Free Stuff!

There’s a lot of expensive options out there for editing and creating on the internet – and they work well.  For many Friends however, you may just be getting started and don’t want or need to invest money in this area.

While it’s always a good idea to spend some money on a specific platform or tool that you know will help you, sometimes it’s helpful to experiment with some free resources and tools first.

As I’ve mentioned before:

  • My go-to online tool for graphics is Canva.  I now do use the paid version, which has some nice features I speicfically need.
  • I also recommend Audacity for music editing.
  • For free pictures – Pixabay or Unsplash.
  • I also have often used the free version of WordPress for basic websites.Here’s a great list from Cullen Vance (Facebook) of more free tools!

 3d Modeling/Animation(complex) –
3d Modeling (Simple) – Sketchup
3d Modeling (Voxel/Brick) – MagicaVoxel
3d Modeling (Digital Clay Sculpting) – Sculptris
3d Modeling (in VR) – Google Blocks
Human 3d Model/Armature Generator- MakeHuman
Photo Editing/Maniputaion – GIMP
Digital Painting/ Comics – Krita
Vector Art (like illustrator) – Inkscape
Storyboarding – Storyboarder
Video Game Engine – Unity
Visual Novel Maker w/ no Code – Fungus + Unity
Text Based Game – Twine (
Audio/Sound Recording/ Editing – Audacity
Sheet Music Notation – Musescore
Retro Game music Maker – Bosca Ceoil
Retro Video Game Effects Generator – BFXR
Screen & webcam recording – OBS Studio
Live Streaming (twitch/youtube) – Streamlabs OBS
Video and Audio Converter – Handbrake
2d Animation (Cutout) – Dragonbones Pro, Synfig
2d Animation (drawn) – Blender 2.8, Opentoonz
Stick Figure Animation – Pivot Animator
Stop Motion/Claymation – Stop Motion Studio (mobile only)
Video Editing – Blender (only if you’re desperate)
Flashcards/ Spaced Repetition Learning: Anki
Awesome Websites:
Disraction Free Writing – Writer (bighugelabs)
Script/Playwriting – Amazon Storywriter
Sound Effects Database –
Music for Film/Games –
Pixel Art & Animation – Piskel
Textures and HDRIs for 3D- Hdri Haven
Fonts – Google Fonts,
Learn Coding – Codecademy
Simple Android App Maker – AppInventor (MIT)
Color Palette Generator –
Rhyme Dictionary –

What have you found to be helpful?


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