Free For All: Freebies from Us to You


Document Templates
There are dozens of templates in EPS format for Illustrator, InDesign, QuarkXPress, and more at’s template center. They run the gamut from business cards, #10 envelopes, brochures, and invoices to door hangers, Post-It Notes, table tents, and rack cards.

Each template contains fold lines (where applicable) and guides for trim, bleed, and live area.

2011 Calendars in InDesign, Illustrator, and PDF Formats
Every year, designer Rob Cubbon sends Christmas cards to his clients, but those cards don’t get thrown away after New Year’s. In a stroke of marketing genius, Rob adorns the back of each card with a calendar for the following year, ensuring that his clients will keep the cards--and Rob’s name--in front of them all year long.

As generous as he is smart, Rob has made his calendar templates available gratis to the rest of the design community. In addition to instructions for using the 2011 calendars and turning them into perpetual calendars, you’ll find downloadable single-page 2011 calendars in PDF and Adobe Illustrator format and 12-page 2011 calendars in PDF and InDesign formats.New Metal Grids Textures and Patterns
I’m a sucker for clean, sharp metal grid textures and patterns. If you are too, download the excellent examples I’ve recently discovered--all free, of course.

Free Fonts
These twelve free fonts span the gamut.

With apologies to Hershey’s, sometimes you feel like a stripe, sometimes you don’t. When you do, consider Stripemania, a browser-based utility to create tileable striped images in seconds. You can create patterns comprised of a background color and up to 8 stripe colors. Precision controls help you specify the stripe width and amount of spacing, and well as the orientation of the pattern, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally striped. Once you’ve completed your masterpiece stripe, it can be downloaded with transparent or opaque backgrounds and either used directly in a Web page or imported into Photoshop.

What can I find free for you? Want more free fonts? More Photoshop brushes? How about more online applications that do this or that for free? Tell me in the comments what you’d like to see in future installments of Free for All, and I’ll do my best bloodhound impression to track it down for you.

Please note: Free for All will often link to resources hosted on external Web sites outside of the control of At any time those Web sites may close down, change their site or permalink structures, remove content, or take other actions that may render one or more of the above links invalid. As such neither Pariah S. Burke nor can guarantee the availability of the third-party resources linked to in Free for All.

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