27 Indispensible Resources for Graphic Designers

Graphic designers are always in a battle to create the best looking results in the least amount of time. Constantly trying to make these gorgeous, polished designs without spending an eternity creating them usually requires using some pre-built elements — things like photoshop brushes, illustrator patterns, textures, etc…

In this list, we’ve compiled some of the best brushes, patterns, textures, fonts, and vectors that will help make your graphic design life a bit easier. Read on for more.

Photoshop Brushes

60 Most Wanted Photoshop Tutorials, Brushes, .PSDs and Resources

Another collection of collections, but there are some great brushes listed in the brushes section… you’ll find some other great Photoshop resources as well.

350+ Retro and Vintage Photoshop Brushes

All vintage and retro designs in this post, but it links to DesignM.ag’s other brush resources, including flowers, space brushes, and more!

20+ Photoshop Painted Inspiration and Brush Resources

Includes a section of great Photoshop Brushes as well as other Photoshop resources.

Illustrator Brushes

80 Best-Of Adobe Illustrator Tutorials, Brushes, .EPSs and Resources

This is noupe’s illustrator counterpart to their “60 Most Wanted Photoshop Tutorials, Brushes, .PSDs and Resources.” Once again, a long list of useful information.

45 Excellent Sets of Adobe Illustrator Brushes

A ton of paintbrush-like brushes, with some floral and geometric brushes as well.

28 Free Illustrator Brushes for making Swooshes and Swirls

The title says it all. More BittBox illustrator brushes, photoshop brushes, patterns, textures and more can be found here.

81 Amazing Argyle Illustrator Brushes

If you’re looking for argyle brushes, this is definitely the right resource – COLORBURNED also has a ton of other illustrator brushes here.

Textures

50+ High Resolution Textures, Tutorials and Resources

This post showcases some great textures, including some grunge, paisley, geometric designs, natural textures, and more.

101 Free Rock and Stone Textures

Includes textures for both natural and colorful rocks and stones. A great place if you’re looking for either.

Design Resources Pack #1: The Grunge Pack, Brushes, Fonts, Textures etc…

Includes textures, fonts and brushes — all in the grunge style.

Arbenting’s Texture Freebies

This lists all of the site’s free textures, including stones, grunge, fabrics, wood, and abstracts.

Patterns

The Showcase of Brilliant Pattern Designs

A great showcase to get your creative juices flowing.

450+ Abobe Illustrator Patterns

A lot of beautiful patterns for any design need.

The ultimate photoshop resource list part 2: patterns + textures

Links to lots of different patterns and textures, plus some tutorials.

Fonts

80 Beautiful Typefaces for Professional Design

The title says it all: lots of different typefaces with a preview of each so that you can easily see if the font is a perfect match.

40+ Excellent Free Fonts for Professional Design

This is a follow up to SmashingMag’s other extremely large font presentation, except these are all free!

50+ Fonts for Big, Bold Headlines

If you’re looking for some bold fonts, here’s the place to go. Includes font previews and links.

30 Fonts That ALL Designers Must Know & Should Own

It’s always good to get back to basics – here are Just Creative Design’s suggestions.

Icons

35 (Really) Incredible Free Icon Sets

Dinosaurs, sunny-side up eggs, and elephants are just some of the great free icon sets showcased here.

Tools Icons, Horror Icons and Twitter Icons

Three great icon sets provided free of charge by Smashing Magazine.

VECTORTUTS Freebie: 17 Exclusive Web Icons

A great set of general icons.

Free Icons: Function Icon Set, 128 Completely Free Icons

You may have seen this collection before, but it had to be included in this list of icon resources!

Freebies: A Social Media Icon Set Just For You!

Arbenting’s icon set for social media – also includes 15 Photoshop brushes.

Free Hand Drawn Doodle Icon Set for Bloggers

Some really neat, hand drawn icons.

Vectors

The Ultimate Collection of Free Vector Packs

This features 60 free vector packs, from ribbons and circles to dinosaurs and birds. There’s just a load of good stuff here.

Logo Tools 1 (remix)

A great, free set of vectors with lots of different silhouettes.

Free Vector Swirls and Twirls Pack

Just Creative Design’s free vector pack.

Share Your Favorites

These are only a few of the many resources available out there. Let us know which you use the most, and which are your favorites!

Comments

  1. says

    @Steven – Yes, there are quite a lot of resources you’ve provided :) I noticed that when I was compiling the list. Thanks, as always, for scraping the web for them!

  2. says

    Wow, thanks for the list! Seems like I end up bookmarking a lot more of these than I end up using. That’s okay though… they’ll be there when I need em.

  3. Felix says

    Quite a hand-full collection of online quick refs. Nice job. Will need to take time to sort them out, so I’m Bookmarking. More comments may follow as i explore further.

  4. Carlos Reyes says

    Great resources. Thank you. Does anyone have any advice regarding 3D design to make those realistic looking icons like the ones listed above in the resources (35 (Really) Incredible Free Icon Sets). I need something that will allow me to work in a true 3D environment, allowing me to rotate and manipulate the artwork from any angle, as well as compatible with popular image file types. I’ve had some recommendations: Strata 3D, Cinema 4D, Maya, Ice, Houdini, Mental Ray, Renderman, Bryce 3D, Lightwave 3D, etc… Most of these are used for visual effects in advertising and movies. Cinema 4D, Strata 3D and Lightwave 3D seem to fit the parameters of what I’m looking for, especially Cinema 4D.
    Would anyone with experience with any of these programs offer their experience and recommendation?
    Thank you in advance.

  5. says

    A great compilation – I think it makes it easier now to have a resource such as this that compiles all the resource lists out there. Thanks again.

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