The Internet we know today is full of resources–so much so that it’s possible to self-teach yourself without a college degree when it comes to graphic design. But as creatives, we’ve all hit a standstill or experienced brain fog, wishing we had the answers.
Need more inspiration to pull through a project? Tutorials you can bookmark? What about fresh typography options for those nagging clients? Now, they’re all just a click and download away from your toolkit.
Whatever your project, you’ll find exactly what you’ve been looking for to help take your creativity, strategic thinking, and design skills to the next level. Here are some of the most popular and hidden gem graphic design resources everyone could use.
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Illustrations require artistry skills that some graphic designers just don’t have or don’t have the time to learn. With massive inventories like these, there are endless options that look custom-made for whichever project you need them for.
They don’t call themselves Humaaans for no reason. With a free mix-and-match library, you can custom create every element–from clothes to facial features.
A more fun approach to human illustration, Blush has a large collection of illustrative styles to choose from–all with the ability to customize to your liking.
Icons are an essential part of design, whether you’ll use them now or later. Keeping these elements saved and ready to go will prepare you for whatever project comes next. From icons to include in your graphics, to ones you can use as fonts–it’s all here.
Access a global icon inventory? No problem. With a diverse library of icons of all styles, The Noun Project makes it their mission to source from all over the world.
No need to scout for icons any longer. Iconscout holds a massive library of 4,500+ vector icons and icon fonts available in SVG files.
Being creative is a tiring job, and that caffeine boost doesn’t last forever. Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, but more importantly, every creative has a different preference in inspiration. These reputable resources will help keep your creative juices flowing.
If reading isn’t your thing, this podcast is worth listening to. Holding candid conversations with influential people in design, The Future with Chris Do podcast is a hidden gem.
With all the inspiration out there, it’s still hard to find exactly what you need. Designspiration’s niche collection of graphic design projects allows you to filter by color.
This popular platform isn’t only great for sharing your work with others, but it’s also great for inspiration. With every design project at your fingertips, inspiration is a click away.
Typography is a world of its own, but not every graphic designer can craft up a custom typeface. These resources will ensure you have typography in your toolkit for whenever you need them–no matter which style you need.
Need a font for a short period of time? This solution allows you to rent fonts, all while keeping up with the latest typography trends on their news platform.
Great fonts aren’t always expensive. With a large library of free options to choose from, you can test your text and download them with a click of a button.
Looking for something one of a kind? Type Network’s collective of independent type designers are so exclusive, you can’t find them in Monotype-owned shops.
Most graphic design projects undergo some sort of editing phase through their creative process. Whether you just need something cropped or an entire filter enhancement, these editors and tools will have your back when you need them most.
You don’t need to purchase Adobe Suite to access Photoshop any longer. Photopea is an (almost) identical alternative to Photoshop that even works with PDS files.
This resource is another cost-effective alternative to Adobe Suite. If Illustrator if your program, this all-in-one design suite replaces the original seamlessly.
Want to make creating brand guidelines a breeze? Brandpad is an advanced studio that allows you to create your best work and share them later.
Social media sizes are different for every platform. Social Size has all the templates you need with the ability to use them in Fresco, Adobe XD, or Photoshop–for free.
All creatives need mockups at some point, whether for your portfolio or a project. Having quality mockup tools will help others envision your work in a new light. Finding realistic ones, however, isn’t always easy, but these are.
The most realistic and modern mockup library, House of Mockups isn’t to be taken lightly. With free and premium PDS files, your mockups might just look too real.
Need mockups for your print design projects? Pixenden focuses on the niche category–all with a library of free and premium PSD files to choose from.
Design isn’t always black and white; color is one of those things you can’t always go without. But finding the right shade isn’t simple when colors are infinite. With so many possibilities, having a helping hand can lead you to the right hue.
Take the standard color dropper tool to the next level with Coolers. Adjust, collect, store, or integrate colors into your own custom palette–the choice is yours.
Colors come in all shades and when it comes to print design, lighting can change it all. Pigment allows you to adjust colors by pigment or lighting for a realistic hue.
Everyone has different learning styles–some prefer to tune in over audio, while others prefer to read a blog post. As a creative, learning never really ends. These professional-grade resources are great for everyone, no matter your learning style.
No matter where you are in your design career, Desiginity’s blog has all you need to stay ahead of the crowd. Covering design and innovation, you’ll always know what to do next.
For auditory learners, Design Matters hosts conversations with industry leaders about their experiences. Get exclusive insight into the professional graphic design field.
If Youtube is your thing, this channel is the perfect resource to explore new tips and skills. Specializing in graphic design, there’s a wide variety of educational topics to explore.
Some projects require photography, and you don’t always have the ability to create a live image from scratch. While some stock photos are pretty obvious, these, on the other hand, don’t scream “stock” all over them.
With over 2 million free high-resolution images to choose from, you’ll never go without stock images–all thanks to 207,000 contributing photographers.
As another popular stock resource, Pexels doesn’t just cover images. If you’re looking for both photography and videography, this library is the first to respond to current affairs.
Not a fan of the typical stock images? Create your own! Icon 8's Photo Creator uses a drag-and-drop interface to merge PNGs together to form your very own photographs.
No matter where you are with your graphic design skills, one could never have enough tools and resources. Whether you’re just starting out or just settling in, building your personalized toolkit will only improve your work. Scaling your career has never been easier and more accessible.