15 useful websites every creative person should know

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A few days ago I caught myself thinking back about the time when I first started drawing and painting. It was on 2010 when I felt I need a change in my life. I started to spend more and more time on drawing. I spent hours observing other artists and creative people. Throughout these years I have discovered some really useful websites every creative person should know. I would love to tell you about these websites.

DESIGN

1) Canva– It’s a great place to create designs for Web or Print. It has many templates, some of them are with a little fee. You can create templates for your blog posts and you can also make templates for your social media sites and e-mail letters. If you don’t have previous experience with Canva, there are also tutorials which will help you out!
2) Picmonkey– This is actually my favourite place when it comes to editing pictures. Mostly I use it to create collages. It also allows you to add filters, frames, texts and effects. You can sign up for Royale which lets you use many exclusive filters, touch up tools etc.
3) Ribbet– Ribbet is similar to Picmonkey. You can edit your pictures and make collages. It’s very easy to use and you can use from over 50 collage layouts. It lets you add texts, stickers, borders and effects to your work.
4) Fiverr- It’s a marketplace for creative and professional service. The best part about it is that you will get everything done at very good price whether it be graphics and design or you just need someone to write you a blog posts or you need help with social marketing. You name it!

SELL ART ONLINE

1) Society6– its a platform for artists to sell their artwork. When someone buys your product, then Society6 produce it and chip it the customer on the behalf of you.
2)Artfinder– Artfinder is a global marketplace for creative people to sell their work. Their mission is to support independent artists.
3)Saatchi art– Great place to sell your artwork. Saatchi handle all the logistics so you just have to create art and put it out there.
4)Artsy.net– Their mission is to make the art available to anyone with internet connection. They even have their Iphone  app.
5) Amazon-Online platform for all kinds of things. In my opinion creative people should take more advantage of this place.
6) Fineartamerica– Professional platform to sell your work. They have made it very easy to upload the work with few clicks and set the prices for your work. Once its done, they take care of the printing, framing, matting, packaging, shipping and collecting payments from the buyers.

LEARN NEW THINGS

1) Udemy– Udemy is an online education marketplace which has over 30 000 courses. If you are low on a budget and would like to develop new skills, then this place is perfect for you. In fact, there are many courses for free.
2) Tuts+ – It helps you learn creative skills. You can do it by learning new skills with video courses or if you prefer reading over watching videos, there are also written tutorials.
3) Lachri fine art– Lisa is one of my favorite artists. She has many tips for artists about techniques and also about social media.
4) Jason Morgan– If you are interested in painting wildlife and animals then you should check out his page. He has many art videos and ebooks. I personally have bought an ebook from him and I am very happy with it. Very informative and full of good tips.
5) Skillfeed-Skillfeed offers over 30 000 video tutorials. You can sign up for 7 day Free trial which will give you unlimited access to every single course.

What kind of useful websites do you visit? Leave a comment!

20 sites with beautiful stock photos

 

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Do you have a blog? Do you have beautiful pictures for your blog? You don’t? Then you have come to the right place. Sometimes finding a perfect photo for your blog can be very time consuming. I have made a list of sites with stock photos to help you out.

As an artist I have learned over the past few years that when it comes to blogging and having your own website, beautiful and high quality pictures are required in order to get more exposure. When I started the blogging, I had no idea of all these sites who offer stock photos. Fortunately I have done some research and now I know where to look from.

Each site has its own rules. Read them through before you use any of their photos.

1) Shutterstock– This site offers over 50 million photos, videos and music tracks for your creative projects.
2) Getty images– You  can find high resolution royalty-free images, editorial stock photos, vector art, video footage clips on Getty Images.
3) Dollar Photo Club– I absolutely love this site. This is a place where I get my blog pictures from. It has over 34 million professional high quality royalty free stock photos. They offer memberships- Monthly membership and Annual Vip Membership.
4) iStock– Offers you millions of royalty free-images, illustrations, videos and music clips. You can pay per download by buying the credit or you can buy subscription.
5) Veer–  You can find affordable stock photography, illustrations and fonts on Veer. You can choose between subscription plans.  It has 1 month subscription and 1 year subscription.
6) Morguefile– Morguefile has high resolution stock photos for you and they are completely free.
7) Bigstock–  Site has over 24 million stock photos, videos and vectors. You can try their 1 month Free Trial and you can choose 1 image or vector every month for free. They also have 7 day Free trial and you can choose 5 royalty-free images every day. If you are a photographer, you can even sell your own images and get paid for them.
8) Craphic River–  They offer over 373, 000 stock graphics files from $1 for Photoshop, Design templates and so much more.
9) Depositphotos–  Site has royalty-free stock photos, vector images and videos. You can choose a plan that works for you. They offer monthly subscription, daily subscription and Pay-as-you-go Credits.
10) Free range stock– They provide quality stock photos for commercial and non- commercial use. Images are shot by Freerange Stock, drawn from Freerange archives or contributed by photographs.
11) Matton images– Matton images has over 13 million model released photographs, illustrations, footage, music clips, fonts, maps and illustrations.
12) Unprofound– The site is 100% non profit which means that these photos are free. Though if you like what the page owner Jim is doing, you may donate for server/bandwidth costs.
13) Inmagine- It’s world’s largest royalty-free stock image content provider.
14) Fotosearch– It has largest collection of professional images and footage. You can buy single image, buy subscription or buy credit.
15) Photospin–  Royalty free stock photos, illustrations and more.  They offer 1 month subscription and single image, starting $2 per image.
16) Dreamstime– You can find stock photos and video footage for as low as 0.19.
17) Vivozoom–  They offer low cost royalty free Microstock images guaranteed with a Legal Warranty.
18) Can stock photo–  They have over 15 million stock images, 25 000 new top quality images are added every day.
19) Free digital photos–  This site’s photos are ideal for business, personal and educational use. Every image is free. If you want lager images, they are with reasonable price.
20) Fotolia–  Is a place with 39 million images, vectors and videos. You can pay for single images,buy monthly packs or buy for subscription plans.

Where do you get your stock photos? Let me know in the comments section.

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10 reference photo resources for artists

 

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Have you ever had problems with finding a good reference photo for your artwork? I know that sometimes it can be a real struggle if you don’t know the right places to search from. Therefore I decided to make a list of all the places where you can find photos for your next artwork/project.

Free resources
On Facebook there are many groups and pages where you could find reference photos for your next artwork. Each reference group and page have their own rules. Make sure you read them through before using any pictures.

NEW SITE Reference photos for artists It’s closed group on Facebook. You have to send an invitation to be a part of this group. It offers photos starting from still life and ending with mushrooms. You may also upload your finished artwork to this group. Personally I have found many reference photos for my paintings and drawings so I really like this group

Artist reference photos– it’s a Facebook page for artists and photographers. They ask you to credit any photographers when you use their work. They have a huge gallery which offers photos about almost everything. There are many pictures about landscapes and animals. This page also lets you post your finished artwork for page members to see. I like this page. It has so many beautiful pictures. Sometimes it’s hard for me to choose.

JuneartZ Free reference photo’s for artistsThis one is also on Facebook. It’s a personal collection of photos from June. She allows artists to use her pictures. She has only one rule. You have to credit her. I haven’t used any of her photos yet, but I think she has some really beautiful photos on her page. I will definitely use some of them in the future.

MorgueFile– It offers high resolution stock photos which are freely contributed by many artists. They ask that you credit the photographer when possible. Although, if you have any questions, you should contact the specific photographer.

Public domain photos– They allow you to use their images for any purpose, including commercial. If some photos contain logo and products, you should be careful.

Free photos for artists–  You can find wide variety of high quality, mega pixel and copyright free photos. It has many galleries full of beautiful pictures.

Resources with a fee

Wildlife reference photos– The website is run by a family of 5 members. Photos are royalty-free which means that once purchased you can use photos as many times as you wish. You can use them for personal and commercial use. 1 photo costs $5. They offer a featured subscription. It allows you to download 5 high resolution photos for $10 if you download them in 30 days.

African Reference photos– As name already says, this website offers wildlife reference photos. You can use them for personal and commercial use. 20 photos are just $10. All these photos are taken by  Scotch Macaskill.

3d.sk– It offers human photo references for 3D artists and game developers. So if you are an 3D artist, then check out this site.

Paint my photo– Personally I haven’t used photos that this site offers but I have noticed that many artists use photos from that page. In order to use the photos you have to register and become a member. It asks you to consider a small monthly subscription.

Do you know any other photo reference sites for artists? Please let me know and I will add them to my post.