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I. ARTICLES


  • The Design Center: Want to hone your design skills? You can start with the basics, work through the general design tips, and then get down to the nitty-gritty with tips for designing ads, brochures, logos, newsletters, and Websites.
  • Doing Business: Learn the business side of design. Find a wealth of expert business advice, from self-promotion to client relations, from people-management to freelancing success.
  • Copywrite Your Work: Creative Commons helps you publish your work online while letting others know exactly what they can and can't do with your work. If you already have a website loaded with your own work, follow the steps below, otherwise try one of our guides to publishing your licensed work at a variety of hosting services.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO): "I talk about how may page rank went from 0 to 5 in one update. How articles did it for me and how it can work for you. Plus small but important tid-bits."

II. RESOURCES


  • How to create a FavIcon: Would you like to display your own icon on the browser address bar when visitors view or bookmark your web page? Now it's easy to create icons for your web pages with FavIcon from Pics. Simply select a picture, logo or other graphic (of any size/resolution) for the "Source Image" and click "Generate FavIcon.ico"
  • Free Stock Photo Resource: Whether you just want to browse our huge image gallery or want to share your personal photos with others, this is the site for you!
  • Image Uploads: Need to upload an image? Below are various sources for you to do just that.

Graphics: Backgrounds, patterns, textures, and wallpapers, all for your convienience right here! =D

 

 

Also Check out: SZayat's Ultimate HD Wallpaper resources & Snelan's Wallpaper thread.

 

  • Sketch Up: Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create, modify and share 3D models. It's easier to learn than other 3D modeling programs, which is why so many people are already using it. We designed SketchUp's simplified toolset, guided drawing system and clean look-and-feel to help you concentrate on two things: getting your work done as efficiently as possible, and having fun while you're doing it.
  • Blender: Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License
  • Online Machine Shop: "Why waste time traveling, calling, faxing or emailing to conventional machine shops - and waiting days for quotations? Reduce your total time up to 90%! Open doors to new products and projects, to inventing new things, to reducing the cost of parts and more. Quantity 1 to 1,000,000. Look what we can do for you! eMachineShop's FREE Intelligent design software gives instant exact pricing, expert feedback, and unrivaled convenience."
  • 3DPlus&Animation: 3DPlus is the amazing 3D design software that enables you to create stunning 3D graphics for your home, school or business - no experience required! (free)
  • Drawplus : DrawPlus is the amazing drawing and graphics software that enables you to create stunning vector graphics, family trees, room layouts and even web animations. (free)
  • Gimp: GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc. (free)
  • Inkscape: An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. (free)
  • Photoplus: PhotoPlus is the amazing photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance digital photos, create stunning bitmap graphics and even web animations. (free)
  • Adobe Fireworks: Accelerate web design and development with Adobe® Fireworks® CS* software, the ideal tool for creating and optimizing images for the web and rapidly prototyping websites.
  • Adobe Flash: Enjoy a fast, fluid workflow with Adobe® Flash® CS* Professional software, featuring a streamlined user interface, advanced video tools, and impressive integration with related software.
  • Adobe Photoshop: "Adobe® Photoshop® CS* and Photoshop CS3*Extended — to meet the diverse needs of professionals in a wide range of fields."
  • Paintshop Pro: Corel offers an extensive range of software products that let everyone from home users to professional photographers do more with digital photos. From simple solutions for enhancing, sorting, sharing and storing digital photo collections to sophisticated image editors, Corel software makes digital imaging easy and fun. Enhance and personalize your digital photo collection with scrapbooking tools, create digital slideshows and more—with Corel, the possibilities are endless.
  • PanterX: New Corel® Painterâ„¢ X—the world's most powerful Natural-Media® painting and illustration software—features unique digital brushes, art materials and textures that mirror the look and feel of their traditional counterparts. Setting the standard for digital painting and illustration, the Corel Painter X digital art studio introduces new composition tools, unparalleled performance, and the all-new RealBristleâ„¢ painting system that models traditional brushes like never before—right down the individual bristles on the brush!
  • Paint.NET: Paint.NET is a free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative userface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
  • Adobe Kuler: (Creation Manipulation Tool) - "It`s free online tool and resource for the creation of colorschemes." - Mr. Eiht

III. TUTORIALS


  • Pixel2Life: For almost every design program you can think of, there is a tutorial for it here. Extensive directory for those looking to improve their design or programming skills, or searching for new ideas to help them develop their skills.
  • 3DBuzz: For all things 3D this is the site for you. A simple and free registration opens up a world of free video tutorials on some of the worlds best 3D software and game engine editors.
  • Good Tutorials: When they say "Good Tutorials" they're not exaggerating! Want to hone your photoshop/html/flash/etc skills? This site is just what you need to hone in those skills you never knew you had!
  • Absolute Cross: "A one-stop resource for webmasters, programmers, & graphic design professionals. Here you'll find a rich selection of high quality tutorials, ideas, and imagery to help you on your way as a web developer."
  • Planet Photoshop: Featuring photoshop tutorials, tips and news. Definately a place to go for all things photoshop.
  • Photoshop Cafe: Welcome to the Photoshop Cafe, a free resource for photoshop tutorials and tips boasting over 6 million unique visitors.
  • Tutorialized: Photoshop Tutorials, flash tutorials, a great stop if you're in need of some photoshop and flash assistance.

VI. FREE SCRIPT ARCHIVES


  • Host Scripts: The net's LARGEST PHP, GGI, Pearl, Javascript and ASP script collection and resource web portal. Nuff said.
  • Script Archive: If you're looking for Free Perl CGI Scripts, look no further.
  • Script Search:Your Ultimate Resource for JavaScript scripts, source code, php, java, books, examples, help and more!

V. FREE WEB DESIGNS AND WEB LAYOUTS


  • Free Layouts: Come here to get your fill of free Web Templates, CMS Templates, and MySpace Layouts.
  • Clan Templates:Forming a CS: Source clan, don't know where to start? Welcome to Clan Templates, your ultimate resource to make your clan website number 1 for FREE.
  • Layouts 4 Free: free Layouts, Free Web Templates, free logos, free logo templates, flash templates, business templates and more!
  • Zymic: Free Web Hosting, Free Templates, Free Tutorials and More
  • OSWD: Want to download free web design templates? This is for you.

IV. STOCK PHOTOS


  • Stock Xchng: Offers a huge archive of fun, high quality pictures searchable via catagory or search bar.
  • A Frame Photo: picture library specializing in surf and beach images, including waves, surfers, landscapes, flowers, portraits, sunsets, kids and beach culture.
  • Alamy: Hard to Find Rights Protected and Royalty Free Images from all the main photo stocks.
  • Art Bitz: The Designer's Stock Resource! We offer affordable royalty free stock design elements.
  • Art Lex: ArtLex is a dictionary of art for everyone interested in art production and its history. You will find articles on thousands of art terms, along with terrific images, pronunciation notes, great quotations, and links to other resources on the Web.
  • Big Stock Photo: Beautiful, royalty-free, low-cost stock photography for web developers and graphic design professionals. Use our photos on your websites, templates, marketing, sales or practically any use at all.
  • Brandx: Unique Royalty Free Images - site has a nice look, a little hard to search.
  • Call of the Wild Photo: Private collection of high quality Royalty Free Stock Photography available in both high-resolution for print and low resolution for web based projects. Specializing in Oregon, outdoor, scenics, and floral photography. Commercial license high resolution images to 2400 x 3600 pixels. Secure online ordering with electronic delivery.
  • Com Stock: Specialize in commercial stock imagery, especially model released "Lifestyle" and "Business" imagery. Comstock sells both Royalty-Free and Rights Protected images.
  • Corbis: Enjoy over 1.6 million images online - the largest digital collection on the web. Enjoy royalty-free or traditional licensing of images.
  • Creativity 103: This site currently contains almost 200mb of free abstract digital photos and backgounds ready for you to download.
  • Creatas: Creatas provides high-quality, royalty-free stock photography, illustration, and footage, as well as design tools such as Pantone, Linotype, and FontHaus. Its vast library brings together the world's most highly recognized and highly-regarded brands, providing innovative, compelling, and thought-provoking images.
  • Cyber Poto: Supplier of professional hi-resolution and super hi-resolution royalty-free digital images.
  • Deadline Pictures: Deadline Pictures is a photostock agency, launched on March 2000, with the purpose of making alternative photography available for designers. As a new-born company we only use the ideal medium for distributing pictures: the Internet. Fast, cheap, 24 hours a day.
  • Digital Vision: Digital Vision is a leading producer of digital content for the creative community. Our goal is to help creative people create more easily.
  • Dreams Time: Photographers and designers using film or digital equipment are enabled now to sell their portfolio of images online. Dreamstime.com aims on creating a powerful photo community, providing royalty free images and royalty free stock imagery or photos to DTP designers, web designers, photos for printing brochures, advertisements, magazine or newspaper ads, and electronic use on websites or Flash interactive animations.
  • aPictura: Online searchable library of royalty free images. Collections of CDRoms and instant download of high resolution, ready to use photographs and illustrations.
  • Fisrt Light: Rights-managed and royalty-free, plus a whole extravaganza of other exotic treats.
  • Foto Search: Search royalty free and rights managed stock photos, medical clipart pictures, royalty-free illustrations, royalty-free motion stock video clips, royalty free vector maps, and background clip art imagery.
  • Free Foto: Free Foto is the largest collections of free photographs for non-commercial use on the Internet.
  • Free Images: FREE digital photographic images for web, dtp, and design. Royalty and cost free stock photos.
  • Free Digital Photos: Free pictures for websites, newsletters and documents etc. For commercial and non-commercial use.
  • Getty Images: The leading provider of imagery and film to communications professionals around the world.
  • Graphic Obsession: 500 000 royalty free images online, 30 000 character fonts, more than 7000 video
  • Image Source: A market leader in Royalty Free photography. Image Source offers instant access to thousands of contemporary images ready for creative use.
  • Index Stock: An expanded collection now includes Advertising and Commercial color, Editorial color and B&W, Vintage B&W, Retro color.
  • Image State: Known for its original, stylish imagery and the professional way the company always incorporates the latest digital techniques into their products, John Fox Images has more than 15,000 professional royalty-free stock images.
  • IM-Visions: Buy unique high resolution images at affordable prices. Quickbuy and instant download single photos for only $5.95 !
  • I-Stock Photo: members buy/sell high resolution, royalty-free stock photos for just $3.00 or less each.
  • I-Stock Photo: Check out the exciting new royalty-free images from IT Stock Free, one of the world's prominent independent picture producers.
  • Liquid Library: LiquidLibrary is the refreshingly different design resource that includes unlimited access to over 75,000 high-quality, royalty -free photos and illustration, and a Media Mix consisting of lively, energetic music tracks, attention-getting motion, and professional PowerPoint templates.
  • Alun Blue: Stock Footage and Image Library. A Luna Blue provides highly creative royalty-free stock footage and photography. Digitally produced for broadcast, desktop video and all new media. Available on QuickTime CD, DVD and file download.
  • Media Bakery: Media Bakery provides royalty free content and media licensing services to businesses around the globe. Combining an aggregated collection of Royalty Free publishers, broadband and internet technologies with one of the world\\'s largest royalty free publisher sources.
  • Morgue File: A place to keep post production materials for use of reference, an inactive job file. This morgue file contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.
  • Oz Images: OzImages offers a comprehensive range of stock photography and photographer research services to genuine photo buyers.
  • Photo Essentials: Select from thousands of high-resolution royalty-free images, including premium quality model-release assignment photography.
  • Photo Spin: Subscription based royalty-free photos, illustrations, fonts, film and sound. Pay annually and get unlimited downloads of over 100,000 available images.
  • Picture Quest: Filled with digital content including stock photography, pictures, illustrations, maps, graphics, royalty free photography & other design images, PictureQuest stock photography agency has a photo research service to find digital photos & specific graphics.
  • Pictures of London: Images of London fro the design and editorial markets. Small but effective library
  • Rubber Ball: digital stock photography of people and lifestyles on CD-ROM.
  • Think Stock: Thinkstock is a vibrant community of stock web sites. Each site in this community is dedicated to providing exceptional imagery within specific content niches.
  • Time Tunnel: Vintage illustration and stock photography for the graphics professional; Specializing in fun, royalty-free collections of pinup art, pulp and comic book cover art, vintage labels and textiles.
  • UK Stock Images: UK based royalty free stock library. All UK models in UK locations. All images exclusive to the site and available for online purchase.

If you happen to notice a dead link, or have a suggestion to a site that should be added, post your suggestion here and I will update.


Edited by Miki - 1/23/13 at 4:09pm
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I call for sticky
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I prefer Photo Bucket over Image Shack, The Shack is on Pop Up Crack.
Nice work but you forgot the kitchen sink

Does the Likes of E Machine Shop, Blender and Sketch Up fit in here anywhere?
    
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I planned to add on to it for sure, don't worry =D

edit to add: I've updated with new stuff.
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Jesus christ son. Youve done nothing but help everyone out. 144 posts and 70 reps and I keep seeing more and more from you. Keep up the good work man, which is all ive seen.



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I dont see an Adobe Imageready wish it was there...
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Add Paint.NET and rigshowcase.com (admin started it), and it's good
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cool work man, alot of great links on there..... if any car guys are out there that like to do photoshop renderings, i know of some cool places, i'll have to reference where all i got them all......
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Can you add http://www.cgtextures.com/ to the textures or stock photos list?
It's a great site with really good (and large) textures. I mainly use it for grunge mapping or to add a paper texture to a photo or design. There's some great stuff for grunge and pop art.
Downside is there is a 15mb a day limit. Most large images are 1-2MB. For web use and smaller images, you can get a good amount within the limit. I think there may be ways around the limit too, reseting cookies, or using a different browser, i'm not sure. I only use a couple a day max so no big deal.
    
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Added, apologies delay, need to pay more attention to this thread.
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