20 underrated tools for graphic designers

So you're a graphic designer? Got the latest version of Adobe Photoshop? Illustrator? InDesign? Of course you have - these are now the common, almost standard, tools of graphic design. What else could you possibly need to design effectively? Well, funny you should ask...

In this article we're not talking about the standard tools that every designer uses. Instead we've picked the best, most useful and downright essential tools every graphic designer should have at their fingertips. Many of these are either little known or seriously underrated, but take the time to acquaint yourself with them and you're sure to find some gems that will transform your working practice, and hopefully introduce a new level of creativity to your work.

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