handy links and useful stuff

For those who aren’t ready to hand over the design work to an external designer, I’ve put together a resources page that will hopefully help you out.  For the software that I use, if you can’t or don’t want to commit to purchasing monthly, I’ve listed others that offer a one-off purchase or even free.

There are also links to stock images sites (mostly free) and places to finds icons & fonts, and even sites that will match font’s together. They can also give you colour patterns to use or even to identify that font used on the website. You have no idea what it is.

If I find a site I think is helpful, I will try and remember to update the list, so it’s worthwhile simply bookmarking and coming back to it. If you come across a good site that isn’t on the list, please let me know and include it for others.

If you have any questions on the links below, I’m more than happy to have a chat. Even if it’s things like the difference between vector and a raster program!


monthly subscription

Adobe Suite – Industry standard tool for creating design work

– Illustrator – vector
– Photoshop – raster
– Indesign – publishing
– Acrobat – PDF viewing

one off payment

Affinity – A cheaper alternative to adobe

– Designer – vector
– Photo – raster
– Publisher – publishing

Fotor raster
Pixelmator PRO raster
CoralDraw vector
Gravit Designer vector
Fox Reader PDF viewing

free to use

Krita – raster
Gimp raster
Inkscape – vector
BoxySVG – vector
Vectr – vector
NitroPDF – PDF
Slim PDF – PDF
canva – misc – design
Pablo – raster




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