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30 Useful Online Resources For Graphic Designers

30 Useful Online Resources For Graphic Designers

How would you like to be able to use the same resources that graphic designers use, so you can create amazing websites and other projects? There are plenty of well-known, and not-so-well-known tools on the Internet that the world’s top designers use for many of their projects, and you can access these same tools for all of your projects. Here are 30 of the best online resources for graphic designers of all levels.

1. UI Cloud

uicloud

    This is the world’s largest user interface design database. You can download more than 46,608 UI elements, such as progress bar, music player, and more.

    2. Free Stock Images

    freestockimages

      You will likely be needing images for websites and documents, and you don’t necessarily want to pay for them.

      3. Kaku

      kaku

        This is a great free tool to use if you deal with clients and associates from other parts of the world. This plugin will let you translate text layers into a variety of different languages, and it is easy to use.

        4. Psddd.co

        pss

          This is a great site to use for PSD files. You will also have access to UI and blurred background elements. Find all kinds of templates and more, for free.

          5. Gridzzly

          griz

            If you need grid paper, don’t bother running to the store, or trying to use a ruler and a pencil to create it. Instead, use Gridzzly to create grid paper you can print out for free and use any time.

            6. Colour Lovers

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            colour

              Sure, you have a decent color pallet on your computer, but you likely only have the basic Pantone color pallet. This website has more than three million free color pallets which you can use to inspire you to create amazing projects.

              7. Subtle Patterns

              subt

                Sometimes, you just want subtle patterns for backgrounds. Find about 400 different patterns here for free. You can even get a Photoshop plugin.

                8. Size Marks

                size

                  This Photoshop scrip will convert rectangular marquee to labeled measurement mark. This is a great free tool for web designers and front-end engineers.

                  9. Webydo

                  web

                    Design a website for free, and you don’t even need to use code, so it is also super easy. You can manage content, and even publish independently using Webydo.

                    10. guideguide

                    guide

                      It can be really hard to use guides when you are creating websites. Guideguide will show you how to easily use guides. You can download this tool for Photoshop 3.1.3. There is no cost to use this site.

                      11. No More Banding

                      nomore

                        Don’t you just hate it when you try to do gradient colors, and they end up banding? Put an end to it with this tool, which is free to use.

                        12. Make App Icon

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                        makeapp

                          Here is a fast way to turn your designs into app icons. Simply drop your files, and your icons will be created for you. It doesn’t get much easier than that, and it’s free.

                          13. Hexy

                          hexy

                            You don’t have to select layers, highlight text, or open the Color Picker to get a hex value of a certain color any longer. Just use the free Hexy eyedropper tool to click on any color on the object, and copy it right to your clipboard.

                            14. Perfect Effects 3

                            perf

                              This is a site for photographers, where you will be able to add effects. The great thing about this site is that it is faster and easier to use than other photo editing software, and it is free.

                              15. Cut & Slice

                              cut

                                Export assets to various devices quickly and easily with Cut & Slice. You can even name layers for a better workflow. This is a free Photoshop plugin.

                                16. Layrs Control 2

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                                  Download this Photoshop extension for free, and make doing this tedious job a whole lot quicker and easier. Here you will find seven scripts to make layering actually seem like fun.

                                  17. Prisma

                                  prisma

                                    If you miss those great color swatches from Illustrator in Photoshop, you can find them here for free. Connect layers and then re-color them together using multiple PSD files.

                                    18. CG Textures

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                                    gq

                                      It can be difficult to find the best backgrounds and textures for your graphics. At CG textures, you will find just about any texture you can think of, free of charge. One of the really neat features of this site is that you also can check out tutorials on how to use the textures.

                                      19. Free Behance Presentation Builder

                                      behance

                                        Build presentations for your Behance portfolio in a single click. This free PDS File and Action tool is easy to use, so you can build presentations without worrying about all of the hard stuff.

                                        20. WhattheFont!

                                        myfonts

                                          Sometimes you see a font that you really like, but you don’t know what it’s called so you can’t use it. Now, you can send a screenshot to find the closest match to the fonts you like, at no cost.

                                          21. Fribbble

                                          fribble

                                            When you need icons, you can get them at Fribble for free. Some of the neat tools you can use include a Halftone Pack, an iPhone/iPad PSD Mockup, and a Sketch Icon Set. You even get 50 free icons.

                                            22. Velositey Version 2

                                            velo

                                              Using Photoshop, you can design an awesome website in a matter of seconds, for free. Choose from loads of templates and modules, and get the design aspect out of the way so you can get down to the nitty-gritty of creating a website.

                                              23. Liveshare PS

                                              invi

                                                Use this free tool to broadcast any Photoshop document to an unlimited amount of people via a LiveShare meeting. Everything is in real time, so if you make any document changes, they will be seen by everyone instantly.

                                                24.  Instagram Filters

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                                                devian

                                                  This app has 13 filters that are just like the app Instagram for Photoshop, and it is simple to use. You do have to buy the art, and the cost will depend on the work and the artist.

                                                  25. Typewolf

                                                  type

                                                    Choosing the right fonts for your website can be difficult. Typewolf will show you the fonts used on various real websites, so you can see how they look in use. This tool will also recommend fonts for you to use. This tool is free to use.

                                                    26. Free Images

                                                    free

                                                      Any time you need free images, this app has nearly 400,000 for you to choose from. No matter what you need, you are sure to find it here. There are even tutorials on how to use the images to your best advantage.

                                                      27. Free Lorem Ipsum Generator

                                                      layerhero

                                                        This free app will let you see how your design looks with default text or Lorem Ipsum. Customize options for generating words, sentences, and paragraphs in a single click.

                                                        28. FontAwesomePS

                                                        creative

                                                          This tool lets you search for icons, and then click to make a new layer shape that you can edit. There is a huge selection of font icons, and you can download this tool for free.

                                                          29. Photoshop Share Plugin

                                                          lay

                                                            This free tool lets you share your designs instantly. The great thing is that you can do it all from one app, so you no longer have to switch back and forth between apps.

                                                            30. Social Kit

                                                            social kit

                                                              This is from Made by Source, and it covers images, ad banners, and profile photos for social media. This plugin is free to use, and you will find customizable templates for Facebook.

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                                                              10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                              10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                              The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                                                              Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                                                              Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                                                              In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                                                              1. Cal Calendar

                                                                Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

                                                                The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

                                                                Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                                                                Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                                                                What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                                                                Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                                                                Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                                                                Available for iOS and Android

                                                                2. Google Calendar

                                                                  Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                                                                  Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                                                                  Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                                                                  The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                                                                  Available for iOS and Android

                                                                  3. Jorte Calendar

                                                                    Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

                                                                    The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

                                                                    Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

                                                                    For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

                                                                    A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

                                                                    Available for iOS and Android

                                                                    4. Business Calendar

                                                                      Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                                                                      The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                                                                      You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                                                                      The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                                                                      Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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                                                                      Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

                                                                      Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                                                                      A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                                                                      Available for Android

                                                                      5. Calendar

                                                                        Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                                                        A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                                                        Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                                                        Available for Desktop, and iOS

                                                                        6. aCalendar

                                                                          aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                                                          Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                                                          Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                                                          When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                                                          Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                                                          The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                                                                          The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                                                          Available for Android

                                                                          7. DigiCal Calendar

                                                                            DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                                                            With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                                                                            Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                                                            The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                                                            Available for Android

                                                                            8. SolCalendar

                                                                              SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                                                              The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                                                              Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                                                              Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                                                              Available for Android

                                                                              9. Today Calendar

                                                                                Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                                                                The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                                                                If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                                                                Available for Android

                                                                                10. Calendar Widget: Month

                                                                                  Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                                                                                  Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                                                                                  The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                                                                                  This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                                                                                  If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                                                                                  At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                                                                                  Available for Android

                                                                                  Our Verdict

                                                                                  Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                                                                  Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                                                                  Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                                                                  The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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