When I'm editing photos, creating compilations of products, or just want to zazz up my images, I LOVE using fun fonts and bad-ass brushes. Some of the best ones can cost money (I'm REALLY crushing on the Univers font right now), but there are loads of free resources online. For a list of great free photo editing software, check out this post: The Best Free Photo Editing Software for Bloggers.
And because I believe in being honest: I'm not above recommending the great lists that others put together with free resources!
Free Fabulous Fonts:
Having great fonts at your disposal is so necessary– almost everyone recognizes Comic Sans, Lucinda, and the other popular fonts that come pre-installed on your computer.
- dafont – This is my #1 go to for free fonts. I love the options, and how there are literally thousands to choose from. Each time I visit, I end up downloading dozens of fonts. Fonts are broken down in to files for the PC and Mac; you just pop them in to the Fonts folder on your computer, boot up your editing software and they work!
- 1001 Free Fonts: You'll find a bunch of duplicates from dafont, but a few new & unfamiliar ones. They also offer an option to buy 10,000 fonts for $19.95– an awesome price if you're too lazy to shift through pages and pages of fonts looking for good ones to download (and they're all commercially licensed, too, so you can use them on products you make a profit on).
- Smashing Magazine: High Quality Free Fonts.
Free Badass Brushes:
Brushes are an awesome way to add details to your images: arrows pointing to specific information, extra bursts of light coming from behind you, or make your image look like it's from a format it's not (polaroid pictures, anyone?).
- Deviant Art: Deviant Art has an AMAZING selection of brushes for free. Each one is labelled whether it's for Photoshop, Gimp, or another program. Some of my recent downloads include: filmstrip brushes, border & corner brushes, and polaroid brushes.
- Brusheezy: Brusheezy has more than just brushes– they also have textures, patterns, shapes, styles, gradients… you name it.
- Specky Boy offers up the Top 50 Brush Resource Sites on the web. This list is so long and awesome that I couldn't begin to fathom recreating it!
- Creative Design Magazine has 500 of the Best Free GIMP Brushes for Designers. Whoa! Gimp users, consider all of your needs met.
- Macho Arts shares with us the Best 75 Photoshop Floral Brushes (for all of us girly girls).
Fonts and brushes are just the beginning in ways that you can expand how you customize your blog's images. There are also textures, patterns– the sky is the limit!
What are your favorite resources for extras? Do you have a favorite font, brush, or texture that you love?