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Apart from learning how to do designs in our training courses, it’s also important to know how to extend your creativity and productivity with design resources such as fonts, stock photos and illustrations.

Here we like to share with you some websites that offer a variety of awesome design resources that are good for commercial use.

Design Inspirations

When coming up with a concept for a design, we often run out of ideas. Here is a list of awesome websites where you can search for professional design works for references.

Here's a collection of design inspiration websites for you.

Behancehttps://www.behance.net/
Dribbble: https://dribbble.com/
Design Inspirationhttp://designspiration.net/
Inspiration Gridhttp://theinspirationgrid.com/
HTTPSTERhttp://httpster.net/

Free High Quality Stock Images & Videos

On Pixabay, you will find over 540,000 free stock photos, illustrations and videos free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty-free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. And the best part - attribution is not required.

Free High Quality Images & Videoshttps://pixabay.com/
Source: Pixabay

Free Quality Stock Photos for Web Design & Slides

Here’s a website that offers a wide variety of beautifully shot photographs for web design, good for both commercial and personal projects. The photos can be easily filtered by categories to match your needs, and best of all, they’re all free!

Free Stock Photoshttp://picjumbo.com/
Source: Pic Jumbo

Copyright-Free Vintage Photos

Ever need some old photos a vintage look and feel in your design? Check out this website that offers fabulous copyright-free vintage stock photos, taken from the public archives.

Free Vintage Photoshttp://nos.twnsnd.co/
Source: New Old Stock

High Resolution Wood Textures

These high resolution detailed grungy wood textures are fantastic for adding an appealing sense of natural in your graphic collateral. With Photoshop and Illustrator, you can easily add the wood textures as part of your typography and objects.

Free Wood Textures ImagesClick to download

Cheat Sheet for Posting Images On Social Media

Here is the cheat sheet that every social media marketing professional loves. With it you will be able to upload your images to the different social media platforms in the accepted file formats and the right sizes.

Downloadhttp://bit.ly/1REr7fv
Source: MakeAWebsiteHub.com

100 Best Free Fonts

This list presents you 100 fine and varied selection of free fonts for Windows and Mac, giving you greater flexibility in your design expression.

100 Best Free Fontshttp://bit.ly/1bJGOP4
Source: Creative Beacon

New Free Fonts in 2014's Summer

Everyone loves free fonts, and here is a new collection of useful, beautiful free fonts that will blow you away. If you want powerful display fonts, there’s plenty of those. Some are radically functional, other are pure decorative and bold. Also, you’ll find some practical fonts for different purposes, too.

New Free Fronts in 2014's Summer http://bit.ly/Ul9gQk
Source: Creative Beacon

An Encyclopaedia of Free Graphic Icons!

Before you start any line with the Pen or Pencil tool, why not check out Iconspedia! This website is an encyclopaedia of FREE graphic icons! The icons range from the social media, business, nature, you name it. Tight deadlines? Not a problem!

Psst, remember to check the type of license before using an icon.

Free iconshttp://www.iconspedia.com/

Free Stock Icons To Help You Meet Your Deadlines

If you've been having a hard time drawing basic icons and buttons in Illustrator or Photoshop, try finding what you need in Icon Finder. At Icon Finder, you can easily search and purchase or download free icons for commercial use! The icons usually come in a few formats, such as PNG, SVG and ICO.

Free Iconshttps://www.iconfinder.com/
Source: Icon Finder

Free City Icons From 14 Well-Known Cities

Here is a list of free set of city icons featuring well-known building from Cape Town, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam, and more. These icons are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Simply put you're free to use the icons in commercial work provided you do not alter, transform or build upon the icons and that you do provide clear attribution. They come in EPS, SVG and PNG formats.

Free City Iconshttp://goo.gl/lXdZ6r
Source: Adam Whitcroft

Free Tilable Graphics for Creating A Pattern

Have you ever thought of decorating your web page, flyer, poster or brochure with a pattern background but don’t quite know how to begin? Both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator allow you to achieve it easily, but if you’re looking for some free graphics to jumpstart with, here’s the perfect website for you.

Free Pattern Tilehttp://subtlepatterns.com/
Source: Subtle Patterns

Free Professionally-Designed Vintage Decorations

There’s just something about vintage design that fascinates us - the almost-freestyle art details, the bold and varying strokes, the strong focus etc. In terms of branding, the elements of a vintage design might just pull in both the matured and teens. This post puts together a collection of six vintage badges and elements. Enjoy the nostalgia of vintage graphics with these six collections.

Free Vintage Decorationshttp://bit.ly/1u63gaQ
Source: Creative Beacon

Responsive Email Newsletter Templates & Creators

Great marketing communication starts with intuitive and beauitfully modern email templates. Modern businesses needs the templates need to be responsive to scale on any device platform like mobile, tablets, laptops etc. Five of the included templates here are free to download and others are premium.

Free Responsive EDM Templateshttp://bit.ly/1zqW8Zz
Source:Designscrazed.net

Online Tool To Find Suitable Fonts for Your Design Needs

Here’s a free online 5-step questionnaire for finding a reputable commercial typeface for your design!

 

Find Reputable Fonts Onlinehttp://www.type-finder.com/
Source: Type-Finder.com

Web Fonts Testing Without Manual Coding

As part of the web design process, it's not uncommon for a web designer to rewrite a site's code to test a web font on a website. But we know of a better way to do so without rewriting any code - TypeWonder to the rescue. This website lets you test out web fonts on a site just by typing in the URL, choose the fonts you want to preview, and when you're happy with the results, get the code to embed the desired fonts into your site.

Testing Web Fontshttp://typewonder.com/
Source: Type Wonder

Introducing POP - Prototyping On Paper (for Mobile)

POP is a free mobile app helps to bring your ideas for a mobile app to live, even when you only have a pencil and paper! Even for an non-developer, you can join the fun of prototypying an interactive mobile app by simplying snapping a few of your sketched wireframes and linking the imported photos to get the app working.

This app is available on Apple's App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

About POP Mobile Apphttps://popapp.in/
Source: POP - Prototyping On Paper

50 Free Photoshop Brushes Every Designer Should Have

Photoshop brushes are fabulous time-savers that allow you to beautify your designs in matters of seconds without having to create each element manually. Free Photoshop brushes are everything, but here is a collection of 50 awesome brushes that every design should have!

Free Photoshop Brusheshttp://goo.gl/ViDJy2
Source: Creative Bloq