Many times when I was in school, I had to create mock-ups and executions for my campaigns. With the advent of the Internet, you can practically get anything you want just by Googling but quality is another matter entirely. As the saying goes, “Good things come to those who share.” So hence, to all the aspiring designers and creatives out there, here’s a list of my favourite websites that I get my creative resources from. The best part is… they are free!
Love working with Photoshop? PSD Repo is an ever-growing collection of quality PSD files designed by talented creatives who choose to share their work for free with the rest of the world. Here, you can download anything from iPhone mock-ups to website design templates. Imagine presenting your work on wonderful mockups like these. Not only does it look professional, it will make your presentation stand out too. Of course, these resources have been painstakingly created by designers so don’t forget to credit them whenever you use their work. I just discovered this two days ago but this website is awesome!
Ever found yourself in the situation of trying to photoshop away the watermark in stock photos away for your school assignments? We’ve all been there and you’re not alone. Unless you are currently working at an agency where stock photos just come to you for free, we all know that stock images are pricey. But what if I told you that there’s a place for you to download high quality stock photos at no cost? Well, for 7 days anyway. Simply sign up for a free trial with Bigstock and you’ll get to download up to 35 images for free for an entire week. If videos are more of your thing, Bigstock also offers a similar free trial, where you get to download up to 35 royalty-free stock video clips within 7 days.
3. Google Fonts
Of course, there is the well-known DaFont website that everyone goes to for free font downloads, but did you know Google also has a free web-font library? With Google Fonts, users can search, preview and download hundreds of fonts. Plus, these fonts are completely compatible with your website. With dozens of new fonts in the market like Montserrat and Open Sans, you can bid goodbye to the boring old Times New Roman and Helvetica.
4. Adobe Color
From building a website to giving your room a new coat of paint, finding the perfect combination of colours can be a daunting task. For instance, that lovely wine colour may go really well with that particular shade of navy in your head, but in reality it clashes. It is hard to marry shades perfectly, and that is where an advanced colour picker can come in handy. Adobe Color is an internet application that allows individuals to try out, create and save various colour schemes, each of which consists a set of five colours. While this isn't exactly a "creative resource", it is an amazing application for all budding designers. As a convenient extension, users can also download colour themes into Adobe InDesign. With Adobe Color, you can always capture the perfect colour theme.
CreativeBooster is a designer’s paradise when it comes to high quality design freebies. From fonts to logos to infographic templates, you’ll never be short of creative resources. If you are a designer, you can submit your work too! To get notifications on what goodies there are in store for you, simply subscribe to their mailing list. This is one of those newsletters you wouldn’t mind seeing in your inbox.
If you know of similar resources too, feel free to leave a comment!