What design tools do you recommend?

Programs

  • Photoshop - image creation and editing program
  • Illustrator - vector drawing program
  • Inkscape - vector drawing program
  • Paint.NET - photoshop-like program
  • Gimp - photoshop-like program
  • Art Rage - realistic art painting, oils, chalk, etc. (an earlier version is offered for free)
  • Picasa  -  free photo editing program
  • Sketchbook - drawing program for desktop, tablet, or mobile
  • Convert My Image  - online conversion site
  • Pixlr - photo editing tool for desktop or mobile
  • COLOURlovers - design program full of free pattern templates
  • PicMonkey -  edit your own photos, or use their clipart and text to make something brand new

Blogs/Websites:

Books:

Videos:

Image Resources:

  • Creative Commons (www.creativecommons.org) is an organization devoted to promoting the sharing and use of creative materials legally. It offers a search tool that allows people to find images with licenses that specially allow the re-use of images for personal use and, in some cases, commercial use. In all cases, however, be sure to credit your source and artist.
  • Getty Art Collection (http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/) offers thousands of images available for personal use from the J. Paul Getty Museum.
  • The Libraries and Information Services at Columbia University offer a web page with very good, basic overview of copyright as it relates to art and design.