This list of places to find quality graphics for blog images, logos, printables, and products will keep your blog growing, interesting, and legal with commercial-use elements.
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It can be difficult to find diverse stock photos for women of color, body types, and alternative lifestyles. This list has many cultural, ethnic, and alternative stock photography sources for bloggers and content marketers.
Diverse Stock Photos: The World is Colorful…
…but sometimes it’s hard to find good quality ethnic and culturally diverse stock photos in content marketing!
Recently, I had a perspective client mention on a discovery call (book your free, 30-minutes here), she couldn’t find people of color represented in stock photography. Adding to that, she couldn’t find plus-sized stock photography.
It made me sad, mad, and I’m always up for a challenge, so I went hunting for a few sites which would allow her to purchase or procure free diverse stock photography. Unlike my free sources for commercial use stock photography articles, this list is a collection of both purchased and free diverse stock photography. I’ve included affiliate links which mean at no additional cost to you, if you make a purchase, I could receive a commission.
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Color U Bold
If you’re looking for bright, fun, gorgeous images featuring women of color, Color U Bold is your new best friend. And y’all – her flatlay game is strong (she has a course on it, it’s so strong).
Jasmine is giving away 50 images (free, commercial use) for signing up (I signed up and they’re GORGEOUS)! Oh, and friends: this article on phone photography mistakes (and how to fix them) is choice reading. I might have a professional gal crush here.
This is one her her FREE images. See what I mean? Beautiful.
CreativeMarket has always been one of my favorite sources for stock photography and there are some amazing artists who focus on women of color, body types, and alternative lifestyles. Here are a few:
- Beauty Blow Flow – one of the BEST on CreativeMarket for women of color and all body types!
- Stefan & Janni – gorgeous, professional, and diverse.
- Isha Gaines – y’all, I just added so many of her stunning images to a private collection for a client.
- SkyNext – click on their ‘Collections’ tab to get started quickly.
Fotolia (by Adobe Stock)
Even if you don’t subscribe to the Adobe Stock, you can get the benefit of their vast photo library!
Fotolia allows for a package price for $5 less per month than Adobe Stock and the images are very high quality. A user can also buy credits to purchase royalty-free images with Fotolia (prices start from $1 for a small-sized image).
For FREE people of color stock photography for the fitness (or food) niche, check out Brian’s curated site, Focus Fitness. In addition to free commercial use, this site has images of items and food related to the health and fitness genre.
I’d like to note this site also includes men, too, which my clients and I find lacking in the diverse stock photography options. This is a curated source which can save you hours of searching.
50 Shades of Black Stock
First of all, it needs to be said: 50 Shades of Black Stock is one of the BEST website names. I chuckled for a good 5-minutes straight!
Second, if you sign up, you’ll get 6 free stock photos. Boom.
Create Her Stock
Read the about page on Create Her Stock. She’s written a social commentary beautifully and her business was born from making a difference. There is nothing better than that. And psst: her images are highly praised.
You can join up for only $7 per month – that’s a literal steal, y’all!!
You’ll need to utilize the search bar, but I’ve been able to find a plethora of women of color images within the depths of Deposit Photos!
I’ve found diverse stock photos, representing Arab, Asian, African, and Indian from Deposit Photos. And don’t worry about niches represented – you’re covered for the fitness, business professional, and food niches.
Additionally, DepositPhotos has stock photographs in the fitness, professional, and parenting, family niches for plus-sized and under-sized body types. This also includes images for under-sized and even anorexic images, which are hard to find in stock photography resources.
There are so many great sources to find diverse stock photography featuring women of color, alternative families, and so much more. Be sure to pin this to help others find great sources for stock photographs.
Free commercial use script fonts and pairings keep bloggers and entrepreneurs OUT of hot water. Get these script, brush, calligraphy, and handwritten fonts and pairings.
When designing shirts for Amazon Merch or creating your own products or printables, hunting down fonts can be time-consuming! And if you didn’t know you couldn’t use ALL THE FONTS, this is me telling you: designers are allowed to call you out when their work is being used improperly.
Here are 14 free commercial use script fonts for entrepreneurs and bloggers. Note: I have a free guide with additional fonts, tips, and free commercial use font sources. Sign up below.
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Free Commercial Use Script Fonts and Pairings
Click on the style listed below (each “Entrepreneur” links to a different font). Mix and match, find your style, or create a font pairings document of your own.
Commercial Script Fonts, Group 1
These are some of my favorite fonts for female entrepreneurs. They are well-drawn and error free.
Commercial Script Fonts, Group 2
Always check the symbols you’re likely to use in your work, as some could free fonts could be incomplete (often it’s the ampersand and other common glyphs which are left out).
Commercial Script Fonts, Group 3
Script fonts, brush fonts, and any handwritten font can be paired with either a bold or light serif or sans serif. For those, you have a great resource in Google Fonts (more on that below) in addition to those I’m sharing here.
Bloggers and entrepreneurs can make use of the free commercial use script fonts and pairings here, but don’t stop seeking new resources! Add a reminder on your calendar to check the sources listed in the guide.
Here are more than 10 of the best free mockup sites for bloggers – whether you have Photoshop or not! Up your blogging and marketing game with these free resources for blog images and photography.
When I started blogging (many years ago), I didn’t know I would eventually delve into the world of design. Heck, when I started blogging, it was just online journaling!
And honestly, we don’t have to be awesome at it – Welcome to the world of mockups! Psst: you can totally use mockups without Photoshop.
That tip right there is worthy of a PIN, isn’t it? Go ahead – pin this to your favorite blog images or design board on Pinterest.
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How and When to Use Mockups
The reason I’m sharing this resource with you all for the best free mockup sites is because more and more bloggers are selling books, products, and original designs on platforms like Zazzle, Redbubble, and Amazon Merch.
But we all know, the next step is the marketing of your designs or products. All of the platforms are less than stellar at helping you out with creating visual interest.
That’s where mockups come in. You put your designs on a model or within a created scene without having to pay a model or set up a scene (or even have the completed product)!
- Books or eBooks
- Original Design Products
- Original Graphic Designs
And the biggest benefit: you won’t have to stage your own photoshoot!
Mockups Which DO NOT Require Photoshop
Photoshop makes it easy-peasy to use all of the great mockup editors, but what if you don’t have Photoshop?
Yeah, I’ve got you covered with a few handy online mockup editors you can use without fancy programs.
Deposit Photos – Who says you can’t use a royalty-free image and add a logo? No one. No one is stopping us or limiting us to mockups. I curated a favorites folder which includes a kid’s t-shirt mockup, a women’s t-shirt mockup, and a men’s t-shirt mockup (and so many more products to help you out).
MockupEditor – I use the Photoshop version of this builder often and can tell you, they make it darn easy to use. You can even use the editor for FREE or pay to remove their watermark. If you don’t have Photoshop, this is an AMAZING option.
PlaceIt – The designs are decent and the interface is easy to use. They have pricing options starting at $8 for high-res images (the small images are free, but might not be the best for marketing purposes).
Shirt Mockup – One of the easiest free mockup editor online options is Shirt Mockup. As you might guess, this is a simple t-shirt mockup editor and although it’s pretty limited, it does work well for men’s shirts.
Creative Market – This last one I’ll mention is also noted below for a great Photoshop option. They feature free and purchased mockups, many of which will not require Photoshop.
Best Free Mockup Sites (Photoshop)
Mockupworld.co – There are a TON of resources here and this has quickly become one of my favorite free mockup sites to check every time I make a new design or need to promote an existing one.
Behance Collections – Another well-known listing of the free mockup sites, this collection of the best free mockups will surely have something you can use.
Graphic Burger – They have their own available and also create some great roundups. Be sure to narrow your search or you’ll be scrolling for forever.
And because this warrants the attention: they have a donut business card mockup. It’s worth it.
Custom Scene – there are a few PSD files in Roman’s freebie section. Styled and smooth, this guy knows what he’s doing – trust me, I bought his scene creator program and I am in love!
Qeaql – Much like Custom Scene, I found Qeaql from buying a scene creator. Note: there are also some photographs in here that are gorgeous.You don't have to be a #designer - get amazing mockups #graphics using these free sites!Click To Tweet
Pixeden – You need to join up to access some great freebies), but there are some choice ones available.
Pixel Buddha – There is a great selection of free mockups here, but if you’re looking for models for t-shirts, this isn’t your spot.
Media Loot – This site has some free items but attribution is required. All free items can be purchased for VERY reasonable prices.
LStore – Another great scene creator find, LStore offers some fun freebies. Their scene creators and mockups are some of the easiest to use.
Creative Market – You can get free ones when they’re featured, but there are plenty of mockups to choose from. The good news here is that there are also many mockups which do not require Photoshop.
These online free mockup sites will have you showing off your books, eBooks, shirts, or other products quickly. Using mockups will help you add visual interest to (and increase sales for) your designs and products. Which ones are you excited to try?