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Headline: Juliet's Free & Awesome Digital Media Resources Lists

150 Free Sources
for digital production, graphics, video,
web design, photos, animation, fonts, software, tutorials, productivity apps, 
academic resources, and more. 

Rock your digital life. These are the best resources I’ve found and tested for my students–updated continually.  Let me know if you recommend an edit, as the best sources are constantly changing. DO NOT ask to advertise on this page. I do not do affiliate marketing or accept sponsorships or add links to this page for marketers out of the goodness of my heart. I only list FREE or super-valuable stuff for my students, and I research and test everything like a ferret. Thank you!

 

1. FREE Media Sources

The downsides of free media sources include the time it takes to find quality work and the licensing you have to sort through. Professionals generally pay for their media to save time, risk, and complications. But this is school. And you might be broke! So, cheers to the alternatives! Remember to read the licensing agreements for any media you use, keep a screenshot and a link for evidence. See my video on copyright considerations.

VIdeo & Sound

FFREE Video Stock Footage

Videvo
Pexels
Pixabay
Videezy
Matzwai
MixKit
CuteStockFootage

FREE Sound Tracks
MixKit
YouTube Free Audio Library
Jamendo
www.mobygratis.com
Musopen (free classical)

Cheap But Better Sound Tracks
Take Tones (pay per track but good)
Audio Network (cheap per track)
Soundcloud (monthly fee)

FREE Sound FX

YouTube Free Sound Effects
MixKit
CuteStockFootage

Fonts & Graphics

FREE Fonts

Google Fonts
Adobe Typekit (need Adobe account)
V-Fonts.com
(variable fonts, some free)
“Fonts Guide for All Occasions”

(Thanks, Cynthia, Mia & Friends!)

 FREE Clip Art
www.classroomclipart.com
www.clipartconnection.com

FREE Favicons

ICO Converter
Convert your .png to an .ico
Free ICO Icons
Site for icons to use as favicons, desktop icons, shortcuts, and folder icons. 

Color Scheme Designers
www.kuler.adobe.com
www.colorschemedesigner.com
Color Theory Info
(recommended by Jackson Degroff)  

2. FREE Production Software & Templates
Free production software can be great for small jobs, even if they lack the functionality of professional software and hinder the ability to collaborate with media teams using professional software. Templates for presentations, animations, video, social media, etc., can aid productivity but limit creativity (and some templates get “recognized” due to repeated use. Before you use any of the resources below, check with your professor to see what’s acceptable for use on a project.  

Software for Video, Graphics, & Animation

FREE Video Editing Software

OpenShot.org (Beginners)
Blender.org (Beginners)
iMovie (Beginners)
Lightworks (Advanced)
Adobe Premiere (free 30-day download)

FREE Animation Software
Animaker (beginner)
Blender (free, professional, open source)
Adobe Animate
(great but expensive; only free trial)

FREE Stop-Motion Animation
Stop Motion Studio (beginners)

FREE Audio Editing Software

GarageBand (Apple)
Audacity (PC)

FREE PhotoShop-like Software (GIMP)
www.gimp.org

FREE Vector Illustration Software
InkScape

FREE Layout Software
Scribus

Free Office Software
(compatible with MS)

OpenOffice.org
Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

NOTE: MS Office is free to University of Tampa Students

 

 

 

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Website Building

FREE Beginner Website Builders
Wix
Squarespace
Weebly
PROS: Easy to use, great templates
CONS: Creates amateur sites that are not scalable; no backend access, limited coding capabilities, expensive Pro versions to remove advertising and link to domain.

FREE Professional Website Builders

Word Press
(Most widely used)
PROS: Industry standard, free, scalable, backend access, lots of plug-ins.
CONS: Ugly free templates, difficult to use without a purchased builder (like Divi), substantial learning curve.

Best Visual Builders to Use with WordPress

FREE Elementor Builder
(Free but basic)

Divi Themes and Builder
(Free trial but expensive after that–
most widely used by pros)
Divi Tutorial (thorough): FerdyKorp
(get percentage off through Ferdy’s site)

Educational Web Building
Adobe Dreamweaver
Great educational tool for learning code and web, but not widely used otherwise; too difficult for beginners and too simple and cumbersome for developers. But it’s a good tool.

Advanced Platforms for Developers
www.drupal.org
www.joomla.org 

Domains & Hosting
Godaddy (24/7 Phone Support)
Dreamhost (Cheap, Limited Support)
NOTE: You do not need hosting with beginner websites (they provide it for you). The downside is you can’t access it for backend work.

 

Templates for Animation, Video, Social Media, Presentations


Graphics & Social Media
Canva.com
Hashtag Generator
Google Key Word Planner Tool 


Video / Animation / Effects

Animoto
Powtoon
FlipaClip
(Google Playstore or Apple Store)

Infographics
Canva.com
Piktochart
Visme

Presentation Software

Prezi.com
SlideRocket.com
PowToon.com

 

 

 


 

 

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3. Tutorials, Productivity Software, & Academic Resources
These help you manage your business and your learning life. Productivity software is essential for professional practices such as cloud backup, team collaboration, and business communications. Academic resources can help you manage school responsibilities. Tutorials can keep you up to speed on your specialized skills.

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Digital Tutorials


Adobe Tutorials
Social Media Training (Hubspot)
Google Analytics Academy
Hootsuite Academy

Screen Capture: Video

Screencast-o-matic
(Basic, does not capture internal sound from computer)

OBS: Open Broadcast
(Captures microphone, webcam, desktop, and internal sound for layered videos; popular with YouTubers but no editing capability) 
Snagit
(highly ranked but only a free trial)
Zoom
(low quality recordings but captures internal sound as well as input sound)

Abstract Swirls

Productivity Software


Cloud Servers
Dropbox
MS OneDrive (free for U.T. students)
Google Drive

Team Platforms for
Communication and Project Planning

MS Teams
(free for UT faculty/admin)
Slack.com
Trello.com

Lists (on Steroids)
Microsoft To Do

Web Conferencing
Zoom (through MyUtampa)
Zoom (free) www.zoom.us
Webex (free trial)
Adobe Connect (free trial)

Brainstorming /
Collaborative White Board

Evernote
Google Jamboard
(in Google Drive, click New>More>Google Jamboard)
Mural

Coordinate Schedules for Meetings
www.doodle.com

Online Sign-up Calendar
appointlet.com
 (can synch w/ Google, Outlook, etc.)

Conference Calls
www.freeconferencecall.com

 

Academic Resources

Tutoring at UTampa
Saunders Writing Center
Center for Public Speaking
Academic Coaching

Peer Tutoring
Academic Exploration

Automatic Bibliographies (Quick)
www.bibme.com

Citing Sources
Perdue OWL Lab
UTampa Library Info

Free Test Preps for Grad School
GRE: Free Test Prep
LSAT: Free Test Prep

Best Free App
for Keeping Personal Journal

Penzu
(includes military encription)
The Pro version allows multiple journals, graphic customization, etc.

Web Page Markup
Diigo
(Collect web pages, highlight text, insert sticky notes, summarize, tag, keep private or share, create research groups.

Publish Your Essays and Art
Apollon:
The Undergraduate e-Journal

The Artifice

This online magazine covers a wide spectrum of art forms and has a following of 4 million.

Publication Platforms for
Academic and Research Publishing
www.openedition.org 

Open Source

Organizations and Web Resources

Electronic Frontier Foundation: http://www.eff.org/
Free Software Foundation: http://www.fsf.org/
Creative Commons: http://creativecommons.org/
Open Source Foundation: http://www.opensource.org/
GrokLaw: http://www.groklaw.net

Graphics

GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) : http://www.gimp.org
Inkscape : http://www.inkscape.org
Scribus : http://www.scribus.net
MyPaint: http://mypaint.intilinux.com/
Pencil: http://www.pencil-animation.org/

Video

Kdenlive : http://www.kdenlive.org
VLC: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
FreeMix: http://freemix.forja.rediris.es/
ffmpeg: http://www.ffmpeg.org/
PiTiVi:    http://www.pitivi.org/
Cinelerra: http://cinelerra.org/
Kino: http://www.kinodv.org/

Audio

Audacity : http://audacity.sourceforge.net
Ardour : http://ardour.org
Pure Data : http://puredata.info/
Mixxx: http://www.mixxx.org/
SuperCollider: http://supercollider.sourceforge.net/
Qtractor: http://qtractor.sourceforge.net/qtractor-index.html
LMMS: http://lmms.sourceforge.net/

Programming

Processing : http://www.processing.org
Arduino: http://www.arduino.cc
Cinder: http://libcinder.org/
OpenFrameworks: http://www.openframeworks.cc
Eclipse: http://www.eclipse.org

3D

Blender : http://www.blender.org
Wings3D: http://www.wings3d.com/
K3D: http://www.k-3d.org/wiki/Main_Page
BRLCad: http://sourceforge.net/projects/brlcad/
FreeCad: http://www.ar-cad.com/freecad/index.html
Art of Illusion: http://www.artofillusion.org/

Game Engines

Panda3D: http://www.panda3d.org
PyGame: http://www.pygame.org
Alice: http://www.alice.org
Cocos2D: http://www.cocos2d-iphone.org/, http://www.cocos2d.org
CrystalSpace: http://www.crystalspace3d.org/
OGRE: http://www.ogre3d.org/
Irrlicht: http://irrlicht.sourceforge.net/
Delta3D: http://www.delta3d.org/

Other

LibreOffice : http://www.libreoffice.org/
Firefox : http://www.mozilla.com
Gnome Desktop: http://www.gnome.org/
KDE Desktop: http://kde.org/
Linux Kernel: http://www.kernel.org/

Linux Distributions

Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com
Linux Mint: http://www.linuxmint.com
Fedora: http://www.fedoraproject.org
Debian: http://www.debian.org
OpenSuse: http://www.opensuse.org
ArtistX: http://www.artistx.org
PureDyne: http://www.puredyne.org
DistroWatch: http://distrowatch.com/

Vector images by Vecteezy.com