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20 Useful Free Websites for Designers to Discover in 2021

These resources will prove very useful at different stages of the design process and help you start 2021 off on the right foot

If you’re looking to create a library of useful resources for design projects, this list features websites that will help you fulfill your professional goals.

Below you’ll find a list of websites organized into categories: from web design and branding to graphic design. If you want to discover additional recommendations for each category, just click on the category title in red.

Free Websites for Creating Color Palettes

Colormind

Upload any image and Colormind will turn it into a harmonious color palette. Unlike other automated websites, instead of selecting the dominant colors in the image, this free website uses an algorithm to find the colors that go well together. You can also browse a selection of ready-created color palettes.

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Adobe Color

Upload either a reference photo or an image you’ve created yourself and Adobe Color will extract a color palette. This website also allows you to save palettes and gradients so you can use them in your Photoshop or Adobe XD projects. The tool is free, but you will need to log into a Creative Cloud account to save themes and palettes.

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Adobe Color

ColorSpace

If you’re after a quick and easy solution, then this tool is ideal for you. Enter a color code or search for it manually, and the generator will come up with options for different palettes made up of different numbers of colors.

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Free Websites for Downloading Mockups

MockupBro

This is a royalty-free online mock-up generator for portfolios, web design, print design, and many other commercial or personal projects. If you use the free version, your designs will be watermarked–you will have to subscribe to remove it.

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MockupBro

CreativeBooster

This platform is of particular interest to those looking to create a strong brand image: not only does it offer mock-ups in .psd format, but also templates for logos and briefs. It has a catalog of over 18,000 graphic resources for packaging, all of which are available for free.

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CreativeBooster

ApeMockups

This collection features thousands of high-quality mock-ups, which you can preview before downloading. You'll find great options for stationery, packaging, apparel, and more.

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ApeMockups

Website for Free Fonts

Google Fonts

This library features over a thousand different font families. It allows you to preview phrases in order to test out which font is right for you. It is a great resource for editorial design.

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Google Fonts

Font Squirrel

This popular site has a great collection of fonts in various styles that have been tagged to make browsing easier. You can preview phrases.

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Font Squirrel

DaFont

This much-loved site boasts a collection of fonts that are ideal for beginners or those on the hunt for eye-catching fonts for diverse projects. You can search the collection, which also features icon fonts, by style.

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DaFont

Free Stock Images

Unsplash

This website is very popular among creatives. A source of inspiration for thousands of designers and artists around the world, it allows users to download high-quality stock photos in exchange for crediting the author.

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Unsplash

DesignersPics

This website has a variety of traditional stock images. While this catalog is not as extensive as others, on the plus side, DesignersPics often doesn’t require the user to credit the authors of the images they use, and it offers a strong selection of food-related photography.

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Picjumbo

When it comes to finding stock photographs for creative projects, Picjumbo is the go-to source. Totally free, it offers thousands and thousands of images from a range of categories, such as travel photography, animals, or the world of business.

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Free Open-source Design Software

GIMP

Known as the free version of Photoshop, GIMP is an image manipulation program. Available for all operating systems, it is open-source software that allows you to edit all kinds of images.

It is ideal for graphic design, retouching, and digital illustration projects. If necessary, you can install external plugins to improve your experience.

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Inkscape

This free vector graphics editor is useful for illustrators, designers, and web developers. It’s compatible with various file formats and features a text creation tool and curve control. This free software is available for Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Free Websites For Web Design

HTML5 Up

This site presents a free (under a Creative Commons license) collection of HTML5 templates, all of which are responsive, customizable, and built with HTML5 and CSS3. Find the template you like the most and either test out a demo or download it right away.

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InVision App

This tool is ideal for product design, workflow design, and team collaboration. Gather information and inspiration and then start developing your project. It also offers free web design tools.

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InVision App

Infogram

This website allows you to create eye-catching infographics, charts, and reports with time to spare. Lighten your workload by creating templates for each one of your clients with the correct fonts, logos, and color palettes ready to use. You can also create simple animations, interactive graphs, and maps, and collaborate in teams.

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Free Websites with Diverse Graphic Design Resources

Flat Icon

Browse over two million free vector icons in a great range of styles, created by hundreds of designers. You can download them as SVG, PSD, PNG, or EPS file formats, and icon fonts.

Once you choose an icon, you can customize the colors. You can also access collections and search collections by author. To download icons and packages, you will need to is create an account and register.

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Flat Icon

Humaans

This intriguing platform offers content created by illustrator Pablo Stanley, which can be used for both commercial and personal projects. You decide how much you want to pay to access this library and use his illustrations at no extra charge. You can create your own characters–choosing their hairstyles, clothing, accessories, and poses–and incorporate them into your own designs and projects.

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Humaans

Photo Creator

This site takes stock photos to the next level: it allows you to choose models, props, and backgrounds to create new compositions. Once you’ve registered, you can save your photos and view them later. After creating your unique composition, you can download the image for free (in high-res PNG format). To access the version offering files with layers that are editable in Photoshop, you will need to pay a monthly subscription.

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What other websites for design resources do you recommend?

English version by @eloise_edgington.

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