branding and graphic design resources

The saying ‘a picture’s worth a thousand words’ is famous for a reason – it’s 100% true. Design speaks long before words do so it’s vital you ensure all branding is consistent, cohesive, and saying what you want it to say. Below is a list of my daily tools used to create design elements in my business.

Recommended Tools

Canva

This is a tool I now cannot live without. It’s perfect for any graphic design project you may have, offers drag and drop simplicity.You can choose from hundreds of free elements also, plus, are able to upload your own images. I cannot imagine a world without it now, and it ALMOST has completely removed my need for Photoshop. LEARN MORE



Adobe Photoshop

For more robust graphic work and edits to photos, Adobe’s Photopshop is the perfect tool. With their online subscription plan, you no longer have to spend hundreds of dollars to access this tool. You can create incredible images and even 3D editing. I personally suggest grabbing a copy of Photoshop for Dummies (as I did) if you’ve never used this program before, as it does have a learning curve. LEARN MORE



Adobe InDesign

If you tend to create a lot of posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, and books, Adobe’s InDesign is the best tool available to achieve professional results. It also supports export to EPUB and SWF formats to create e-books and digital publications, including digital magazines, and content suitable for consumption on tablet computers. InDesign is also available in the subscription format. LEARN MORE



Recommended Resources


Dafont

When seeking a new font for your brand, Dafont is THE place to look. You can type in your name and see how it will look from thousands of fonts. Create ‘Likeboxes’ and save them for future reference, or better yet – download them for free. LEARN MORE




123rf

Stock photos are a necessity to any digital business. Finding beautiful ones that don’t cost a fortune, that can be tricky. 123rf is one of the few paying sites that I find gives me the most bang for my graphic buck. LEARN MORE




Pexels

Finding beautiful imagery is always a challenge, but Pexels makes it a lot easier, as they have some of the best images around – oh, and for FREE. LEARN MORE




Design Seeds

When designing, finding the right color palette can be tough. Design Seeds is where I go to not only get color inspiration, but I’m able to get see which colors will go best with keywords and search from a huge library for the best fit. LEARN MORE