We’ve all heard that text is no longer the sexy beast it once was.
It has become the bedraggled spinster of content marketing and it would be scandalous to leave it in its natural state. No, if we want to make a good impression, then we need to be prepared to give it some visual appeal by outfitting it with some stockings and perhaps a frilly petticoat.
As we prepare to create visual pieces to accompany our written content, it helps if we have the right tools and resources – and it’s especially nice when they are free.
This list provides a starting point for free stock images, as well as tools for capturing and editing, fonts, sizing, vectors, patterns, charts and design.
This website offers a variety of images that can be copied, modified, and used for individual and commercial purposes. Because they are published under the Creative Commons public domain deed CCO, you do not need to ask for permission to use the images.
There are currently 1,232,502 royalty-free images, photos and illustrations available on this website.
There are dozens of free images of electronics on this site that are captured in everyday settings. With PlaceIt, you have the ability to place your own photographs and illustrations on the screens of the devices in these images.
Use this free Google Chrome extension to take screen shots, annotate them and blur private information.
This online program offers three different free photo editors with various functions: Editor, Express and O-Matic. Pixlr Editor can be used to achieve editing capabilities similar to Photoshop. The Express version is a simpler tool for fast edits and Pixlr O-Matic provides different filter options that can be applied to your images.
Reduce the size of your JPEG images by several times quickly and without sacrificing quality with this tool.
Add eye-catching fonts to your visual content with this Google tool. The fonts are open source and can be used for both online and offline channels.
Vectors make it possible to resize illustrative designs to fit any dimension. Vecteezy has a fair selection of options to choose from to help you create your designs.
This tool is extremely useful for pulling specific colors from an image to mix and match them as you develop your desired color palette.
There are hundreds of patterns available at subtlepatterns.com to view and download, which are ideal for backgrounds.
Build your own infographics by selecting a template and adding and altering graphics, text and colors. Once you have completed your infographic you can download, share or publish online.
Take advantage of simple and attractive design concepts with Canva. Use this tool to create designs for both web and print including: graphics, flyers, invitations, social media covers, posters, invitations and more.
With these free visual tools and resources, you no longer have an excuse to flaunt your Au Naturale text.
Don’t shame your spinster by failing to doll her up properly.