Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday Tips: FREEsources

Welcome to a new week!  Okay, today is Tuesday for me so technically the week started yesterday but I had taken the day off from work to get some shit done.  Since we're all about that "new new" around here, I've been trying to get the rest of my life on point with that vibe as well - renew my driver's license, file taxes (yes, I'm one of those people who hasn't filed in YEARS), get some dental work done, etc.

Anyway, thanks to your awesome feedback about my personal experience with blogging and blogging design, I've decided to dedicate Tuesdays to tips about all things blog related.  Design, resources, basic codes, post ideas, etc.  I'm no blogging expert at all - I'm just like you, learning as I go - but I'd like to share what I've learned with you and hopefully I can learn a thing or two from you as well.

So, since we're just starting with this whole series, let's take it a little slow for now and talk about design  resources.  Here are four of the best resources out there (so far) that I recommend:

Pixlr.  For those of you looking for a good photo/image editing program that will not cost hundreds of dollars, THIS.  IS.  IT.  For quick photo editing, Pixlr Express will do the job, no problem.  However, if you'd like to try your hand at creating a logo, image, etc. from scratch, Pixlr Editor is the way to go.  The program and tools are similar to Adobe's Photoshop so there's a lot you can do with it.  Remember this blog's previous design?  Yeah, that was created using only Pixlr.  Best thing about Pixlr:  it's FREE.  YES, FREE.

Death to the Stock Photo.  Taking photos to tie in with every single post you write is hard.  Sometimes it's damn near impossible.  That's where stock photos come in handy.  Stock photos allow you to add the right image and visuals to you your posts without actually taking photos yourself.  The problem with stock photos though, is that sometimes they can be kind of generic looking - and that can totally ruin the whole post if you're not careful.  Death to the Stock Photo has beautiful photos that are unique and don't have that "commercial" look to them.  They send new photos to your inbox every month, so be sure to save them because you never know when you'll need them!

That main photo (the first one) is one of their stock photos.  Bonus points:  I used Pixlr to add the font to it.

Urban Fonts.  This site has TONS and TONS of different fonts to fit every need.  I'm sort of a font whore so I go nuts on this site.  New fonts are added daily so it's hard not to find one (or 2,489) that you like.  Currently loving that font down there (Made with B) and I may need to download it tonight...

Pinterest.  Okay, most of you reading this post probably already have a Pinterest account, right?  So use it, people!  Pinterest is like the Pandora's box of EVERYTHING.  There are so many great web/blog/graphic designers out there with so many different perspectives, products, resources, etc.  Go and follow them.  It will open up a whole new world for you.  Seriously.  And you thought pinning 3,568,985,764 outfits was bad...don't say I didn't warn you.

Now go on my pretties, check out these FREE resources and tell me what you think!  Oh, yeah, did I mention, they're all FREE?  I did?  Okay then.  You're welcome.

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