Divine Graphic Design Starter Guide (Software, Resources, Inspiration, Essentials & more)

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Hello fellow members.
Some of the most important aspects of getting started with Graphic Design are listed below.
Note that the following content does not include everything that's available, but are most of the tools/websites/assets I use on a regular basis.
The thread includes the in my opinion most crucial information, useful for newbies and experienced designers.
I might update/add content from time to time.

Paid Software
- Graphic Design, Motion Graphic Design, Logo Design, Web Design, Flyer Design & more.
--> Adobe Creative Cloud (Adobe Suite)
>> The Adobe Cloud offers a various amount of tools that basically cover up all your needs as a graphic designer.

Free Software
- Web Design
--> Figma
>> Being entirely free, Figma has established a relevant role in the Web Design industry. It is one of the most versatile and easy-to-use software out there.

Resources/Assets
- Flaticon is a great website for free icons and offers access to over 9.000.000 assets.
- Icons8 is another fantastic icon library to download fresh assets in high quality.
- OpenDoodles is an absolute gem for Doodle-Style illustrations.

Colors
- Coolors is the probably most popular color palette generator on the web. Get a perfect color scheme for your next design project ready within a few clicks.
- UIGradients is an awesome site to get gradients for UI Design and other projects. The interface allows you to copy, swap and switch hex codes/colors easily

Inspiration
- Awwwards is a famous site, specifically for Web Design inspiration.
- Dribbble is another website that is great for inspiration.
- Behance is the all rounder, with the right search terms you'll be able to find loads of inspiration for your next project in any possible niche/category.

Ready to start your journey?
- It is highly recommended to start with the basics when learning a new skill. There are loads of free courses, YouTube Tutorials and even forums about Graphic Design.
- Here are some videos that I found to be relevant and helpful:
-> Beginning Graphic Design: Fundamentals
-> Color Theory for Noobs | Beginner Guide

- Here are some books that I found to be relevant and helpful:
-> Graphic Design: The New Basics
-> Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works

Job Opportunities (For Freelancers)
- Fiverr is one of the most popular websites to offer freelancing services of all kind, including Graphic Design Services
- DesignMatch is an interesting approach with a lot of potential to find clients. Read more about it on their website!
 

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do you work on fiverr and similar sites too or just marketplace forums?
 

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do you work on fiverr and similar sites too or just marketplace forums?
I don't use Fiverr personally. I work on other platforms though.
 

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very nice thread, thanks for posting
 
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god damn man, this thread deserves a sticky
 
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really appreciate the effort for this
 

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thanks alot man
 

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great guide bro! keep it up
 
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thanks for such a meaningful guide!
 
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