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Best Websites for Creatives, Vol. 2

It’s been a while since I put together best websites for creatives round-up, and thought it was time to do another. I’ve added some great resources to my repertoire since then, and wanted to share with my fellow creatives out there. If you have any go-to sites, tips, or tricks for creativity, feel free to share them in the comments below!

for PHOTOGRAPHY 

  • Want great, high-quality stock photography for free? Sign up for Death to the Stock photo’s monthly newsletter, and you’ll receive a pack of 10-12 images free for personal use.
  • Looking to learn how to take your DSLR off auto mode? This tutorial gives you a good overview of the three things that will help you do that: shutter speed, ISO, and aperture.
  • Interested in food styling or still life photography? This blog post is a must-read, containing information on everything from staging to camera settings.
  • Take your photography to the next level with Lightroom. I’ve downloaded the 30-day trial, and am loving it because it lets you fix white balance, colors, and over/under exposes photographs.

for DESIGN

  • Need to make designs, but don’t have InDesign or want something simpler? Canva lets you do everything with their drag-and-drop online software, and has a range of graphics and images on hand for you to choose from.
  • We use icons a lot at work for posters, flyers, and brochures because they help simplify complex ideas. To find them, I always turn to The NounProject‘s library.
  • I am constantly updating my graphic design Pinterest board with my finds from around the net.

for TYPOGRAPHY

  • Ever needed to know the name of a font, but just can’t figure it out? Upload an image of the font in question to What the Font, and it will identify the exact or a similar one.
  • Want to see what types are being used in your industry, or the world at large? In Use is a great resource, and they can also help you identify fonts.
  • Neither of the above two sites work at identifying a font? Upload it to Typophile and their community of experts can help you out.
  • I also update my typography Pinterest board regularly.

for COLOR 

  • Dribble allows you to share your work with others, but you can also sort projects by color allowing you to see projects that also use that color. This is great for gaining inspiration or building a color palette.

for INSPIRATION AND INFORMATION 

  •  Hands and Hustle is a blog written for “movers, shakers, hustlers, and makers” and I always have great ideas once I’ve read Sabrina’s latest post.
  • The menus Art of the Menu curates are always well designed and have great logos, two things that can be used in any industry.
  • I love the entire site over at Design Sponge, but I particularly enjoy their Day in the Life series and 101 Guides, which usually spark a new idea for me to execute.
  • The Fresh Exchange always has unique content, beautiful photography, and fresh design. Written by creatives for creatives, this site always gives me new ideas (and a little bit of envy ;]).
  • Emblee has created a lot of resources for bloggers and those interested in web design.
  • I recently stumbled on Elle & Company on Pinterest, and am hooked. She writes about branding, marketing, social media, SEO, blogging…basically everything I am interested in. If you run your blog or website on Squarespace, she is a must read for tips and tricks.
  • Jenny Purr writes articles specifically for bloggers and creatives, and covers everything from how to balance working full time and your passion project to authenticity.

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12 Comments

  1. Lauren wrote:

    This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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    • Katie wrote:

      Glad it was helpful! xo

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  2. Mikkaela wrote:

    Great post, really helpful! I have seen everybody talking about Canva so I may just have to go check it out!
    xx, Mikkaela

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    • Katie wrote:

      Let me know what you think!

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  3. Kelsey&Kenecha wrote:

    This is so helpful! 🙂

    http://floralsandsmiles.blogspot.ca/
    twitter.com/floralandsmiles

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    • Katie wrote:

      Glad it was! xo

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  4. Jamie wrote:

    This is a really helpful list. I really like the info on fonts and type! I will definitely be utilizing that area!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks girl! Always on the look out for some new fonts :]

      Published 2.22.15
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  5. Cara wrote:

    This is a round up I have been in desperate need of, thank you!

    xx Cara
    http://www.carascliche.com

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    • Katie wrote:

      YAY! Glad it was helpful! xo

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  6. I love all your blogging tips Katie! I followed your SEO advice a few months ago and it made quite a difference! I’m definitely going to check these out, especially the photography tips! I always have trouble with getting the perfect food pics! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    http://www.taffetaandtulips.com

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    • Katie wrote:

      Aw, thanks Kate! I am so glad they have been helpful to you! Photography is always something that is a work in progress for me. I think your food photography is great, so you’re clearly doing something right!

      xo katie // a touch of teal

      Published 2.18.15
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