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Holiday Gift Guide for Designers and Illustrators

by Caroline Mercurio on December 10, 2015 1 comment

Not sure what to get your designer friends—or yourself—for the holidays? We’ve curated a list of our favorite tools and toys for artists of all levels. Bonus: ounce per ounce, they’re all less expensive than printer ink.

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DIYPrintShop Table-Top Kit

With everything you need to make a mess—and make screen prints—the “classic” do-it-yourself kit includes an instructional DVD, eco-friendly ink, cleaners, squeegee, and a professional screen, plus other tools. It’s a great kit for making custom t-shirts and posters, and the company’s how-to customer support is renowned.

$129.99 from DIY Print Shop


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Intuos Art, Small

Drawing tablets are must-have tools for digital artists and designers, enabling far more precision than mouse or track pad movements. Think signing your name with a pen versus a mouse—or, better yet, a pressure-sensitive digital paintbrush. Not sure if drawing tablets are right for you? Read our quick start guide to drawing tablets.

$99 from Wacom

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Scrabble Typography, 3rd Edition

Redesigned by Andrew Capener, America’s favorite word game has never looked better. The special edition board game features twelve designer fonts and a gorgeous board that, together, make the prospect of getting all vowels easier to cope with.

$49.99 from Winning Solutions


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Wood Prints from WoodSnap

Paper has new competition when it comes to printing art and photographs: wood. Natural grain and handcrafted wooden canvases give these prints a natural and artisanal feel—no frames necessary.

$16 and up from WoodSnap



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Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Pencils

These are not the colored pencils you grew up with, unless you grew up coloring with professional art sets. While there are many good brands of premium colored pencils, Prismacolors have developed a devoted fan base thanks to their balance of relative affordability, superior coverage, and smooth blending abilities—making them ideal for coloring both inside and outside the lines.

$59 for set of 72 from Amazon


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Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book

One of the biggest trends in art and illustration is the rise of adult coloring. At one point this year, the two bestselling books on Amazon were adult coloring books, and “Secret Garden” continues to hold the top spot with more than two million copies in print worldwide.

$15.95 from Amazon


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Want to give a gift that can be used forever? A GraphicStock subscription comes with unlimited downloads of royalty-free photos, vectors, and illustrations that are yours to use and keep once downloaded—with no expiration dates.




Check out this DIY wrapping paper tutorial to see these designs turned into handcrafted wrapping paper that looks too good to tear.

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Dress Up Your Halloween Printables With Stock Images

by Caroline Mercurio on October 9, 2015 No comments

As we enter the final countdown to Halloween, do you have a plan for your party decor? If you need spooky inspiration, we’ve got some great ideas from bloggers who are using our stock graphics for decorations and costumes. Kerri over at How Does She has come up with some fun, cute, and (most importantly) easy project ideas that will definitely give your holiday a hair-raising edge.

Look at these cupcake toppers she made using stock spider, pumpkin, and bat vectors from our library!

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We’re also really impressed by Kerri’s masks. She resized these frightful faces to make adorable and easy popsicle figures. Last year, we posted our own mask templates, but Kerri beat us at our own game!

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As the ghostess with the mostess, Kerri even downloaded a Halloween background to make her own Bingo cards. She used the illustration sets to make the glue-in squares, which were a big hit with the kiddos.

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Feeling (witch-)crafty yet? Check out the gallery below or browse our library for even more Halloween inspiration. And remember, demons are a ghoul’s best friend!

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Visit How Does She for more on Kerri’s Halloween Party and other DIY ideas.

Get these and more with unlimited downloads for just $99/year. No tricks, just treats!

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Father’s Day in Stock Images

by Caroline Mercurio on June 15, 2015 No comments

If you didn’t already hold Father’s Day in high regard, consider the fact that it’s the only holiday represented by neckties, facial hair, and joint bike rides.

Of course, as with every other holiday, our library of 250,000+ royalty-free stock images has got you covered.

Before you join dad at the barbeque this Father’s Day, consider spending some quality time with our Father’s Day graphics by making him a heartfelt card or photo collage.

Happy Father’s day to all the dads out there!

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GraphicStock Gallery: Father’s Day

by Caroline Mercurio on June 12, 2014 No comments

GraphicStock Gallery: Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Check out this gallery of Father’s Day images from Don’t just get your dad a tie or a sports coat this year, personalize your message with these vector images. All of these and way more are available for royalty-free download, allowing you to use them forever! Pick one up for yourself and show Dad just how much you care!

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Want to get these images for free? Go to and sign up for a free 7 day trial! Happy downloading!
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Memorial Day Gallery

by Caroline Mercurio on May 23, 2014 No comments

Memorial Day Gallery

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Here are a few of our favorite Memorial Day vectors and graphics to help you celebrate the holiday. A big thank you goes out to all of our service men and women out there. We truly appreciate all that you do.

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Want to make these images your own? You can find the whole lightbox here. Not a GraphicStock subscriber yet? No worries! Here’s a link for a 7 day free trial. is a subscription-based website that provides members with unlimited downloads of stock graphics, stock images, icons, buttons, backgrounds, textures and more.
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Hello Spring! A Beautiful Graphics Gallery

by Caroline Mercurio on March 1, 2014 No comments

Hello Spring! A Beautiful Graphics Gallery

Birds, bees, beautiful flowers- is it spring? Why yes it is! There is no better time of year than to celebrate with graphic design elements! is a subscription-based website that provides members with unlimited downloads of stock graphics, stock images, icons, buttons, backgrounds, textures and more.
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  • Format: Vector
  • Categories: Textures, Presentation, Graphic Design, Creative Projects, Spring, Florals, Easter


Thinking Spring Graphics Gallery

Colorful inspiration for cards, websites, or any presentation background. Download these vectors with your Graphic Stock account to customize the colors, text, font, and layers to match your spring designs!

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15 Minutes to a Custom Holiday Card

by TJ Leonard on December 19, 2013 No comments

In some cases, starting from scratch is justifiable (see: freshly ground coffee). But in a lot of cases it’s wholly unnecessary—even if your aim is to create something original.

If you’re getting paid by the hour to design a customized holiday card with no cap on your budget, then by all means take your time and reach for your set of watercolors. But if you’re like most of us and often find yourself forgetting to breathe between mid-November and the first of January, you should probably save yourself the time (and money) this season by reading on . . .

Below is a completed design I started and finished this morning over half a cup of coffee by utilizing stock elements:

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Designing a card like this from the ground up can take the better part of a day—or it can take a few minutes, depending on your resourcefulness. And in both cases you can still walk away with something supremely individualized and organic if you leverage a few easy tips for repurposing royalty-free content:


Tip #1: Sharpen Your Search Terms

The first key to any composite project is to start with the right images—and to do this, you first need to find these images (ideally,

with some efficiency). Before you start searching through vast libraries, take a moment to consider your search terms. For general holiday cards, terms like “Christmas” are too restrictive and leave room for a lot of great content to fall through the cracks.

I knew I wanted to start with something wintry for this card, so I simply searched for “winter” and found these fantastic snowflakes on the very first results page:


The same image is also cross-indexed under “Christmas,” mind you, but I would’ve had to search through pages of elves and reindeer to find it, so try general terms first and then narrow from there.

Oftentimes, I’ll start with even wider search terms like “icons” or “seasonal” to find matching content in bulk. I didn’t end up using the image below this project (as I later stumbled upon something I liked even better, which I’ll get to . . . ), but it was a great thematic find that came up on the first page of my “icons” search—and I’m going to keep it in my library for future projects.

*Stringing terms together like “winter icons” or “seasonal icons” is another great way to narrow your results.



Tip #2: Select and Modify

I loved the snowflakes in my wintry background find, but I didn’t want the deep blue or the vertical layout; instead, I downloaded the vector file (.eps) and grabbed the white layer only—then pasted this onto a horizontal layout, added softer colors, and stacked the snow for added depth. (Using .eps files makes it easier to grab individual elements, but you can also use .pdf, .png, or .jpg files and employ your favorite selection tool to grab an element.) By stacking the layer twice, I was also able to feature only the more interesting part of the snow—just the accumulating flakes without the solid border of white—and add more depth.

Remember that you don’t ever have to yield to the boundaries of an available download (color, size, orientation, etc.); just take what you want and leave the rest.


Tip #3: Look for Pre-Styled Text Too

Career designers amass libraries spanning thousands of fonts (most of which they’ve had to either purchase or create themselves)—and, consequently, they have years of experience and education in selecting these fonts. That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to settle for Times New Roman, Comic Sans, or whichever stock fonts you have available; oftentimes you can find the text you need pre-styled.

I searched “Happy Holidays,” for example, and immediately found these banners—and, as a bonus, decided to use the snowcapped tree branches instead of the icons I found and referenced earlier.


After grabbing the branch layer, I grabbed the text as well and turned it red to accent the birds—and then, once again, I stacked the image and turned the second layer white to create a quick “snowcap” effect.

It’s really that simple. Fifteen minutes of playing around + one background + one banner = a whimsical customization I’m really quite happy with.

If you’re already a member of Graphic Stock, this content is already yours for the taking—along with 150,000+ alternate images. And if you’re not yet a member, take advantage of their 7  Days of Free Downloads . . . with up to 140 downloads during the trial by my calculation that is enough to create about 47 of these cards, given you don’t sleep much . . .


About the Author

Andy DiGuiseppi is the creative consultant behind DiGuiseppi Studios, where he specializes in branding, graphics, and all things design. Connect with him at



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