Let’s face the facts: people absolutely judge a book by its cover. You can have the greatest app on the app store, but if people refuse to click on your app’s icon then you’ll never get any organic downloads. Your app needs to have good graphic work for people to take the time to check it out. Chances are if you’re an app developer then you’re great with the engineering side of app creation, but not the visual and business side. If that sounds familiar then you’ll definitely want to check out this guide to the 15 essential resources for app graphics.
The first option is to outsource your graphic design work. There are several great websites and resources available for doing exactly that. Websites like Fiverr (named as such because you can get work done for as little as $5), Upwork, and 99 Designs are the best choices in this field. Fiverr is inexpensive but the quality can be somewhat shoddy depending on who you choose to do the work. Upwork is a database with much better talent, but expect to set aside some time to research and interview your candidates. 99 Designs is great because you can pitch what you’re looking for and people will send you their work. You pick the one you like the best and you’re off to the races.
Stock images are another excellent avenue for finding app graphics on your own. There are free options available like StockSnap and Pixabay, as well as premium options like Shutterstock and GraphicRiver. Vecteezy is great for vector graphics and the Unity Asset Store has a wide variety of 3D models and shaders.
You also have several online tools that you can use to make your life much easier. If you’ve designed an app icon in Photoshop it can be a nightmare trying to export it into all the appropriate icon sizes across multiple platforms. The App Icon Template tool makes the process a breeze. It will export to all the sizes you need without risking errors or quality degradation. Another excellent resource for shrinking graphics is Tiny PNG. All you have to do is drag and drop your graphic into their system and it will reduce the size without reducing the quality.
And if you want to challenge yourself by doing the graphics yourself then you can check out Lynda or Udemy to take classes and learn about the ins-and-outs of graphic design. No matter what you choose, you can at least sleep easier knowing that there are plenty of options to make your app look amazing!
Read the full article here: 15 Essential Resources: How to Make Graphics For Games