How to (Legally) Get Premium Fonts and Design Assets for Free
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If you’re like me, you don’t have a lot of money to spend on premium fonts and design assets. The good news is, there’s an easy and legal way to get these fonts and files for free.
Most websites that sell fonts and other design assets offer their members free files just for signing up. And many of these sites change what is being offered for free monthly or evenly weekly.
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The downside to using this method is that you can’t pick and choose – you get only what the websites are offering. But the upside is that you can build up a huge library of premium fonts and resources in just a short amount of time. And many of these files come with commercial licenses. (Always check the license of each individual product if you plan on using it commercially.)
Here is a list of my favorite websites that offer free fonts and design assets just for signing up.
Creating an account at themeforest.net (or any of Envato’s marketplace websites) gives you access to 7 free files every month. One freebie is available from each Envato Marketplace website every month. The freebies include WordPress themes or website templates from ThemeForest; music or sound effects from AudioJungle; videos from VideoHive; vectors, graphics, fonts or templates from GraphicRiver; CG textures or 3D models from 3DOcean; plugins, code or scripts from CodeCanyon; and photographs from PhotoDune.
Create an account at ThemeForest to gain access to these free files.
FontBundles.net is currently one of my favorite places to buy fonts. Buying bundled fonts can save you a lot of money. Most bundles have 10 or more fonts with commercial licenses, and prices for these bundles start at $10. In addition to bundles, they also have a nice selection of free fonts available to people with an account. Many (but not all) of these free fonts come with a commercial license and are only available for one week.
Create an account at FontBundles to start downloading your free fonts now.
CreativeBooster.net offers a lot of free design resources other than fonts. Free files will often include mock-ups, templates, images, and themes as well as fonts. Many of the resources on this site are only free for personal and charity work. But you can sometimes find ones that are free for commercial use.
Create an account at CreativeBooster to download free design assets.
Another one of my favorite sites is CreativeMarket.com. Not only can you save money by buying bundles, but signing up for an account makes every Monday feel like your birthday. CreativeMarket releases six free goods every week on Monday morning. These often include a font, a theme or html website, a mock-up or template, vector graphics, and textures. Files are only available for one week, and usually come with a standard license.
Create an account at a CreativeMarket to download free design resources.
HungryJpeg.com not only offers bundled discounts, it also has pages of $1 Deals (with commercial licenses) that are available for one month only. On top of these great deals, they also offer Freebies to anyone who signs up for a free account. And not just a few freebies like other sites, but they currently have 13 pages of design assets and fonts listed for free – including everything from photographs to WordPress themes.
Create an account at HungryJpeg to start downloading your free design assets today.
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Do you have any websites you use to get premium design resources or fonts for free or cheap? I love a good deal, so let me know in the comments.