You need to make stuff pretty. Users and customers like it that way 😉 Here are graphic resources.
So you are probably looking for graphic resources for designing your website or illustrating your blogs? Finding these tools on Google is often very time consuming and ain’t nobody got time for that. So there is a fairly simple solution, list them all here. Everything is buckets up into categories, so find what you want!
The visual is often the ultimate attraction for a potential customer (text is boring), so it’s worthwhile providing compelling footage on your site. There are two main categories of images: product photos and lifestyle photos. The first category is simply pictures of your products, usually placed on a neutral background. These photos, you can take yourself, and the use of image banks is not necessarily a fab idea.
Lifestyle photos give your potential customers an example of how your product fits into their daily lives. They can stage and tell a story or provide an appropriate atmosphere for your brand. For example, Ikea puts photos of isolated products on neutral backgrounds, so you can examine the product in detail, but they will also place it in a room so you can see how it fits in your home. If you’re not particularly specialized in photography, do not have the right equipment, or cannot hire a professional (mucho money), stock photography is a great resource to use when you start. There are hundreds of thousands of free images that you can find through simple searches. There are many sites that do not provide quality photos or enough filtering options, but the ones we have listed below are all checked and offer superior quality in different categories. The best ones are free!
The resources here are mostly huge databases of images you can go to search for literally any kind of photo. Hundreds, thousands, and hundreds of thousands of photos make up each database, and they’re one of the first places you may want to look to get the largest selection of images available. All the other categories listed below offer resources that provide more personal or niche style of images which you’ll want to look into if you’re looking for a specific kind of image, but this category is stocked with all your stock photo needs.
500px (Free): For pretty photos and an interactive user sharing experience.
500px Marketplace (Premium): Royalty-free stock photos.
Alamy (Premium): Thousands of stock photos, vectors & videos.
All the Free Stock (Free): For free stock photos, videos, sound effects, icons & more.
A Prettier Web (Free & Premium): Styled desktop stock photos.
Barn Images (Free & Premium): A collection of free images & premium photo packs.
Best Stock Photo Free (Free): Interesting and free stock photos from various categories.
BlogPhoto.tv (Premium): High quality, original images for content creators.
Brusheezy (Free & Premium): Photoshop brushes.
Can We Image (Free): Simplified Wikimedia Commons search system.
Compfight (Free): Visual inspiration search tool.
Death to the Stock Photo (Free): Free photos & inspiration monthly.
DepositPhotos (Premium): Stock photos, royalty free images, vectors & footage.
Designer’s Pics (Free): Quirky high-resolution images for commercial & personal use.
Dreamstime (Free & Premium): World’s largest stock community with 48 million images.
Every Stock Photo (Free): Featuring the Library of Congress and NASA free images.
Fancy Crave (Free): Driven to provide authentic, emotional, storytelling images.
Foter (Free): Millions of stock photos and the most popular public domain stock photo site.
Free Digital Photos (Free): Classic stock photography for business and personal use.
Free Images (Free & Premium): Hundreds of thousands of classic stock photos.
Freeepy (Free): Photos for commercial use.
Freepik (Free): Vectors, photos & PSD downloads.
Free Range Stock (Free): In-house images & archives plus thousands of exclusive photos.
Get Refe (Free): High quality, natural looking photos available individually or in packs.
Getty Images Embed (Free): For non-commercial websites and blogs.
Good Free Photos (Free): Public Domain images, clipart, vectors and more.
Gratisography (Free): Quirky high-resolution photos, new images added weekly.
HiResStock (Free & Premium): Stock photos for designers.
IM Free (Free): Images, templates & more.
ISO Republic (Free & Premium): Exclusive photos used by designers, bloggers & teams.
iStock (Free & Premium): Images, illustrations, videos, vectors and more.
JeShoots (Free & Premium): Stock photos & PSD mockups.
Kaboompics (Free): High quality photos, new images everyday.
LibreShot (Free): Downloadable photos for websites, blogs or print.
Morguefile (Free): Over 350,000 stock photos for creatives.
Negative Space (Free): New stock photos added weekly.
Offset (Premium): Royalty-free images from award winning creators.
PDPics (Free): Public domain pictures.
Pexels (Free): All the best free stock photos in one place.
PhotoDune (Premium): Royalty free stock photos & images.
Photo Pin (Free): Millions of photos for bloggers and creatives.
PicJumbo (Free): High quality stock photos in various categories.
Pickup Image (Free): High resolution image collection.
Pixabay (Free): 100,000 images. A lot of images of people such as for ‘office’ or ‘meeting’.
Pixite Source (Free): Photos, textures and overlays available in several categories.
Public Domain Archive (Free): Vintage & modern public domain images for creative projects.
Re:Splashed (Free): Thousands of high-definition images for web & design projects.
Rgbstock (Free): More than 100,000 stock photos available.
Skitterphoto (Free): Public domain & stock photos for commercial use.
Snapwire (Free): Authentic, royalty free photos.
SplitShire (Free): Stylized images for commercial use.
Stock Image Point (Free): Personal photo collection for individual or commercial use.
The Stocks (Free): Royalty free stock photos, videos, mockups, icons & more.
StockSnap (Free): Hundreds of high resolution stock photos added weekly.
Stock Up (Free): Searches through over 14,000 images and 28 stock photo sites.
Stockvault (Free): Hundreds of photos, textures & illustrations added weekly.
StokPic (Free): Stock photos for commercial use.
TinyEye (Premium): Image search & recognition.
Unsplash (Free): High resolution photos with various curated collections.
Vecteezy (Free & Premium): Vector Art, stock graphics & more.
VectorStock (Free & Premium): 4.5 million royalty-free vectors.
Visual Hunt (Free): Search for high quality stock photos in one place.
WeGraphics (Free & Premium): Vectors, brushes, icons & more.
Wylio (Free): Creative Commons photo finder & re-sizer, attribution required.
These resources are specifically related to tools or images that companies would like to use. Whether you want to create product models or just want images of people or teams working in offices, these resources specifically respond to that.
Dunnnk (Free): Generates mockups for Apple & Android products.
Graphic Burger (Free): Mockups, UI kits, icons, text effects, backgrounds and more.
InstaMockup (Free): Create beautiful product screenshots for iPad & iPhone.
Magic Mockups (Free): Real-life mockup generator.
Placeit (Free): iPhone mockup generator & app demo videos.
Really Good Emails (Free): An entire library of the best email designs.
Startup Stock Photos (Free): Business related photos for startups, bloggers and media.
Want food photos of professional quality for your site? You want pictures to piss off the greatest chefs?Here are the resources you will use if you grow your business in the niche food industry.
Foodies Feed (Free & Premium): Food photos in various food related categories, plus PSDs.
Food Shot (Free): High resolution food specific photos.
Free Food Photos (Free): Food stock images.
The Picture Pantry (Premium): Collection of food stock photography from the world’s finest photographers.
StockFood (Premium): Food media for creative professionals.
Similar to the category “Everything” mentioned at the start, these photos are however a little more personal and, in some cases, homemade. Each resource offers different topics and styles. Take the time to sort through each page of photographs to find exactly what you are looking for. It’s definitely worth exploring because these resources are full of “character”, which can be exactly what you need to provide the right atmosphere for your site.
Cupcake (Free): Photos of nature, cityscapes, food and all things lifestyle.
Epicantus by Daria (Free): Beautifully rustic, homespun and neutral stylized images.
Epicva (Free): Team of photography enthusiasts supplying images in several categories.
Life of Pix (Free): High resolution, city-life images added weekly.
Lock and Stock (Free): Quirky stock photos in several lifestyle categories.
Magdeleine (Free): Hand picked photos of nature, cities and people for your inspiration
MMT (Free): Images of nature, offices, city details and other life moments.
Photo Stock Editor (Free): Quirky and bright images featuring life’s moments.
Picography (Free): Captivating lifestyle, travel and nature images.
RaumRot (Free): Stunning lifestyle imagery for modern creatives.
Realistic Shots (Free): Travel, technology and people are the forefront, every week.
Stocksy (Premium): Royalty-free stock photos, full of life’s energy.
Streetwill (Free): Vintage-inspired photos of every day life.
Super Famous (Free): Quirky & artistic photos.
Travel and nature
There is a lot of passion behind each photo that these resources offer, which is a great way to describe exotic destinations to your potential customers. No need to travel around the world to capture this feeling of voluptuousness for your website, these photos are exceptional, for you to discover:
Free Nature Stock (Free): Nature stock photos updated daily.
Jay Mantri (Free): A combination of captivating city & nature photos.
Little Visuals (Free): Get 7 landscape & nature photos every 7 days.
Made in Moments (Premium): Travel stock photos.
Moveast (Free): Personal collection of curated travel images from around the world.
Paul Jarvis (Free): High resolution photos from moments in nature.
Pickup Image (Free): High resolution travel images & clipart.
Shutteroo (Free): Travel images & stock photos.
Travel Coffee Book (Free): Sharing beautiful travel moments.
Patterns, wallpaper and vintage
Each of these resources is unique in its own way. For specific images that no photo database can provide, such as old photos, images, patterns and even wallpapers, these resources are here to offer you something you may not find anywhere else.
Ancestry Images (Free): Stock images for genealogy & ancestry researchers.
New Old Stock (Free): Vintage photos from public archives.
The Pattern Library (Free): High quality patterns.
Subtle Patterns (Free): High quality resource for tileable & textured patterns. PS plugin (paid).
UHDWallpapers (Free): High-definition wallpapers, desktop backgrounds & 4K images.
Vintage Stock Photos (Free): Vintage & retro stock photos from around the world.
Stock Audio & Video and Animation Maker
If a picture says a thousand words then, how much does a video say? This can be a cliche phrase, however, it works wonders in practice. Say more with a video stored on your website. This will create a special mood for your visitors. Of course, creating your own videos can be time-consuming, expensive, and mediocre. So here are databases to see what relevant videos you can find for your site.
Animatron (Free & Premium): Online animation maker, banner maker & video maker.
Audio Blocks (Premium): Royalty free music, sound effects & loops.
Coverr (Free): Beautiful videos for your homepage.
CriticalPast (Premium): Vintage stock footage, images & royalty-free archives.
Cute Stock Footage (Free): Stock videos, sound effects, overlays, textures and more.
Distill (Free): High-definition stock videos & video clips added every 10 days.
Mazwai (Free): Captivating videos of all categories, attribution may be required.
Pond5 (Premium): World’s largest HD & 4k stock video library, plus photos & audio.
Splasheo (Free): Make professional introduction videos.
Videezy (Free): Stock videos, 4k footage & high-definition clips.
Video Hive (Premium): Stock footage & video effects.
Videvo (Free): Stock videos and high-definition video clips.
Vimeo (Free): Collection of free, high-definition stock footage from Vimeo.
If you use high quality images on your site (which you should do), you will probably download large images, and therefore heavy files. The larger the file size, the longer the page of your website is loaded. Users expect pages to load in seconds. Therefore, if you optimize your images correctly, you will not repel your potential customers.
Each of these resources helps you reduce the file size of the image without getting rid of the quality, so you can have properly optimized images that will be quickly loaded for your customers. The use of one of these services is really very simple. Just drop your photo and voila. They will reduce the file size and you can download it immediately to your site. Easy.
Compressor.io (Free): Compresses & optimizes images.
Image Optim (Free): Compresses & optimizes images.
Kraken (Free): Compresses & optimizes images.
SmallPDF (Free): Compress, convert & edit PDFs.
Smush.it (Free): Compresses & optimizes images.
TinyPNG (Free): Compresses & optimizes images.
Image Editing Programs
Adobe Photoshop can be intimidating to use for people who have no experience with image editing software. The resources below help you produce the same results without having to learn Photoshop. Depending on how you want to change your image and what you specifically want to do, you can look at the options below and find the one that’s right for you.
Adobe Photoshop (Premium): The world’s best imaging and design app, widely used by professionals & creatives.
Adobe Photoshop Express (Free): Edit photos using Adobe Photoshop on your phone.
Adobe Post (Free): Design custom social media images.
Canva (Free): An easy way to create and customize images with pre-made templates, layouts, texts and backgrounds for social media, blogs, presentations, thumbnails and posters in both PNG and JPG
DesignWizard (Free): An alternative to the likes of Canva, Snappa, Crello, Animoto, Magisto etc, with a lower cost licensing model. All of the tools featured are available in their free subscription. They have 17,000 templates (10,000 free), over 1.2 million images in their database and close to 10,000 videos
Easel.ly (Free): Thousands of infographic templates to create and share visual ideas online.
Fotor (Free): Edit, collage or design images.
GIMP (Free): Sophisticated GNU image manipulation tool & cross-platform image editor.
Infogram (Free): Create infographics, charts & maps.
Jing (Free): Create desktop screenshots & video.
Landscape (Free): Simple & streamlines image resizing tool for social media.
Pablo (Free): Design engaging social media images easily with your own photos or from their stock of over 600,000.
PicLab (Free): Create text overlays & photo collages.
PicMonkey (Free & Premium): Online image editor.
Pixelmator (Premium): Full-featured image editor to enhance, touch-up, and add effects to images.
Pixlr (Free & Premium): A family of photo editing applications available for download.
Recite (Free): Quick and easy quote creating service for social sharing images.
Relay (Free & Premium): Create and edit images, schedule & engage with your audience.
Skitch (Free & Premium): Annotate, add shapes & sketch on photos & documents to make your point and provide feedback easily.
Smart Mockups (Free): Create product screenshots.
Snappa (Free & Premium): Quick & easy graphic design software.
Word Swag (Free): Add text to images.
Product Image Editing
These are the tools you want to use to create product photos. They will give you a neutral background, no matter where you actually took the photo and what photography equipment, so that your product photos are the best possible. Each of these resources offers a professional-quality image edition but at a much more interesting price.
Clipping Magic (Premium): Instantly remove product photo backgrounds.
Deepetch (Premium): World’s leading image editing service provider.
Pixc (Premium): Remove the background from product photos.
Remove the Background (Premium): Image background removal service.
Graphic Design Marketplaces
These marketplaces are the place to go, not only to find images, but also templates, logo designers, fonts, graphics, themes and many more. These are all super useful resources in their own way and are worth consulting.
99 Designs (Premium): Find & work with logo, web, & graphic design freelancers online.
Behance (Free & Premium): Showcase & discover creative work in the graphic design, photography & illustration fields.
Bootflat (Free & Premium): Open source Flat UI Kit with a free PSD download for a faster, easier and less repetitive way for designers to create elegant web apps.
CreativeMarket (Premium): Ready-to-use design assets such as fonts, themes, graphics and images from independent creators
Deal Jumbo (Premium): Discounted design bundles with extended licenses.
Dribble (Free & Premium): Social network for creatives to show and tell, promote, discover, and explore designs.
FilterGrade (Premium): Photoshop actions & Lightroom presets for designers, photographers & bloggers.
Fiverr (Premium): Creative & professional services provided by freelancers including graphics & design, writing, advertising, music & audio, programming & tech, plus more.
Function (Free & Premium): Design blog facilitating resources & inspiration.
GraphicRiver (Premium): Huge collection of graphic assets including logos, fonts, icons and more.
Logo design & Inspiration
Do you need a logo or just want other inspirations? Check out these sites to help you if you do not want to start from scratch. These high-quality resources are easy to use and you can go out with an amazing logo for a lot cheaper than hiring a graphic designer.
LogoJoy (Premium): Artificial intelligence powered online logo maker.
Tailor Brands (Free & Premium): Interactive & customizable instant logo maker and online logo designs.
Squarespace Logos (Free & Premium): Logos made simple.
GraphicSprings (Free & Premium): Design a logo online
Logaster (Free & Premium): Online software for logo design.
Logopond (Free & Premium): Showcasing logo designs to inspire and improve talent through knowledge and experience.
Logoshi (Free & Premium): Fast & inexpensive logo maker.
Withoomph (Free & Premium): Online instant logo design generator.
Fonts are a big part of your brand and the overall look of your website. They provide an atmosphere for your customers. These resources specialize in providing quality fonts to help your site get fresh ideas.
1001 Free Fonts (Free & Premium): Downloadable fonts in many different categories.
Adobe Typekit (Free & Premium): Marketplace for new & additional fonts for designs.
Behance Free Fonts (Free): Assorted selection of fonts.
DaFont (Free): Thousands of downloadable fonts.
Font Fabric (Free & Premium): High quality fonts for web, print or logos.
Font Library (Free): Catalogue of assorted fonts.
Font Squirrel (Free): Quality fonts available for commercial use.
Google Fonts (Free): Directory of open source designer web fonts.
The League of Moveable Type (Free): Well made, free & open source fonts.
Lost Type (Free & Premium): A source for unique typefaces.
MyFonts (Premium): Large library of assorted fonts.
What the Font (Free): Find specific fonts by uploading an image of what you’re looking for.
Color palettes play an important role in developing the branding of your website. Determine the colors that will work well with each other, and that will make a natural reference to your brand. Here is a list of very useful resources that you should visit.
0 to 255 (Free): A simple tool to help web designers find color variations.
Adobe Color CC (Free): Adobe color wheel & color schemes.
BrandColors (Free): Color codes used by famous brands.
Design Seeds (Free): Color pallet inspiration.
Flat Color Picker (Free): Best flat colors for UI design.
Flat UI Colors (Free): Small web app to help you copy colors from Flat UI.
Get UI Colors (Free): Get awesome UI colors for your website.
HEX Colorrrs (Free): HEX to RGB converter.
Material Palette (Free): Material design color palette generator.
Material UI Colors (Free): Material design colors, material colors & color palettes.
Paletton (Free): Color scheme designer.
Skala Color (Free): Color picker for designers & developers.
Icons are useful for working on logos or images on your site, depending on your style. Look for the many amounts of icons you can find in these resources to get an idea of what’s on offer and you’ll find the reasons to use them. There are useful tools that many people forget to use but can really give a boost when they are effective.
Endless Icons (Free): Free icon library.
Flat Icon (Free): Vector icons available in SVG, PSD, EPS, & icon font.
Font Awesome (Free & Premium): Icon font & CSS toolkit.
Fontello (Free): Icon fonts generator.
GlyphSearch (Free): Search for icons from various services to find what you’re looking for.
IcoMoon (Free & Premium): Icon fonts & SVG icon sets.
InconApp (Premium): Search for, organize and use icons.
Icon Finder (Free & Premium): Over a million icons & thousands of icon sets.
Icon Monstr (Free): Thousands of simple icons in hundreds of collections.
IconSweets2 (Premium): Huge set of minimal icons for any project.
MakeAppIcon (Premium): Icon resizer for mobile app developers.
Material Design Icons (Free & Premium): Icon collections in the format, size & color for any project.
Perfect Icons (Free): The easiest way to create resolution independent social icons.
The Noun Project (Premium): Icons for everything.
With over 200 graphic design resources, you now have endless tools to help you create a visually stunning blog or site. Each of these services will help you provide a more user-friendly user experience that can help convey a compelling brand image and close sales.
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