Everyone loves free stuff. The internet is just full of free design resources, right? Eh, not really. Simply because you find an image on the internet, does not mean it’s free for the taking. Finding graphics can become a bit complicated when you consider all the legalities and licenses behind images. Free image sites are often limited, low quality, and require you give the artist credit.
You should always be wary when you find an image but you can’t find a license or permissions to go with it. Lack of a license does not mean you can do whatever you want with an image. Usually then you should contact the person who owns the image/graphic.
So what about the topic of this post? Well, I’ve found that while some resources aren’t free, they can be pretty cheap. You can easily get awesome, good quality images for a cheap price. You’re blog is an investment. $20 can get you quite a bit on some of these sites I’ll be showing you. You don’t even want to know the number of hours I’ve spent scrolling through graphics on these sites for client projects.
Creative Market is my favorite place to buy resources. Prices are great and so are the graphics. They have photos, graphics, fonts, templates, themes, and more! The great thing about Creative Market too is that they have one license for all the graphics on their site. It’s suitable called the SimpleLicense. What is awesome about this license is that it allows for Personal and commercial use :D
Also, notice those free image links in the screenshot above? That’s right! When you become a member there are six free goods you can receive every week! They also somewhat recently started doing these huge bundle packs where you can buy a crap load of resources all together for a great price.
Envato Market is similar to Creative Market, but I would only recommend it if you want graphics only for yourself. They have a “Regular License” which provides cheap prices, but it can’t be for-profit. Their commercial license is significantly higher in price.
I’ve personally never used their graphics portion of Envato Market. I have used CodeCanyon a couple times though for their cool plugins.
Etsy was the first site I ever bought web design graphics from. This is where I stopped trying to search for those elusive free images and found some great cheap graphics. Etsy has a pretty good selection of digital graphics. Careful though, it can be easy to get addicted to this site. Etsy has more than simple graphics that can tempt you :)
My only warning is to be careful with licensing. Etsy doesn’t have an overall license for all digital products. You have to check each shop’s specific polices before buying something. If you’re not sure, just contact the shop owner.
Shutterstock is not what I would consider very affordable, especially if you’re a newbie web designer with a limited budget. However, I want to include it because the graphics there are awesome. Sometimes all it takes is one amazing graphic image to make a blog design. You can easily get smaller details of blog design on other sites like Creative Market, but sometimes it’s a good idea to spend a bit more on the primary blog image/header.
They have an images on demand option where you can buy 2 images for $29. Not a bad price if you’re willing to make the investment.