One of the great things about the design community is the amount of free resources that are available for download. Whether you're looking for textures, Photoshop brushes, vectors, icons or WordPress themes, there are tons of freebies created and distributed by other designers. However, if you've ever spent time looking for something specific to use on a commercial project, such as work for a client, you may have experienced the frustation of finding the perfect resource, only to see that it is restricted to personal use only. Fortunately, there are plenty of designers who are willing to share their resources that can be used for both personal and commercial purposes. In this post I'd like to recognize those who have provided such great resources. If you do design work for clients, these are all great sites to bookmark so that you won't have to spend so much time looking for the right resources in the future. Each site that is listed here is offering a number of useful freebies, and some examples are shown and linked for each. In recent weeks we've started releasing our own freebies here on DesignM.ag, and it is with appreciation for the sites and designers mentioned here that all of our freebies will also be available for personal or commercial use. Even though these sites allow commercial use, be sure that you read and understand any terms listed by the authors.
Resource lists to save time for designers.
Good Illustrator brushes are a little bit harder to find than good Photoshop brushes, but there are some quality, free sets out there. Several months ago I published a collection of 45 sets of Illustrator brushes, and today we'll feature 30 additional sets. Illustrator Watercolor Brushes
One of the reasons Photoshop brushes are so useful is because of their limitless use. Most of the brush packs that are available for free fall into one of several major categories, such as floral brushes, grunge brushes, splatter brushes, and of course a few others. However, there are also a number of unique and unusual brush packs that you may not be aware of. In some cases, these may prove to be very useful for a particular project. Horror & Sci-Fi Movie Poster
Photoshop actions can be extremely helpful for experimenting with different effects and for saving time during the photo editing process. Of course, the ideal situation would be to take photographs effectively in the first place. However, as a designer you are likely to find yourself in situations where you won't be the one taking the photos, and you'll need to work with something that isn't exactly what you need. In these cases, the actions featured here may be helpful for your photo editing. For more Photoshop actions, please see:
- 60 Photoshop Actions fot Photo Touch Ups and Enhancements
- 60 Photoshop Actions fot Photo Touch Ups and Enhancements - Part II