...because the only thing nicer than amazing stuff, is amazing stuff you dont have to pay for!
We love using free resources at BeesWax, and we thought wed share some of the best we found:
Clip art has kind of evolved into a dirty word, evoking hours of bad powerpoint presentations and fifth grade book reports.
Karen, proprietor of The Graphics Fairy is the elegant exception to this rule: a one-woman powerhouse of a website, offering free collections of gorgeous vintage works that have fallen into the public domain. Many of the”page charms” we use on BeesWax sites come to us via this amazing woman. Were very grateful to Karen for sharing her incredible stockpile of antique clip art.
Theres a so many free photo collections that we absolutely love. Browsing through these, youre sure to notice that nearly all of the images on the BeesWax website came from these collections. (And we passed the savings on to you!)
1) Morguefileis an oldie but a goodie. Huge collection of thousands and thousands of images, made available for free by their photographers. You can use these images commercially without attribution.
There are many photographers on Morguefile, but were particularly fond of Max Straeten‘s ever-expanding collection of gourmet food images.
2) Death to the Stock Photodelivers photographs to your inbox for free, to use as you please (with a few exceptions). These photographs are free to use, but cant be redistributed, since they are not in the public domain, and theres certain restrictions about use in pornography, implied endorsements, etc, covered in their license.
4) Resplashedhas a biggish collection of really spacious, elegant and atmospheric photography. Look closely and you can spot a few pictures we used on this website.
Banners and Cards:
1) Lots and lots of people swear by Canva, but neither Annika nor Rachel (both graphic artists by training) can figure it out. It might be one of those things thats much easier if you dont go into it thinking you already know what youre doing...
At any rate, many people have had great success with them, their interface is charming, and their design schoolis a really good resource.
2) If all you want is a quick, attractive, Etsy banner, definitely take a look atFotor. They have nice looking pre-built templates in exactly the dimensions you need, and these templates are highly editable. FTW!
Make Gifs for free!
1) Rumor has it that YouTube will be making a gif-ifyer available on all its video pages, sometime in the next 18 months or so.
2) Sadly, this hasnt happened yet, but thats why we have GifYoutube.
Heres an interesting trick. Go to any YouTube video (like this) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVCbIzeQb30
and write the word”gif” right there between the”www.” and the”youtube” (like this)
That takes you directly to the GifYouTube website for the video you want to GIF-imafy.
Make videos for free
Stupeflix lets you make simple videos from images, text, other videos, and music.
Make mockups for free (printed materials, computers, ipads, mobile phones, and more)
If youre a printer, maybe want to have a nice picture of some business cards with your clients logo on them. If youre a web designer, maybe you want to show a mockup of your work. Either way, its nice to have a free, simple mockup generator. Introducing...PlaceIt.Net!
Send email newsletters
Mailchimp, arguably the standard bearer for commercial, newsletter-type email, lets you use their system to send emails for free (12000 emails a month, up to 2000 subscribers).
1)PXLR Expressis like a desktop browser version of Instagrams photo filters.
2)PXLR Editoris like a lightweight version of photoshop, and its based in your browser, so theres nothing to download. Its fantastic for quick jobs.
Debbie at Work Your Artis an Etsy Regular, and shes built up a thriving internet business helping people get more independence with their art businesses. Most of the services on her site are paid by subscription, but she offers a weekly “email tasker”to subscribers thats a nice reminder to ways to streamline your creative business into something that make a comfortable income. She also has a cute workbookon how to tag and title your Etsy items.
Size yourself up
This is a bit arbitrary, as standards go, but if you want to at least approximate an understanding of how well youre doing on social media, you might consider trying Klout. They pull public data from linked social media APIs (twitter, facebook, linked in, google plus) and try to calculate an overall effectiveness score from what they find. I might not use this service if I was posting a lot of private stuff to friends on these services, but if youre all about the business end, Klout is helpful.
Manage your followership better
Crowdfire, formerly JustUnfollow, is a nice streamlined UX that lets you follow more interesting (active) twitter accounts, identify your most influential followers, edit following lists, and more.
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