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.
BlendMeIn is a nifty new Photoshop and Illustrator extension that allows you to search thousands of assets, including popular icon packs, without leaving Photoshop or Illustrator, and place them in your document directly via a Panel.
Unlike FlatIcons, which I recently reviewed, the artwork available in BlendMeIn is free via Creative Commons Attribution license. Unlike FlatIcons, it works in Adobe Illustrator as well as Photoshop. I still prefer FlatIcons, but this is a great option.
I recently came across StockInDesign, a site devoted to providing designers free InDesign templates for flyers, brochures, magazines, resumes and more. The InDesign files are provided in .indd and .IDML format, so you can open them in Adobe InDesign CS4 or later. While they are free of monetary payment, you are required to pay with a Twitter Tweet or Facebook Share.
There’s nothing better than free stock photos, except maybe high-quality free stock photos. Unsplash offers up 10 new stock photos every 10 days.
You can visit Unsplash and download the photos individually, or sign-up for the email newsletter which contains a link to download all 10 photos in a single .zip file.
All the photos offered by Unsplash are of fairly high-quality, and though it doesn’t say so, each collection of 10 images appears to be of a particular theme. The images can be used for anything you wish (personal or commercial use).
There are lots of free photo sites out there, but I really like Unsplash because the images are fairly unique in their subject matter. You’re not likely to see similar images elsewhere.
The photos available on Unsplash are submitted by people just like you. So if you have a photo you want to make available for anyone in the world to use, feel free to submit it using the link at the top of the homepage.
I’ve tried a LOT of Photoshop plugins. They all have their specific uses, and many of them are worthy of your purchase. But few are as useful on a daily basis as this one.
FlatIcon is a plugin for Photoshop CS5 and later that places a new panel in Photoshop that allows you to search for, and place in your document, vector icons from a collection of over 41,000. Best of all, they’re free. And because they’re vector shapes, you can resize and edit them without losing quality.
To use FlatIcon, visit Window > Extensions > Flaticon to bring up the panel. Then you simply search for the icon you wish to use, click and drag it to your document, and start editing it as you would any other vector shape in Photoshop. It couldn’t be easier.
FlatIcon is a plugin many designers, particularly web designers, will use daily. For me, having a collection of arrows and typical web elements is worth the install alone.
FlatIcon is free, works with Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6 and CC. You can download FlatIcon here.
By the way, if Photoshop plugins aren’t your thing, you can also download the icons individually from FlatIcon as a PNG, SVG (vector) or Webfont from the main site.
Ink is a plugin that helps web designers and developers provide extra information about their mockups by documenting layers, typography, effects and shape sizes, etc.
Though I’m not a web designer or developer by trade, I can totally see how the free Ink plugin would be extremely useful. Truth be told, I use Photoshop’s built-in Notes feature to document complex PSD files that I share with clients and other designers/vendors. It’s also a great way to leave notes to yourself on how you created a particular effect (the settings you used in Gaussian Blur filter, for example).
The Ink plugin is currently in beta and is available for Photoshop CS6 and CC only.