Figure Graphics

Overview

This toolbox focuses on tools for creating scientific graphics. These could be used to publicize your work on social media, create beautiful presentations, create graphic abstracts, or be a panel that explains your workflow as part of a larger figure.

Tools

Canva
This is a freemium tool for all types of graphic design. Although the options are limited for scientific figures, it's a fantastic tool for creating a wide variety of graphics. There are additional options available for a monthly fee. 
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BioRender
This is a must-have tool for professional figures. The free version is limited but if your lab buys the paid version, there are pre-filled biological pathways, proteins, structures, etc. to make detailed scientific figures. 
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Inkscape
This is a more advanced tool, 100% free, that allows you to draw vector graphics from scratch. Given its flexibility, it can be used for creating figures, posters, editing figures from papers to present, and adding detail to your graphs. 
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Illustrator
This is a pricier and more advanced version of inkscape. It allows you to create possibly anything you can imagine but comes with a steeper learning curve. However, if you are willing to commit, there is no limit to what you could do. 
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PowerPoint
This is the most basic and widespread tool for creating figures, posters, and presentations in most labs. Although we would recommend supplementing with the above tools, powerpoint will allow you to get the basics done. 
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