28 free online resources to explore
Free stuff is always awesome, right? Especially if it is of great quality. This week we’ve curated a range of free Internet resources for you to explore to your heart’s content.
• Death to Stock (http://deathtothestockphoto.com/): This site sends high quality images to your inbox each month. The images come from professional US and Canadian photographers who are sent on road trips and assignments to capture awesome images.
• Pexels (http://www.pexels.com/): Over 2,000 photos and counting under the Creative Commons Zero license. You can copy, modify and distribute these photos without any attribution required.
• Stock Up (http://www.sitebuilderreport.com/stock-up): Free stock photography from over 21 sites across the Internet gathered in one place.
• Splashbase (http://www.splashbase.co/): More stunning free stock photography and video, all fabulously in high-resolution.
• New Old Stock (http://nos.twnsnd.co/): Vintage stock photography taken from public archives. They are all available for personal and commercial use. There are also photo packs available for download, but these are not free.
• Foodies Feed (http://foodiesfeed.com/): If you’re into food and everything that comes along with it then this site is the place for you. The site is perfectly laid out in categories relating to food types, as well as the angles from which the photographs were taken. You can also get food icons, Photoshop filters and food illustrations here.
• Life of Pix (http://www.lifeofpix.com/): A gallery of free, high-resolution photos that have been donated to the public domain and have no copyright restriction. New photographs are added weekly.
• IM Free (http://www.imcreator.com/free): A site that provides a gathering place for all of the free stock photography resources. Along with photographs you can also get icons, templates and buttons.
• Type Genius (http://www.typegenius.com/): A site where you can select a starter font and it gives you other fonts that aesthetically match your first selection.
• DaFont (http://www.dafont.com/): An archive of downloadable fonts that are either freeware, shareware, public domain or demo versions. The site has a huge variety of fonts with more added every day and they can be installed on Windows, Mac or Linux.
• Fontface Ninja (http://www.fontface.ninja/): A free browser extension for Chrome and Safari that allows you to find out exactly what font is being used on any website along with the size and spacing of the font. With this extension you can remove any images to show only the font.
• Font-To-Width (http://font-to-width.com/): A script that takes a piece of font and fits it snugly into any container by adjusting the width and weight of the font in question.
• Rocketship (http://rocketship.fm/): Want to start your own business or learn more about start-ups? Rocketship provides regular episodes where successful entrepreneurs share their tricks of the trade. You can listen online or in iTunes and download MP3s of the episodes.
• Moz (https://moz.com/learn/seo): Moz is one of the leaders in inbound marketing today and they have made free resources available for you to learn about SEO, social media and online marketing.
• Duolingo (https://www.duolingo.com/): In this age of globalization, knowing more than one language can be a real asset. This free language learning site uses gamification to teach you languages like Spanish, German, French, Italian and Swedish. You can use it in your browser or download their iOS, Android or Windows apps.
• Codeacademy (http://www.codecademy.com/): An interactive site that teaches you how to code for free.
• reSRC (http://resrc.io/): A site filled with links to free programming learning resources across the Web.
Image editors and optimizers
• TinyJPG (https://tinyjpg.com/) and TinyPNG (https://tinypng.com/): Looking to save space on your PC or laptop? These two sites compress the file size of either JPG or PNG images, depending on what site you use. This site aims to give you the best quality images whilst resizing them. A Photoshop plug-in can also be downloaded.
• Compressor (https://compressor.io/): Compressor does the same as TinyPNG and TinyJPG, but it supports additional file sizes like GIF and SVG. You can also choose between two types of compression, namely lossless (perfect reconstruction of image) and lossy (reduces a file image by permanently removing information).
• Recite This (http://www.recitethis.com/): Here you type in a quote to turn it into a visually appealing image.
• Piktochart (http://piktochart.com/): An infographic generator that truly has a lot to offer. There are ready-to-use themes you can choose from or you can go wild with free images, icons and beautiful fonts. There is also the option of inserting charts, videos and maps.
• Picmonkey (http://www.picmonkey.com/): This online editor has everything your heart desires when it comes to image editing. You can crop, rotate, sharpen, resize and beautify. You can add text, filters, effects, frames, textures, overlays and stickers. There are even themes you can apply for certain events like Christmas, Halloween and Valentine’s Day.
• Skitch from Evernote (https://evernote.com/skitch/): If you’re busy with a project and want to get your point across quickly and clearly, Skitch is a great editor for your desktop, phone or tablet. You take an image and add annotations, shapes, arrows, sketches and text. You then share your image with your team members to get your message across.
Social media and forms
• Latergram (http://www.latergram.me/): A site that allows you to schedule Instagram posts just like you would with Facebook and Twitter. You can manage Instagram posts from the web or the Latergram app and scheduled images are pushed to your phone.
• Social Image Resizer Tool (http://www.internetmarketingninjas.com/seo-tools/favicon-generator-crop-images/): Each social media site has its own unique dimensions for profile pictures, header images and so forth. This site perfectly resizes, crops and optimizes your images to fit sites like Facebook, Instagram and Google+ before you upload them.
• Perfect Icons (http://perfecticons.com/): Create unique social media icons for your website or blog for free.
• Typeform (http://www.typeform.com/): An easy-to-use site where you can create forms of all sorts – from questionnaires and personality quizzes to customer feedback and market research surveys.
• IFTTT (If This Then That) (https://ifttt.com/): IFTTT helps to organize your online life with recipes (or formulas) that go like this: “If … then …”. For example, you can create a recipe that goes: “If I post an image to Instagram then automatically save that image to Dropbox.” Or a recipe that says: “If a new image appears in iOS Photos then automatically send me an email with that image attached.”