Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Happy New Year! Here's Some Free Stuff...

We're a little late with the New Year's wishes, but we've been busy adding lots of new graphics over the last few months to BizGraphics On Demand. If you haven't been there in awhile click on the left drop down menu and highlight "What's New."

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In my web searches I have found several helpful websites that share free tools for designers. Below is a list (also found in our e-zine) of some great, FREE resources for designers.

Vector Art

Free Vector Art and Graphics: Browse this site to download free, high-end vector images that range from visuals of computer parts to creative backgrounds for marketing pieces. Some of the graphics cost money for commercial use, but many are free to download and use.

vector4free.com: This is a website dedicated to free vector graphics. The graphics are a combination of Adobe Illustrator AI, EPS, PDF, SVG, and Corel Draw CDR files. The site also has a search feature. If you use Illustrator, you can edit the graphics. Otherwise, you can download and place in presentations or any other multimedia package. Again, most allow for commercial use but some may require you to pay for use in advertising or promotional materials.

Icons

VisualPharm:
This site offers free icons for download for personal or commercial use. The only caveat is that you link to their site to download the free icons.

IconzWorld: Another site that offers free icons. However, these icons are formatted for the web only.

Stock Photos

stock.xchng: Download free images of print resolution stock photos for personal or commercial use. You can use these high-quality images on websites, printed materials, and presentations. It is an amazing deal for the quality you receive.

Microsoft Office Online: If you are an Office user than you're in luck! You can have access to free images, sounds, and animations from Microsoft's website, and they have partnered with some great names in art like iStockPhoto, Fotolia, and iCLIPART to bring you a varied selection of images.

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Hope these free resources can help you out. If you have any suggestions, let us know. We'll post them in our e-zine or in our next blog.

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