Stay creative during quarantine with these Free and Discounted Design Resources

by | Mar 25, 2020 | Inspiration

COVID-19 has impacted us all in some way, shape, or form and everyone is doing what they can to maintain some sense of normalcy in their day to day. To help you keep the creative wheels turning during this time of isolation, below is a list of free and discounted design resources that we hope you will find useful.

1. Adobe Creative Cloud Discounts

In a letter posted on its website, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen detailed several recent programs put in place to aid its design community. Through May 31, 2020 students who used the software via their school’s license now have free, personal access to the platform. The company’s online version of its PDF tools is free through May 31 as well. For the full list of programs, visit Adobe’s website here.

Macbook Pro with Adobe icons in toolbar. (Photo: Mikaela Shannon via Unsplash)

2. Adobe Summit

Be sure to mark your calendars for Adobe Summit. The conference was previously set to take place live in Las Vegas but will be hosted online instead. Tune in on March 31, 2020 at 8am PDT to watch powerful keynotes and product demos from Adobe leaders. The event is free for all to attend and you can register here.

Adobe Summit Conference banner. (Photo: Adobe Corporation)

3. Free Coloring Sheets by Mark Sarmel

If you are looking for a fun activity for the family or a way to quietly relax, Detroit based artist Mark Sarmel recently launched a coloring book featuring a collection of his never before seen artwork. The coloring book is free to download and can be found here. Want to see more work by Sarmel? Check out his website or follow him over on Instagram.

Mark Sarmel coloring book cover. (Photo: Mark Sarmel)

Page from Mark Sarmel’s coloring book. (Photo: Mark Sarmel)

4. Affinity Product Sale

In support of those affected by COVID-19, Serif is offering a special deal on its entire suite of design tools which include Affinity Photo, Affinity Publisher, and Affinity Designer. The apps, including the Ipad versions, can be purchased for a 50% discount. Want to try before you buy? Free 90-day trials of  the software are being offered as well. Visit Affinity’s website here to learn more.

Special deal for Affinity Designer. (Photo: Serif)

5. Design Cuts Freebies and Discounts

To help ease being in isolation, Design Cuts is hosting a free online Procreate event from March 23-27, 2020. The live sessions will feature powerful tutorials from artists such as Lisa Glanz, Ian Barnard, and Teela Cunningham. Design Cuts is also having a sale on multiple products on the marketplace and visitors who purchase 5 items can save an additional 50%! If that’s not enough, subscribe to their newsletter to get access to the free, ever-exapnding design bundle

Discounted products on Design Cuts Marketplace. (Photo: Design Cuts)

6. Free Color Palettes

Need a bit of color inspiration for your Spring projects? Check out the awesome list of free color palettes over on Design Cuts. Each palette can be downloaded for use and there are even more resources listed at the bottom of the page.

Color palette by Kris Lauren on Design Cuts. (Photo: Design Cuts)

How are you staying creative during this time? Have you found a resource you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below!


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