In our final post in our ‘Must-Have’ trilogy, we’re going to look at online tools and services for graphic designers.

Other articles in the series:

Photo and Image Search


Cyclo.ps photo search

Cyclo.ps lets you can search 8 of the top stock and royalty-free photo sites: BigStockPhoto, Cutcaster, Flickr, Fotolia, Photos.com, Shutterstock, stock.xchng, and stockvault.


Search Flickr photos easily with Compfight. It returns about 300 results in a very easy to navigate site. You can also filter results to show only photos with Commercial licenses.


EveryStockPhoto lets you search stock photos from other sources and filter by size, orientation, resolution, license and more.




Iconfinder lets you search through tons of icons from many free icon sets. You can search by term, tag, icon size or license.

Image Editing Tools


Even though it was included in our earlier freelancer tools list, Sumo is one darn impressive online editing app. You may even forget that you’re not using Photoshop.

Aviary Suite


This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the graphic and image tools from Aviary:

Vector Magic


Convert raster-based images (JPG, GIF, PNG) to scalable vector formats: EPS, SVG or PDF.

Resize Magic

Resize your images easily in 3 simple steps. Very useful for resizing pictures quickly.



Generate AJAX loading animations with this simple online tool. There are tons of different styles and colors to choose from and customize your animation.

Font Generator


Create OpenType fonts based on your own handwriting. You can use the fonts on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.

You can test it free online, but to actually get the working font, it’ll cost you $9.95. Not a bad price.


Find, create and share color schemes and palettes as well as patterns. You can export your palettes to Photoshop and GIMP.

3D-Box Maker

Create product boxes, CD and DVD cases, and books with this simple online tool.

Provide the images in JPG, GIF or PNG and the app does the rest. You can even drag and rotate to get the right angle/perspective on your image.

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