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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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5 Premium Web Tools & Services That Will Help You A Lot


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Startups, entrepreneurs and company owners are spending a lot of time to grow their businesses. It’s not an easy task, the competition is strong and efficiency is something you wake up and go to sleep with. Luckily, there are premium solutions that can help you achieve awesome results.

After a couple of months of research, we are ready to share with you this showcase of 5 premium web tools and services that will help you cut costs, deliver on time and get new customers. You will find a logo and brand design service, two solutions for better-converting visitors into customers, a highly respected supplier of Premium Bootstrap themes, templates, and UI Kits. The 5th tool is Themify Ultra Theme, it is a powerful WordPress theme packed with everything you can think for.

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When you first use Tailor Brands, it’s easy to miss out on all the amazing processes going on behind the scenes as the platform creates a logo for you. The company’s full-service branding suite delivers unique results and graphics that look professional, at a fraction of the cost. It starts with a few simple questions designed to help the company’s advanced AI match your preferences with its vast library of designs, color combinations, texts, and logotypes. Once it has uncovered a good match, Tailor Brands’ logo maker delivers a final product that becomes the basic building block of your branding.

The company’s full-service suite includes several other complementary tools like fully branded business materials. These include branded letterheads, presentation templates, business cards, and full EPS files to create branded swag and gifts for clients and visitors. Moreover, Tailor Brands produces a brand book for your company, making it easy to manage your strategy and ensure your logo and brand always shine through in the best possible light.

To get started on the social media front, the company provides a practical toolkit to boost your efforts. This begins with a weekly planner for posting that comes with ready-to-upload ads, posts, and covers that can be fine-tuned as needed. For flexibility, you can add your own posts or manage the planner as you see fit. Tailor Brands also includes a Facebook ad creator to help you gain exposure if you’re using a paid traffic strategy.

If you’re looking to get online quickly and have a polished, but simple presence, you can also use the company’s landing page maker, which presents you via a one-page introduction for potential clients and users to visit alongside a way get in touch with you.

For a $2.99 basic monthly subscription and a $10.99 monthly full-service branding suite, Tailor Brands offers you beautiful designs and branding at a fraction of the cost of a professional designer.

Price: Starting from $2.99 / month.

 

  1. Convertful

 

Convertul is highly appreciated, including by the marketing guru Neil Patel, for quickly converting visitors into leads and customers. It works with all website and eCommerce platforms, but also with all major email marketing software. In short, it works for anyone.

They are offering 50+ responsive and beautifully designed templates, a powerful drag and drop builder with whom you can easily add, move, and delete each form’s element, such as text, images, buttons, videos, follow buttons, page sharing controls, and countdown timers.

Convertful is packed with a lot of useful features like A/B testing, real-time analytics, dynamic data capture and much more. You should check their website for more info.

Sign-up for free and convert „cold” site visitors into leads.

Price: $29 / Year

 

 

 

 

Creative Tim is a highly appreciated place for web designers and developers where they can find Admin themes, Dashboards, UI Kits, Landing Pages, Free and premium templates and much more, everything based on Bootstrap 4, Vuejs, React and Angular. All their products have a great quality and were made with huge attention to details. Save time by having everything at your disposal and have a quicker and easier web development process.

It is already used by more than 300,000 happy people and numbers quickly increase. Their freebies are under the MIT license and they are offering 3 bundles with lots of things included. The Big Bundle has everything Creative Tim is offering and costs $249 for the personal license, the price being 80% reduced.

Browse Creative Tim and pick what you need.

Price: Depending on the product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon is one of the best-invented things, it helps us a lot to quickly sale and buy items. LandingCube is used to create highly engaging and converting Amazon landing pages that can be fully customized with branding, product images, descriptions, videos from YouTube, Vimeo and all major providers, FAQ, 5-star reviews and much more.

LandingCube gives you the option to capture emails in exchange for coupon codes. Once you capture someone’s email, you can market to her in the future. The possibilities are nearly endless: create your own product launch list, drive sales or stay in touch with customers using a weekly newsletter.

Sign-up for a free 14-day trial and check all the features they are offering. Having more sales is easy and it will greatly help you on the long run, as you will drive external traffic (Facebook, blogs, Pinterest etc), separate from what Amazon is pointing to you.

Price: Starts from $19 / month.

 

  1. Themify Ultra Theme

 

 

Ultra Theme is a powerful WordPress theme packed with tons of features and the latest technologies. Ultra now comes with design skins and pre-made demo sites! The skin not only transforms the site's design appearance but can also help you to set up a real sample site within minutes. With just a single click, you can import the demo setup that includes the theme settings, content, menus, widgets, etc., exactly like our theme demos. This is a time saver for creating client sites.

Price: $49 – Standard license.

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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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Creative Guide on COLOURlovers: Basic Palette Making

Creative Guide on COLOURlovers: Basic Palette Making


We are starting a video guide series for Creating on COLOURlovers. It will include tutorials, community tips and the overall in and out of being a member here in the community. I look forward to emphasizing the creation tools we have available to us and am adding many tips and tricks to each tutorial to get the best out of these controls.

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The community itself has gathered together to create an Un-Official FAQ Group: Sharing the Love. This is a highly organized section of FAQ's, tips and Q&A for all things COLOURloving here on the site. Keep in mind, it was opened and has been managed since 2007, so some information might be a tad out of date, but overall, it looks to be fairly on track with the current tools.

COMING SOON! In addition to the video tutorials I am working hard to compile the Unofficial FAQ Group in to a downloadable PDF (and I will publish it with iBooks). I do not have an ETA at this point in time.

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It is my hope that this downloadable guide will broaden the creative skills some of the members want and need and open up doors for quicker creating when we get new members. The FAQ Group was really well put together by some very dedicated COLOURlovers Members and highly organized, giving me a great base to work with. I am working to add extra visuals, diagrams, a linkable chapter head and index and the PDF will also allow searchable content. All sources and authors will be attributed in the final copy. The cover art is not final.

Please enjoy this first Creating on COLOURlovers video covering the BASIC PALETTE MAKER. Click the link and follow along!

In the video, I go over in detail, how exactly each part is essential to Color Mixing:

  • HEX code (not only what this is, but how to use it to gauge your color purity)
  • What is RGB (Red, Green and Blue)?
  • What is HSV (Hue, Saturation and Value) - This will be your most impactful piece of color mixing, get some basic tips on using these!
  • The Large Color Mixer (big square) - How to control your use with picking colors.

Learning about these essential features and how to control your use with them will ideally make your palettes more beautiful, and you should feel more confident about this. While perusing the palettes on COLOURlovers you will definitely notice a dramatic difference in those who create really outstanding palettes versus those who don't seem to have a rhyme or reason to it.

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Marvel's Avengers 2 - Character Color Palettes [ Infographic ]

Marvel's Avengers 2 - Character Color Palettes [ Infographic ]


With the excitement building of Avengers 2 - Age of Ultron, another amazing Marvel movie, coming out this Friday, we thought it would relevant to take a look at some color related to the hero's. In the past, we've posted about The Colors of Good vs. Evil: Comic Book Color Palettes [infographic] and Classic Colors: DC Comic Characters. Today we are looking at three palette versions of the main characters of the Avengers Team.

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The world of comics has always been full of a dramatic array of colors! Notice over time how the color schemes used to be quite bright on spandex outfits, where the more pop culture hero series have taken them to a darker shade with added grit, grime and texture.

Comic characters initially started coming out in relevance to war going on and highly impacting families everywhere. The colors really inflect that super hero's were a pop of energy with added illustrative detail. When comic book characters first started making appearances, the color schemes in every day life were not popping off clothes and accessories, things were more dull and less dramatic.

Jump forward to today. We've got Neon trends everywhere (Keeping Up With Fashion Trends Neon + more neon). There is no lack of color in our every day lives. War to us is not a traumatic thing in the majority of the population unless you are directly connected to it within family or close friends. There is no draft, forcing fathers and brothers in to war. People today want, rough and rugged characters focused more on their personalities and war abilities than, their colors popping off the big screen. It's quite interesting to see that flow of change through time. Enjoy the graphic!

Avengers 2 on Marvel.com | Marvel Heroes Game 

Other Excellent Super Hero Content to Enjoy:


Avengers Color Palette Source Guide & Some Great Extra's:

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Thor_Vintage_ComicThorSexy_Thorwhat_would_Thor_do!Thunder_GodGOD_OF_THUNDERThorthorThors_raserThorThor_ClassicThors_FuryThorLoki


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The Psychology of Color: A Guide to Color Selection [ Infographic ] by RIPT Apparel

The Psychology of Color: A Guide to Color Selection [ Infographic ] by RIPT Apparel


Color theory and psychology queries on the World Wide Web bring up so many different infographics about color. We've posted about The Meaning of Color in Marketing before and way back in 2008 History Of The Color Wheel (does this still feel relevant?).

With infographics having taken on mass popularity, I notice there are only a select few worth actually spending time poring over. While this infographic by RIPT Apparel is directed as a guide to Designers, it can be awesomely relevant to keep in mind when applying color with anything in life.

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The infographic itself is well designed with a beautiful layout that makes for easy reading. Not to mention it is quite attractive to scan down and catch each color block quickly. I don't know about you, but my sensory system is loving this. I could certainly see this made in to an 8 x 8 flip book for desk reference. Thanks RIPT for creating such an impressive piece of visual information. Oh and hey, RIPT, if you're reading this, note on the desk reference, I would be first in line to order one!

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RIPT Blog with Infographic  | RIPTApparel.com

RIPT is a t-shirt company that creates absolutely stunning pop culture graphics illustrations.

"RIPTApparel.com sells unique, limited edition pop culture designs everyday on T-Shirts, Hoodies, Posters and more. Each design lives for only 36 hours and starts at just $11.00." - ABOUT RIPT

Enjoy a small ode to the pop culture tee design's on RIPT (check out more on the site, they are always changing!):

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*This was not a sponsored post*

More Color Theory to Consider:


Pop Culture Palettes on COLOURlovers:

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Game of Thrones [ infographic ] Color Analysis: House's & Character's

Game of Thrones [ infographic ] Color Analysis: House's & Character's


The incredible HBO series, Game of Thrones, is in the start of Season V, bringing us more intense drama, deception, death and the hunger for power and revenge more than ever. It's time to take a closer look at each House and what's behind their colors in connection to the main characters. After analyzing the color dynamics of each of these, I can say the science behind the show design is quite impressive. Enjoy this Infographic Color Analysis of Game of Thrones!

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Also, a cool perk here on COLOURlovers, members have created many inspirational Game of Thrones color palettes (also see foot of post) of the show and characters that beautifully depict many of the clothing and temperaments each character displays.

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Sources: Color Theory Characteristics |  House Color Palette Reference | Extra Reference 

Game of Thrones Color Palettes:

Click here for ALL Palettes

Daenerys_StormbornGame_of_thronesGame_of_thronesMiddle_GroundA_Winterfell_gardenLittle_Birdwinter_is_comingFire_and_BloodQueen_CerseiGame_of_ThronesLady_MargaeryCersei_LannisterDaenerysgame_of_thronesGuiltyOfBeingADwarfwith_fire_and_bloodOurs_is_the_FurySansa_StarkFamily_Duty_HonourMother_of_DragonsJon_SnowKhaleesiCrows_In_The_NorthArya_StarkWhite_WalkersCoat_of_Red

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Get in Touch with COLOURlovers Roots - Aaron Epstein Interviewed by Mixergy.com

Get in Touch with COLOURlovers Roots - Aaron Epstein Interviewed by Mixergy.com


Recently, Aaron Epstein, Co-founder of COLOURlovers.com was engaged in an exceptional interview on Mixergy.com. Mixergy is a site that shares the wisdom and talents of founders from a multitude of industries. In the interview, you'll learn how Aaron’s ColorSchemer software helped introduce him to Bubs and Chris and how their collective talents collaborated to develop our beautiful community.

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Here’s a great opportunity to hear the history of how COLOURlovers came to be!  I'm about the same age as Aaron, so personally it was kind of fun to listen to his historic timeline of events from his Y Combinator days through his ColorSchemer days and then eventually meeting up with Darius (aka Bubs) and Chris who had started COLOURlovers in 2005.

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Aaron, Chris and Darius officially merged their business scope in 2009, which launched the real core of the community we have today. Watch the interview of read the raw transcript at Mixergy.com

Thanks again to these guys so invested in bringing a resources of color to the online world. When did you join COLOURlovers?

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The Colors of Your Favorite Christmas Movies

The Colors of Your Favorite Christmas Movies


Ah the holidays. A time for friends, family, and traditions. In my family, we watch westerns on Christmas. Don't ask me why. I know friends that look forward to their annual A Christmas Story marathon on TBS. And then there are others that prefer to have John McClane over for a little mayhem around the holidays.

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Whatever your preference, it's that wonderful time of year when you get to revisit your favorite movies with the people that you love. Join us as we take a look at some of the popular holiday films and their colors.

Elf (2003)

A delightful little film, Elf hearkens back to the old Christmas special claymations in just about every way, right down to the retro color scheme.

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Seamless: Millions of Wallpapers in Your Pocket

Seamless: Millions of Wallpapers in Your Pocket


We sure do love it when people do cool things using the COLOURlovers API. The latest awesome creation to hit your iDevice is an app called Seamless.

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This delightful new app uses the Creative Commons wallpapers from the COLOURlovers community, giving you access to over 3 million wallpapers, right in your pocket. They've been adapted specifically for your device and presented beautifully within a delicate and detailed design. Just take a look at the lovely UI:

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