Unsplash.com
Huge selection of high quality photographs.
License: You can use all photos published on Unsplash for free, for commercial and noncommercial purposes with conditions… See Unsplash License here,
Also see: Can I use Unsplash photos as part of a product to sell?

Pixabay.com/
A great selection of photographs as well as illustrations and vector graphics

Licensing: All content on Pixabay can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use across print and digital, except in the cases mentioned in “What is not allowed”.
Easy to understand licence, click here to read in full.

Aspect Ratio Calculator
A handy tool for resizing the display of pictures or videos.

Gimp.org
Poor man’s photoshop.

Photopea

Great free, online alternative to Photoshop, Photopea allows you to load, edit and save PSD, XCF and Sketch files without having to use any plugins.  So you can edit files created with photo editing tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Gimp or Sketch.

Canva – almost a fantastic thing

Canva is a free, browser-based graphic design tool that’s used by both designers and non-designers, to make great graphics quickly. Canva is almost a fantastic thing, but there’s one problem… the licensing… it’s so complicated you may need a lawyer just to understand what you can or cannot do with designs you created on Canva. Here’s a few tips, but we can’t say for sure if this applies to your particular use because.. it’s complicated.

  • For online use your final design must be no larger than 600px by 800px (huh? that’s a bit small.)
  • Images marked ‘Editorial Use Only” cannot be used for any commercial, promotional, endorsement or merchandising purposes.
  • Assets bought under “One time use license” can only be used in one design and that can be reproduced no more than 2,000 times.

So basically we are recommending Canva as a great tool for quick mockups but it might not be suitable for your commercial projects due to the licensing (stick to photoshop ?).

Crello – like Canva but with slightly less confusing licensing.
Crello is a graphic and video design tool for making professional-looking designs very quickly. You can use the free plan to create designs with a Crello watermark, or pay US$7.99 per month to create designs with no watermark. Templates include Facebook, and twitter and instagram posts and Stories, social media covers, animations, ads, banners, business cards, posters, flyers.

See the Crello licensing details here. Here’s some highlights (check if these apply to your particular use):

  • For digital use, designs must be no larger than 1280 x 720px
  • For use in videos no more than 50% of the total video (add other images and footage)
  • Create up to 500 000 hard copies of design for personal use or merchandising, advertising or printing.

Favicomatic the best favicon generator
Create your favicon at around 300 x 300px on a transparent background if you wish, this favicon generator supports transparency, upload your image and click “every damn size Sir”.

WebAIM contrast checker

Check the contrast of your text color so you can make sure your websites, emails, social media posts are easy to read.

PixalStick – Screen ruler for mac

Ever just wanted to get a ruler and measure something on your screen? Well you can. PixelStick is a handy ruler for your screen. Measure distances, angles, and colors anywhere on your mac.

Flaticon has a great selection of free icons

Search a huge selection of quality icons and use for free with attribution  (a link back to the author), or pay 7,50€ to use any icons with no attribution required.

Creative Market

Creative Market is an online marketplace for design assets. A wide selection of reasonably priced illustrations. Check this page for Free Goods every week.
Licensing: make sure you buy the correct license for your usage.
Personal License: asset can only be used in non-commercial projects
Commercial License: the asset can be used for up to 5,000 physical or digital end products for sale (with restrictions)
See the Creative Market License details here

What’s your favourite design tool or marketplace? Let us know in the comments.

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