5 Free Content Creation Tools To Save Time
Making your own digital presentations can be a daunting task for most people. Not only are there a myriad of ways to show the world your idea or message but the process of creating content often requires learning how to use new tools.
Thankfully the distance between concept and creation is getting shorter all the time with a growing set of online tools that are friendly, affordable and easy to use. Think of them as helpful shortcuts that can take a lot of the grunt work out of making the next big viral sensation. Here’s some of the best.
Edit your images
Pixlr is a free image editor that is growing in popularity and performance every month. For a quick alternative to Photoshop when you need to do some last-minute adjustments to your photos, it can’t be beat. Best of all, it runs entirely within your web browser and is free to use, so you don’t even need to install any software and it’ll work on almost any device.
Free infographic tool
Easel.ly is a fast, stylish utility designed for making infographics. With a wide variety of themes and fonts it’s a snap to make an eye-catching infographic that informs and entertains. There’s also a thriving public gallery on the site to provide inspiration and guidance for your next project. You could say it makes it all so easily.
Create your own collages
BeFunky Collage Maker is a breeze to use, and makes cool collage images (an image that is comprised of other images stuck together) within minutes. Simply select the images from your hard drive, upload them to the service and it’ll combine them into a pleasing collage image that makes you look like a professional.
Free stock photo library
What if you don’t have any images of your own to use? Try out UnSplash, which is a fantastic curated set of royalty-free images that is getting larger by the day. The high-resolution images cross every topic and theme imaginable and can be downloaded to your PC with a single click. Not only will they fill the gap in your image archive but they’re fantastic to use in presentations, wallpapers or covers.
Edit your own videos
For video image editing, the place to be at the moment is either Instagram or Vine. Not only are they “the” places to be in the video sharing space, but they also offer robust video editing tools that will get your cat video online within minutes.
Curate the web's best content
Finally, Storify is a handy tool for curating online ‘stories’ into a readable format. It lets you share important (or just downright silly) stories as they happen online without the reader having to trawl through a network of tweets, likes and shares.
This is just the tip of the iceberg – and the great thing about the Internet is that there’s always something new and better around the corner – but with these tools even someone who is just wrapping their head around a word processor can have some visually exciting content put online today.