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Free Graphic Design Resources You Need In Your Marketing Toolbox

August 6th, 2014 · Creative

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You’ll want to bookmark these pages and visit them weekly, if not daily, to help make your graphic designing a little easier and a little cheaper.

We've put together a quick list of must-adds to your design arsenal. From free stock photos, fonts, videos, and templates, to image optimizers and copy generators.

Smushit

Smush.It
smushit.com

Have you ever forged an epic battle against file size limit? Or been guilty of a slow-as-dial-up page load? Enter Smush.It. It does exactly what you think it does – smush things. Smush.it is an image compression tool that’s “lossless” - That means you can upload your images and reduce file size without compromising the quality.

Why You Should Use It: Fast, optimized ads and pages lead to higher visitor engagement, retention, and conversions. The load time of your page is also one of many factors Google uses to determine your web ranking. So why not take the time to optimize your image files to improve your marketing performance?

Dafont

Da Font
dafont.com

Welcome to free font nirvana. DaFont has over 20,000 fonts available for download, with most available in PC and Mac versions. But don’t feel overwhelmed. You can search for fonts based on style (e.g., fancy, serif, script, gothic) or just browse among the Top 100 fonts on their database.

Why You Should Use It: Over 20,000 free fonts. Enough said.

Creativemarket

Creative Market
creativemarket.com

Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted design content from independent creatives around the world. The site features beautiful design that’s simple and accessible to everyone. There’s no cost to join, and every week Creative Market delivers 3 free resources to your inbox. 

Why You Should Use It: Free is great, but that’s just icing on a delicious cupcake when it comes to what’s being offered on Creative Market. The real yummy morsels are the graphics, templates, themes and fonts available for a very low price from marketplace contributors. Whether you are looking for invitation templates or product mockups, you’ll find what you need for next to nothing.

Moat

Moat
moat.com

Moat Ad Search provides a single location to easily find ads running on the Web. Neat, huh? Moat does not charge any fees for using their basic search engine so poke around until your heart’s content!

Why You Should Use It: Whether you want to see ads from a particular brand, discover new advertisers, or get some design inspiration from innovative creative campaigns, use Moat’s ad search to discover what’s out there and what your competitors are doing.

Istock

iStock
istockphoto.com

You probably know and use iStock. If you aren’t familiar, iStock is the web’s original source for royalty-free stock images, media and design elements offering photos, vector illustrations, videos, music and sound effects. Bonus: Their new Moodboard tool allows you to create a wall of inspiration so you can conceptualize your visuals.

Why You Should Use It: Signing up for an account is everyone’s favorite price: free. And with this no cost membership comes free downloads. After you’ve gotten a taste of the free samples, you will definitely want to purchase iStock Credits and save on your future purchases.

Lipsum

Lipsum
lipsum.com

Dummy text can be generated with Lipsum, a free Lorem Ipsum text generator that works within seconds to generate as many paragraphs or words you need for your next design project. Need something besides the famous filler Latin, perhaps Deutcsh or Italiano instead? Lipsum can generate that too.

Why You Should Use It: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Did you get all that? Good.