Designer’s Tool Kit: Useful Websites for Graphic Designers

Meeting a deadline can be tough when there are a lot of changes to do in so little time. Keep in mind that quality always comes first, it may upset your client if you extend your deadline but nothing’s worse than submiting something mediocre. There are a number of sites that can help lighten the load by providing free elements you can use in your design. We’re sure you have a few sites bookmarked, but we’ve gathered up a few more to add to your tool kit.

Brushes

Brushes are the quickest fix to designs that need more character or to change a feel of the design, specially in creating websites. There are a number of sites that have a variety of brushes for you to choose from but sometimes it’s difficult to filter out the unorganized repetetive sites from the really good ones. Listed below are a few that have user driven resources and categorized neatly to fit your needs.

DeviantArt

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Brusheezy

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PSBrushes

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My Photoshop Brushes

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Icons

Designing icons from scratch can take a lot of time and if you really want something detailed it can be tedious. Sometimes having a different set of icons can change the entire design instantly, here are a few sites that get you any icon that you need in any kind of design.

The Icon Deposit

 

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Icon Finder

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Iconspedia

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Stock Photo

Clients can be very specific about the image that they need on your design. But if there isn’t enough time to take your own photographs, stock photo websites can come in handy. There are many sites on the internet that offer stock photo, but not all of them are free of charge. Below are a few free stock photo sites that you can make use of, be sure to read each photographers terms and conditions before using an image, it’s best to stay on the safe side.

Stock.XCHNG

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Studio 25

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Pixabay

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Photogen

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Morgue File

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Comment below if you have any other site you can recommend to other designers!


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