Not every church has a huge budget available for design resources. I absolutely get it! As a Graphic Designer myself, I want to share with you my favorite sites for scoring high quality vectors, photos, templates, and fonts that will bolster your design arsenal without breaking the bank. Also, these are websites that I trust and they don’t have crazy license agreements or attribution requirements. Many websites claim to have “free” graphics, fonts, vectors, etc but I would highly recommend checking for a license agreement before downloading any digital resources from the internet.
Now, let’s jump right into these 10 awesome websites for free design resources!
We’re kicking this thing off with my absolute favorite website for free and premium resources. Creative Market is a website where you can purchase various design elements like photos, templates, vectors, themes, fonts, and even 3D models. They have amazing prices and every week they have six items available for free! Make sure to sign up for an account and get on their email newsletter list so you can stay up to date on their sales, new items, and weekly freebies.
Next up is Lightstock. This website caters specifically to designers in the Christian community and many well known churches and organizations use their resources. While most of their content is for purchase only, they give away one free vector and one free photo every week. I really love the mission behind this company and I highly encourage you to get on their email list as well!
Oh, InkyDeals, you’ve been good to me! Their freebies are pretty random but they include some really useful infographic vectors and mock ups that I highly recommend. Also, don’t be afraid to browse the 99 cent section or even the paid section. Their prices are incredibly reasonable!
Now THIS is a website any designer working in ministry should be excited about! Church Media Drop isn’t just a website with free content, it’s an amazing example of designers and producers in the Christian community coming together to share their work with others in ministry. New resources are always being added so make sure you check the website periodically for fresh content!
I have been using Unsplash for years! Honestly, when I first discovered this website it kind of changed my life. It was the first absolutely free, no fuss, website that I found for free high quality photos. The right photo can make all the difference in a design and over the years they have expanded their library to include a wide range of photos to fit almost any need you might have. If you search a keyword, don’t just look at the photos that pop up, definitely check out the collections listed at the top as well. Sometimes what you’re looking for wasn’t given the exact tag you’re searching, but it has been included in a collection that fits that description.
Pexels.com is another photo website that I love. If you’re specifically looking for food pictures, I’d check this site out! Some of the photos do overlap with Unsplash but there’s enough variation between the content that I will usually check both.
StockSnap is a new site to me but it’s definitely growing on me! I find that this website is best for photos of people which are always tricky to find for free online. They also do a great job with tagging their photos by emotion as well as content so finding what you’re looking for is pretty easy.
Pixeden has some awesome templates to choose from! I’ve been able to score some great mockups from the site and if you do choose to subscribe to the site for Premium content, you can’t beat $6 a month! They have an awesome selection of freebies so next time you’re looking to mockup a t-shirt, make an infographic, or you’re on the hunt for some new icons, this is the place to go!
Pixel Buddha has a nice variety of just about everything! I particularly like this website for their textures. It can be difficult to find hi-res texture packs for free and they have some awesome sets to choose from. They also have some very unique patterns, mock ups, and fonts. Definitely don’t forget to check this website next time your searching for some new resources!
Last, but certainly not least, is my favorite website for free fonts. I know many people talk about DaFont but I prefer Font Squirrel because it’s a website that has only free for commercial use fonts. There are plenty of other sites the download fonts from but many of them require attribution, or they are only free for personal use. Even if I download a font for a personal project, I would much rather know that all the fonts in my library are okay for commercial use than to have to research each font before I use it for a paid project. Also, many areas of ministry like to make their own hand outs, invite cards, etc and this is a website you can feel safe recommending to them.