Well technically they found me and I am so glad they did because I think this is one of the best resources for designers that I have heard of yet. It is a site called Canva which is an online design school and much more. I have yet to explore all the goodies this site offers but I can tell you they have a collection of templates you can use to help make professional quality designs for cards, posters, book covers, flyers and many more projects! I can see the potential of how helpful this could be for people who are not tech savvy but would still like to have their own small businesses. Canva is an Australian based company that boasts over 2 million users and many of the services they offer are free... you can bet I will be delving more deeply into what they have to offer and update you as I find more but for now let us just focus on the blog post they recently did which points us to "74 Best Sources for free stock images" and wow there are a few that I have already mentioned but most of them I have not heard of yet and I am excited about going and checking them out myself! This blog post has helpful information about the different licenses that apply to stock photos such as creative commons and Public domain. As I have said before and I cannot stress enough, you need to do your homework when it comes to the terms of the photos and sites you use and make absolutely sure you understand what rights they are granting you before you use any content they are offering! I have a high respect for copyright law and intellectual property rights and I hope you do as well! It is my intent with posts like this one to help you find resources you can use without violating copyrights and without worrying about the legal ramifications that can result! I just wish I had more time to explore these links right now, but it will have to wait for now. Anyway I hope you will take a look and find some that you can use and I will definitely write more about Canva later so stay tuned!
If you have never heard of Gimp, it is a free open source software program that is similar to Photoshop. Gimp is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program and I believe it was originally developed for Linux but it is now available for Windows too and I love it! Let me be clear here though, you have to learn how to use it, Gimp is by no means an out of the box ready to use program and I have only scratched the surface of what is possible to do with it. That is why I am sharing this link to a very helpful PDF version of a book called "Grokking the Gimp" by Carey Bunks. I have used a few things I learned from this book. I haven't finished reading it myself either but already I can tell that it will be a go to for help when trying to learn new and wonderful things to do with my Gimp!
I am so glad that I couldn't afford to buy a copy of Photoshop or I wouldn't have discovered this awesome free software for creating artwork! I am looking forward to my journey of becoming a "Gimp Master" Check out my Redbubble portfolio to see some of my work that I have created with Gimp here.
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