This volume of the Designer Kit and future volumes will supply you with the best resources available that are essential to every avatar designer out there. Often, these Kits will cover resources hosted on different websites, some free, some not. But don't worry, you will be informed if a Kit contains products that need payment.
To start things off, you will need a font, if you want text on your avatar that is. The following is a list of fonts that are recommended by the team at AH-Avatars:
The next items in this Kit are brushes. Brushes are often used to create various effects, most commonly, the Paint Splatter effect. Here is a Tutorial
of how to install a brush set in Photoshop.
Texture packs are another thing that every good designer will need. That is if you are wanting to put a background onto the avatar.
This is it for the first volume of The Essential Designer Kit. Come back soon to see if there has been another adition to The Essential Designer Kit.