Music producers need good design: For their albums and tracks, but also for their social media profiles and if your artworks are poor you won’t be taken seriously.
Provided you’re not very popular and you don’t have a good friend who studies media design, you will have to create the design for yourself.
Here is a short list of great websites for design we found helpful – and yes, they’re all free!
Everyone can be a designer with Canva! Canva is an online graphic design tool with a very modern design and drag and drop interface, but still extremely powerful! This is the most user friendly web application we came across. There are tons of templates so it’s prefect for Beginners, but also experienced graphic designers will enjoy working with it. Definitely worth trying out!
Pixlr is essentially an online version of photoshop which has all the tools you need to design from scratch. There are plenty of possibilities so there is no limit to your creativity! Pixlr is recommended for more experienced graphic designers that plan to a more complex project.
Pixabay is an awesome website where you can find royalty free stock images. You can search thousands of pictures of any style. Simply click an image and download it right to your computer. There is no account needed, however we recommend to sign up for one (or login using facebook) because this will allow you to download all images in high resolution!
Images on Pixabay are free for commercial use and it’s not required to attribute the creator.
This is another website where you can search for copyright free images. You will find less, but better images here compared to Pixabay. It’s always good to have more than one source for stock photos so make sure to bookmark this one aswell!
Need some icons? Here you go! Think of any icon you have ever seen, search it on Iconfinder and you will every possible variation of that icon. Every icon can be downloaded in various resolutions as well as in a file format of your choice (even as a vector graphic)!
On this site you will find every background and texture you could imagine. Perfect for the background of an album cover or for images on social media. Unfortunately, the search isn’t too comfortable as there aren’t any filter options yet.
This site is very similar to Canva. You can select a template to start from, upload your own images and then customize the template using a comfortable drag and drop interface. Furthermore there is a huge collection of icons and images that you can use in your projects.
This cheat sheet on Hubspot shows the right image sizes for all common social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many more. Posts, headers, profile pictures, etc. are all covered. And the best: They’re frequently updating the cheat sheet whenever something changes!