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Creative Market - cheap fonts, illustration, photography

Great photography, illustrations, and fonts for the budget-minded blogger or designer

I’ve previously written about 7 great sources for free or low-cost photography, but today I want to sing the praises of another source of great photography source that also offers tons of options in fonts, illustrations, mock-ups, templates, and more — all sold directly by the creators. (Kind of an Etsy for designers.) The creativity and the skill of execution is consistently high, and the prices are, by and large, extremely reasonable. You can find beautiful hand-drawn fonts, versatile backgrounds, and on-trend illustrations, all for $5 and up!

Here’s just a minuscule sampling of the wide variety of goodies you can find at Creative Market. (Click on any image to go right to its product page.)

Unique fonts:

Brilant font

Hello Beautiful font

(Yes; the above is a font you can buy!)

Airbag font

Versatile backgrounds, for use in print or online:

wood backgrounds

watercolor backgrounds

Business card and website templates:

business card template

website theme for Shopify

And a wide variety of design elements for print and web::

blog banners

design elements, blog kit

design elements - badges + monograms

design elements - icons

They also have a killer referral/affiliate program! Sign up, and they pay you for every purchase a referred customer makes! Earn 10% on all referred customers’ purchases for a full year.

(Which, by the way, I’m doing in this post. But I wouldn’t promote it if I didn’t really use, love, and highly recommend Creative Market!)

Creative Market - cheap fonts, illustration, photography

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Find free images to use on your blog

Sure, you can use Google Images, but those aren’t always copyright free — and you should use only copyright free images or images for which you’ve purchased copyrights.

You may already know about low-cost options like iStock and StockFresh. But here are a few good sources for images that are both copyright free and cost free:

owl eyes from Photo Pin

Photo Pin – Good quality images, for the most part; the search results can be a little wonky, though. (The image above is from Photo Pin. Photo credit: Hamed Saber via photo pin cc )

Morguefile – The search works fairly well, but the image quality is very uneven. There’s a lot of bad stuff (bad composition, terrible lighting, no creativity, etc.), but there’s also the occasional gem.

Wikimedia Commons – This collection leans heavily toward historical, technical and scientific collections. For example, you can find drawings by Van Goghmaps of cities, or anatomical plates of the human body. (Art nerd heaven!)

Here’s a post listing four other sites (in addition to Photo Pin) that are good sources for free image.