graphic design

Resource: Free Backgrounds & Textures

Resource Textures and Backgrounds

Pictures of Nothing?

When I travel, I am often seen taking pictures of what must seem like random things to other people. I stand six inches from wallpaper or get down on my knees to catch the perfect angle of a fallen leaf. This summer, I visited Nevada a couple of times.  These pictures were taken in The Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino. The Starbucks barista did look at me a little funny when I took a picture of the cup sleeves, but I’m glad I did.

Here  is a sample of what you can do with these photos:

Gandhi Quote

I used a fabulous website called Canva to add the text.

Photos are free for use with credit

These pictures are free to use as long as you credit me and link to my site:
Photo by Robin Woods www.RobinWoodsFiction.com

Metal Petina 1

Metal Patina 3

Wallpaper 1 (more…)

My Fave 7 Free Design Resources

Finding good resources that are truly free can be exasperating.  I can’t tell you how many times I have clicked on a link claiming to provide something free, but they weren’t actually free.  All of these resources are free–no email address required!

  • Formatting a Manuscript: How to format your manuscript article by Jodie Renner . This will save you (and your editor) time and frustration.

  • Spacing: How many spaces after a period? Okay, so this isn’t an actual resources, but it will provide you with information about how to space your manuscript.

  • Book Interior Template: If you are going to be formatting your own book, save yourself hours of grief and write directly into the template.  KDP has a wonderful set of free templates (my publisher even uses them).  Make sure you choose the size that is standard for your genre.  I use the 5.5 x 8.5 template for Young Adult Lit.

  • Book Cover Template: Generate a free Photoshop book cover template.  You need to know how many pages your book will be in order for the spine to be the correct size.

  • Fonts: Make sure all of the fonts you are using are free for commercial use.  Font Squirrel is one of my favorite sites because they are all “free for commercial use.”  I also love dafont.com, but you need to be careful, shareware is not always free for publishing/commercial use. If you would like an author checklist that includes fonts to avoid, check out my post, “New Author Checklist: 10 Things to Do.”

  • Postcard Template: If you would like to make postcards using PhotoShop, then you can download free templates from UPrinting here. They have lines for trim areas, etc.

  • Paper Textures: I LOVE the free paper textures and backgrounds on USplash!  If you don’t have time to take pics of your own, these are fabulous.

I hope you find these helpful. Do you have any free resources that you love?

Want to ignite your creativity? Check out the Prompt Me Series by Robin Woods.

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Books by Robin Woods