JANUARY 3, 2019

 

Democratization of Creative Tools

 

Photographs by rawpixel

 

Do you find yourself unable to pursue your creative endeavours in the digital space due to expensive softwares? Perhaps you are a student or are just seeking an avenue to learn but cannot afford to purchase high-end services? These limitations should no longer prevent you from exploring your creativity in the digital age, as the solution lies in open source softwares and services.

 

All softwares listed below are FREE and available on all operating systems. (Windows, Mac, and Linux)

I've either used these softwares at one point or continue to use them even to this day. There of course exist other options but these are some of my favourite and best open source softwares and services. (biased)

I hope that helps some of you get the start you're looking for!

 

 

SOFTWARES and SERVICES

 

DaVinci Resolve 15

A powerful and all inclusive video editing suite - just as capable as Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere

 

Fusion 9

A powerful motion graphics software - like Adobe After Effects but uses nodes rather than layers

 

GIMP

An alternative to Adobe Photoshop

 

Krita

A hybrid of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop which is capable of opening .PSD files and working with Vectors

 

RawTherapee

Takes the place of Adobe Lightroom or Apple's (discontinued) Aperture

 

Open Office

Just like Microsoft Office - but Free

 

Microsoft Sway

Like Prezi but a better alternate (in my opinion) - AI Presentation Software

 

Adobe Spark

Like Canva - easy to use but more updated dimensions for social media

 

Unsplash

Free to use Photos - no attribution required but is appreciated - community oriented

 

Pexels Images

Free to use Photos - see individual licenses

 

Pexels Videos

Free Stock Footage - see individual licenses

 

WeTransfer

File Transfer service - useful, efficient (Free option limited to 2GB file size)

 

OBS Studio

Livestream and broadcast control software - Twitch, Facebook Live, YouTube Live

 

Audacity

Basic alternate to Adobe Audition

 

Anchor

Free Podcast hosting and distribution - easy to use (beginners to professionals)

 

Mega

Free 50GB Cloud Storage