What Resources Do I Use as a Cover Designer?

I use a select few design resources. All of them, both free and paid, have the resources I need such as fonts, stock images and more.



It never hurts to have too many resources under your tool belt! I tend to use a certain few resources for fonts, stock images, additional effects (that I don't blend into my designs myself), brushes or shapes, and more. When it comes to resources, I usually to try to find free resources to use in my works, but in the case of paid resources, I stick to two resources only.


In today's blog, I'll go over resourceful websites for anything relating to designing!


Stock Images: Adobe Stock, Shutterstock, Pexel and Pixabay


For stock images, I get my stock images (both free and paid) from adobe stock, shutterstock, pexel and pixabay. While I consistently use adobe stock, pexel and pixabay, I've made the transition away from shutterstock to adobe stock due to pricing concerns (and that I use adobe software, anyways). I'll talk about them each below.


Adobe Stock


Adobe Stock is the most well-known one. Since I use photoshop, getting my stock from adobe seems reasonable enough. On this stock image website, you'll find stock for music, photos, videos and more! I've also noticed that, for the images I need, the pricing is quite fair and I'm more willing to buy stock images on there than on Shutterstock. You'll also have the licensing to the images once you purchase, which is very important!


Be mindful of attribution and licensing when searching for any images on the web to use in your design. It's mainly why I choose to stick to a select few resources, such as the ones listed in this section, than sporadically skimming the internet or choosing the first image I find on Google. Adobe stock also has a subscription plan where you'll receive ten free images every month. Might be a relief on your wallet!


For Adobe Stock, click here.


Shutterstock


Shutterstock is another paid stock image photo website that I used, or am coming to end in using. It has an annual plan that you can pay monthly that gives you ten free stock images per month. However, the con to this, is that you are locked into that subscription and the prices are visible (and I believe more expensive) than on Adobe Stock. Honestly, if it came down to paid stock image services that are affordable for designers, I would recommend Adobe Stock over Shutterstock.


Doesn't mean you can't find what you're looking but, in my experience, stock image providers on Shutterstock are also on Adobe Stock, so you can find the same stock photo on both websites. It's still an option, though!


For Shutterstock, click here.


Pexel


Pexel is a free stock photo website that I often use, especially when I don't feel like draining money out of my pockets! It offers both stock photos and images, and has just about the same high quality imagery as paid stock photo websites such as Adobe Stock. It's also royalty free so less of a headache to worry about!


For Pexel, click here.


Pixabay


Pixabay is by far my favorite free stock photo website that are royalty free. I always use this website alongside Adobe Stock and will frequently find what I need without having to pay for it. It offers more than 2.2 million high quality stock images that are free for you to use! You'll find images (photos, illustrations and vectors) and videos on here as well.


You can also create an account on Pixabay and save images for later. This will come in handy when, if you are a freelance designer, giving the source file(s) to your client. Easy to keep track and free to use.


For Pixabay, click here.


Fonts: Dafont, Adobe Stock and Deeezy


Fonts are always fun to look for, but I tend to stick to two websites (one more than the other). I'll list them below in-depth and offer some information about them and why I use them, or the circumstances surrounding it.


Dafont


Dafont is a good website to use for fonts. However, I would caution designers to be a bit careful about what fonts you're downloading as not all of them are for commercial use. Even if you can download a free one, please make sure you check if it can be used for anything outside of personal use such as for non-commercial or commercial use.


You'll find some interesting fonts on there and perhaps, just what you're looking for. It has tons of themes to choose from that may be suitable to that fantasy or romance cover you're designing!


For Dafont, click here.


Adobe Stock


Adobe Stock, while good for stock images, has a plethora of other uses too! You'll easily find some good fonts on there to use and I plan to scour for fonts on it more often than I do. However, Adobe Stock is a paid service and it's not free, but you won't have to worry about issues regarding licensing and the like.


For Adobe Stock, click here.


Deeezy


Out of all the resources I'll list on this blog post, Deeezy has to, by far, be my favorite and most used one. I can find various resources on that websites, but the main purpose for it would be fonts. Fonts are both free and paid. You can find some good fonts for free on there.


In fact, majority of the fonts I use on my covers come from Deeezy were free to use except for a few that came with my paid subscription. The paid subscription on this website isn't much to pay compared to other services like Shutterstock and Adobe Stock. I'll also list this site in the "Other" section as there's a lot of other stuff you can find there that may be useful for you intents and purposes.


For Deeezy, click here.


Other Creative Resources: Adobe Stock, Deeezy and Cover Vault


I often use other creative resources (ex. mockups, textures, backgrounds, vectors or templates) in my works such as Adobe Stock and Deeezy.


Adobe Stock


Like fonts and stock images, Adobe Stock also has other creative resources (royalty free as well) that'll help you out when designing. You'll find templates, videos, 3D models, music, vectors and more. As mentioned before, this is a paid service but you'll find plenty of creative resources at your disposal.


For Adobe Stock, click here.


Deeezy


Deeezy does contain stock images but these images are the same, at least from what I have seen, as the usual stock photos on Shutterstock or Adobe Stock. Instead, they tend to support or add in elements into your design that perhaps you use to lessen the time spent designing. That's why I included it here.


Other than stock images, it also has backgrounds, vectors, lettering, templates (such as for social media), mockups and more! You'll find quite a bit on the website for free, but I feel like it's worth the subscription to access everything.


For Deeezy, click here.


Covervault


If you use photoshop, then this resource is certainly useful for mockup design to give to your clients along with their ordered cover design! On the website along, there are so many mockups for eBooks and paperback to use for advertisement. The designer does a great job and they are easy to use. You can also purchase his boxset package that'll give you 75 boxset mockups to use a reasonable price!


For Covervault, click here.


Conclusion: Helpful Resources to Get You Started!


All the resources listed here are the main ones I use when designing. Except for Covervault, you can use this on any software beside photoshop and design to your heart's content. I'm interested to know what you think of these resources and if they were helpful to you!

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