There is an amazing selection of free content creation tools available online. Some are completely free; others, have a limited free plan. In this blog post, I’ve done my best to put together the most comprehensive list of free content creation tools – from image and video creation to noise generators for a better writing ambience, there’s a bit of everything in here.
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Canva is my favourite option when it comes to creating images for blogs and social media, as well as other types of visual content – and I’m sure I’m not the only one. It’s super easy to use, and although they also have some paid options, there’s plenty that you can do with the free version.
Use it to create: social media posts, quote images, infographics, blog graphics, book and magazine covers, presentations, banners, logos, brochures, and more.50 #Free #content creation tools: @Canva Click To Tweet
Crello is very similar to Canva; it’s a tool for quick and easy creation of all kinds of social media and blogging visuals.
Use it to create: social media posts, blog graphics, marketing materials (posters, flyers, etc.), business cards, visuals for social media ads.50 #Free #content creation tools: @crelloapp Click To Tweet
Pablo by Buffer offers a super quick solution (under 30 seconds per image!) for creating beautiful and compelling social media images. There aren’t a lot of editing/customization options, but there’s everything you need to create images that get people to take action.
Use it to create: social media posts, quote images, promotional images, announcements, and outreach cards.
PicMonkey is a photo editor, primarily; however, there’s much more to it than that. Apart from editing photos, you can also use it make collages, and use their templates to create all kinds of designs.
Use it to: edit your photos, create collages, create social media posts, logos, banner ads, email headers, or create custom designs.50 #Free #content creation tools: @picmonkeyClick To Tweet
Befunky, like PicMonkey, is a photo editor, collage maker, and image designer. As you can see above, there are plenty of templates to choose from, such as blogger resources, social media headers and graphics, and event graphics.
Use it to create: social media headers and images, blog graphics, business cards, letterheads, infographics, and more.50 #Free #content creation tools: @befunkyClick To Tweet
Stencil is an image creator with a big focus on speed. Use their incredible selection of templates to easily and quickly create beautiful images.
Use it to create: social media images, blog graphics, quote images, promotional visuals, ebook covers.50 #Free #content creation tools: @getstencilClick To Tweet
Skitch from Evernote
Use it to: add annotations, add shapes and lines, highlight certain parts, pixelate what you don’t want people to see.50 #Free #content creation tools: Skitch from @evernoteClick To Tweet
Recite is a super quick way to create a quote image; as you can in the screenshot above, all you have to do is write down your quote, select a style, and you’re good to go. And share.
Use it to create: quote images, of course!50 #Free #content creation tools: ReciteClick To Tweet
Over is a smartphone app that allows you to create beautiful social media images on the go. All you need to is choose an image of the millions available, add your text to it, and you’re good to share on your social profiles.
Use it to create: social media images with text over them (get it?)
If you want an understated, subtle background for your images, look no further; Subtle Patterns offers a huge selection of background images that you can easily download.
Use it to: download background patterns.50 #Free #content creation tools: Subtle PatternsClick To Tweet
Another great option for background patterns is the Pattern Library; while Subtle Patterns focuses on the understated, Pattern Library offers a great selection of colourful, eye-catching designs.
Use it to: sort out all your pattern needs.50 #Free #content creation tools: Pattern LibraryClick To Tweet
Use it to create: explainer videos, annotated images, high-quality GIFs.50 #Free #content creation tools: @cloudappClick To Tweet
RenderForest is an online video production tool that you can use for free; they offer a huge library of video templates that you can use and edit to your liking.
Use it to create: promotional videos, explainer videos and animations, presentations, slideshow videos, and more.50 #Free #content creation tools: @renderforestcomClick To Tweet
Biteable is a very easy to use online video creator with a great selection of free video templates that you can use. Plus, you can create up to 5 videos a month with the free plan.
Use it to create: ads, animations, explainer videos, infographics, presentations, social media videos, cartoons, and more.50 #Free #content creation tools: @teambiteableClick To Tweet
Powtoon is a tool that allows you to create animated videos, easily. Plus, you can also create awesome presentations with it so that you can stand out from your competitors.
Use it to create: animated videos (promotional, explainer, etc.) and presentations.50 #Free #content creation tools: @powtoonClick To Tweet
Giphy is one of the most popular GIF resources, but also a great, easy to use GIF creator.50 #Free #content creation tools: @giphyClick To Tweet
Imgflip is a free tool that allows you to turn your videos and images to GIFs, easily.
Ezgif, like the other tools in this list, allows you to create GIFs from videos and images.50 #Free #content creation tools: EzgifClick To Tweet
GIFMaker – ‘nough said.50 #Free #content creation tools: GIFmakerClick To Tweet
Imgflip is not just a GIF creator, but also a meme generator; use it to upload your own image or use popular memes to quickly create one.50 #Free #content creation tools: @imgflipClick To Tweet
There’s not much more I can say that the name Meme Generator doesn’t already say; just like the tool before, you can choose a popular meme image or upload your own, add your text, and you’re good to share!50 #Free #content creation tools: meme generatorClick To Tweet
Just like the tools before, Memes lets you easily create memes from popular images or upload your own.50 #Free #content creation tools: @memesClick To Tweet
Powerpoint is OK…but Prezi can be amazing. Use their library of beautiful templates (or start from scratch) to create more compelling presentations. The tool is very easy to use and it can turn your presentation from boring same old-same old to a dynamic, compelling presentation that people can’t help but pay attention to.50 #Free #content creation tools: @preziClick To Tweet
SlideDog do things a little differently; as a multimedia presentation tool, it allows you to create ‘playlists’ by combining all kinds of media, such as PowerPoint and Prezi presentations, PDFs, videos and images, and basically most any type of media you can think of.50 #Free #content creation tools: @theslidedogClick To Tweet
Visme helps you create beautiful presentations – for free. Choose from their selection of templates to get started, or create your own presentation from scratch (or, you can even upload a powerpoint to use online). Plus, animate your presentations, add videos and audio, links, and pop-us.
Use it to create: presentations, infographics, charts and reports, graphics
Some of the tools mentioned earlier – such as Canva and Visme – can be used for creating infographics as well (just thought I’d mention it!), but here are a few more great options:
Infogram offer over 37 beautiful templates to choose from to help you create infographics, easily. What’s more, you can also use the tool to create interactive reports and maps, graphs and charts, as well as social media visuals.
Use it to create: infographics, graphs, charts, reports, maps, social media images and other visuals.50 #Free #content creation tools: @infogramClick To Tweet
Piktochart is a free, easy to use infographic maker – and best of all, their free plan allows for unlimited creations. Just pick your template and start adding data, customize your colours, fonts, images, vectors, and so on, to build your very own infographic.
Use it to create: infographics, presentations, posters, reports.50 #Free #content creation tools: @piktochartClick To Tweet
Another great option, Venngage helps you create infographics in 3 easy steps: pick a template from their professional designs, add visuals, text, and charts and then start customizing it to make it your own.
Use it to create: infographics, reports, posters, social media visuals, promotional visuals.50 #Free #content creation tools: @venngageClick To Tweet
Not only is Easelly a free to use infographic creator (although you can upgrade, too), but you can actually start creating and editing without even creating an account – just click on whichever template strikes your fancy to get started creating.
Use to it to create: infographics, reports, resumes, processes.50 #Free #content creation tools: Easel.lyClick To Tweet
There have been at least a couple of tools that I mentioned earlier that allow you to create charts and graphs (Canva, Venngage, Infogram) – here are a few more though:
Use Amcharts to easily create a chart from scratch (all major chart types are covered), or use one of their available templates.50 #Free #content creation tools: @amchartsClick To Tweet
You can use Meta-chart to create a variety of charts, such as Pie charts, Venn Charts, Multiple bar and scatter plot charts, and basically any common chart that you can think of. I really need to stop writing “chart” now.50 #Free #content creation tools: meta-chartClick To Tweet
Plot.ly allows you to create a big variety of charts and graphs for business, science, and finance, as well as 3D charts, and maps. Just enter your data and then you can start customising your chart or graph.50 #Free #content creation tools: plotlyClick To Tweet
Leadrev from SnapApp
Leadrev from SnapApp is a free interactive content tool that can help you generate more leads for your business. Use it to turn your PDFs (whitepapers, e-books, presentations, etc.) into interactive experiences: add animations and transitions to your PDF and even include a lead form to generate more leads.50 #Free #content creation tools: @leadrev by @snap_appClick To Tweet
Want to create better, more engaging videos? With Wirewax, you can add interactive elements to your videos – aka hotspots. Hotspots basically mean that you can add clickable areas in your videos so that you can get more out of them. Plus, they offer a free plan for non-commercial videos.50 #Free #content creation tools: @wirewaxClick To Tweet
Thinglink lets you annotate any video, image, or 360-degree video with text, images, web links, as well as video and audio, so that you can create interactive content that will entertain your audience – and push them convert faster.50 #Free #content creation tools: @thinglinkClick To Tweet
Playbuzz is a tool designed for advertisers, publishers, and content creators, helping them to create, monetize, and distribute interactive stories and content. Use it to create all kinds of interactive content, such as personality quizzes, interactive lists, polls, stories formed of multiple interactive elements, and more.
Sumo Kickass Headline Generator
Need some help coming up with a kickass headline? Use Sumo’s Kickass Headline Generator to easily get headline ideas for all kinds of different types of content (How to’s, explanatory posts, controversial posts, listicles, fun blog posts).50 #Free #content creation tools: Sumo Kickass Headline GeneratorClick To Tweet
Hubspots’ blog ideas generator
Sometimes, you need help coming up with ideas for what to write on your blog. For those times, just use Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator to enter a few keywords and get your ideas.50 #Free #content creation tools: @hubspot's blog topic generatorClick To Tweet
SEOPressor Blog Title Generator
Use SEOPressor’s Blog Title Generator to quickly enter a keyword and get your headline ideas.50 #Free #content creation tools: @seopressor's blog idea generatorClick To Tweet
Portent’s Content Idea Generator50 #Free #content creation tools: @portent's content idea generatorClick To Tweet
When it comes grammar checkers, there’s no beating Grammarly. It’s super convenient to use as you can get it as a browser extension so that you can check every piece of content you write, whether it’s an email, a tweet, or a blog post.50 #Free #content creation tools: @grammarlyClick To Tweet
You’re never going to be Hemingway, but you can always try to be more like him. If you want to be a writer who is always clear and bold, use the Hemingway App to check your content’s readability and make it easier to read.50 #Free #content creation tools: @hemingwayappClick To Tweet
Readable helps answer the question: how readable is your content, really? The tool uses all kinds of popular readability tests to find out exactly how readable your content is and then also helps you understand what you need to improve in order to get a better score (and ultimately, provide a better reading experience).50 #Free #content creation tools: @readableioClick To Tweet
CoSchedule’s Headline Analyser
As I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again, headlines are extremely important, and they can make a huge difference to your success. Quite simply, if your headline doesn’t capture peoples’ attention, then they won’t read your content. Use CoSchedule’s headline analyser to quickly check the quality of your headline – and optimise it for better results.50 #Free #content creation tools: @coschedule's headline analyserClick To Tweet
Do you work better in certain environments? Do you hate working in silence? One of your options is to get a tool like Hipster Sound to create a positive environment with sounds like busy Texas cafes, charming little Parisian cafes, rain, busy libraries, and more.50 #Free #content creation tools: @hipstersoundClick To Tweet
Like Hipster Sound, Noisli aims to help you become more productive and improve your focus by providing you with relaxing sounds, such as coffee shops, rain and thunder, and many more.50 #Free #content creation tools: @noisliClick To Tweet
Creating content requires lots of research; with Evernote, you can make sure all your thoughts are well organised and plus, you can collect anything that attracts your attention online, in your Evernote app.50 #Free #content creation tools: @evernoteClick To Tweet
Trello is my personal favourite task manager; however, there are so many different ways that you can use it. For example, keep track of your content ideas, share content with your team, or create an editorial calendar and schedule.
With Checkli, you can easily create and share fun and educational checklists. Once finished, you can share your checklist on social media, use the embed code to publish it or download it as a PDF.50 #Free #content creation tools: CheckliClick To Tweet
Word2Clean lets you easily convert your Word docs to clean HTML – for example, convert bold writing to <strong>, indent with tabs, remove empty paragraphs, and more.50 #Free #content creation tools: word2cleanHTMLClick To Tweet
As you can see, there are some amazing free tools out there for all of us content creators. In fact, there’s something for every step of the content creation process, from coming up with ideas and topics for creating content to actually creating it.
What free content creation tools are you using? Any good ones that I haven’t included in my list? Let me know in your comments and please share 🙂
Highly regarded on the world speaker circuit, Lilach has graced Forbes and Number 10 Downing Street. She’s a hugely connected and highly influential entrepreneur. Listed in Forbes as one of the top 20 women social media power influencers and was crowned the Social Influencer of Europe by Oracle. She is listed as the number one Influencer in the UK by Career Experts and is a recipient for a Global Women Champions Award for her outstanding contribution and leadership in business.