Being a web entrepreneur comes with lots of challenges. There is to acquire good design tools, secure a good domain, sort out reliable hosting, get a functioning website up and running, develop a branding strategy, and much more. Luckily when it comes to your design needs and branding there are a lot of resources available to make your life easier.
Gone are the days when you had to sacrifice the quality of your design when using a do-it-yourself tool. Here are 10 design tools every brand savvy web entrepreneur should be familiar with.
Free Logo Design Tools
Every website needs a quality logo. The colors, font(s) and graphic you choose for your logo will dictate the design choices for your website and other brand assets. GraphicSprings is a free do-it-yourself logo solution that allows you to create a logo in just a few minutes. Once you are done with your design you can download it in high-resolution format and upload to your website right away.
If you don’t have a design background or don’t feel overly creative Courtright Design offers a neat inspiration tool. Select your preferred style like abstract, vintage or modern and then choose your favourite color. You can then browse logo design samples matching your criteria to inspire your own design.
Free Stock Images
The images you use for your website or any other brand asset can make or break the design. A picture is worth a thousand words so make sure you choose only relevant and professionally shot photos for your design projects. Gratisography offers royalty free stock imges that you can use for your personal as well as commercial projects.
Reshot is another popular free resource for images. Their database is handpicked and features high-resolution photos that you can either browse by category or search by tag. Once you find a photo you like simply click the download button for instant access.
If you are looking to elevate your website design, social media, presentation or any other promotional material incorporate icons. The trick is to use professionally designed icons and not to settle for clipart. Icons8 offers a large database of free icons that you can download instantly in PNG, SVG ad PDF format for personal and commercial projects.
Good Stuff No Nonsense offers high-quality, hand drawn icons and elements. If you really want to elevate your next graphic design project incorporate some of their icons. Their database is a mix of premium and free icon sets. You can browse their free options and download instantly.
Free Graphic Design Tools
With a logo, images and icons in place you need a solution to put it all together. If you are comfortable with programs like Illustrator then that’s your solution. However, if you don’t have a design background it’s easier to use a free graphic design tool like Fotojet. To start your next design project simply select what you want to design and then choose a fitting template. You can full customize your design before downloading.
DesignBold is another free option for designing anything from presentations to posters and brochures. The onboarding process is straightforward. Simply select what you want to design before choosing a template. Once their editor loads incorporate your logo, brand colors and content and customize to your liking. When you are done download and print or use online right away.
Free Stock Videos
Leveraging videos to promote your content is nothing new. However, lately there has been a surge of video template resources. Sites like Coverr offer free stock video footage that you can download and then customize with your preferred video editing software. You can browse their database by categories like mood, people, animated, etc.
Biteable doesn’t just offer free and professional video templates but an online video editor as well. Whether you need an explainer video for your product page or a promotional clip for your YouTube channel odds or you’ll find a suitable template here. After customizing your video you can download and publish immediately.
As a brand savvy web entrepreneur you know that you only have a split second to make a good first impression. Whether a visitor lands on your blog, sales page or on your social media channels make sure their visual experience is brand consistent. If you are just launching your website make sure you get the right logo in place and build up from there. If you are already up and running elevate your design and branding with the use of the right images, icons, videos, etc.
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