Toolbox

Welcome to our classroom toolbox. In the Toolbox, you will find a variety of tools and resources we have used in class. I have grouped them in categories to hopefully make it easier to find the right tool faster. If you find a tool you think should be added to the toolbox, send me a link!

Adobe Creative Cloud Software – During the COVID-19 pandemic, Adobe has made it possible for my students to download the Adobe Creative Cloud software to their personal computers at home. This is fantastic if you have a MacOS or Windows computer at home. Students, you must use this link I have provided and your Adobe account that you have already created in class.

Mobile device compatibility for Adobe software

Copyright-Free Resources


Pixabay – Copyright Free Images

Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes. (Online Resource)

Pexels – Copyright Free Photos & Videos

Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages. (Online Resource)

Unsplash – Photos For Everyone

Unsplash is a platform powered by an amazing community that has gifted hundreds of thousands of their own photos to fuel creativity around the world. So sign up for free, or don’t. Either way, you’ve got access to over a million photos under the Unsplash license—which makes them free to do-whatever-you-want with. (Online Resource)

Videvo – Free Stock Video Footage

Thousands of free stock videos, motion graphics, music tracks, and sound effects, all in one place. (Online Resource)

Videezy – Free Stock Video Footage

We’re proud to be one of the largest video communities in the world. Our growing collection of high-quality footage makes filmmaking easy and affordable. Plus, most files are free to download and free to use. You’re making the world a more beautiful place. We’re just here to support the cause. (Online Resource)

Adobe Audition Downloads – Free Sound Files

Adobe® Audition® software includes thousands of uncompressed, royalty-free audio sound effects and music loop files. These files have been grouped together by type and style into ZIP archives that can be downloaded. (Resources)

SoundsCrate – Sound Effects and Royalty Free Music

Fully mastered tracks for your productions that you won’t find anywhere else. 100% original content by Hollywood industry professionals. No attribution required. (Online Resource)

Bensound – Royalty Free Music

Here you can download royalty free stock music for YouTube and your multimedia projects. Bensound.com has been created by Benjamin TISSOT also know as Bensound, a Composer and Musician based in France who has been creating music for more than 10 years. (Online Resource)

Free Stock Music

Here, you can find royalty-free music for your YouTube videos or projects (blog, vlog, podcast, social network, etc.). All we ask is to put the attribution in the credits. More info about the attribution can be found on every track’s page. The free music on this website is not a subject to any copyright issues. (Online Resource)


Graphic Design Tools


Inkscape – A Powerful, Free Design Tool for Vector Images

Whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector imagery, Inkscape is for you! (MacOS, Windows, & Linux)

GIMP – The Free & Open Source Image Editor

This is the official website of the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP).
GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes.

Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins. (MacOS, Windows, & Linux)

Krita – Free Painting Program

Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone. (MacOS, Windows, & Linux)

Photopea – Free Online Image Editor

Photopea is a free online image editor. It will support Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Sketch App, Adobe XD, and CorelDRAW files. (Online Tool)

Coolors – Create Color Palettes

The super fast color schemes generator! Create, save and share perfect palettes in seconds! (Website, iOS app, Chrome Extension)

Pixlr – Free Online Photo Editor

The next generation Online photo editor. Experience smarter and faster photo editing. Pixlr X is the only photo editor you need for quick yet professional edits. Designed with just the right amount of easy to navigate photo editing tools, you are about to experience the next best online image editor built with cutting edge technology. (Online Tool, iOS App, & Android App)

Google Fonts – Open Source Designer Web Fonts

We believe the best way to bring personality and performance to websites and products is through great design and technology. Our goal is to make that process simple, by offering an intuitive and robust collection of open source designer web fonts. By using our extensive catalog, you can share and integrate typography into any design project seamlessly—no matter where you are in the world. (Online Resource)

dafont.com – Fonts For Your Projects

The fonts presented on this website are their authors’ property, and are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain. The license mentioned above the download button is just an indication. Please look at the readme-files in the archives or check the indicated author’s website for details, and contact him/her if in doubt. (Online Resource)


Animation Tools


Wick Editor – Free Animation Software

The Wick Editor is a free and open-source tool for creating games, animations, and everything in-between. It’s designed to be the most accessible tool for creating multimedia projects on the web. (Online Tool)

Pencil2D Animation – Animate Your Drawings

An easy, intuitive tool to make 2D hand-drawn animations. Lightweight and easy to use so you can focus on animating and not what button to hit next. Seamlessly switch between raster and vector workflows, allowing you to sketch, ink & paint on the go. Pencil2D is completely open source and free to use, even commercially! (MacOS, Window, & Linux)

Blender – Design and Animate 3D Objects

Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline. (MacOS, Windows, & Linux)


Audio Tools


Audacity – Free, cross-platform audio software

Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder. Developed by a group of volunteers as open source. (Windows, MacOS, & Linux)

TwistedWave – Online Audio Editor

TwistedWave is a browser-based audio editor. You only need a web browser to access it, and you can use it to record or edit any audio file.

All the audio is stored and processed on the server, so you don’t need to download anything, or save your work when you are done. Close your browser window and your work is saved. Open TwistedWave somewhere else, and all your audio files, with the complete undo history, are still available. (Online Tool)


Video Tools


Shotcut – A Free Video Editor

Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor. Major features include support for a wide range of formats; no import required meaning native timeline editing; Blackmagic Design support for input and preview monitoring; and resolution support to 4k. (MacOS, Windows & Linux)

OpenShot – A Free Video Editor

We designed OpenShot Video Editor to be an easy to use, quick to learn, and surprisingly powerful video editor. (MacOS, Windows & Linux)

DaVinci Resolve 16 – Video Editor (Free Version)

Innovative tools for editing including the revolutionary new cut page, visual effects, motion graphics, color correction and audio post production, all in a single  application! (MacOS, Windows & Linux)

FootageCrate – Video Effects and Motion Elements

We provide the video making community with thousands of free professional-grade production resources, and also distribute exclusive content that is the most affordably priced in the industry. (Online Resource)


Web Design Tools


W3Schools Online Code Editor

With W3Schools online code editor, you can edit HTML, CSS and JavaScript code, and view the result in your browser. (Online Tool)

Brackets – A modern, open source text editor that understands web design.

Brackets is a lightweight, yet powerful, modern text editor. We blend visual tools into the editor so you get the right amount of help when you want it without getting in the way of your creative process. You’ll enjoy writing code in Brackets. (MacOS & Windows)

W3Schools – The world’s largest web developer site.

This is a great resource for learning about web development. (Online Resource)


Skills Games


Pixactly – A pixels test to quiz your knowledge.

The Bezier Game – It’s all about the Pen Tool.

Kern Type – The Kerning Game

Color – A Color Matching Game

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