Humans, you were born in a time in history where tools to make art with are more accessible than ever. If you have a computer or a smartphone you can surely find something to make cool stuff with.

30+ Free Creative Tools & Software for Artists (2021)

Humans, you were born in a time in history where tools to make art with are more accessible than ever. If you have a computer or a smartphone you can surely find something to make cool stuff with.

What’s a Rich Text element?

What’s a Rich Text element?

What’s a Rich Text element?

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

THIS LIST IS ALIVE! Send in your favorite free software and let's spread the word and help people be creative without limits.

Blender (from Blender.org)

Desktop Apps:

Blender - A free and open-source professional 3D software, rapidly growing in popularity and functionality. Blender has a wide variety of features built-in, and also capable of modeling, sculpting, texturing, rigging, simulation, rendering, camera tracking, video editing, and compositing.

Krita - A free and open source painting program with animation capabilities.

Atom - A free and open-source text editor to edit code.

Garageband (Mac) - DAW to record and produce music. Pre-installed on all mac from recent years.

GIMP - A free and open-source image manipulation tool.

Audacity -A free and open-source audio software

Pivot Animator - When I was a kid I used this app to create stick figure animation. It is super basic but was always super fun to use. If you are not familiar with animation and want to get things rolling it might be a fun start.

OpenToonz - A free open-source animation tool used by Studio Ghibli and 'Futurama'.

UnrealEngine - A free (with conditions) popular 3D Creation tool often used as a game engine.

HandBrake - A free and open-source video transcoder (much like Adobe Media Encoder)



Best Seller
Colors
Recolor entire comps like in Illustrator
Convert an image to a palette like in Procreate
Work with palettes like nowhere else
There is no looking back
Colors is the quick and intuitive Color Sampler Adobe forgot to put into After-Effects. People who used Colors have said they can't see themselves going back to working without it ever again
Key Features
  • Quickly sample frames from photos / videos into a palette
  • Generates beautiful new palettes for you
  • Left-Click to apply Fill, Right-Click to apply Stroke. With no layers selected it will quickly create a new coloured solid for you.
  • Lets you save palettes for easy use across multiple projects
  • Recolor entire comps including nested comps in a few clicks
  • Easily edit palettes
Buy if...
  • You often find yourself feeling uninspired
  • You don't understand color science well enough, finding it hard to come up with beautiful color combinations
  • You are constantly using workarounds to pick colors, including the Character panel's color picker.
  • You feel like After-Effects is holding you back from being a better designer
  • You are often working with references online, importing screen-grabs and manually sampling color palettes
Why Buy?
Good Boy Ninja
75% OFF
EVERYTHING
USE CODE: WORLDEND
9
Days
99
Hours
99
Minutes
99
Seconds
Promo ends 30 Aug, 20:00 UTC
Desmos (from Desmos.com)

On The Web:

Demsos - A free tool to visualize graphs using math.

P5.js - a free and open-source online javascript library for creative coding.

Gumroad - Create an online storefront for free.

Khan Academy - A nonprofit educational site with a wide variety of courses you can take today.

Webflow - An advanced no-code website creation tool. Paid but has a free tier to start with.

Wix - A user-friendly drag & drop website creation tool. Paid but has a free tier to start with.

ActionVFX - Free to download VFX footage to composite on any footage.

YouTube - Upload and share videos for free

OpenFrameworks - A free and open-source c++ toolkit for creative coding

The Coding Train - a YouTube channel dedicated to beginner-friendly creative coding tutorials and challenges, by Daniel Shiffman.

Google Docs - a text editor that stores your files in the cloud.

Google Fonts - a collection of fonts you can use, mostly for free.

Unsplash - a collection of free to use stock photos.

HDRIHaven - a collection of free HDRIs to light up your scenes in your 3D software.

TextureHaven - a collection of free high-quality texture to create materials in your 3D software.

3DModelHaven - a collection of 3D models to use in your 3D software.

Thomas Flynn’s Free 3D Objects Collection - another very big collection of 3D models to use in your 3D software.

shpr
Shape layers on steroids
Why Buy?
Endless Possibilities
Unleash 11 new exciting ways to animate shape layers like the pros
Key Features
  • Reshape, Subdivide, Fractalize and Connect points on your path
  • Instantly add dynamics by sequencing each effect along the path points, making each point animate with a specified delay
  • Reorder the effects for virtually endless combinations
  • Automatically animated to an input wave for instant creativity
  • Plug multiple effects to the same animator for synced motions
Buy if...
  • You are often being told to make an illustration 'breathe' for long loopable projections in keynotes and events
  • You are often asked to add dynamics to boring, regular geometric shapes in logos or symbols
  • You often work with loops, music or other rhythmic elements
  • You are underwhelmed by the limited set of shape animators in After-Effects
  • You are into modular, procedural systems
  • You are looking for hours of fun
GarageBand for IOS (from Apple.com)

Mobile Apps:

Keezy (iOS) - sketch musical ideas by recording and looping clips in a breeze

GarageBand (iOS) - a mobile DAW to record and produce music.

iMovie(iOS) - edit videos

Noodle
Give shapes soft-body like physics,
Create loose-tracking
and smooth slippery motions
Why Buy?
Noodle saves your butt
By adding secondary motions automatically, it will save you from evil clients who ask for too many last-minute changes.

It's the animator's wettest dream.
Key Features
  • Simulate 'soft' / 'delayed' parenting
  • Create 'soft body' like effects by making paths react to layer transforms
  • Adds 'jello' effect to puppet-pin rigs
  • Updates automatically to changes in the original motion
  • Point-by-point control for shape layers squash and stretch
  • Bake / Unbake for maximum performance
Buy if...
  • Your clients often harras you with too many last minute changes
  • You are often facing tight deadlines and looking for ways to animate more easily without compromising on quality
  • Your timelines are often bloated with keyframes
  • You are missing 'soft body' like simulators from other software which do not exist in After-Effects
  • You are animating NSFW illustrations or images and looking for a quick way to add bounce and jiggle to your products

THIS LIST IS ALIVE! Send in your favorite free software and let's spread the word and help people be creative without limits.

Paths from Nulls
Free
Why Download?
What does it do?
It connects existing nulls with a new path
Key Features
  • Connect multiple nulls with a path
  • Choose whether the new path points follow the nulls using an expression or not
  • Hold Alt while hovering the interface to reveal the options to connect other layer types (like solids and footage) instead of nulls
  • Optional: simulate ropes when bringing the new path points closer together
Download if
  • Eager clients often ask you to connect a lot of corporate logos and trademarks with a line, or a dashed line
  • You often import 3D camera tracking data from other software and interested in creating bridges / geometric shapes using the tracked points
  • You are intrested in a free, easy plexus alternative
  • You like free tools!
Di$counts
How to install
the tools of the
Good Boy Ninja?
Affiliate
(Make Money)
Good Boy Ninja
Motion Designer since 2008.
Maker of tools for Adobe After-Effects
Quick jump:
August 5, 2020
 
Similar Posts