Five Freebies for Graphic Designers

March 25, 2010

It's always great to get freebies, from sample business cards to, well, just about anything else. Many online posts focus on free software, vectors, icons, brushes and other useful tools for graphic designers. Nothing wrong with that, but for those who have had their fill of saturated link lists I've listed below five unique freebies for graphic designers that I highly recommend.

1. Sample business cards. Sample business cards, or more appropriately printed product samples, are available for free so you can see how your finished products look before you go to print. Sample the textures, shapes, paper thicknesses and finishes – all complimentary to you from your printing company. Not only does your printing company use sample business cards as sales tools, you can use them as sales tools for prospective clients yourself! 2. Cheat sheets. Chances are you're rather familiar with Adobe Photoshop, the preferred image editing program of most designers. Still, such a voluminous program can be difficult to master for even the most experienced users. But with these free cheat sheets for Photoshop (including the infamous pen tool cheat sheet!) you'll never again have to ask, “What was that shortcut?” 3. Each month, Graphic Design USA (the self-proclaimed “news magazine for creative professionals”) allows you to sign up to receive freebies from their sponsors. Some of these are really great! 4. Graphic design tutorials are great, but they don't always touch on graphic design theory. Danny Outlaw's “50 Totally Free Lessons in Graphic Design Theory” are excellent resources for budding designers and experienced veterans who would like to brush up on contemporary design trends alike. 5. File setup is one of the most tedious activities any – and every – graphic designer undertakes. Fortunately you can save on setup time, practically guarantee your files will be print-ready, and make more money with free print layout templates for a variety of projects including business cards, postcards, posters, booklets and more. Image use Creative Commons license via Flickr.

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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

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