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Free DVD to iPhone conversion software

DVD To iPhoneIf you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, or simply wish to convert video to a number of formats, you can get a free copy of iSkySoft’s DVD To iPhone software just for friending them on Facebook, and giving them your email address.

This free app promotion ends this week, so go to iSkySoft’s special Facebook page now, click the Like button at the top of the page, provide your email, and download the software. In about a minute you’ll receive a license number in your email to activate your free copy of the software.

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.

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.

Free Font: Outlaw

Outlaw font

Billy Argel blends grunge and western styles in this free font

There are fonts you use every day, then there are those priceless ones you only bust out for a special occasion. Outlaw is one of those fonts you may only use once, but you’ll be happy you have it when you do. Outlaw features a fantastic grunge appearance on a western-style font. The author of the font, Billy Argel, is particularly good at creating grunge fonts – so be sure to check out his other fonts available on DaFont.

Free textures: Grunge, paper, fabric and more

Zen Textures

Zen Textures offers a plethora of neatly categorized textures, free for commercial use

Zen Textures offers a plethora of free textures for downloading and use in your designs. Among the categories of textures are: rocks, stone, bokeh, rust, wood, cardboard, and concrete.

Yet another free texture site worthy of bookmarking!