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.
Photography & Vector Art
VIdeo & Sound
FFREE Video Stock Footage
FREE Sound FX
Fonts & Graphics
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
FREE Stop-Motion Animation
Stop Motion Studio (beginners)
FREE Audio Editing Software
FREE PhotoShop-like Software (GIMP)
FREE Vector Illustration Software
FREE Layout Software
FREE Beginner Website Builders
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.
(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)
Educational Web Building
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.
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
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.
Screen Capture: Video
(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)
(highly ranked but only a free trial)
(low quality recordings but captures internal sound as well as input sound)
Coordinate Schedules for Meetings
Online Sign-up Calendar
(can synch w/ Google, Outlook, etc.)
Free Test Preps for Grad School
GRE: Free Test Prep
LSAT: Free Test Prep
Best Free App
for Keeping Personal Journal
(includes military encription)
The Pro version allows multiple journals, graphic customization, etc.
Web Page Markup
(Collect web pages, highlight text, insert sticky notes, summarize, tag, keep private or share, create research groups.
Publication Platforms for
Academic and Research Publishing
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/
GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) : http://www.gimp.org
Inkscape : http://www.inkscape.org
Scribus : http://www.scribus.net
Kdenlive : http://www.kdenlive.org
Audacity : http://audacity.sourceforge.net
Ardour : http://ardour.org
Pure Data : http://puredata.info/
Processing : http://www.processing.org
Blender : http://www.blender.org
Art of Illusion: http://www.artofillusion.org/
Cocos2D: http://www.cocos2d-iphone.org/, http://www.cocos2d.org
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 Mint: http://www.linuxmint.com