Museum Studies

Online Design and Editing Software

The following online programs can be used to assist with design, templates, and photo editing.  They can be useful when designing exhibitions for museums or even for classes.  These programs are free to use or have a free trial.

Canva - Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, posters, documents and other visual content. It is available on web and mobile, and integrates millions of images, fonts, templates and illustrations.

Adobe Spark - Create impactful social graphics, web pages, and short videos in minutes with Adobe Spark

GIMP image editing software - GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, so whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done.

Piktochart - Easily create reports, presentations, infographics, social media graphics, and prints. You can turn any text-heavy content into a visual story that sticks with Piktochart’s collaborative design platform.

Paint.NET - Paint.NET is image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

Color Resources

Adobe Color Adobe Color is a an application that allows creative professionals to explore, create, and share color themes.  It includes a color wheel, extract color tool, extract gradient tool, and accessibility tools.

Color Calculator - From Sessions College for Design use the free Color Calculator to explore creative color options for your design project. Simply pick your base color(s), choose a color harmony, tweak/explore as needed, and see results.

Coblis Color Blindness Simulator - If you are not suffering from a color vision deficiency it is very hard to imagine how it looks like to be colorblind. The Color Blindness Simulator can close this gap for you. Just play around with it and get a feeling of how it is to have a color vision handicap.