Top 10 free photo directories you can use for your next creative project


Searching for that right image for your creative project can be tiresome. You put in a lot of time, patience and dedication, and when you finally find the perfect one, it is copyrighted and you cannot use it for your client or your friend’s commercial project. On the other hand, even worse, the resolution is so bad that you can barely see the shapes as soon as you zoom. Sounds familiar?

Well, struggle no more; you have come to the right place. Today we list ten of our favorite photo directories whose photos you can use stress free. They are all high quality and free from copyright restrictions. They all fall under the CC0 – creative commons license that allows you to use them without the previous permission of the photographer for both commercial and personal projects.

We list them in no specific order, as they are all special in their own way. Tell us which one is your favorite!

 

Unsplash

Unsplash is fueled by a community of generous photographers that give away their high-resolution photos free of charge. The site’s main values are sharing, caring and creating. Even the big companies like Squarespace, Medium, Slack and Trello use these photos. On Unsplash you can find different categories of photos ranging from landscape to business and food photography. Alternatively, you can explore their curated collections.

 

 

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All of the photos you find here are high-resolution images placed under sixteen curated categories, which makes it easy to find exactly what you are searching for.

 

 

Kaboompics

If you are searching for royalty-free stock photo database, you have come to the right place. Kaboompics is currently a photo directory containing almost 6000 images, with more than 80.000 users visiting it every month. All the photos are presented together with a 6-colours palette that is generated from the image itself followed by HEX codes and ready to be used instantly. A great thing you find on Kaboompics and do not see on many other photo directories is the data about the details of how the photo is taken: aperture, ISO, exposure and the lens type. These options and their blog can be of great help to everyone learning photography.

 

 

Stosksnap

Stocksnap’s photos will surprise you. You will be able to find various imagery from animal photos to business and fashion. Many already have applied filters so if you like them as they come, you can use them without additional editing.

Besides by using the search bar, you can search through images by categories, number of views and downloads, date or how a photo is trending and you can see the most favorite photos on the directory.

 

 

Gratisography

Ryan McGuire created and curates the awesome directory that is updated once a week with creative, fresh images. Gratisography is very specific in its content as all the photos are unpredictable, quirky and funny. You can search through six categories (animals, nature, objects, people, urban, and whimsical) or subscribe to get weekly bundles. He also offers bundles containing an unpublished bonus photo which you can buy for as low as 5$ to help him cover his expenses.

 

 

Pexels

Pexel is a directory with a goal to empower the creators giving them the freedom to use not only CC0 licensed photos but also videos. They currently have over 40,000 photos and upload around 3,000 high-res photos per month. Another awesome thing you can find on Pexels is the design break, a website that helps designers take five and amuse themselves by stumbling upon random inspirational stuff: watch topical videos, discover new websites, guess colors and much more.

 

 

Foodies Feed

If you are blogging about food or you need high quality photos of food for a cookbook for instance, you can find those on Foodies Feed. There are plenty of food images to choose, whether you are searching for indoor or outdoor images, with or without people in the shot. The website was founded three years ago and it had more than 1 million downloads since.

 

 

Jay Mantri

“Free pics. Do anything. Make magic.” is how the founder and main contributor, Jay, welcomes you to the site. You can choose from various content, including videos and quotes. Seven new photos are uploaded every Thursday.

 

 

Bucketlistly

Bucketlistly is actually a platform where you can list your bucket list goals and become inspired by the goals of other travelers, but its photo gallery is still an invaluable asset with more than 5000 images shot at different locations around the world. It is the go-to photo directory for travel bloggers, travel companies and guides. You can search by simply clicking on the world map or selecting the country tags below it.

 

 

Life of Pix

And last but not the least, Life of Pix is a platform that promotes one photographer/collaborator each month on social media and website. This directory, besides offering royalty free high quality photos, lets you be a part of a big community of photographers: customize your public profile to create an online portfolio, follow favorite photographers and have a look at all the photos you have liked.

It also offers CC0 video content.

 

 

Let us know which one you like the best. Is there any other CC0 directory you would like to add to the list?

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Top 10 Online Logo Makers


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A logo is not only the visual identity of a company rather reflects the essence of your company and helps you in building brand recognition. Thus, you need an impressive logo to inspire trust, credibility, and influence your target audience.

Though to design a professional logo requires design expertise, prior experience and in-depth knowledge of logo making but these days online tools have taken over the market. These tools have simplified the process of logo creation and has become go-to-option of all the users.

So, if you also think you have a creative bent of mind and passion for designing then these tools make a good option to get started with the logo designing process. Here we present top 10 online logo makers that you must know about.

 

 

  1. Designhill

Designhill’s Logo Generator is one of the best option to create your own customized logo that too free of cost. The tool comes with a user-friendly interface and offers many options in terms of images, fonts, colors, and texts. In just three simple steps, you can get a brand new logo for your business. Can logo making get easier than this?

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  1. Logoaster

Logoaster is the one of the finest logo generator tool that helps you in creating a logo within few minutes. You don’t need any technical knowledge, the tool is beginner-friendly, extremely easy to use. It offers you to browse through a wide collection of logos that are customizable in terms of color, business type, name, and more. All designs made in logaster is delivered in both the format such as raster (Jpeg, PNG) and also vector (PDF, SVG).

 

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  1. GraphicSpring

Graphic Spring is yet another free logo creator that lets you design your own custom logo just in a matter of minutes.All you need to do is, enter name of your business, tagline and you can browse through library of vector-format icons to choose from. You can also edit the colors, graphics, fonts, and get the final logo completely free.

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  1. Ucraft

  Ucraft is another great option to design logos without the need of any professional designers. It offers over 200 icons, collection of different shapes, texts, to create a customized logo. Tool presents users with a blank canvas and offers drag-and-drop functionality that enable them to find what exactly they are looking for. Explore it today to get a new logo for your business.

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  1. Logo Garden

Logo Garden is another great choice for creating catchy and customized logos for your business. With this free online logo maker you can browse through library of available icons and create a customized logo. Whether you are looking for an inspiration for your logo design or want to create a completely new logo for your company, this tool makes a great option.

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  1. LogoGenie

If you are looking for a free logo making websites then let your search end here. It is one of the best free online logo maker websites that lets you create attractive logos without much effort. Users can make logos in three easy steps such as category selection, inserting the desired text & tagline and lastly downloading your custom logo. Thus, you new logo is ready in three simple steps.

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  1. Logo Foundry

Do you want to design your logo straight from your iphone or ipad? If yes, then logo foundry is your best bet. This tool makes a good option for both professional designers as well as users with no design expertise. The tool offers an impressive library of more than 3000 icons and symbols to choose from along with some excellent advanced text options. Besides, if you are looking for some more inspiration, they have a community of designers for the same.

Besides, this online logo maker tool have been featured in Forbes and Targets both for its brilliant features and easy to use.

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  1. Canva

Canva is one of the finest tool to create attractive logo without any design expertise. The tool maintains over 100 free templates and an impressive library of other icons, images, shapes, and fonts to design a stunning logo of your choice. It offers an intuitive drag and drop functionality that is quite simple to use. Best part is you can download high-resolution logos in PDF, PNG, and JPG format without any additional costs.

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  1. DesignMantic

      This online tool guides your logo making process in simple four steps. Firstly, you need to select logo type among three options such as symbol, lettermark, and abstract.Secondly, you need to make a choice in font types among sans serif, serif and script. Third, you need to select color pallette and the last step is to select name and industry. After this you will be presented with many logo options, you can pick the one for further editing and your final logo is ready to impress your audience.

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  1.  Online Logo Maker

Online logo maker is another easy-to-use tool and has a similar interface to graphic spring’s logo generator. Tool offers tons of templates to choose from, also has a great no. of pre-designed symbols, font variety to help you come up with your desired logo design. Besides, it allow users to have unlimited downloads, giving users freedom to tweak their logo anytime they want.

This logo maker offers both a free as well as premium service. If you are looking for high resolution downloads than premium package is a better option.

 

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Colorful Websites Featuring Hand Drawn Illustrations

Colorful Websites Featuring Hand Drawn Illustrations


Hand-drawn illustrations add personality and depth to websites by bringing the digital world in conjunction with the physical. I love seeing hand-drawn illustrations on internet because it adds a sense of character to the page itself. These sites are some of my favorites that feature hand-drawn illustrations.

Just Dot: I love how this website combines the trendy chalkboard element with hand drawn graphics and a sketched font.

Bowtie: features a completely hand drawn background with hand written fonts and other styles of typeface. I love the colors and interactive layout of this site as well.

Bootb: this site utilizes a hand written type face as well as hand drawn doodle frames to create a friendly landing page. I like the different colored frames on the black background along with hand drawn buildings.

Denise Chandler: this designer's site features an awesome hand drawn image that has been animated, as well as, a variety of quirky and cool hand drawn fonts.

Carsonifide: uses fun text bubbles and hand drawn graphics to highlight the important parts of their site.

Tennessee Education: I love all of the cool hand drawn doodles that are found throughout the site. This site really brings education to life by adding hand drawn elements on top of writing paper.

Products from Creative Market to help you enhance your site with hand drawn elements and illustrations.

The key to making a website or blog with hand drawn illustrations is to combine hand written or drawn fonts along with intricate hand drawn images, lines, and vectors. Creative Market, offers a variety of hand drawn elements to help you create an amazing website like the ones featured above.

 

Sketched Font                                    Handwritten Font

 

Hand Drawn Frames                               Hand Drawn Arrows

 

Hand Drawn Photo Corners                              Hand Drawn Arrows

   

Hand Drawn Photoshop Brushes                                Hand Drawn Hearts

Doodled Frames                                  Hand Drawn Social Media Icons

Hand Drawn Flowers

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Creative, Colourful Landing Pages

Creative, Colourful Landing Pages


This guest post is written by Alex Black. Alex writes for printing company Print Express. In his spare time he enjoys studying graphic and web design and works on his Photoshop skills. You can follow him on Twitter at @iamalexblack.

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As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression. When you’re marketing a product or service, if your landing page doesn’t make a great first impression then it’s unlikely that visitors will return, much less use your product. Good landing pages show off the product, sell it’s benefits and do a good job of leaving the visitor with the impression that it’s well designed. Great landing pages, on the other hand, do all this and also stick in your memory – they stand out and are remarkable.

Of course, this is much easier said than done – how do you create a landing page that’s remarkable, and memorable while still being beautifully designed instead of garish? One of the ways in which you can do this is to focus on creating a tastefully bright, vibrant and colourful design. Use a bold, daring colour palette – or use subtle, muted colours but with bright, impossible-to-miss contrasts on the buttons you want users to click (like the “sign up” or “try the demo” buttons).

The use of colour in landing pages is an art form in itself, and we’ve brought this collection of designs together to help give you some inspiration for your next landing page project. We hope you find the collection useful and entertaining.

Viximo

Viximo is a company that works with developers to get their games published online. The landing page stands out instantly by using big, bold illustration and the muted colour palette grabs attention without being too garish.

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Squarespace Website Design Contest :: Vote for Your Favorites

Squarespace Website Design Contest :: Vote for Your Favorites


Howdy COLOURlovers! We've had a great time browsing through all of your colorful website design entries for the past week. It's like you guys know a thing or two about color. ;)

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This contest was brought to you by our friends at Squarespace. Squarespace's mission is to provide creative tools that power the future of the web. From designers creating the next generation of web and mobile experiences, to anyone managing their own online presence for the first time, Squarespace provides elegant solutions that set new standards for online publishing. By focusing their efforts on the fusion of design and engineering, they strive to create long-lasting products that delight and surprise their customers.

This is a friendly reminder that the entry period for this contest ends TODAY at 6pm Pacific. Which means now is the time to go vote for your favorite designs! Voting will remain open until this Sunday, September 23rd, at 10pm Pacific, and we'll be announcing the winners here on the blog on Monday, September 24th.

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Decking Out Your Resume

Decking Out Your Resume


I'm sure everyone knows that having an impressive resume can sometimes be the deciding factor in whether or not you land a spot at your favorite company. With so many resumes hitting employers desks these days, the first step is to get your seen by the right people to give you that fighting chance.

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It goes without saying that some employers might not jump at the chance of having a resume sitting on their desk in the form of a milk carton, but the up side to such a resume is that you are sure to get noticed.

It doesn't take drastic actions such as that to impress your new potential employee, but creating a clean, well-designed, and easy-to-read resume might be all it takes to get them to notice you and consider you a candidate.


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With so many people on the hunt for a job these days, adding a bit of personality often times give your potential employers enough reality about who you are. And if they like what they see, you could jump ahead to round to.


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This is also a great time for you, especially as a designer, to show off some of your skills right then and there.


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Just like with business cards, your first impression has to be something worth looking at. I have always been a fan of the sewn business card, but this resume with a sewn detail on some awesome fabric is another cool way to stand out and show off your personality a little more.


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Do you have the whole package? Show it off with more than just a piece of paper.


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Of course, landing a job really comes down to the right fit for you and the company, and a resume isn't 100% going to be the deciding factor, but presenting a well-prepared and unique resume gives you the best fighting chance at getting your body of work seen by the people who could be your future employers. Giving them something something to talk about and something that they don't see dozens of times in a given day will at least come as a breathe of fresh air and something they will definitely remember.

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Be My Valentine, Color + Group Feature: Valentine Template Challenge

Be My Valentine, Color + Group Feature: Valentine Template Challenge


Happy Valentines Day! Our community has created and named millions of user-named colors that help us create, innovate, and celebrate the joy of color itself.

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Some of the “most loved” include "Dutch Teal" by Skyblue2u, "Haunted milk" by alpen, "Vitamin C" by GreenLantern, "Chartreuse" by oeln, and "Juicy Pink" by MetteBB. It is almost too obvious to say that WE LOVE COLOR!

Color is infused into every aspect of our lives, especially those in our color bubble, so we thought it was time to devote a big Valentine to Color itself! Although we couldn’t include all the colors in the rainbow, here are some colors that really touch our hearts on Valentine’s Day.

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COLOURlovers interview with Matthew Smith of Zaarly

COLOURlovers interview with Matthew Smith of Zaarly


Today we are chatting with Matthew Smith, currently the creative director of Zaarly. Known for his online persona as "whale," Matt has proven himself as a great designer and influencer in the field.

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Zaarly is a marketplace where you can ask for anything, set the price, and keep the community rooted by building local economy and helping each other out.

Follow Matthew on Dribbble and Twitter.

First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it. 

I'm the Creative Director at Zaarly, a place that's bringing business back to neighborhoods again, because life is better when you talk face to face, when you're not just a number. I've been drinking this kool aid for a little less than a year. Before that I owned Squared Eye for about 4 years. Before that I worked at a thrift store.

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COLOURlovers Interview with Zach Holman of GitHub & Good-Tutorials

COLOURlovers Interview with Zach Holman of GitHub & Good-Tutorials


We are pretty excited to have had the chance to catch up with Zach Holman. Aside from being a developer at GitHub, he is also the founder of Good-Tutorials and does some writing on the side.

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You can follow him on GitHub + Twitter

Okay, an interview!

First up, why don't you tell the community a bit about who you are, what you do, how long you have been doing it. 

I'm Zach Holman. I'm actually a developer, although mostly I just like working on all aspects of making a product. I do a lot of writing and screencasts at zachholman.com, and like to give talks at conferences until they all slowly realize that I may just be insane.

I'm currently employed by GitHub here in sunny San Francisco. Okay, so maybe it's not always sunny. It's the thought that counts.

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Happy Thanksgiving: 15 Ways to Show Thanks With Color

Happy Thanksgiving: 15 Ways to Show Thanks With Color


Of all the things to be thankful for, color is at the top of the list. Color is saturated into every fiber of our lives. It gives variety to our days, our moments, our very lives. It is there in our darkest moments and happiest memories. It can influence moods and reactions. It is there for us when we brainstorm inovative ideas, new marketing techniques, or complicated craft projects. Color is simply inspiring. So, on this Thanksgiving Day, remember to take a look around you and notice all the beautiul colors that this season has to offer.

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How are you celebrating color this season?

Fall Leaf Garland from Maureen Cracknell Handmade as a part of Celebrate Color 

Celebrate color this season with a leaf garland made of felt and yarn. Incorporate a gorgeous color palette into your home's decor without the crunchy mess of real leaves.

Project by Triple Play

Dazzling. Do you think these sparkly aqua-blue accents steer a little bit away from traditional fall colors? You have to admit, it adds a nice depth to the overall setting and complements that traditional orange nicely.

Thankful Tree" by Simply Vintage Girl

Elegant. Bring the outdoors in to create thankful bits of autumn pastels and pattern mixtures combined in a "Thankful Tree."

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For the kiddos. Shades of brown add warmth and provide an earthy feel in this Turkey centerpiece. Choose a fun and colorful palette for the thankful feathers.

Tradition, (What Are You) Thankful Four?

What are you thankful...4? A great excuse to use color in so many ways! Write what you're thankful for on colorful number fours cut from scrapbooking or construction paper and share. Turn them in to ornaments to display all weekend. Keep them around as reminders.

"...one year I cut large 4s from paper and placed one on each person's plate. Just before dinner, we wrote the things we were thankful for on our cutouts, then took turns sharing our lists..." - Candice Steelman (reader at Disney Family Fun)

By Holiday Crafts and Creations

There's always room to go classic. Traditional autumn colors make a space warm and inviting. These edible place settings using M&M's to imitate Indian Corn are quite fun!

KABOOSE.com under Thanksgiving Crafts

Create a three dimensional palette with blocks and display an appropriately thankful message.

Design Sponge - DIY Project Autumn Leaf Bouquet 

What better way to say thank you to the beauty of color than to use fallen leaves to create vibrant autumn roses.

avery & anderson - Fall Decor' Part 4: THANKS be to upcycling wine bottles!

Get funky, use a few recycled wine bottles, a bit of paint and some other odds and ends to create and display a thankful word.

Crafty Katie - Fall Burlap Wreath

What would fall be without a wreath? Burlap offers a very earthy-happy texture, while adding a mix of traditional or non-traditional colors livens it up.

FineCraftGuild.com - Abundance Seed Balls

Blending tradition with innovation - did you look close enough? I took a double-take after realizing those were bean-balls in the cornucopia! How creative and fitting to the season. A gentle reminder of warm soup on chilly fall evenings.

INKspired Creations - Paper Pumpkins | Teresa Collins - Paper Thanksgiving Pumpkins

Autumn wouldn't be autumn without a couple of paper pumpkins leftover from Halloween. Another way to utilize a mix of patterns and palettes.

PLAID - Thankful Art Collage

The paper flower on this thankful journal has a nice whimsical feel to it and reminds me of autumn leaves. Writing down what you are thankful for is always a great way to reflect and come back to on days when you aren't feeling so thankful.

 Kind Over Matter - Thanksgiving Fortune Cookies

This simple, yet unique idea encompasses the idea that being thankful can also remind us of the good things that are yet to come.

Incorporating autumn colors into our homes and Thanksgiving celebrations is a special way to recreate that warm feeling we experience when we start listing all the things that we are thankful for. This reason, above all, is why color should be remembered on Thanksgiving Day.

A big Thank you to all of you COLOURlovers for loving color and making our community flourish with so many beautiful creations! Be safe and colorful on this holiday! - The COLOURlovers Team


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