The Best Free Resources For Graphic Designers: Websites, Icons, Templates, Mockups and Tutorials
May 14, 2013 § 11 Comments
Over the past couple of years alongside my University degree I have taught myself how to use graphic design software and have had a lot of help from stumbling across free resources along the way. It seems whenever I talk to another creative, we both have these favourite free locations or items the other doesn’t know about and so I thought I would put together a post and share them all! This list contains works and sites from many designers and some from myself; a few are downloadable files and others are websites that offer help in other ways – but all are free!
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2. stationary set: A fantastic free stationary mockup set here, including business cards, envelopes, letterheads, iPads, iPhones and other branding elements.
4. iPhone templates: A great collection of 20 different iPhone 5 mockups from different angles here, another version here with a model hand holding the device, and a simple front view of a white and black iPhone 5 here.
5. iPad templates: iPad 2 front view psd here, a nice angled shot of the iPad Mini here in psd format (which I tend to use to showcase tablet-designed designs in general), and three viewpoints of the iPad Mini White in psd format here.
6. Apple Computer templates: Front view MacBook Pro psd here, angled MacBook Air here, front view of the MacBook Air that I also use a lot (big fan of this one!), Apple keyboard psd here, and a nice iMac psd mockup here to complete the set.
7. Free UI kit: A great clean UI kit here that would work for anyone, a really nice Apple Safari Lion UI set here, a UI icon kit here, and a brilliant Metro psd UI kit that took someone a long time to create!
8. Icons: A fantastic set of pixel perfect psd icons that I used a lot when I first started UI work, some simple UI icons here that I think look great, the amazing ‘climacons’ by Adam Whitcroft here (that I think every designer in the world uses), and another set of web icons with a nice layer style here.
9. Browser Template: An Apple Safari Browser psd template here to showcase your web designs or display sites – another of mine.
10. PSD template: Here are a few of my favourite psd templates that can be used for anything. Firstly, a browser magnify psd to zoom and highlight design details, a set of amazing horizontal paper psd rule lines to break up content, a wooden bookcase psd similar to the iBook store design, and a set of psd stitch graphics.
11. thenounproject.com: The holy grail of icon websites. Up until very recently this site was completely free although now you are encouraged to credit the original designer or pay a dollar or two to wave the action. Thousands of icons, easily categorised and vectored – thenounproject.com
12. Abduzeedo: This website is great for general inspiration and discovering interesting new design work across the world. It also has a brilliant and huge archive of step-by-step tutorials for Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Pixelmator and others (I essentially taught myself layer styles using this site). Every Friday they also release a few free fonts to add to your collection.
13. subtlepatterns.com: An incredible free resource for digital designers. Subtlepatterns.com contains hundreds of free downloadable digital patterns to add a touch of texture to your screen designs – subtlepatterns.com
14. Adobe TV: If you are just starting out using design software, or if you have stumbled upon these free downloads and wonder how to use them, then Adobe TV is a great place to start. Discover free and easily digestible tutorial videos outlining the key things to get started – Adobe TV.
15. Kuler.adobe.com: A great place to find colour palettes for your project; organised, well presented, and again, completely free – kuler.adobe.com
16. The Chive: Because everyone needs a break… – thechive.com
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