Working in the creative line can be a challenge. Whether you’re a graphic designer, a writer, an illustrator, a video editor or a content creator – there’s always a tool that could come in handy when it comes to working more efficiently or just to get the creative juice flowing.
Most creative professionals are already wide aware of top-end tools and features found in industry-standard options such as Adobe Creative Clouds, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other alternatives for the rest of us. There’s a surprising amount of free creative software out there made available for everyone – even if you’re creating just for fun!
We’ve found some of the best free (and paid for premium features) tools you can utilise to start creating without having to go on a spending spree.
Canva is powerful yet simple enough to use if you’re just a beginner. Canva has hundreds and thousands of graphics, templates and images you can use as part of its free plan.
Canva has all kinds of template designs for just about anything you need. From Instagram posts to Twitter banners and logos to flyers – you name it. It may seem a little overwhelming when you first explore Canva but navigating around it is not that complex when you start getting a hang of things.
Just click on the search bar at the top right of the screen and type whatever it is you’re looking for! Once you’ve decided on a template you want to work on, you can easily upload images or play around with other features like adding on texts, changing background colors and even adding on other elements based on your preferences.
When you’re done, click “Download” to save your post. Canva even has a vast amount of file types you can choose from; pdf, png, jpeg and more. The best part about Canva is that you always have an option to go completely free or choose to pay for premium features whenever necessary (no pressure!).
An essential amongst writers, Grammarly is a writing tool that helps you check for several types of errors – like grammar, punctuation or spelling mistakes. Although several special features are only made available to users who pay extra for premium, Grammarly’s free option is still designed to provide you with sufficient help.
When it comes to writing (no matter how good you are), everyone could use an extra pair of eyes to proofread – and Grammarly is just that (minus an actual pair of human eyes. Score!)
A professional could use it to proofread their emails, proposals or reports. A student can proofread their academic essays and assignments on Grammarly. A writer can use it to spot mistakes on their write-ups or articles. Grammarly is even a useful tool for social media creators who aim to prioritise error-free posts.
Pinterest is one of the most popular image-based social networks. If you’re working in the creative line, you’re bound to hear or even come across Pinterest. This site primarily acts as a platform to gain creative ideas and inspiration visually. You can find thousands of images on Pinterest – from DIYs to “How-To” articles.
Unlike other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, Pinterest offers long-term stability when it comes to its marketing strategy. This is because Pinterest plays between traditional social media channels and search engine optimization (SEO) – bringing in website traffic and better brand awareness for your content.
Many creatives use Pinterest to market their work, engage with other creatives and meet potential clients. Pinterest allows you to target where your work can be seen, enabling you to have a worldwide platform in which to advertise.
If you’re into blogging or simply just need your website to showcase your professional portfolio, WordPress is the place. WordPress is a great platform to showcase your creative works, to get recognition in your industry, earn extra income and reach out to more clients.
While it can be slightly tricky to set up, there’s plenty of third-party websites and online forums that provide useful guides and step-by-step tutorials to get you onboard with WordPress, if you’re a beginner. WordPress even has its in-house guide to help you through each step.
When it comes to building a solid website for personal or business use, WordPress is the best options as it provides the tools and resources needed for all marketing needs. With a wide variety of features such as plug-ins, permalinks, categories for blog posts and more with minimal restrictions, WordPress is the go-to option for website-building.
Pixabay is one of the best “free” graphics stock in the market. The platform offers graphic images, illustrations, clip arts, film footages and music of high quality for commercial use.
The best part; it’s hassle-free download process! Pixabay makes it easy for its users to download any image of their choice to their respective devices as soon as they click the “download” button. No need for sign ups, unnessary third-party links and licensing fee involved.
The perfect option for students on a budget, creatives looking for royalty-free content or just about anyone looking to source free images and videos.