5 Free Design Resources

DEC 9, 2014

We are so delighted that you have created a design from start to finish over the last 8 days of our SpoonChallenge! Now that you've created a digital file and have uploaded your design, explore the abundance of free, high-quality design tools and resources available online. We've rounded up a few of our favorites, but please let us in on your favorite tricks of the trade in the comments!


PicMonkey is a free image editing tool that allows you to resize your files, add graphics and text to images, and even create collages. You can actually access PicMonkey directly from our site when you upload your image–Eloisa's blog post shows you a sampling of what you can do!


Pattern Observer is geared toward helping you take your surface design to the next level. While their blog is chock full of interviews, advice, and even textile history, they also offer comprehensive e-courses that will take you from creating your design portfolio to honing in on creating sketches that you can sell. 


Make It In Design also offers courses, tips, and a vibrant community of fellow designers. There is truly something for a desinger at every level on this site, including issues of MOYO Magazine, their quarterly publication dedicated to surface design.


Pexels is an amazing resource for free, high quality photos. Their blog also features tons of helpful material, including this great round up of Websites Every Designer Should Know.


Creative Bloq delivers tips, inspiration, and resouces for all types of design–graphic, web, 3D and more. They've rounded up 2500 Free Resources for Designers, featuring typography, graphics, and even Photoshop ad-ons!




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  • mindyrdesigns

    #Spoonflower I want to thank you so much for your “Twelve Days of Design” I have learned so much and I have a whole new year of all the windows you have opened for me. “I’ve Only Just Begun” I missed a few days on purpose because I know nothing on Photoshop. This is on my list of goals for 2015. It will take me months to get through all the blogs, etc. You guys are great! Thanks again from the bottom of my heart>