Tools: Media Production

3D Design and Modeling, Animation

Fusion Studio (one time license fee)
Avoid Adobe and try this GPU accelerated 2D and 3D compositing and motion graphics software with a massive toolset and node based workflow. You get paint, rotoscope, titling, animation, keying, 3D particle systems, advanced keyframe animation, unlimited distributed network rendering, 3D models and scenes support, and more.

Vectary (paid options)
Online 3D design and modeling, and augmented reality software.

Audio and Video Production

Animoto (free and paid options)
Drag and drop, templates, access to stock media and music library. iOS and web.

Audacity (free)
Free, open source, cross-platform audio software. Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

AudioMulch (paid)
AudioMulch is software for live performance, audio processing, sound design and music composition.

Auphonic (free and paid options)
Post production for anything you create that has audio.

Bonjoro (paid)
Integrates with your existing apps to create goal-based campaigns based on specific parts of your customer funnel. The moment you get a new lead, signup, subscriber, or customer, Bonjoro adds them to your to-do list and notifies you, then helps you create a custom video for each action.

DaVinci Resolve Studio (one time licensing fee)
This is the world’s only solution that combines professional 8K editing, color correction, visual effects and audio post production all in one software tool. You can instantly move between editing, color, effects, and audio with a single click. DaVinci Resolve Studio is also the only solution designed for multi user collaboration so editors, assistants, colorists, VFX artists and sound designers can all work live on the same project at the same time.

Descript (free and paid options)
Record. Transcribe. Edit. Mix. For videos, audio, and more.

Gloss (free)
Masters your audio recordings using AI. Web.

HandBrake (free)
A highly-rated open source video transcoder, which means it’s a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. It works on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Headliner (free and paid options)
Turns your audio into video. Provides transcripts.Save and export in multiple sizes. Add all types of media. Has a text animation maker. Web.

InShot (free and paid options)
HD Video Editor and Video Maker with all features, trim & cut video/movie, blur background and no crop, add music, transition effects, text and emoji and filters. Android and iOS.

IntroChamp (paid options)
Supplies templates for you to create high quality, easy to make intro videos. Web.

LifeLapse (free and paid options)
Creates stop motion videos from your content.

My Simple Show (free and paid options)
Makes “explainer” videos by providing a structure to follow for your script and then turns your script into an illustrated video.

Powtoon (free and paid options)
Create videos and presentations on a web platform that provides access to multiple integrations, extensions, and templates

OpenShot Video Editor (free)
Open source video editor for Linux, Mac, and Windows. Unlimited layers and tracks, title editor, drag and drop to edit, trim and slice, video effects, 3D animations, animation and keyframes, audio waveforms, slow motion and time effects; all in a simple user interface and support for 70+ languages.

Unscreen (free and paid options)
Removes the background out of completed videos (not livestreams).

Vyond (paid options)
Online animation software. Web.

wave.video (free and paid options)
Video editor, video hosting, content calendar, video landing pages, stock video and images, voiceover recording, social media templates. Web.

Zencastr (free and paid options)
Use their website to record your remote interviews in studio quality. Includes separate tracks for each guest, soundboard for live editing, automatic post-production, built-in VoIP.

Avatar Creation

Bitmoji (free)
Your personal emoji.

Diversity Avatars (free and paid options)
High-quality diverse avatars.

Genies (must request access)
Avatar creator for selling digital products on your website w/ access to celebrities

Collaborative Media Creation

Kapwing (free and paid options)
A collaborative platform for creating images, videos, and GIFs.

Color Tools

Design Seeds (free)
Color palette ideas.

Colors.lol (free)
Overly descriptive color palettes.

Infographics

FastCharts.io (free)
Enter your data via CSV format and this web app quickly renders the data into beautiful and easily customizable charts which can be saved as PNG and SVG.

Hubspot Templates for Infographics (free)
15 free infographic templates in Powerpoint (+ 5 bonus Illustrator templates).

Piktochart (paid options)
Infographic, presentation, and print templates with a drag and drop editor for customization.

slidequest (paid options)
Templates for pitch decks, infographics, icons, and more.

Time Graphics (free and paid options)
Online timeline maker.

Venngage (free for students and paid options)
Tool to make infographics.

Word Search Maker (free)
Provide between 10-24 words to be added to a word search, which is then available online as well as for print.

Mockups

AppLaunchPad (free and paid options)
Mockup generator and screenshot builder.

Adazing (free)
Free ebook cover creator.

eCoverAuthority (paid options)
Create stunning 3D cover graphics in just a few clicks without photoshop or any bulky software.

Placeit (paid options)
Make unlimited mockups, designs, logos and videos.

Music

Brain.fm (paid)
Functional music to improve focus in 15 minutes.

cchound (free)
Copyright-free (Creative Commons) music for content creators.

Facebook Sound Collection (free)
Collection of free music and sound effects.

YouTube Audio Library (free)
Free music and sound effects library.

Photo and Graphic Editing

Afterlight (free)
Photo Editor for Apple devices.

Background Burner (free)
The Background Burner quickly removes the background from any image or photo.

BeFunky (free and paid options)
BeFunky’s all-in-one online Creative Platform has everything you need to easily edit photos, create graphic designs, and make photo collages.

Canva (free and paid options)
Everyone can create professional designs with Canva. It’s easy to use and free.

Cool Backgrounds (free)
Cool Backgrounds is a collection of tools to create compelling, colorful images for blogs, social media, and websites. Beyond backgrounds, the images generated can be used as desktop wallpapers or cropped for mobile wallpapers.

Crello (free and paid options)
The easiest online design tool to create animations and graphics for social and web. Create like a pro. No design skills needed.

Desygner (paid options)
Creates and stores your graphic designs. Four cents per month more than Canva.

digiKam (free)
A simple and easy to use tool for Windows, Linux, and Mac to import photos, raw files, and videos; organize your library; browse and view items in the library; process and edit raw files and photos; and share and publish photos.

Easill (free and paid options)
Easill is the drag-and-drop design tool that empowers your whole team to create visual content so good, it looks like a pro designed it.

Hipstamatic (free and paid options)
Retro camera app for iPhone.

Inkscape (free)
Open source vector graphics editor for Linux, Windows and macOS.

Let’s Enhance (paid)
Powerful AI to increase image resolution without quality loss. 100% automatic and fast.

Live Collage (free)
Collage maker and photo editor app for Android.

Over (free and paid options)
Create professional ads, branded content, and stunning stories in minutes. Now available on desktop and mobile.

Overgram (free and paid options)
Add text to your photos and share them to Instagram.

Paste (free and paid options)
Make and share slides.

Phonto (free)
Phonto is a free app that allows you to add text to photos.

Photopea (free)
Web-based advanced image editor that supports PSD, XCF, Sketch, XD, and CRD formats. Save your files as PSD, JPG, PNG, or SVG.

PicMonkey (paid options)
Create scroll-stopping images for Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and more. Ads, logos? Those, too.

PicPlayPost (free and paid options)
Photo & video collage editor & maker, photo & video slideshow maker & editor, photo video editor & maker with videos, gifs, photos and music.

PicsArt (free)
Editing tools, photo editor, collage maker, sticker maker, and so much more.

Pic Stitch (free and paid options)
Photo and video collage app for Apple products.

PixelMe (free)
Convert your photo into pixel art.

Pixlr (free and paid options)
Online photo editor, like a beginner’s Photoshop.

Prisma (free and paid options)
Two apps for photo editing (one only available on Apple).

Remove Background from Image – remove.bg (free)
Removes backgrounds from photos.

Resizing (free)
Browser based image resizing tool.

Ripl (free and paid options)
Creates branded videos and images in minutes, then instantly post to all your social media accounts at once; includes analytics.

Snappa (free and paid options)
Whip up graphics for social media, ads, blogs, and more—even if you’re not a graphic designer.

Snapseed (free)
Photo editing app.

Social Media Image Maker by Autre planète (free)
A website app that resizes and retouches your images for 15+ platforms and their various user image options.

SocialSizes.io (free)
Templates of all the social media image and video sizes.

Stencil (free and paid options)
Easy-to-use graphic design tool specifically for social media graphics.

Storyboarder (free)
Storyboarder makes it easy to visualize a story as fast you can draw stick figures.

Tweegram (free)
Write text over photo with 3d text and instaquotes.

Typorama (free and paid options)
Typorama lets you create amazing visuals by “automagically” transforming your text and photos into beautiful typographic designs.

VSCO (free and paid options)
Photo and video editing tools.

WordFoto (paid)
An app that turns your photos and words into amazing typographic works of art.

Word Swag (paid)
Word Swag magically turns your words into beautiful photo text designs!

Podcasting

Acast (free and paid options)
Simple, smart podcast hosting and monetization for all creators. Advertising options and podcast database

AnchorFM (free)
The easiest way to make a podcast. Everything you need, 100% free.

Premium Beat (paid options)
Exclusive music library. Stress-free licensing.

Reaper (paid)
Digital audio workstation.

SoundUpNow (free and paid options)
The all-in-one audio platform. Podcasts, Alexa, Flash Briefings & Skills made EASY

Screen Recording and Screen Shots

Camtasia (paid)
All-In-One screen recorder and video editor.

Filmora (free and paid options)
Video editing solutions.

Fireshot (paid)
Web page screenshots and annotations in your favorite browser with FireShot.

Loom (free and paid options)
Screen recording made easy. And free.

Screenly (paid)
Transform your screens into powerful digital signs.

Screencastify (free and paid options)
Screencastify to record, edit, and share videos.

Screencast-o-Matic (free and paid options)
Our video creation tools help you create and communicate through video. Simple and intuitive tools to get the job done easily.

ScreenFlow (paid)
Video editing and screen recording.

Scrola (free)
Takes full page screenshots of webpages. Screenshots can be exported as static images, or scrolling videos. No downloads or extensions, web only.

Snagit (one time licensing fee)
Screen capture and recording software that lets you quickly capture a process, add your explanation, and create visual instructions.

Youtube Screenshot (free)
Screenshots from YouTube Video.

Stock Photography, Art, and Icons

700+ CSS Icons (free)
Customizable, accessible, retina-ready.

Absurd Design (free with linkback)
Surrealist, human-created illustrations with transparent backgrounds, free for commercial and personal projects.

Artvee (free)
Browse and download high-resolution, public domain artworks.

Barnimages (free and licensing options)
A free stock photo collection. The name is deceiving; no barns are included in the stock galleries, but plenty of other images are available. New photos are added weekly.

Black Illustrations (free and licensing options)
Illustrations of Black folks for your media and marketing.

Body Liberation Stock Photos (paid)
Stock photos and images for body size diversity and acceptance.

CreateHER Stock (paid and freebies)
Your destination for authentic stock images featuring melanated women.

Creative Commons Search (free)
Search for media you can reuse, some of which can be modified.

Creative Market (paid and freebies every week)
Webstore for fonts, graphics, templates and more.

Death To Stock Photos (paid)
An Artist Owned Co-op that provides you with the freshest authentic stock photos and videos; with unlimited downloads and new work added every month.

Disabled and Here (free)
Disabled And Here is a photo and interview series celebrating disabled Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC).

Disability Collection, The (paid)
A growing collection of stock images that break stereotypes and authentically portray people with disabilities in everyday life.

Feather (free)
Simply beautiful open source icons.

Flaticon (free and paid options)
The largest database of free icons available in PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD and BASE 64 formats.

freepik (free and paid options)
Free vectors, photos, and PSD downloads for multiple uses.

FreeImages (free)
Royalty-free photos by subject, photographer, or even camera—all free for personal and commercial use.

FreePhotobank (free with linkback)
FreePhotoBank is a free stock photo site. Feel free to download pictures (up to 2048 pixels, Creative Commons licence) but don’t forget to link back to FreePhotoBank.

FreeStocks.org (free)
Free stock photos – feel free to use them both in personal and commercial projects.

Gratisography (free)
Free use-as-you-please pictures that stand out.

Haute Stock (paid)
A stock photo library that includes thousands of high-quality images, social media graphics, editable templates, design assets, and social media prompts.

Iconduck (free)
100,000+ free open source icons & illustrations.

Icofont (free)
2100+ free icons for you to use in any of your designs.

Iconic (free)
Pixel-perfect icons.

Iconfinder (paid)
World’s largest marketplace for icons.

Icon Ninja (free)
Free icon database with free online tool to generate css sprites.

Icons8 (free and paid options)
Free icons, photos, vectors, music, and tools.

Ikonate (free)
Fully customizable and accessible open source vector icons.

illustrations (free)
Open source illustration kit.

Kaboompics (free)
Free stock photography and colour palettes.

Life of Pix (free)
Free high resolution photography.

Nappy (free)
Beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people.

New Old Stock (free)
Vintage photos from the public archives.

Noun Project (free and paid options)
Icons and photos for everything.

Morguefile (free)
Morguefile is a free photo archive “for creatives, by creatives.”

Open Peeps (free)
A hand-drawn illustration library.

Pattern Generator (free)
Creates seamless, royalty-free patterns.

Pexels (free)
Stock photos and videos.

Picjumbo (free and paid)
Download free stock photos, backgrounds and free high-resolution images for personal and commercial use.

PicNoi (free and paid)
Free stock photos for a colorful world.

Pixabay (free)
Stunning free images & royalty free stock photos.

PhotoPin (free)
Free photos for bloggers and creatives!

Pure CSS Stripes Generator (free)
No flash, no image, only css!

Reshot (free)
Handpicked, non-stocky images. Yours to use as you wish.

ShotStash (free)
Free stock photos for creative professionals.

Skitterphoto (free)
A place to find, show and share public domain photos.

Stockio (free)
Free photos, vectors, icons, fonts and videos. Thousands of files for personal and commercial use.

Stocksnap.io (free)
Beautiful free stock photos.

Styled Stock (free)
Beautiful free styled images for your projects.

SVG Repo (free)
Free SVG vectors and icons.

Tabler Icons (free)
550+ highly customizable free SVG icons.

Unsplash (free)
The internet’s source of freely-usable images.

Vecteezy (free and paid)
Free vector art, stock photos & videos.

Vector.me (free)
Free vectors and illustrations to download. +79,472 vector art in AI, SVG, EPS and CDR.

Vector4Free (free)
Free vector graphics for everyone.

WOCinTechChat (free)
Stock images of Women of Colour in tech.

Watch Videos Together Online

Puffer (free)
Stream live TV in your browser. There’s no charge. You can watch U.S. TV stations affiliated with the NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, Fox, and CW networks.

Rave Watch Party (free)
Disney Plus, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, etc.

twoseven (free)
YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney Plus, Crunchyroll, Apple TV, HBO Max, Vimeo, etc.