Graphic Resources


Fotolia offers fabulous royalty free stock photography. They have some of the most beautiful images I have seen on the stock sites. They also have very affordable credits.  It is said a picture is worth a thousand words. These images can work wonders for your advertisements and they are worth every penny!


If you wish to really control your ads and develop successful ad campaigns you will need an image editing program or the services of a good graphic designer. Some of the popular image editing programs are very expensive. While Adobe PhotoShop CS4 is a fabulous program it also comes with a very substantial price tag (at last check $699 - $999) and a steep learning curve. If you choose a more affordable "lite" version of an image editing package you will be deprived of some of the functions. To overcome these limitations we suggest Open Source Software.

Open Source Software is an attractive option because it is FREE. Supported and developed by a community of dedicated programmers and users. Usually these programs have forums and on line tutorials to get you started. A quick Google search should have you designing in no time. Many programs rival the more expensive proprietary branded software packages. Check the list below for some of the best options in Open Source Software.


Gimp is a highly recommended, full featured, image manipulation program with a well documented help system. Some users feel this program performs as well if not better than PhotoShop.

Grocking the Gimp

Full text on line version of the very popular and informative book on GIMP. Explanations and instruction on using the feature rich image manipulation program. Make sure to read about Layers to fully utilize the benefits of this program


An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Inkscape Video Tutorials

Search the archives of for wonderful video tutorials on Inkscape.



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