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Resource Masterpost

To kick off 2018, I've created an extensive post for everything I use or have used to make my work life easier and more efficient! All links are for free resources because, even though I do pay for resources to be able to create the best content I can for you all, I know free is always best for personal use.

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Like Photoshop but cheaper; we all know what GIMP is by now, but trust me guys! It's a really robust program. There are things it just can't do that Photoshop can, of course, but for the low low price of free, you're really getting a lot out of it.

Visual Color Picker
I use this program a lot when designing. Drag and drop the eyedropper tool and grab your color in HEX or RGBA format! Super light and super easy program.

Screen to Gif
Ever wish you could make a gif fast? Here you go! Just position the window cutout where you want it, drag to resize, and record! This is what I use when the preview image for a layout would be much more informative as a gif.


Open Screenshot
Great for on the fly screenshotting and editing in your browser! I use this to snag image previews for my layouts and codes, and I love being able to crop while I'm there so I don't have to open a new program just to crop an image.

LJ Juggler
I'm pretty sure we all know this one exists at this point, but here's IJ Juggler just in case you didn't! Toggle between IJ, DW, or LJ accounts with a button click!


Grab your placeholder text here!

Color Hound
Generate a list of all colors used in a stylesheet so you can see what's where when replacing colors! Fast and easy, but only for CSS. HTML codes won't work in this; sorry!

My Code Tester!
I know, I know. We all know about this one haha. I literally never go a single workday without using it though—I'm even using it right now to make this resource for you guys! And the newest version of my code tester is the best yet! It color codes syntax, allows you to save your code with a button click, and had auto-previewing!

This is your one stop shop for all CSS and HTML info. I've linked directly to the CSS section, but they have it all! Trust me; if you're looking for information on a specific thing? They'll have it.

CSS Lint
Did you break your layout? Do you just want to make sure it's all clean before doing anything else? CSS Lint will point out errors for you. (Sometimes the errors aren't errors, but overall this program will save you a ton of headaches, especially if you're not confindent in your CSS skills.)

CSS3 Generator
If you're trying to learn how to design I definitely don't recommend using shortcuts like this generator to avoid having to actually learn the syntax, but this tool is a great one for speeding up the design process or for live previewing what you want to do before sticking it into your layout!

Colorzilla Gradient Generator
The same goes for this one; if you're really wanting to learn CSS please don't rely on generators to do the work for you or you're not really going to learn anything, but if you're just editing a layout and need a gradient for it, or if you understand gradients and want to live preview and save time, this is a great generator!

CSS3 Patterns Gallery
Aaand the same goes for this one too, haha; if you're really wanting to learn CSS please don't rely on generators to do the work for you. I don't really use this one, but I love that it exists and it's VERY cool; I think you guys are going to love it too!


Embrace stock photography! I use it in almost all of my demo layouts and codes. Stock doesn't have to be ugly or cost hundreds of dollars a year, and as an added bonus you're not stealing other people's content. These sites are generally completely royalty-free!




Subtle Patterns
Nice, simple, subtle seamless patterns for all your background needs!

Icon Archive
Not all of these icons are free without attribution (but they are all free), but most should be for your personal use needs! If you're releasing layouts or similar, check the usage info.


I highly suggest subscribing to the newsletters for some of the sites listed here, as some free deals are time sensitive and it's always nice to get notified when new free content gets put up for download. I won't be detailing each site here, because they're all fairly similar in that they're all creative marketplaces with free content sections. Some of these sites run amazing monthly bundles at a huge discount, which is another reason to sign up for their newsletters!

Creative Market

Creative Fabrica

Font Bundles

The Hungry JPEG

Design Cuts

Design Bundles


Jan. 2nd, 2018 09:35 pm (UTC)


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