Obviously, I like to give credit where
credit is due. Plus, in my own experience, I sometimes had trouble
weeding through other people's resources. What's important to one person may or may not be to someone else.
So I have compiled a list of my favorite sites for you, in one easy to
use page. Because I'm really nice like that.
These are certainly not all the web has
to offer, but are my personal favorites. I still
occasionally use each
and every site listed here.
- misprinted type
- My favorite source for free grunge
04 bitmap fonts
- The best source for free bitmap fonts.
- Original foundry with some great freeware fonts.
blue vinyl fonts
- Jazzy retro styles. Some are
commercial and some are free.
and unique fonts - mostly a fantasy font archive site, but they have an
- If you can get past the ridiculous name, it's a great font
site. Everything is arranged by theme, which is always
- I love this guy's style. Original foundry with commercial
and freeware vintage fonts.
fonts - Looking for an archive of "grunge" fonts all
in one place?
fonts - An archive of old typewriter fonts. Most of my
favorites came from here.
fonts - Another font archive--this one is "funky."
fonts - Space font archive.
fonts - The final installment in the archived series from
- Beautiful script fonts. Most of my favorites are from
here. They offer freeware versions of all of their fonts, and
feature new seasonal themes. Great site!
mr. fisk fonts
- Original foundry with a few nice freeware fonts. The
collection is small, but I'm guessing it will grow pretty fast.
- Free retro fonts with some cute themes.
- Ray Larabie's original font foundry. All are free, and many
have been around for a long time. I think he has the most recognizable
font collection I've ever seen.
- Great font archive site. All fonts are free, and arranged by theme.
- Another font archive site.
- One of the most fun free foundries around.
- Another huge font archive site. Fonts are arranged by theme, and have
both PC and Mac versions.
Huge font archive that also offers your own personal handwriting font for a very
- Decorative dingbats with some interesting themes. This is a
graphic designer's dream site.
- Free dingbat fonts categorized by type. Very easy to find what you want
- HUGE resource for dingbats. Lots of popups, but they make up for that
- Who fonted's dingbat section was so impressive that I had to add it here.
dingbats - Fontgarden's dingbat section, categorized by type.
Font Search Engines:
- It's as reliable as doing a google search, except it automatically
sorts out font sites only.
- Font identifier. Load an image and find out
what font it's using.
- The original grungy brush resource.
- Beautiful, grungy brushes. I have her entire collection.
- More grunge brushes
- Grungy butterflies and insects.
- Again, more grunge brushes.
v-brush - An
archive listing of sites that offer free brushes. She updates frequently,
and categorizes them by which graphic program they were made in. I visit
v-brush almost every day.
Masks and Tubes:
- Tubes to use in paint shop pro, photoimpact, and photoshop.
- Great masks and edges for your photos. The
collection here is quite extensive, and may take some sorting through.
Filters and Plugins:
- Great commercial filter sets. They offer some very useful
- Eye candy and Xenofex are probably two of the most used filters around.
the plugin site
- This site profiles most of the filters available on the net, and offers a few
downloads of their own.
auto fx dreamsuite
- Amazing filter plugin that automatically generates stunning effects.
- Miz Kitty's always been my biggest source for inspiration. Her site is
the sole reason I got into web graphic design.
lizard ltd. - Linkware sets for every occasion. Seasonal,
children's themes, etc.
- Offers free ready-made page kits. They are fully customizable
and have some great modern themes.
design - Websets free for personal use.
graphics - Free site layouts, fully customizable, use css.
free textures - free textures, stock photography, etc.
search engine index
- Just about every single photo sharing site is profiled here.
Very useful for when you need to see what's free and what isn't.
- Great free images, and none of them are watermarked.
- Free stock photography.
PI users photo gallery -
Gallery of free stock photography submitted by photoimpact users.
- More free photos.
fonts and graphics (categorized by type) -
Clipart and photos.
- Stock photography. Much like doing a google image search.
- Beautiful images, although all larger versions are watermarked.
Graphic Program Tutorials:
HTML and Site Design:
- Lissa's html tutorial site is actually aimed at teaching
children. But I can name about ten adults (myself included)
who learned most of the things they know from her site.
monkey - Probably the most popular source of html help you will
webpage design links - Lots of great tutorials and resources
goodies - You can't get a more self-explanatory title than that.
- Very nice free guestbook service. The books are customizable, and
only have one banner ad.
- Jump boxes, feedback forms, and other great freebies. Great
for those of us with limited programming knowledge.
- Another great website add-on resource.
- visibone color lab - A virtual color
wheel that can be used to match color combinations, and show their
hex codes for use on the web.
- Counters, guestbooks, email forms, free-for-all-links, and just
about anything else you could possibly think of. And all for
- Great free site host. They offer plenty of free space, ftp
access, and almost unlimited bandwidth. I feel I should plug
them since I'm currently hosted there.
- my idz
- URL redirection is a wonderful thing. Since I'm hosted
at angelfire, this site makes my URL much shorter and easier to
remember. They also offer email forwarding and a few other
things. I don't know how I ever got along without them.
PhotoImpact - My favorite graphic editor, and the one I use
the most. You can do virtually anything with this program,
including web design. It's got great photographic filters,
and amazing web effects. I can't say enough about it, but
I'll spare you. Check it out for yourself.
Photoshop - The most popular graphics editing software
around. I'm still a beginner with photoshop, but I have an
idea of what it's capabilities are.
- Microsoft Frontpage - WYSIWYG editor
with endless possibilities. Its simple interface makes for
an easy web project every single time.
- Web Weaver - My favorite text
editor. I use it for raw html editing.
- The Font Thing - A wonderful font
utility that allows you to preview every font on your computer and
temporarily install or uninstall a font each time you open it.
- Eprompter -
Great little email program that
allows you to check multiple email accounts at one time. AOL,
hotmail, mail.com, and any other pop3 email account is compatible with
it. Best of all, it's free.
- Cute FTP - The best file transfer
program you can find. Very simple to use.
- Ad Aware - Freeware program that
scans your computer for spyware components.
Pop Maker - Nice little popup window tool. You can make
Wiz - Freeware screensaver creation tool. I used it to
make my own screensavers.
- Unzipping tool for windows. Necessity when it comes to
downloading graphics, brushes, and pretty much anything else.