Finding a free resource that has value to your business is like finding a surprise sale at your favorite store. It makes my day! Here is my roundup of (mostly) free resources I love and use daily. I add the caveat “mostly” because some of the sites on this list have a free trial or paid version. They’re all worth checking out!
Stock Images & Icons
1. Unsplash – Free
This is a stock photo resource full of beautiful images. They are available for personal or commercial use.
2. Pexels – Free
This another stock photo resource with beautiful images. They’re also free for personal or commercial use. If I can’t find the right image with Unsplash I can usually find it in Pexels.
3. Flaticon – Free (With Attribution)
Flaticon is like the Netflix of icons. You can browse hundreds of icons by style, category, or color and download them for free. If you choose not to pay for the monthly subscription you’ll have to agree to attribute (credit) the designer on whatever you’re using the icon on. If you pay for the subscription you don’t have include attribution and you get the rights to use the icons for life.
1. Canva – Free and Paid Versions
This is a web-based design program that can be used to make anything from social media images, slides for a presentation, or business cards. It is user-friendly and packed full of helpful features and templates. There is a free version and a paid version. The free version will do 90% of the things you might need. The paid version does 100% plus provides more free images, stickers, and elements you can use in your design. It also is great for business branding to hold all your brand colors, logo, fonts and templates. You can get a free trial of Canva Pro HERE*.
If you haven’t signed up for my Free Postcard Mini-Course, you can sign up HERE! In this quick course, I’ll show you the basics of Canva and walk you through creating your first design.
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2. Pixlr – Free
This is a web-based photo editing program. It is full of features and has a user-friendly layout. This is a great free alternative to Photoshop.
3. Coolers – Free
This is a web-based color palette generator. You can make your own or browse hundreds of palettes submitted by other users. I use this almost daily for my work as a designer. The color palette used on my website was created with Coolers. You don’t even have to create an account (unless you want to save your palettes on their site).
1. Google Fonts – Free
This is a library of free fonts curated by Google that anyone can download for personal or commercial use. I found my brand font, Montserrat, on Google Fonts. I also use Google Fonts for most of my client work. You can sort the fonts by style so it is super simple to find a font that will work for your project. You also won’t run into any broken fonts since this list is curated by Google. If you need help installing your font, this article will take you through it step-by-step.
There you have it! Did you find anything on this list that is helpful to you?