Whether you’re working on a side project and are short on funds, or have been handed a tight budget by a cash-strapped client, there are many free design resources that can help you out. But using free images, fonts, tools and other assets can often come at a price. They may be low on quality. Or even worse, on disreputable sites they may have been stolen from their rightful creators… who never intended them to be free.
We’ve put together a list of 10 tools, that are completely free.
Burst – Free stock images
E-commerce platform Shopify has created a site where anyone can download stock images for free, whether or not you’re a Shopify user. You can use them for both non-commercial and commercial purposes without attribution. Images are available in low or high resolution, and the quality is very high throughout.
Drawkit – Free illustrations
DrawKit is a collection of free, beautiful, customisable MIT licensed SVG illustrations in two styles, to use on your next website, app, or project.
Noun Project – Free icons
Co-founded by Sofya Polyakov, Edward Boatman and Scott Thomas, The Noun Project brings together over two million curated icons, created by a global community and available for use by designers for free.
Google Fonts – Free fonts
An intuitive and robust directory of open source web fonts for designers to use how they wish. All created to the high standards you’d expect from a web giant like Google.
Coverr – Free stock videos
Coverr is a source of beautifully shot stock videos that are free to download for commercial and non-commercial use, no attribution required.
GIMP – Free graphic design tools
Short for GNU Image Manipulation Program, GIMP is a completely free image editor that provides all the tools you’ll need to manipulate your images. From retouching to restoring to creative composites, it also hooks up to third-party plugins to boost your workflow.
Social Sizes – Free image editing software
Created by Peter Assentorp, Social Sizes provides designers with the best sizes to use for image and video content on social media. Templates for Sketch, Adobe XD and Photoshop are all included, and downloadable for free.
Smartmockups – Free Mockups
With Smartmockups and its ever-growing mockup library, you can create nice looking mockups right inside your browser, both on desktop and mobile devices.
Collabshot – Free screenshot tool
This web and desktop application enables you to quickly grab screenshots and share the URLs with colleagues, as well as live, multi-person drawing and sketching.
Behance – Design Inspiration
Behance, part of the Adobe network, is a popular online platform to showcase and discover creative work, including art, illustration, graphic design, UI design and animation.