Category: Resources

Free artwork for Apple iWork users

If you use Apple’s iWork suite, Keynote, Pages and/or Numbers, you may find yourself searching for some new artwork to add a little spiff to your presentations, documents and spreadsheets. Before you speed off to Google to search for more, I’ve got a quick stop for you to make that may save you the trouble.

Free iWork goodies

Jumsoft offers a ton of templates and artwork for iWork users

Jumsoft, makers of some really cool Mac OS X apps, iWork add-ons and Mail stationery, happens to have a Free Goodies page, where you can download hundreds of pieces of artwork, templates and Mail stationery.

Affordable stock photography for designers

With budgets growing ever tighter, the ability to hire photographers for custom photo work is virtually gone for many designers, especially freelancers. Sites like Getty Images made a name for themselves by offering high-quality stock photography at an affordable price, those prices have gone up significantly over the years, and reached a point where they’re nearly out of reach again.

Enter the era of affordable stock, and user-contributed photo sites. With digital camera prices reaching all-time lows, and the quality more than adequate, the average person can provide some very good shots. There are now hundreds of sites on the web that offer fantastic photography for little to no cost.

Affordable stock photography sites

Some fantastic sites for affordable photography

I’ve put together a brief list of some of my favorites below, check them all out. (more…)

Free textures: Old leather

Old leather textures

Great leather textures are hard to come by

Good leather textures are hard to come by. Most look a little too perfect, in my opinion. PSDTuts has a great set of 5 old leather textures. All five are 3872 x 2592 pixels, perfect for print or multi-media use.

Create eye-catching charts and graphs with this Adobe Illustrator tutorial

Charts and graphs are still the foundation of most great looking infographics, and Adobe Illustrator is still the premiere application for creates to design them in.

3D graphs and charts in Illustrator

Tutorial9 shows you how to create stunning 3D graphs and charts in Illustrator

Tutorial9 has a fantastic tutorial that shows you how to create stunning 3D graphs and charts in Illustrator. Be sure to check out all the other tutorials and free resources available at Tutorial9.

Download iPhone UI elements in vector and PSD format

With iOS4’s recent release, you may be searching for UI elements to build your iPhone app, or use various elements in your designs. Here are two fantastic resources for you to download the UI elements, and they’re absolutely free.

iOS4 iPhone UI elements

iOS4 UI elements in PSD format

iOS4 (iPhone 4) GUI in PSD format – Teehan+Lax has released their latest PSD file with updated and accurate UI elements.

iPhone 3 OS UI elements in vector format – These elements are older, but since they’re in vector format, they’re much easier to work with.

Free PSD files for download

Free PSD files

Layered Photoshop files can be a great learning experience

Lava360 has put together a great list of Adobe Photoshop PSD files, free for download and use in your designs. Of particular use might be a DVD disc and case template. Even if you don’t need the actual artwork, it’s always nice to see how other artists compose their files.

View the list of free PSD files here.

Free textures: Grungy white cardboard

Grungy Cardboard

Six grungy cardboard images - approximately 3872 x 2592 pixels

Yet another set of high-resolution textures to add to your collection; grungy white cardboard from Bittbox. These high-res images are perfect to enhance your background colors on both web and printed design pieces.

Free textures: Black & white grunge

Grunge backgrounds can be an extremely simple and good looking way to enhance the background of your design. But many times, the colorful grunge backgrounds are just too much.

Black & White Grunge Textures

These textures offer a subtle way of adding grunge to your design

This set of Black & White Grunge background textures, by Caleb Kimbrough, offers you subtle way to add that grunge effect, without the heaviness of most of the textures out there. Each of the five textures measures approximately 8×10.5 inches at 300 dpi, making them perfect for commercial printing.

Loads of free fonts for designers

Rather than contribute yet another blog post listing boat-loads of free fonts, I figured I would just shoot you a few quick links to other sites that list them.

Free font lists

Plenty of sites list free fonts in their blog posts

Smashing Magazine is a great site for finding lots of free resources. This posting lists 20 great fonts, but there are plenty more if you have the time to go through them.

Another cool site is InstantShift. Among the many free font lists available at InstantShift is this one listing 36 free fonts, and this one, listing 35 more fonts.

There are plenty of other blogs out there that list fonts available for free, requiring only a Google search to find them. Of course, you could always start with the king of all font sites, DaFont.