Designcap for Graphic Design

In this post, I post my reviews Designcap, which is a tool graphical design, image creation and editing. I have added walkthrough videos and a gallery of images.

Introduction: About Designcap

I had previously written about Pixelied (here and here), which is a graphic design tool similar Canva. In this post, I thought of posting my review of Designcap which is in the similar space.

Designcap is a graphical design/ editing tool from PerlMountain. Some of you may be familiar with their other well known product, Fotojet.

Cathy from DesignCap approached me a few weeks ago with a review requrest. I like the opportunity to learn a new tool, explore its features. In this case, the I would get to create some images using the templates. As I learnt along the way, Designcap is not just for creating, editing and sharing images. More on that later.

Banner for MyKitaab Podcast created using Designcap. Blog of Amar Vyas
Facebook Banner for MyKitaab Podcast created using Designcap

Let’s dive into the review of Designcap!

Signing up

Screenshot: signing up with Designcap. Blog of Amar Vyas
Signing up with Designcap

Let me start with the signing up process signing up is pretty easy and standard as one would expect it to provide your email addres and provide the password. You get a confirmation, and then you’re up and running in no time.

Before you get to start using the features, you have to choose a few of your categories, you have to provide a bit of information about your organisation. That is, whether you are a nonprofit or an enterprise, or solopreneur as the case may be. From there on, you are ready to go.

Templates and Categories

Among a variety of options, you can create business cards, flyers, or you can create social media templates or logos, images for YouTube, charts or reports. That’s a good mix of assets you can create!

Accounts and Pricing Tiers
Pricing Plans for DesignCap- Aug 2020
Designcap- Pricing Plans

Designcap follows the freemium pricing model and there are three types of accounts: Free, Basic and Plus. In the free tier, the stock media images are limited. You can upload only five of your images or logos brand icons, etc. and save only up to five designs. In the basic plan, there is no cap. In the plus plan, which design cap has provided me for the purposes of this review, you can actually upload up to 1000 images or assets of your own, and save up to 1000 designs. That’s a pretty good number to go with.

Saving Images

Overall, I was pretty impressed with the tools. The elements are your standard blocks squares, rectangles images, call outs, etc. You can save the images as jpg, png and PDF, in sizes that vary from small to X-large. Having a grid this might be really helpful. Maybe that feature is planned down the line. I was able to create images using the different templates for social media, charts, banners and so on. I am posting below a few images I created for podcasts by gaatha story

Promotional Image for Devgatha Podcast by gaatha story, created using DesigncapImage created for social media promotion using Designcap. Blog of Amar Vyas
Promotional Image for Devgatha PodcastImage with a hashtag, used for MyKiaab podcast.
Images created for social media promotion using DesignCap

Video Walkthroughs

In this review, I have included two videos which are unscripted, live reviews. That is, I was recording the video as I was trying our new features and experimenting with the features offered by DesignCap.

Video Part I: Overview of Designcap

Video: Creating an image for Instagram using Designcap

Video Part II : Walktrough

Walkthrough of Designcap (note: Audio is a bit scratchy!)

Image Gallery: Putting Designcap to use

Categories of assets that can be created with DesignCap. Blog of Amar Vyas
Categories of assets that can be created with DesignCap

Final Thoughts on DesignCap

I found the interface intuitive, the website quick to respond, and the asset creation to be quite easy. Having worked with similar tools (Stencil, Canva, Crello, Pixelied and Promo Republic) in the past, I found the learning curve to be short- beginners might find the runway to be longer.

In terms of some feedback – in addition to the lack of a grid (which I alluded to before), the tutorials could be a bit more complrehensive, with video (or image) walkthroughs. The FAQ revolves largely around pricing and account management, which is focused and okay in my opinion.

Overall, I think DesignCap represents a good, strong option in this space.

Banner for a proposed show by gaatha story.
Banner for a proposed show by gaatha story, created with DesigCap

Notes about this post:

a. Feature Image (shown iin Part I of the above video) was originally 4.3 MB in size, which is great for sharing on social media. For this blog post, I used imgbot service to compress it to 250 KB.

b. How I made the review videos I spent some time playing around with Logitech video capture on my Mac, and some basic video editing using Invideo. I had recorded my comments and thoughts while doing the screen capture in an unscripted manner. In the final version however, my voiceover has been re-recorded for audio quality and clarity. I used Zencastr for the re-ecording.

c. This is a purely voluntary review– DesignCap have enabled the full featured version (their Plus Plan) to enable me to check the full bouquet of options. Other than that, there is no other consideration.

This post was updated on 2020-08-25