Hurray: royalty free stock art

Composition: "Stock Art Deadline"

As you read this, the deadline for your current graphic design project is quickly approaching. There are so many pieces and parts that need to come together in order to make the project a success. How does your checklist look? Typography (oh yeah), color palettes (yup), icons (yeah…somewhere here…where’s that folder), nicely designed/quick navigation bar (um, gulp).

Having the talent, the right resources in your toolbox, the wisdom to know when to build from scratch, and gumption to use stock material properly can help you to be very efficient—all while reserving some time for innovation in the places that count most. But, there are an overwhelming number of reputable royalty free stock sources to choose from. Where should you begin?

Personally, I savor the opportunity to try out a lot of different sources—to “kick the tires” so-to-speak. Though sampling an eclectic mix of royalty free stock can quickly prove to be drastically expensive. Once in a while, a really great bundle comes along that enables you to enjoy a variety of high-quality design, code, and iconic stock files at a price that would make both junior and senior design talent’s eyes tear up.

GraphicRiver, ThemeForest, ActiveDen, CodeCanyon, and PhotoDune have partnered to offer one such bundle for a limited time. The Web Designer Pro Bundle offers a vast selection of icons, code, photographs, site templates, WordPress Themes, and plug-ins to assist you in your creative endeavors. Even if you don’t immediately use a part of the bundle for your current project (yes, the deadline is even closer now) you can take a closer look at each item to learn how other creatives tackle code and design elements.

Oh, and the individual designers who made each of the resources in the bundle? They get full credit/acknowledgement for their efforts—you can pursue author pages on each of the stock provider’s marketplaces (these, and other, creative marketplaces are managed by evanto who’s mission is to “help people to earn and to learn, online”). If you find a favorite graphic resource, then you can find more solutions from the specific designer. I especially like the style and flair of the Retro Vintage Labels by UK-based Sneek and Retro Vintage Web Elements by Vlade (a graphic designer living in Macedonia).

The Web Designer Pro Bundle will set you back $20US and is available until 12 pm (AEDT) Feb. 27, 2012. Oh, and if you were to purchase all of the items included in the bundle separately? Well, let’s just say your pocketbook or PayPal account would be more than $500US lighter.

Don’t fret if you miss out on this deal. You can always sign up for email notifications of future bundles and promotions.

Illustration/composition credit: “Stock Art Deadline” was created using a selection of free icons from the nounproject.com.

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