What are the best resources for graphic designers?

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    #1Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphics editor software developed by Adobe Inc. This can be used to create different designs with its drawing tools. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Terry Bryant
    Written on April 6, 2017
    "Adobe illustrator gives graphic designers tools that allow them to create vector-based graphics and it works on both windows and mac. "
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    #2Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing software that became the industry standard today used by professionals and hobbyists alike. It has plenty of features allowing amounts of photo editing jobs to be done.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99- Free trial available

    Carolyn Fernandez
    Written on June 26, 2017
    "I think Photoshop is an excellent tool to make changes to art or pictures. You would make good use of it if you are a professional photographer."
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    #399designs

    99designs
    99designs is an online graphic design marketplace that connects businesses of all types and sizes with talented creatives around the world. 
    Websites

    Janet Bailey
    Written on June 20, 2017
    "99designs seems to be a good resource for graphic designers. Unfortunately, it's services are also very pricey. I will keep searching."
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    #4Brands of the World

    Brands of the World
    Brands of the World is the most comprehensive library of brand logos in vector format. BotW is also a great place for designers to upload their logo designs and professional details to get exposure, recognition and clients.
    Websites

    Free

    Andrea Gutierrez
    Written on August 20, 2017
    "I used this to inspire myself when doing graphic design and vector art. I also like to find elements of brands and logos to show to clients, so they can get a feel for what they want me to create for them. It's kind of like picking out the hairstyle you want from the catalogue at the beauty salon."
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    #5CorelDRAW

    CorelDRAW

    CorelDRAW is an illustration tool compatible to both Windows and Mac computers that helps users in designing either for print or web. The software also enables users to edit photos, layout multi-page designs, and more.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $669- Free trial available

    Anthony Weber
    Written on February 19, 2017
    "I like corel Draw because the LiveSketch tool is extremely useful for me. Only drawback i would say is that we have to pay extra if we decide get a couple of more tools."
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    #6Vector Portal

    Vector Portal
    Vectorportal is huge database of free original vector files offered under Creative Commons Attribution License. Users can freely use our artwork for their designs.
    Websites

    Free

    Tyler Webb
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I use Vector portal to give me ideas for my graphic design projects. I have found that their site is easily used and completely free. I have used their designs and have given credit to them, (which is all they ask) bit of free advertising never hurt anyone and is easy to accommodate. What is truly amazing about Vector Portal is they have a fast turnaround with any questions I have and they helped me once change their design to better suit my project."
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    #7Painter

    Painter

    Painter is a complete solution for professional graphics designers and artists looking for realistic results. This software offers a wide range of progressive drawing tools, natural brushes, making it a great complement to Adobe Photoshop.

    Software

    Windows

    $429

    Linda Chen
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "I'm your typical graphic designer, a little ocd in my hunt to always keep it fresh and always use the best of the best available. So when I heard about Painter 2017, I had to give it a try. The results have been amazing. I absolutely love the natural brushes. It's a great addition to my collection of goodies!"
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    #8dafont.com

    dafont.com
    Archive of freely downloadable fonts. Browse by alphabetical listing, by style, by author or by popularity. These fonts can be installed in Windows, Mac, and even Linux computers.
    Websites

    Free

    Madison Riley
    Written on February 14, 2017
    "I use dafont.com all the time for designing things for my clients, whether it's a small or large project. There are plenty of options for licensing, depending on what your project is, and the fonts are super easy to adjust once you've downloaded them."
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    #9Drawing with Jazza - How to draw

    Drawing with Jazza - How to draw
    Drawing tips and tricks applicable to any program or medium!
    Videos

    Free

    Theresa Burke
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "This channel has a lot of useful information. I like how it is not just for one type of drawing, can be for paper or digital programs, the knowledge can be used either way. It brings all different kinds of artist together and the comments section can connect you with others you may not have considered discussing art issues with, because they use a different medium. "
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    #10[TUTORIAL] How to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and Students

    [TUTORIAL] How to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and Students
    How to Draw Cool Stuff shows simple step-by-step illustrations that make it easy for anyone to draw cool stuff with precision and confidence. These pages will guide you through the basic principles of illustration by concentrating on easy-to-learn shapes that build into complex drawings.
    Books

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    Ajay Dasgupta
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "This book can be used by almost anyone trying to improve their artistic ability. It helps break down larger drawings into simpler steps which makes it easier for anyone from a novice to expert to repeat. This book did a wonderful job showing step by step how to draw amazing things. I liked the step by step aspect so I could learn how to draw more complex designs, but also when I got to any step, I was able to put my own artistic touch on it and make it my own. This is definitely staying on my bookshelf."
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    #11DeviantArt

    DeviantArt
    DeviantArt is the largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts, allowing people to connect through the creation and sharing of art. These works available to download and offer multiple resolution options depending on the artists.
    Websites

    Free

    Kathleen Schultz
    Written on January 9, 2017
    "DeviantArt has been an amazing place for sharing art. I get a lot of feedback from many different people and it really helps me become more artistic. I have had so much inspiration just going in and browsing the many varieties of art. This really has been a fantastic site for my artistic side."
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    #12[TUTORIAL] How to

    [TUTORIAL] How to
    How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry, and (every once in a while) change the world. Written by Michael Bierut.
    Books

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    Doris Fisher
    Written on April 18, 2017
    "This would be a useful book for those going into the graphic design field. I would probably use it as a broad general reference instead of a technical one, though. It touches on things like work life balance, relationships with clients, and the challenges one faces going into this area of work. People don't realize how hard it can really be, and this book can show them what to expect. "
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    #13Photoshop CS6

    Photoshop CS6

    Photoshop CS6, added new creative design tools and provided a redesigned interface with a focus on enhanced performance. This program is compatible with a computer, laptop, smartphone, and tablet devices.

    Software

    Windows

    $29.99- Varies by plan

    Elizabeth Reyes
    Written on January 20, 2017
    "I want to say Photoshop CS6 is a great resource for graphic designers. Sadly, I cannot give this program positive reviews. It is terribly laggy and freezes up randomly. How will anyone get any work done under such conditions? There are better resources graphic designers can utilize."
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    #14The official Adobe Photoshop YouTube channels

    The official Adobe Photoshop YouTube channels
    The official Adobe Photoshop YouTube channels provides all kinds of Photoshop tutorials from beginners to professionals.
    Videos

    Free

    Roy Young
    Written on January 22, 2017
    "As a graphics designer, I have to stay on the bleeding edge of new ideas. Sometimes you can feel yourself get into a rut and you just struggle to come up with ideas. n: The official Adobe Photoshop YouTube channels is an amazing resource to help develop your skills or refresh your memory on some concepts you may have forgotten."
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    #15Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills

    Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills
    In this book, written by David Sherwin, you'll find 80 creative challenges that will help you achieve a breadth of stronger design solutions, in various media, within any set time period.
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    Amy Burton
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "This book starts off on the right foot: Getting the creative wheels churning, but it makes things far too complicated like with it's big color wheel at the beginning. Creativity comes from inspiration more than anything else, not a step by step tutorial . I believe that the best way to build on my creativity is to actually brainstorm with a group of other creative types, blurting out anything and everything that comes to mind - so this book isn't all that helpful."
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    #16Portfolio

    Portfolio
    Portfolio makes it simple to show off your work to your clients, customers, and fans. Quickly create a new portfolio item and include images, videos, and text. Then, use the portfolio page interface to drag, drop, and organize your projects. You can even create multiple portfolio pages to showcase different types of work.
    Websites

    $79

    Stephanie Anderson
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "As a artist that specializes in creating Appalachian original scenes, I find that having a website helps broaden out my potential client base. Unfortunately, I have struggled finding something that would be user friendly to allow me to create my website that reflects me and my work. Portfolio has solved that problems for me by offering features that are easy to use so I can quickly create multiple pages to show case and organize my work that allows clients to peruse with ease."
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    #17[TUTORIAL] How To Design a T-shirt Graphic Using Photoshop

    [TUTORIAL] How To Design a T-shirt Graphic Using Photoshop
    Videos

    Free

    Raquel Andrade
    Written on September 18, 2017
    "I'm rather new to the graphic design scene so finding resources to help fine tune my passion was a must for me. One of the most useful resources that I've found so far has been How To Design a T-shirt Graphic Using Photoshop. This half hour video explains this project perfectly and teaches you how to apply the information to other projects as well. It's perfect for a beginner."
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    #18 How To Research T-Shirt Design Ideas

     How To Research T-Shirt Design Ideas
    Videos

    Free

    Emma Mendez
    Written on June 8, 2017
    "For the purpose of learning graphic design, this video only is relevant to t-shirt design (a very small segment of graphic design skills). That said, I thought this was a helpful video for finding t-shirt designs. However, a video on teaching graphic design would have been more useful than how to google. One more comment--I didn't like any of the designs the narrator found."
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    #19Delicious

    Delicious
    Delicious is a social bookmarking web service that allows you to bookmark, store, share and discover different webs. This tool uses a classification system known as non-hierarchical in which users tag with a freely chosen index.


    Websites

    Free

    Diana Fowler
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "This is really helpful for staying organized. You can create new searches by looking up different keywords that other users have already tagged, store everything in one place, and share pages directly. I've cut back on multiple other services to condense everything with this one. The one downside is you have to sign up pretty much right away before having a chance to explore much, but once you do you'll probably like it."
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    #20FotoJet

    FotoJet

    FotoJet is an app for graphic design, photo collage, and photo editing. It comes with easy-to-use templates so you don't have to know much to create great looking  designs. 

    Software

    Web, Windows, Mac, Chrome Web Store

    Free- Varies by plan

    Héctor Solano
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "Fotojet is a super basic Photoshop basically. Any basic photo editing or collage making you can do here. It's not advanced or professional grade by any means but it does has it's usefulness, primarily for people just wanting to do something fun that's quick and easy. I would by no means recommend it for a professional but for a casual social media or Facebook user it'd be great. "
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    #21The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

    The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust

    The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Saved Jews During the Holocaust is a picture book by Karen Gray Ruelle and Deborah Durland DeSaix. It was first published in 2009 by Holiday House under ISBN 0823421597.

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    Ann Mendez
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Although this is a picture book, I do not believe that it is a good resource for graphic designers. In fact I see no way in which a book about the Holocaust can be used to help graphic designers in any way. I believe this solution was a mistake. "
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    #22TastyTuts

    TastyTuts
    TastyTuts offers graphic design courses & digital art tutorials. It's an endeavor to inspire and teach beginners graphic design, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
    Websites

    Free

    Roger Kelley
    Written on June 15, 2017
    "TastyTuts has been an invaluable resource for me to drastically boost the quality of videos for presentations at my job. It has really made me stand out versus the rest of my peers and provides a fantastic and easy to use interface."
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    #23Creative Bloq

    Creative Bloq
    Creative Bloq is a website where you can find useful resources for designers, from tips, inspiration, and advice, to tutorials for different programs like Photoshop and Illustrator.
    Websites

    Free

    Dylan Harvey
    Written on September 26, 2017
    "This is an all-around useful and insightful website that I visit fairly often when looking for inspiration for my graphic designing. It does have some great tips and was quite useful in learning some of the more advanced functions of Adobe programs I use all the time. The site itself does have a little more advertising than I would like but it's not too obtrusive...and the information I learn makes it a worthwhile visit."
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    #24Vector Diary

    Vector Diary
    Vector Diary is a website dedicated to providing Adobe Illustrator tutorials and tips on a regular basis, from basic step-by-step articles that teach you how the program works, to more advanced tutorials.
    Websites

    Free- $24/year

    Terry Brooks
    Written on June 17, 2017
    "The tutorials from Vector Diary have been an amazing resource for me to improve me skills with Adobe Illustrator. It provides a very relevant and straightforward interface for users to navigate and improve their skills. "
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    #251001 Free Fonts

    1001 Free Fonts

    In this website you will find thousands of font fonts and you can download for personal use any of them. 1001 Free Fonts is the ideal website to  customize your texts

    Websites

    Free

    Christian Rodriguez
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Calling all graphic designers! If you're like me, you've been working on a project, but couldn't seem to find the proper font to perfectly complete your masterpiece. Your frustrations are cured with 1001 Free Fonts. This website provides you with a wealth of fonts (thousands!) that you can download for free! Trust me, your desired font is in this website."
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    #26Affinity Designer

    Affinity Designer
    Conceived and developed by a passionate team of artists and programmers, Affinity gives creatives exactly what they need for the highest quality artwork, photos, and designs accurate, high quality tools in fast, innovative, reliable apps with flair. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS

    $49.99

    Nancy Morgan
    Written on March 16, 2017
    "This looks like a nice piece of software for graphic design. However, it looks a bit pricey and I'm sure you can find free resources on the web somewhere to get you started before buying a program like this. "
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    #27Bannersnack

    Bannersnack

    Bannersnack is a cloud-based, easy-to-use, professional banner maker. It also has templates for social media images like Instagram posts, YouTube covers and more.

    Software

    Web

    Free- Varies by plan

    Ling Su
    Written on January 1, 2018
    "First of all, it costs way too mush for what it is. Sure, they have animated banners, but they glitch and I can't get them to export right. I don't recommend any serious graphic designer use this. "
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    #28Dribbble

    Dribbble
    Dribbble is a worlwide community where you can show, promote, discover, and explore design. Web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types share small screenshots that show their work, process, and current projects.
    Websites

    Free

    Samuel Russell
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "My friend and I were looking to start our own baseball card shop an were looking for someone to do a couple of designs for us. Dribble looks like a very trendy and fresh design company, it is cool how many different companies outsource to them. Was cool to see their entire gallery of work."
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    #29Google Web Designer

    Google Web Designer
    Create engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on any device.
    Websites

    Free

    Albert Hart
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "Google web designer is an awesome one for web designers.I use it to easily create ,interactive HTML5- based designs and motion graphics that can run on any vice.Am never locked out of my own work because the code behind my work is hand-editable.Its so effective when it comes to doing my job.I love it"
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    #30Adobe Fireworks

    Adobe Fireworks
    Fireworks provides web designers with a lightweight, effective means of creating graphics for their web pages without getting deep into code or lost amid multiple color palettes.  
    Software

    Other Platform

    Free

    Ann May
    Written on December 19, 2017
    "I'm a graphic designer and needed a great program for creating designs and graphics for my company. I found Fireworks, which is an Adobe program. Although it's not used as much these days by designers compared to Photoshop or Illustrator, I still love how lightweight and easy to use it is. It's just what I need to create web graphics and graphic design work. If you need a good, easy-to-use graphics program with a good amount of features, this is for you."
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    #31COLOURlovers

    COLOURlovers
    COLOURlovers provides artists, designers and professionals with the best resource for color trends, inspiration, and information. Like the open source movement where developers create better software by cooperative involvement, at COLOURlovers, visitors find color trends and information provided by the public itself. 
    Websites

    Free

    Jack Vasquez
    Written on October 8, 2017
    "This is a really neat idea that just fails in execution. The layout is poor and a good deal of information has been copied and pasted from other, better sites. Some of the advice seems sound, but I just can't get behind such a poorly designed site, for designers !"
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    #32Pencil Project

    Pencil Project
    Pencil is built for the purpose of providing a free and open-source GUI prototyping tool that people can easily install and use to create mockups in popular desktop platforms.
    Software

    Other Platform

    Free

    Michael Schmidt
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "It's nice to have an open source platform available for graphic design, I have clients that have different computer systems and it's nice to be able to be able to design something and have it come up pretty much the same no matter what system I designed it on. And some of my clients are pretty demanding with their GUI projects. Pencil Project is highly recommended!"
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    #33Iconfinder

    Iconfinder

    Iconfinder is a website that provides high-quality icons to millions of creative professionals. The Iconfinder Marketplace lets contributing illustrators earn royalties by drawing, uploading and selling their original artwork.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan.

    Jacqueline Brewer
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "This isn't really a great solution since it is just for icons. And most of them you are not designing yourself they are already designed. It may be a good resource if they are looking for a quick icon but it not a great resource for graphic designers "
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    #34Logopond

    Logopond
    Logopond is an inspirational site & showcase of identity work from designers of varying abilities all across the world. We seek to inspire and improve the talents of our design family through shared knowledge and helpful experiences.
    Websites

    Free

    Ayaan Rathore
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "This site is a collection of logos. In this sense, it may provide a useful reference for graphic designers. It isn't clear, though, how useful the site is for other resources graphic designers might be in search of, such as information about jobs and pay rates. Nor is it clear what kinds of shared knowledge or helpful experiences the site is equipped to provide."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for graphic designers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Adobe Illustrator CCSoftware 33 Paid
2Adobe PhotoshopSoftware 29 Paid
399designsWebsites 25 Paid
4Brands of the WorldWebsites 24 Free
5CorelDRAWSoftware 22 Paid
6Vector PortalWebsites 22 Free
7PainterSoftware 19 Paid
8dafont.comWebsites 18 Free
9Drawing with Jazza - How to drawVideos 16 Free
10[TUTORIAL] How to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and StudentsBooks 14 Paid
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