Free Resources

Finding free shit isn't easy, especially if you want to use it for commercial purposes. People who do all this artsy stuff online think "commercial purposes" would entail a huge corporation with a huge spending budget, but the reason my stuff is free for commercial purposes is because I know most "commercial use" of my stuff would be for a small, home-owned business, where the budget they have for their business is what also covers formula and diapers, and nine times out of nine, they probably won't make a whole lot of money with my art.

Some Quick Info on Licensing and Copyright Use

Keep an eye on licensing and use. Many things are free for personal use, but not commercial use. For example, free for personal use means a teacher looking for a graphic for her math worksheet she made, which would most likely fall under fair use anyway. Some things have a commercial use but with limitations that it cannot be used for printing services like t-shirts or greeting cards. Some things want attribution, which is hard to do in print.

Fonts used as a typeface has no copyright. If you write a book, you can use any font you want without infringing upon someone's intellectual property. But fonts used in design, like a Facebook meme or t-shirt, those have some copyright to them, especially the computer code. It was said a loophole around it is to print up the font, scan it in, and make your own from that (to circumvent using someone else's computer code of anchor points and what not), but if you want to be safe, in your designs, use fonts you know you are allowed to use. Some of the ones in the program's package, like Photoshop or MS Word, are only free to use for personal use and not commercial use. The best thing to do is google the name of the font, and make a judgment call based on that.

Public Domain means you can use it for any reason. While each country has their own copyright laws, in the US, anything from before 1923 is GENERALLY considered public domain, but that doesn't mean it's true. It's just close enough for most people to attempt. Anything made by the government is considered public domain, for most situations, but again, some exceptions to the rule exists (for instance, the government trademarks certain things like the Air Force Logo). In addition, any advertisements that does not have a copyright on the ad itself (the c with a circle around it) or a trademark logo on the ad itself is considered public domain if before the date 1977.

Free Fonts

Font Squirrel: The best site for free fonts for commercial use

Blue Vinyl fonts has some for free, and some for sale. The free ones include both lettering and dings, and her dings are genius for the designer. I frequently used 60's chic for the little retro sparkle star before I created one of my own.

Vic Fieger has a lot of fonts on Dafont and more professional versions on Cheap Fonts Pro.

Dafont is a site of free fonts, but you will have to search for the license. Some fonts have a "read me" file with them that stipulate license use, so you sometimes don't know how you can use it until you download it and extract it (right click, extract files).

Befonts is also a site a free fonts, but some are personal use only. For a good list of 10 Commercial Free fonts from their site, check out 10 Newish Trendy Commercial Free Fonts

Font Fabric has free and paid fonts, but most of the free ones (all but one) are free for personal and commercial use.

Free Graphics

This list shows places that allow personal AND commercial use and public domain.

Find Public Domain

Double check the licensing as not all graphics in these sites are public domain, but they offer public domain.

My Flickr --Photographs, Illustrations, Vectors... Most are in public domain.

Pixabay-- Photography and Illustrations, all are in Public Domain --Easy Search Options.

Pexels --Photography all free to use for any reason--Easy Search Options

Stock Snap --Photography Free of Copyrights --Easy Search Options

Public Domain Files --Clip-Art, Photographs, Fonts and Art --Easy Search Options

123 Vectors --Vectors and backgrounds, and each image will tell you its license. --Easy Search Options

Public Domain Vectors --All in public domain --Easy search options

Open Clip Art --Clip art and vectors, all in public domain --Easy Search Options

Clickr --Clip Art ALL in Public Domain --Easy Search Options

WP Clip art --All in public domain --Easy Search Options

Public Domain Clip Art --All in Public Domain --Easy search options

Wikimedia Commons --All types of content, some in public domain and others Creative Commons, and each image will tell you its license. --Easy Search Options

Unsplash -- Quality Photographs

Negative Space --Quality Photographs

Split Shire --Quality Photographs

Life of Pix --Quality Photographs

Snapwiresnaps --Quality Photographs

Jay Mantri --Quality Photographs

Free Pinups -- Pin Ups

Vintage Printable --All in Public Domain

New Old Stock --All in Public Domain

The British Library just put a bunch of art into public domain on Flickr.

The Library of Congress has a bunch of art in Flickr.

Nasa--Photos of Space

Little Visuals --Quality Photographs

The military websites have photos you can use, again because it's government and public domain. Air Force. Army. Marines. Navy. Just don't use their trademarked stuff like logos and seals.

Search By Use

Flickr Commons --Not all images are free to use, but they have a Search by License Option

Google Images lets you filter search results by license type.

Bing's Images lets you filter search results by license type.

Personal and Commercial Use, but some stipulations

Most of the sites on this list allow for personal and commercial use for almost anything. The main stipulations are no redistribution AND/OR attribution required.

Gratisography --Quality Photographs (small database, but excellent quality) --Easy Search Options

Stock Photos for Free --Stock Photography --Easy Search Options

Unprofound --Stock Photos --Easy Search Options

GetRefe -- Quality Photographs

Pic Jumbo --Quality Photographs

Every Stock Photo --Photographs, most are Creative Commons with Attribution required.

Morgue File has a lot of pictures free to use, just stipulated that you can't use it in a stand alone manner.

Flaticon has a bunch of free symbols (attribution required).

Photopin --Creative Commons

Open Photo --Attribution Required

Free Images --Stock photos; great selection; permission to use for almost anything, but unique license so you should read it.

500px --Creative Commons

RGB Stock --Photographs, unique license

Picture Quotes --Creative Commons

Mervik Cartoons --Email sign up required, no redistribution

US History Images --No redistribution

Death to Stock Photo --Quality Photographs

IM Creator --Quality Photographs Creative Commons
Lists:

Wikipedia's huge extensive list of where to find images in public domain.

Generators

Unsure of licensing on these, but they are probably safe to use almost anywhere, especially social media.

Pinstamatic Generator: Create quotes, sticky's and more...

ReciteThis Quote Generator: Quotes--beautiful templates

Image Chef: Word mosaics, Text Gifs, Jerseys, Support Ribbons, Memes and more.

Glitter Photo: Add glitter and other effects to text.

Word Clouds: Create word clouds in seconds. Click Word List to paste words, and choose different options. Can upload your own shapes.

Toony Tool: Create crappy cartoons and text bubble on quality photographs

Change Faces: Like face in the hole, replace the face of something famous with yours.

Online Chart Tool: Create professional looking charts

ScreenShots: Quickly paste and edit screen shots

Quozio Quote Generator: Not sure licensing beyond social media and internet use

Free Graphic Art Stuff

Brusheezy has some of the best quality textures, brushes, patterns and shapes. They also provide backgrounds in various file formats including png. The license information is included with each piece, but the common Brusheezy License is use with attribution.

Obsidian Dawn has a lot to offer the world of Photoshop, but she has some stipulations. For commercial use, you must link back or give credit; however, you can purchase a commercial license to not have to do that.

Arbent offers free brushes for personal and commercial use.

My Photoshop Brushes has some free for commercial use, but most offered are free for personal use only. The license is stipulated with each graphic element.

WebTreats has personal and commercial use photoshop elements, including backgrounds.

Of course, the best way to find what you are looking for is to use a search engine, and search the specific brush or pattern you want, for instance, "Photoshop Brushes Ice," and then research the options for licensing purposes. This is pretty much the only way I do it anymore.

Vecteezy provides really amazing vectors and eps files, including backgrounds. The license information is included with each piece, but the common Vecteezy license is to use with attribution.

Blogging Tools

Diigo: Helps with research to collect, annotate, organize, and share information found on the web. They offer free and priced services.

Buffer: Easy social media scheduling. Offers free and paid plan. What I like is with the toolbar that almost every image on sites I see offers a Buffer icon like a Pinterest one, and I click that, and it will add the image with a link to Twitter, and add a new image (not a link) to Facebook (you'll want to enter the link if necessary), and schedule it in a queue for best timing. There are many options, but Buffer is one of the most affordable.

Hashtagify: Search the popularity of hashtags on Twitter

W3Schools Try It Editor: Type in HTML and see what it looks like

Storify: Tell a story using photographs and social media posts

PowToons: Animated Video Presentations. Free and Paid plans. 

SlideShare: Create slide show presentations and view others. 

List.Ly: Create and find lists. Best used for lists of nouns as opposed to lists of verbs. 

Stencil: Easily creates graphics for social media sharing and blog posts. They offer many backgrounds and other picture options. You can store your logo for easy, consistent placement. Free and paid plans available. 

Quora: You can get ideas on content based on what questions are trending. You can also do some free publicity by linking to your blog (or book) in your bio and answering questions already being read by your target market of interest.

BuzzSumo: Search a key term and see what kind of content is doing well. Get ideas to mimic those things, and/or share trending hot items on social media.

Uber Suggest: Get ideas for keywords. Type in one word, and get a bunch of ideas to use with that word. 

Vertical Response: Free and Paid email marketing. Create lists and send campaigns. I prefer this over mail chimp because mail chimp lost my entire email list and I didn't have a backup. But if you want to get serious about your email list, you'll probably need to go to a paid service like AWeber

Apps for your Phone


Tawkers: Save chats and text conversations. Add a background. Post to social media.

Blogging Resourcces

Beyond Your Blog: A great resource for submission opportunities to major websites and magazines.

W3Schools: Tutorials for HTML and CSS coding.


2 comments:

  1. I have read your blog its very attractive and impressive. I like it your blog.

    Java Training in Chennai Core Java Training in Chennai Core Java Training in Chennai

    Java Online Training Java Online Training Core Java 8 Training in Chennai Core java 8 online training JavaEE Training in Chennai Java EE Training in Chennai

    ReplyDelete