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Snapwire offers quality free photos

Snapwire photos

I’ve written about free stock photo sites I’ve found in the past. Recently, I came across Snapwire and thought I would share it with you all. Snapwire offers seven free photos every seven days. The photos all feature a CC1.0 license, which means they’re free to use in any way you wish. The site appears to be fairly new, so there isn’t a large collection built-up just yet. Hopefully it continues on for a long time.

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Free vector poster art

Freepik poster collection

Freepik has made available a great collection of poster artwork in vector format that you can use in your personal or commercial design. Each of the 26 posters in this collection includes a preview JPG, a text file with links to where you can buy the fonts used, a flattened Adobe Illustrator (.ai) file, and an editable Adobe Illustrator file. (more…)

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Adobe releases free multi-language font for Creative Cloud users

Adobe, in partnership with Google, is pleased to announce the release of Source Han Sans, a new open source Pan-CJK typeface family that is now available on Typekit for desktop use.

Source Han Sans

Source Han Sans, available in seven weights, is a typeface family which provides full support for Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese, all in one font. All told, each font weight in the family has a total of 65,535 glyphs (the maximum supported in the OpenType format), and the entire family rounds out at just under half a million total glyphs.

This is awesome for designers who must work with multi-language files. The font is available for all Creative Cloud users (including free subscription users).

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Free cloud computing vector art: Part 1

Free Cloud Computing vector art

When I’m searching for a piece of vector artwork, one of the first places I start looking is Vecteezy. There are plenty of sources for vector art online, but Vecteezy is definitely one of the best. It offers a great mix of free and premium vector art you can download immediately and start using.

Today I offer the first set of exclusive cloud computing vectors from Vecteezy – perfect for use in infographics or any other cloud computing-related design. (more…)

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Free font: Reckoner

Reckoner font
Reckoner font is free for commercial use and includes a regular and bold face, plus some special characters. It’s an all-caps font, so you’re pretty much limited to headlines and logo type, but it looks great.

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PlaceIt: Free screenshot app marketing images

PlaceIt

When you want to show off your app or other visuals meant for specific devices, it’s always best to show them in the context of how they’ll be used. PlaceIt takes your images and app screenshots and places it within an environment for a final photo that can be used as marketing collateral. There are tons of environments, or stages as they call them, you can place your image in, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, outdoor boards and more.

You simply choose the stage you want, upload your image to PlaceIt, and bam, you have a clean image showing off your screenshot as it will be seen by potential viewers.

The small comp images (400×300 pixels) are free, with larger images costing $8 to $80 depending on size and usage. That may seem expensive, but when you consider the cost of buying a stock photo, and the time it would take to mask out the image area and drop your image in, it’s well worth it.

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