Creative Resources for FREElance Designers
Learning graphic design might be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be expensive. The internet is full of creative resources designers that are free and available to any designer. These resources can be utilized to learn new skills, seek creative inspiration and find freelancing tips. Video tutorials are helpful for learning new tricks and techniques, especially with Adobe software. Mock-ups help present your work in a professional manner and graphics are useful for a quick turnaround time. New fonts are a great way to freshen up your work and bring new inspiration to your design. Each of these creative resources have quality content that benefit any type of freelance designer. Did I mention they’re all free?
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Graphic Designer Tips has graphic design tips and video tutorials for using Adobe Illustrator and Muse. Each tutorial is thoroughly explained and covers a wide range of subjects. Another section worth checking out is the “Break It Down” category where the designer shows his process for creating specific projects.
Tuts+ is a massive collection of knowledge for all that is design. There are over 20,000 tutorials on various topics in graphic design: code, illustration, music, animation, web design, game development, business. Honestly, it’s an endless hub of creative resources!
Lynda is another creative resource with tutorials in a variety of topics. There are 4,310 courses total and many of the introduction class are available for free. Lynda offers a free 10 day trial where you have unlimited access to thousands of courses and video tutorials.
Becky Kinkead has tutorials on branding, business, design programs and just overall graphic design. Her tutorials are easy to follow along and really shows an in-depth look at her design process. Whether you’re looking for typography tips or want to about entrepreneurship, you’ll want to add this to your collection of creative resources!
Shawn Barry is full of creative resources for all levels of design. Whether you’re a design student or pro, you’re sure to find a helpful tutorial here! This channel has graphic design videos that cover a wide range of topics such as design techniques, typographic theory, creative development and more.
Adobe TV is a designer’s best friend when it comes to learning Adobe software. Honestly, what better place to learn about Adobe programs than from Adobe themselves? Outside of software tutorials, there is a variety of other creative resources under the “Channels” category.
Design Course offers the best of both worlds with tutorials that teach both code and design. The course provides great creative resources for web and mobile app designers. Additionally this channel has tutorials that cover other areas of design, such as hand lettering and designing in Photoshop.
creatnprocess is an extremely helpful creative resource for learning logo and print design. There are videos that touch on other topics of design, but the vast majority of the tutorials are dedicated to the above.
Adobe Know How is a great place to start if you’re just getting started in design. There is a variety of beginner tutorials on Adobe software, design techniques and even code.
Will Paterson has video tutorials for hand-lettering and logo design. Besides the usual, educational tutorials, this channel also has encouraging and motivational videos for graphic designers. One particularly interesting category is the Creative Bar series, a weekly series about all things creative.
Graphics and Mock-ups
Mock Up Zone is go-to place for great looking mock-ups to showcase your designs. From stationery packages to t-shirt models, you’re bound to find a mock-up that works perfectly for your work.
Free Design Resources has bundles of neat resources you can use in your design projects. This site is full of different types of creative resources from all various areas of graphic design. These resources are submitted from designers all over the world, so there’s always something new to see!
Subtle Patterns has an endless supply of subtle textures and patterns. This is the perfect creative resource for web designers and developers that need high quality patterns for their work.
Dibble is mainly known as a platform for designers to upload and showcase their work, but it is also full of creative resources made by these same designers. Since so many different designers from various niches contribute, you’re bound to find a creative resource here that you won’t find anywhere else!
Creative Market features free goodies for designers every week. Themes, templates, patterns, typography…you name it, they have it! If you enjoy these creative resources, be sure to subscribe to their newsletter so you never miss what’s new.
Brusheezy is the ultimate creative resource for Photoshop brushes and patterns. Whether you’re looking for resources to use in your next project or simply want to share and promote your own brushes and patterns, Brusheezy is the place for you.
Graphic Burger has creative resources for everything you can imagine. Literally, there is so much stuff on this site I can’t even name it all. You just have to check it out for yourself!
Freebiesbug is a blog full of creative resources for web designers. These high quality resources range from templates and icons to UI kits and app design resources.
Pixeden is known for their beautifully crafted web and design resources. With 26, 879, 551 downloads and counting, it’s obvious Pixeden has plenty creative resources for all types of design.
Medialoot is another hodgepodge packed with creative resources. It’s extremely helpful when you need to find a specific type of file, like an EPS file or HTML template. Their search engine has detailed categories that help designers find their creative resources quickly.
Psddd is the goldmine for Photoshop resources! Kits, wireframes, mockups – all heaven sent from the Dribble community. So after you find something cool to download, you can check out other projects that designer has done.
Spoon Graphics is a great place to go for creative resources and tutorials. The resources are high quality and the tutorials are really helpful. There’s no way you won’t find some useful and inspiring to use in your design project.
Google Fonts is the go-to resource for web fonts. Their interactive directory lets you preview the font in a variety of ways, so you can throughly test it out before downloading the collection.
Font Squirrel has a large variety of fonts with creative classifications like “Stencil”, “Typewriter” and “Retro”. This resource is most useful when you don’t need the entire font family for your project. Many of the typefaces only have one font available for free, with the rest of the family available for purchase.
Urban Fonts has a plethora of creative fonts to use for all sorts of things. Whether you’re looking for something sophisticated or gothic, Urban fonts is sure to have a font you can use.
Lost Type is a really cool creative resource, because it has a “pay-what-you-want” feature. Each font is professionally designed but it’s up to you to decide what to pay (or not pay) for your downloads.
FontShop has a search directory that lets you get up close and personal with each typeface. It’s extremely interactive, with unique features that let you test out and save your favorite font families.
What are some of your favorite creative resources? Be sure to drop links below!