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Graphic Design Tools

Your multimodal project might be an exercise in visual argument, where you envision your composition as a visual remix or retelling of an original essay. There are a number of tools and resources available on the internet to help you develop this kind of project.


  • GiMP
    GNU Image Manipulation Tool. An open-source (free) alternative to Photoshop
  • Inkscape
    An open-source alternative to Adobe Illustrator
  • PixLr
    iOS and Android based photo editing tool
  • DAZ Studio
    Design 3D characters and figure art
  • Blender
    3D Graphic Design tool

Web Tools

  • Pixton
    Pixton is a tool for creating comic strips. When you sign up, you get a 7-day free trial of Pixton+, which has extra features.
  • Strip Generator
    A free tool for creating abstract/minimalist comic strips.
  • BitStrips
    Design Bit-Strip comics and link them to social media.
  • ToonDoo
    Another tool for generating and sharing comic strips.
  • Google Charts/Data
    A useful tool for data visualization.
    Create infographics and data visualizations.
    Easily create and share visual information.
  • Piktochart
    Create various types of infographics for free.
  • Infogram
    Create infographics and data visualizations.
  • Sway
    Create and share interactive texts using different types of documents.


    Find free public domain images that can be used for anything you want.