March 2, 2010

Resources For Zazzlers

Sometimes we may need help coming up with design ideas or even design elements. Here is a resource list or at least the beginning of one. I tend to be a little unorganized. Check back often.

Image Editing Software


The GNU Image Manipulation Program for raster/pixel based images. Free and Open Source :). My program of choice.

An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. I also use this one quite a bit.

Not Free

Adobe Photoshop
A pixel-based graphics editing program developed and published by Adobe Systems.

Multiple Resource Sites

Media Militia
All kinds of cool stuff here. Freebies, Tutorials, and Inspirations. Also a trippy nav bar that makes you feel like you're playing Pong :).

Lots of cool Freebies. Also great tips and tutorials. For the tuts look for the tag cloud on the right side of the page about a third of the way down.

Naldz Graphics
Tutorials, Freebies, and awesome Inspirations.

Gimp and Photoshop Brushes

Obsidian Dawn


Stock Photos, Textures, and Public Domain Images

Not all images found on these sites are released for commercial use so check first.

Free photos and desktop wallpapers. Huge easy to search collection of High resolution photos and wallpapers, thousands of high quality pictures.

Karen's Whimsy
A large collection of pre 1923 images now in the Public Domain. Karen has spent considerable amounts of time searching for and buying the source material, scanning, fixing, and editing the images, and then putting them on the web. She has also prepared a huge artist resource list. Rather than hijack her work I share with you her link to artist resources. After browsing the list it looks like there's no point in me finishing mine smiley. Still I'll continue which means you may see duplicates.

Lost And Taken
Tons of Textures. Free and premium.

I mainly search Morguefile here using the advancedsearch. It seems faster to me than going directly to Morguefiles site.

CG Textures
This one requires an account to download textures. You can get a free account but it will only let you download up to 15mb each day. If you go for the large textures you can eat up that 15mb with just 3 or 4 textures :).

Texture King
Please don't let the fact that they sell a t-shirt on CP for support throw you off :).

The Vector Lab
Premium vector stock art.

Must get an Expanded License to use these vectors on products.

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