informative, and fun to watch.
Their courses are helpful and affordable – all priced around $39 each. They also have a whole section of free courses you can check out to get your creative juices flowing for zero dollars. Browse Brit + Co's Free Courses here.
One of the most interesting design courses they offer is a class on how to design your own font! Imagine making a font out of your handwriting — that could really come in handy for all those thank you notes, amiright?
I hope you've found this collection of free design tools and resources helpful to you! Are you considering DIYing any aspect of your wedding design? With the help of these affordable tools and courses, you'll be a design master in no time!