Here it is - the ultimate list of resources, references and tools to help you customize your Shopify theme! There are many that you can use directly in your store and there also quite a few to help inspire the process overall.
Let's start with your logo!
Although this article is aimed at logo designers, there’s a lot of good pointers for us all.
This is a great article in Smashing Magazine that outlines ten mistakes to be avoided in logo design - well worth reading.
A beautifully designed book on logo design. You can read a free chapter here.
Although they seem to have gone way overboard with advertising, this gallery of logos is worth a browse for those seeking inspiration.
This article features links to more than sixty brand identity guides - a fascinating resource that shows how the big companies manage their identities.
How about a bit of color?
Searching for a color-combination (or palette) for your store. Browse through millions of color palettes on this immensely useful site. Note not all palettes are available for commercial use.
This excellent app provides some great ways to create your own color palettes.
A great online tool from Adobe with some similar features to the Spectrum App plus the option to browse through thousands of downloadable color themes (or palettes).
Create color palettes on your iPhone or iPad based on a website or photo of your choice.
Behance is full of amazing creative work. With this tool, you can browse the network based on a pantone color and find great artists and inspiration.
And a background or pattern?
If you’re looking for a low-key pattern to use as a background on your store, this site provides hundreds of great subtle patterns to download. Also check out this bookmarklet that allows you to visualize the patterns direct on your store.
For another variation on subtle patterns, use this tool to create textures with noise.
This great site also offers a huge selection of patterns. Note not all patterns are available for commercial use.
If you’re looking for something a whole lot less subtle, take a look at this site for some attractive repeating patterns.
Another option is to go with a high resolution blurred image for a background.
You’ll find a nice selection of paid patterns in this marketplace.
Some excellent and free design resources from Shopify Expert, John Rawsterne. You'll find some great patterns for your store here!
Great photography really helps!
This photo sharing website is an excellent source for photos. You can only use photos shared under the creative commons attribution license for free. Use the advanced search and check the “only search within creative commons-licensed content” checkbox. You will also have to credit the photographer with a link back to their photograph - some good guidelines here.
On this site you can buy individual stock images. So many stock photos are horribly overused and clichéd so if you have to use stock photos, spend time to find good ones.
You can use this useful app to find a great filter to your photos. You can also adjust the filter intensity to control the effect of the filter.
While viewing a product, click the edit icon on a product image and you can carry out a whole host of adjustments to the image including applying filters. Useful!
And pretty fonts are always good!
An excellent service by Google that provides access to more than six hundred free web fonts. Integration into your theme will require some knowledge of HTML and CSS.
Another excellent service providing hundreds of high-quality commercial fonts for use in your store. There are a number of different pricing plans including one for free. Integration into your theme will also require some knowledge of HTML and CSS.
A great tool for visualizing and experimenting with over 23,000 font combinations available for the web.
A great showcase for some of the best Google web fonts.
Perhaps some icons?
An amazing archive of hundreds of free icons. If you need icons - check it out!
A project to build a global visual language of symbols featuring hundreds of downloadable icons.
More than 250 carefully-crafted pictograms available for free for use in your store.
More than 170 icons are included in this high-quality icon set.
Or maybe you need to learn about editing your theme?
A set of lessons covering from beginner to advanced levels. If you want to delve into HTML and CSS, this is a great place to start!
The official Shopify wiki covers the basics for store owners, designers and developers.
A good overview article written in .net magazine covering the basics of liquid for Shopify.
A beautifully designed tutorial that brings you through developing a Shopify theme from scratch. Great for understanding how it all fits together.
The cheatsheet provides a complete list of the variables used in the Liquid template language used in Shopify themes.
If you are used to one of these desktop editors then this is the best way to edit and update theme files you’re developing.
Extending the idea of the textmate bundle a little further, with this app for Mac you can edit and update files from your favourite code editor on your desktop.
Research tools are always helpful
Evernote is an brilliant research tool for filing and cataloguing designs or design elements that you find interesting. It can be used for saving interesting articles you find online. It has many other uses also. Well worth checking out.
And inspiration rarely hurts
A vast source of inspiration - try a search on any subject in this content sharing service.
Not only is this a good place to market your design-conscious products, it’s also a place that you can research how other stores present their products and stores online. They have a really beautiful iOS app too.
On a similar note to Svpply, Fancy describes itself as part store, blog, magazine and wish list. Plenty of research and marketing opportunities here.
If you want to see the latest trends in web design, Awwwards is certainly one of the best places to visit.
Describing itself as “a showcase of the finest web and interactive design” - there’s plenty of great web design here.
An excellent gallery of all types of inspiring websites. It also features a large selection of premium themes for Wordpress just in case you’re thinking of starting a blog.
Dribbble is a community of designers sharing their work in progress. With Benchwarmer installed, each time you open up a new tab in Chrome, you get an overview of what’s happening on Dribbble. There’s always something to catch the eye!
Of course, we couldn't forget...
Great new articles every week and a huge archive of comprehensive articles. It's well worth digging in!
As well as providing a deep archive of questions and answers, the forums are also a great place to post your questions.
Or perhaps you want to hire a professional to customize your store? Enter Shopify experts, a directory of designers, developers, marketers and photographers that are all Shopify-approved, the best of the best!
This lively group on Facebook had around 15 thousand members: store owners, Shopify experts but above all entrepreneurs. You'll have to request membership. It also now has a spin-off discussion forum.
Naturally the list couldn't be complete without my ebook on Shopify. An easy-to-use, step-by-step ebook that covers everything you need to know about designing, setting up and running a truly awesome online store with Shopify.