Some people have a thing for shoes. Me? I have a thing for fonts. If my collection of fonts represented pairs of shoes, you wouldn't be able to walk through the door of our RV.
In fact, you should see my husband's eyes glaze over whenever I start talking about a font I love. I'm sure it's about the same as the look I give him when he talks about sports.
If you have a passion for design or are just looking for new ways to explore and share your creativity, here are some of my favorite digital design resources. Most of these resources offer design bundles 50-99% off for a limited time, such as fonts, textures, vectors, templates, photography actions, mockups, and more! I've also sprinkled in a few of my favorite software or program resources to help you implement your design, such as Adobe Creative Cloud.
I'll warn you, these sites and their bundled deals can become addictive, and you may find ideas and inspiration running through your brain as you comb through them.
Working on a new logo for yourself or a client? Need mockups for your digital designs? Looking for social media or website templates? Want to create printables for your home or that you can sell on Etsy or your own blog? These websites are not only great for creative professionals and seasoned graphic designers, but for beginners and hobbyists too!
It's important to remember that you don't always have to reinvent the wheel and these resources can help provide the tools to give you the professional look you want, while saving you time and money. Most of the design resources on these websites can be used for personal or commercial projects, but always check the license included in the listing before you purchase so you know what you're getting.
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While you can still purchase Adobe Suite Software, I love using the Creative Cloud! If you've been thinking about purchasing a program such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, or Premiere, just to name, then Adobe Creative Cloud may be just what you're looking for. They offer affordable monthly plans that start at $9.99/month, or you can get the entire suite of programs for just $49.99, which is what I have. If you're a student or teacher then you can save 60% and snag the entire suite for $20/month. Oh yeah and they also offer free trials so you can play around with programs and see what you like. I honestly don't know what I'd do with the Creative Cloud. I mostly use Photoshop, Illustrator and Adobe Acrobat for our blog and shop, and my husband uses Premiere for our YouTube channel.
Even though I have Photoshop and Lightroom, I still use PicMonkey from time to time because they have collages that make setting up images in a grid super easy. This is an online editing program so you don't need to download anything to your computer and you can do a lot with the free version, or sign up for a weekly or monthly subscription. This is also the program I use when showing people how they can edit my flattened PNG invitation designs, which you can read about here.
Canva is similar to PicMonkey in the sense that it's an online editing program where you can create your own designs or use their pre-made templates. They also offer free or paid subscriptions. I think you may have to have a paid subscription to upload any files or use fonts you have installed on your own computer, but the offer some really awesome templates and great tutorials too. Oh and if you're looking for color palette ideas, you're going to love this!
Who doesn't love a great deal? This site offers daily and weekly deals on various digital design products including fonts, textures and photographs. They also have a freebies section and most of the items even include a commercial license!
Here's another favorite of mine that includes tons of fonts, but also photographs, templates, graphics, crafting resources, and add-ons. They also have $1 deals and new freebies every week!
Love fonts? Here you can find daily and ongoing font deals that include personal and commercial licenses. You can browse my the type of font you want, font bundles, and they even offer a free font of the week.
Similar to Font Bundles, this site offers deals on design bundles that include resources such as vector illustrations, design elements, mockups, SVG files, and clipart. Don't forget to check out their free section too, which changes weekly.
This is one of those sites that if I visit, I generally stay a little too long. You can find fonts, mockups, templates, bundled deals, and more. Plus they offer freebies, but they are only for a limited time so you'll want to snag them before they disappear. You can purchase items individually or purchase credits which can save you money if you plan to spend more than $50 over time. You can follow your favorite creators to stay up to date when they add new products or check out the Creative Market Blog for helpful and inspiring posts.
Pixelo – Here's another great bundle website that offers high quality design resources from top creators at massive discounts. Each bundle is only offered for a limited time, which is usually 99% off.
If you love bundles, then this is a great site to sign up for. Every two weeks they come out with a new bundle based on the feedback of customers. Sometimes it will be full of fonts, other times it may be mockups and templates, design elements, or a combination of all of the above. They also offer the items individually in the marketplace or run promotional coupons and offers from time to time. Did I mention they have a section where you can get your learn on or download freebies?
This site is especially helpful for website owners and bloggers because they offer a massive selection of themes and plugins, but they have graphics, fonts, photos and templates for all creatives.
I haven't used Gimp before because I've always used Illustrator but if you're looking for software to play around with vectors and dig into digital design a bit further you may want to give it a go. I've heard great things about it, plus it's free!