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Web Development Resources For Web Developers, Entreprenuers and Freelancers
(Personal Note to readers: I am amazed at the design resources that can be found online. It’s astonishing what is out there. I hope you find the resources listed here amazing too.)
Starting an online website and business is a lot like learning to drive a car. You think you only need to learn one thing, get in the driver’s seat and turn the key. Suddenly you discover you have to coordinate your foot on the gas pedal or brake while steering, and you have to know what’s in front of and behind the car or anything headed your way from either side. The list doesn’t end because you’ll need to fill it with gas and get maintenance done to keep it running smoothly. It will need tires, oil, and an occasional wash and wax. Similarly, building a website into an online business requires learning skills, doing maintenance and getting the job done. Building your business and growing it with social media requires time and resources. Figuring out how to get that done effectively takes time. Finding the best web design resources helps with those goals.
Growing online doesn’t magically happen except for a lucky few. For the rest of us, we just muck our way through it. Figuring out each step, one step at a time. Where to find free resources, how to use an email provider, what our clients are really interested in and how to post on social media.
So free help, free design resources like free design graphics are a bonus, a gift, a nice boost to get more done, faster. This list of 100 free graphic design resources is a cumulation of hours of searching plus stumbling across amazing sites offering web design freebies and resources for everyone. Whether you need free design graphics, font design resources or a few free illustrations, you will find something on this list that will help with your website, next design, sales page, or social media post. This list of 110 web design resources is just one of a couple of lists I maintain for when I need to find a resource fast without spending time searching. My original list was just about free stock image and vector sites but I’ve found that there are so many components needed for web design and development, business and social media growth that I’ve redone the list to include multip. While I offer an electronic printable PDF with fully clickable links straight to every site you can bookmark or link to this page if you prefer.
The following are handy sites for web design resources to be used by small business entrepreneurs, freelancers, and social media marketing creators. Most listed have freebies offered on a regular basis, a freebie section or are totally freebie. I have not included any high-end pricy subscription service sites that have no freebies.
Free Stock Images Or Free Stock Photography Sites
Here are some of the best free online image and photo sites available. While some have a wider range of stock, you may find many ideas and perfect starting images for your final design and visual content. If you’re looking for ideas, these sites are perfect for editing and merging images into your next unique collage. Whether you are a freelancer, small biz entrepreneur or DIY designer, this list should give you lots of ideas and choices to pick from. If you’d like this list as an electronic printable PDF with clickable links, download it from my freebie resources here. (Yes, I know you can link to this post but a handy reference of your very own might be more useful! Plus, I notify those who get my freebies when I’ve updated them.)
- CanStock Photo – Low-cost commercial unique royalty-free stock images with occasional promos.
- Creative Commons – Free distribution and use of images as permitted by the author.
- Death to Stock – Authentic stock photos for unique creative projects.
- DepositPhoto (free weekly offer) – A large stock photo, image, and vector site, mostly for pay but offers free monthly downloads to subscribers.
- Designers Pics – Another site with beautiful free photos for commercial or personal use.
- Dreamstime (free monthly offer) – A large stock photo, image, and vector site, mostly for pay but offers free monthly downloads to subscribers.
- Epicantus – A photo site on Tumbler dedicated to free business photos and images.
- Every Stock Photo – A search engine site of free photos listed in categories.
- FoodiesFeed – A handy site with great free food photos for commercial uses.
- Free Digital Photo – A site with royalty-free images and stock photos.
- Free Photos – A site with stunning hi-res images for download
- Free Refe Real Life Photos – A royalty-free, high-quality, natural-looking photo site covering photo categories of abstract, business, home, lifestyle, nature, outdoor and travel photos.
- Free Range Stock – Another photo site with photos of people, landscape, industry, and food.
- Free Stocks – A photo site with photos in categories like animals, city architecture, fashion, food & dring, nature, and technology. Photos are licensed for personal and commercial use.
- Free Images – Public Domain CCO stock images, clip-art, and historical photos.
- FOCA -Another free photo, video and template site.
- Foter – Another free hidden gem of beautiful unique photos and graphics. You’ll have to register to get access.
- Gratisography – A high-resolution photo site covering people, nature, business and even quirky creative photos, all free of copyright restrictions.
- Image Base – Absolutely free images for commercial, private, or personal use.
- IM Free – Free images and templates including photo categories covering people, lifestyle, food & drink and education.
- ISO Republic – This free hi-res site includes both free personal and commercial use photos and videos.
- Jay Mantri – A photo site of Jay Mantri photos. These can be found on Unsplash and pexels.
- Jeshoots – Another personal photography site also available as free images on Pixabay, Pexels, and Unsplash.
- Kaboompics – Free stock images for use in projects.
- LibreStock Photos – A index of free photos from the top stock image sites on the net. All are free for personal and commercial use with no attribution required.
- Life of Pix – A photo site of free high-resolution images donated to the public domain.
- Little Visuals – An image site allowing free commercial use.
- Magdeleine – A blog featuring free high-quality stock photos.
- Maxpixel – Another free commercial use, no attribution required using creative commons CCO licenses.
- Mazwai – A free stock video footage site.
- MMTStock – A stock image site with HD royalty-free stock photos.
- MorgueFile – A high quality, high-resolution photo, and vector site.
- Moveast – A small photo site with CCO photos.
- Negative Space – Beautiful free images for commercial or personal use that don’t require attribution.
- New Old Stock – An interesting photo site with vintage style photos from public archives with no known copyright restrictions. Historical style photos that may be of use.
- Open Photo – Another curated open-source photo site with free images using the CCO.
- Pexels – A very large site with a collection of no attribution free stock photos for commercial use.
- PicJumbo – Another large image site the same as Pexels.
- Picography – An image site with categories of free stock hi-resolution photos for any project.
- Pixabay – Probably the largest free use stock image site on the net.
- Photogen – Free photos of business, industry, concepts, nature, and travel.
- Public Domain Pictures – Another well-known site that has been around a while.
- Reshot – Claims to be uniquely free photos for commercial use with no attribution required.
- ShotStash – Has now become ISO Republic (see the previous link).
- Skitter Photo – A site that shows and shares public domain photos.
- Splitshire – A photo and video site with royalty-free, no copyright restrictions.
- Startup Stock Photos – Free tech images and photos.
- Stock Free Images – A site with hi-res images, illustrations, and clip art.
- Stocksnap – Free stock photos from copyright restrictions.
- Stockvault – A site offering free stock photos, textures, backgrounds and graphics.
- Stokpic – A site with unlimited free stock photos and images for commercial use.
- Styledstock – A site offering feminine stock photography for commercial or personal use.
- Super Famous – A site offering textured landscape like images.
- Travel Coffee Book – A site with travel images listed under CCO licensing.
- Unsplash – Another well known free image and photo site like Pixabay or Pexels with hundreds of stock images for use.
- VisualHunt – This free photo site is based on Creative Commons photos so there may be overlap with that but you may find your free photos easier using the searches here.
Free Vectors | Free Vector Graphics Sites
Vector sites are the hidden gems of beautiful icons, illustrations, and graphics that you can use to create unique designs, collages and more for web, print, and social media. The possibilities of merging converted vectors as PNG or JPG files with other design elements provide countless opportunities for stunning visuals, web design elements, and social media marketing images. So use this list of vector sites for your next stunning web design or social media post.
Vector sites are the hidden gems of beautiful icons, illustrations, and graphics that you can use to create unique designs, collages and more for web, print, and social media. The possibilities of merging converted vectors as PNG or JPG files with other design elements provide countless opportunities for stunning visuals, web design elements, and social media marketing images.
While there are sites that offer 100% free vectors, some offer only specific freebies; still, it’s worth it to check these sites out because there are hidden gems available. Other sites offer free files of the week or month freebies; it depends on the site.
So use this list of vector sites when you create your next web design or social media post.
- 1001 Free Downloads – A great site for ideas and free vectors.
- 365 PSD – This site offers both free and commercial PSD vectors. If you want to convert them to other formats you should check out my article here.
- AC-Illust – This is a good site for clip art and design inspirational ideas for creating your own clip art.
- All Free Download – Another useful site for vectors and clip art; it has some amazing illustrations.
- Brands Of The World – A useful vector library site with search capabilities by category or country.
- ClipArt – This handy site claims 13 million clipart images.
- Clip Art Library – This site is a Free Cliparts Collection of Clip Art Gallery with thousands of free clipart, graphics, images, animated clipart, illustrations, pictures.
- Creative Market (Free weekly download) – This site is mostly commercial vectors but offers select free weekly downloads.
- Flaticon – This is a great site for a wide variety of icons that can be downloaded as vectors and used.
- Freepik – Another great site for icons, vector graphics, and illustrations. Most files are PSD or EPS and will need to be converted to other formats as needed. (See my earlier link on converting file formats).
- Free Vector – A handy site of beautiful free vector art for personal and commercial use.
- Freebiesbug – Another useful freebie resource site with vectors and more.
- Icons8 – Get free icons of for iOS, Material, Windows and other design styles for web, mobile, and graphic design projects
- Noun Project – A diverse site with free icons for anything.
- Pixeden – Premium and free icons, graphics and mockups.
- Pixel Buddha – A great site with a lot of wonderful free design resources including categories of icons, animations, vectors, textures, brushes, patterns and more. There’s lots to browse through and offers a lot of design inspirational ideas.
- Public Domain Vectors – Similar to the Public Domain Image site, this offers free vectors.
- Vector Arte – Just Wow. A site with stunning vector illustrations but not free. Still if you’re looking for illustrations this low cost site is well worth browsing.
- Vecteezy (Freebies) – A site for downloading free vectors, clip art graphics, vector art, and design templates.
- Vector Stock (Freebies) – A site offering free vector art, images, graphics and clip art.
- Vector 4 Free – Another site with a variety of free vectors.
Free Typography For Good Web Fonts
Finding the right typography font or fonts for your next web design or printable is a snap. These sites offer many of the most popularly used fonts for web and print. On some sites, the popularity of the fonts is easily determined by looking at the number of downloads; you’ll see some fonts have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times. Plus, with so many good web fonts to choose you’ll be able to create really unique designs for your clients or your needs. If you want to skip looking through fonts to find good ones or professional looking font combos, then check out my cheat sheet list of popular free typography fonts- most have hundreds of thousands to 1,000,000 downloads- just download my “105 Fantastic Fonts – Ultimate Fonts Cheat Sheet“. It lists 105 freely available fonts and includes 1 zipped file containing all the font ttf files.
Otherwise, peruse these sites to pick your next free typography choices and/or select the perfect free commercial fonts for your next design project.
- 1001 Free Fonts – This free font site also allows searches of free typography fonts by name or categories like headline, display, bold, heavy, futuristic, comic, calligraphy fonts and more. You can also search for fonts by a specific author.
- Dafont – Offer a wide array of free fonts based on over 70 typography “categories” including fancy fonts, script fonts, font dingbats, techno fonts, gothic fonts, foreign fonts and more.
- Font Shop – This free font site claims to be the one of the best font sites for web, print and screen.
- FontSpace – A great font site that offers free fonts by popular font styles. Click browse and an easy to use clickable tag page of popular fonts lets you find what you need.
- Font Squirrel – Another useful free font site that offers 100% legit fonts that are free. It has a really nice font identifier if you have seen a font you like and want to know what the font typography name is. Simply take a snapshot of the font and upload it into the font identifier, determine the font typography and proceed to find and download the free font ttf file. Very useful feature.
- Google Font – Some of the best open-source fonts out, perfect for the web.
- Urban Fonts – A handy free font typography site with over 50 categories of nice fonts.
General Resources for Designs
When you’re looking for ideas to get your designs started you’ll find some of these sites useful. Using these resources provides inspirational ideas for creating the perfect web design and more. The sites listed offer multiple free web design resources, mockups, templates, icons, graphics, vectors and more. You’ll notice some offer free web and social media resources every day while others offer free files of the week or free monthly download offers.
- All The Free Stock – A handy site full of useful resources including textures, brushes, gradients, patterns, and clipart.
- Canva – Canva is one of my personal favorites because it is more than just graphic design resources. Create brand kits, media kits, animations, embed video and post. It’s so useful and quick to use I created an online course showing all the powerful ways Canva can be used. Check out my course here.
- Creative Market – A huge range of resources including photos, graphics, templates, web themes, and fonts; you need to look for the free ones.
- Creative Fabrica – Again this is most commercial but there are some really cute and unique freebies at this link.
- Design Cuts – This is cool site containing commercial elements but the free section also offers unique categories like infographics and scrapbooking.
- Dribbble – A beautiful site for web designers and web developers; you’ll find all kinds of design inspirational ideas and downloads.
- Envato (free files of the month) – A mostly commercial site, Envato has some lovely and stunning freebies once a month.
- Freebiesbug – This cool site has great unique design resources like icons, js code, app design, and UI kits, templates and more. It’s more for techies and less for non-designers looking for design resources.
- FreeDesignResource – A good site for mockups, templates and just some cool creatives that might be perfect for designers to use. This is a site by designers for designers but the non-designer might also benefit. Caters to Illustrator, Photoshop and After-Effects designers.
- Graphic Burger – A cool site of a variety of free design resources for designers but non-designers may find it useful as a resource too.
- Pixelbuddha – A great site with a lot of wonderful free design resources including categories of icons, animations, vectors, textures, brushes, patterns and more. There’s lots to browse through and offers a lot of design inspirational ideas.
- PixelSurplus– A site for designers but has a section with freebies including free fonts, graphics, templates, mockups, add-ons and brushes. Very useful.
- Tech&All – Like many of the sites previously mentioned, this site has a variety of useful design resources including PSD mockups, UI elements, and CSS related items plus some of the above-mentioned categories.
- The Stocks – This is an interesting site with using a unique interface to find photos, videos, colors, icons, mockups and fonts. It is a mix of commercial and free so be forewarned you can’t separate free from paid.
- ThemeForest (free files of the month) – Another mostly commercial site, but they do have nice free file downloads monthly that can come in handy.
Online Colour Pickers
Picking the right colors for your web design, digital design, printable or social media post requires a color wheel, color picker or color generator tool. If you just want the 1 step color picker method, use my Professional Color Palette Cheat Sheet with 36 beautiful color palettes and corresponding color hex codes. Otherwise, use these great online tools to determine your own colors for your next project.
- Adobe Color Wheel – A perfect color picker site for selecting color choices for your next design.
- MaterialPalette – This site generates color palette previews based on starting array of 19 basic colours. Select the starting color, add in another and view the resulting palette.
- Color-hex – This free color picker offers web-safe colors and color codes in addition to triadic colors, analogous colors, monochromatic colors and shades of the primary selected color. This is useful when you already know what your primary color is going to be and need to match it perfectly with additional color choices.
- ColorHunt – This free site is pre-configured for color shades and choices. Scroll through the color picker combinations. You won’t be able to enter a start coloring but you will find some nice combinations.
- Color Mind – Another useful color picker site offering color choices extracted from an uploaded image
- Couleurs – This is an app for Mac that allows picking colors from your screen. Playing with the app can help you create your own color picker combination.
- Convert A Color – A handy resource site to convert color codes from hex to cmyk, rgb, or hsl.
- MaterialPalette – This site generates color palette previews based on a starting array of 19 basic colors. Select the starting color, add in another and view the resulting palette.
- Paletton – Formerly known as the “Color scheme designer” this color picker site is a designer’s tool for selecting color choices.
- Palette Creator – A chrome extension for creating color combinations extracted from an image.
- W3Schools – A learning site with all kinds of useful knowledge, resources, and examples.
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