It’s not easy to design posters. But if you’re the average person with a smartphone, you still have options: Poster designer apps on Android offer a great way to easily create posters on the fly. You don’t need access to a desktop and you don’t even need to know about design. How’s that for convenience? We’ve curated a list of the best poster design apps on Android and iOS. Read on to find out.
Poster Making App
For: Users who want to create quote posters for social media
If you frequently browse Facebook or Instagram, chances are that you’ve come across some really nice looking quotations posters. TypImage makes it possible for regular smartphone users to create great-looking text-based posters with just a few taps.
The process is straightforward. You simply enter some text and then select the style that you want. TypImage itself generates a new design each time, that plays within the boundaries of the style you’ve set but is still unique. This makes it a bit better than pure template-based approaches. Even if the changes are subtle, every poster in TypImage is a unique one. While not as full-featured as the other options, TypImage also gives you the ability to fine-tune your creations, by editing text effects among other settings. There is a major drawback, though. While it’s free to download, most of TypImage’s templates are locked behind a paywall. Even though it says only the “Pro” designs are paid, we were unable to save many of the supposedly free options as the paywall still came up.
- Very simple process to make status posters for social media
- Creates unique poster designs for you
- Paywall severely limits the free experience
For: Users who want a general-purpose tool to markup images, including for poster design
iMarkup wasn’t made with poster design in mind, but it has a very wide number of image markup functions which makes it fairly powerful as a poster creator. As the name suggests, the purpose of the app is to allow you to make markups on existing images. You can select the image you want to markup and you’re then presented with a whole range of markup tools. These include drawing tools with colored brushes to add or highlight detail, and a textbox tool to add your own text.
iMarkup doesn’t have its own premade templates, so the quality of its output depends entirely on your skill. But if you’re capable of drawing and aligning text on a touchscreen, you can make some pretty posters on iMarkup. Apart from poster creation, it can also be used to add emphasis to images–if you want to highlight a particular area of a picture before sending it, you can use the brush tool to circle it so the recipient knows where to look. Moreover, iMarkup doesn’t have any pesky paywalls. It’s ad-supported with a relatively unobtrusive strip of ads up top, giving you full functionality for free.
- Gives you full functionality without paying
- Touch drawing support gives you fine control
- Lack of templates makes it hard to create great posters with this tool by itself
For: Users who want to easily create template-based posters
Canva is kind of like TypImage on steroids. While TypImage generates its own designs from a limited set of modules, Canva offers a selection of over 60,000 templates that you can use to create almost any kind of poster imaginable. You simply have to use the search interface and input the kind of poster you’re looking for. You can search for themes, designs, or even formats. If it’s anywhere near standard, chances are Canva will have a template available.
Canva is a freemium app and template design is where it makes its money. Many of Canva’s templates are free–and quite a few of these are actually quite good. But a lot of the better options require you to pay with in-app Canva credits. A Canva Pro subscription option is also available, though, at $13 a month, it’s quite pricey. If you’re just looking to make a social media poster or two, Canvas’s free functions are all you’ll need.
- Plenty of templates available for free
- Easy to create professional-quality posters without needing design skills
- You need to pay Canva credits to use some of the premium templates
4. Poster Labs
For: Users who want an easy, one-tap social media poster solution
Poster Labs does exactly what it says on the label. It’s a poster maker with a strong emphasis on great-looking social media material. Unlike Canva, which positions itself as a prosumer tool for both power users and professionals, Poster Labs is squarely aimed at the typical Instagram or Facebook poster who wants to spice up a picture or quote with a sharp-looking template design. Poster Labs has three categories of the template: Classic, Stylish, and Minimal. Each template category has a set of templates available immediately and a much larger selection available for download.
Crucially, these are free to use and not paywalled. However, Poster Labs requires you to share on social media to unlock some items. Poster Labs does let you edit templates, but not quite as much as the other options here. You’re limited to text boxes that are defined by the templates themselves, and a small set of built-in fonts. Overall, though, this is simple and easy-to-use, if a somewhat limited option for poster design.
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- Actually free to use, including the templates
- Limited text-editing capabilities
- Need to share on social media to unlock some functions
For: Those looking for a powerful, template-based poster designer to rival Canva
Desynger seems designed to out-Canva Canva itself. Its Play Store description boasts of Desygner featuring over 1,000,000 layouts. But bigger numbers don’t always mean better. Desygner’s other key advantage is its emphasis on royalty-free content. A lot of the time templates in other apps, or content that you’re designing yourself might feature images or fonts under royalty. You’d have to pay separately for these. Desygner features a huge range of royalty-free images and fonts. This doesn’t mean the whole experience is free, though.
Many of Desygner’s fonts and templates are only available to premium subscription users. The premium subscription costs $9.99 per month and, apart from unlocking many of the templates, it allows you to use your own fonts, along with importing and editing PDFs. Desygner’s user experience is similar to Canva: You get a fairly powerful editing suite which itself is based on templates you can add custom text boxes and shapes but there’s a wide range of items already available that you can directly plug into your design. All in all, the free experience is perfectly adequate if you’re just looking to make a social media poster or two. If you’re a power user who wants to use it for making commercial designs, the choice between Canva and Desynger just comes down to which one has the templates you actually want to use.
- Large number of free templates and fonts
- Powerful template editing solution
- Premium subscription is quite pricey at $9.99
- You can’t use your own fonts with the free plan
Best Poster Makers on Android
Each of these poster designer apps on Android and iOS has its own strengths and weaknesses. They’re designed for different types of users, too. Canva and Desygner are powerful, template-based tools that are meant to deliver near-professional results for users who want a viable alternative to hiring a graphic designer. While templates are inherently limiting, the wide range available on both these platforms makes them more useful than you’d think.
The subscription model is problematic, though: Why pay for a mobile template designer when you could pay instead for real tools on desktop like Adobe Illustrator. iMarkup isn’t a poster designer per se, but the powerful text and markup functions make it a great tool to add emphasis to pictures you’ve taken. And lastly, we really loved TypImage–it generated great-looking quote-based designs. However, excessive paywalling ruined the experience: it would’ve worked much better as a paid app.
Before creating a poster, you’ll want to edit the photos you’re using to make them look as best as possible. Check out our list of the best photo editing apps here.