Create custom graphic designs using commercial computer software such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator as well as free computer software such as GIMP, all of which contain tools for digitally recreating physical artistic functions. Alternately, use sites such as PicMonkey.com to combine text and images in one graphic design.
Photoshop and Illustrator are both part of the Adobe Creative Suite collection of visual creation tools, with Photoshop focusing on editing photographs as well as free-form painting while Illustrator allows for the creation of vector graphics. To create graphic designs in Photoshop, open a new document and use the Text, Paint Brush or Shape tools to draw and add different visual elements to the file. Illustrator follows the same process, but uses a special tool that creates lines via mathematical calculations to ensure a lossless quality in the graphics. When exporting an Illustrator file, it is possible to resize or change it without experiencing blurry or pixelated graphics.
GIMP is an open source program that mirrors many of the same features and functionality of Photoshop, though with a different layout. It also offers painting, text and shape tools for making custom graphic designs. The Web tool on PicMonkey.com contains a simple visual interface that allows users to drag and drop different design elements onto a canvas to create word-based graphic designs.