Discover how to source content when you can’t capture it yourself with these creative resources.
Whether you’re in or out of lockdown, if there’s anything this global crisis has taught us, it’s that it doesn’t hurt to be prepared! You never know what’s just around the corner, so if your work involves capturing, creating or promoting creative content – having a Plan B is paramount.
Worldwide pandemic or not, knowing how to source and create high-quality content from home is a valuable career skill for any freelancer or creative professional to have in their creative toolkit. There’s a looooooot of resources, guides, templates and content out there – so you’ve gotta know what you’re looking for, where to look and how to find it quick-smart.
Whether you’re working from home, time-poor or simply looking for some extra cards to keep up your sleeve, we’ve put together this Creative Toolkit full of free digital resources, design tools and high-quality content for when you can’t venture out into the world and film or photograph it yourself.
If you’re a content creator, designer, small business owner or anything in between – photos and images are typically going to be the bread and butter of your online content. Luckily, there are a huge number of resources online for creating, editing and sourcing amazing photos and images for your creative projects when you can’t go out and snap them yourself.
With plenty of styles to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the picture perfect photo for whatever your creative project may be. Once you’ve selected your photos, you can head to Placeit and resize your images, with our free image resizer tool.
If you’re unable to get into the studio to shoot, mockups are the perfect way to bring a product to life without having to photograph it in situ.
Make your designs look more professional and put together by presenting a full rendering of your design as it will appear on various mediums – such as smartphones, stationery, flyers or signage. You can also head to Placeit for a huge range of mockups including free mockup templates.
It’s no secret that video is THE most entertaining and engaging form of digital content online. The great news is – putting your ideas into motion from the comfort of your home isn’t as hard as it may seem. All you really need to create an amazing video is a good camera and a great idea – but, if you can’t go out and shoot it yourself, you gotta look elsewhere!
While the term ‘stock video’ may conjure up nightmarish images of memes and watermarks, there’s actually a heap of incredible authentic stock video footage out there just waiting to be put into motion – you just have to know where to look!
Stock websites such as MixKit (which provides free stock video) and Envato Elements have a huge collection of stunning video content created by professional videographers and filmmakers, so that you don’t have to – which you can download at the click of a button. There are also plenty of audio tracks and sound effects to pair with your video and make it pop!
If you’re just starting out, low on time or just want to keep your videos consistent – video templates are the way to go. Video templates do all the hard work for you, leaving you with an incredible end product.
Thankfully, even in isolation, many designers are still thriving. With most design tools accessible from the comfort of your laptop, there are so many resources, templates, tools and assets available online for designers to draw from – even while stuck at home.
While working from home as an illustrator might be the norm – it doesn’t hurt to have a few extra resources up your sleeve! Let’s get illustraight to it.
If you’re looking for something a little more arty ‘n’ crafty, there are even a range of collage templates for you to try your hand at.
Whether you’re new to illustration or not, there’s always plenty of skills to learn and techniques to master.
When you’re a creator, marketing your work is an essential element of making a living from your craft. Finding the time and money to do it, however, is a whole other story!
Apps such as Easil, Unfold and and Later are super handy for planning and scheduling your social media content, and Socialinsider and Sprout Social will help you keep track of your analytics. Envato also offers a huge range of social media tools and social media templates to make your social media marketing as easy as possible.
If you want to level up your presenting skills and design, check out our free downloadable guide to creating great presentations over on Envato Tuts+.
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to revamp, refresh or makeover your branding, there’s no time like the present! Creating a strong and recognisable personal brand is essential for presenting a professional and unique image to attract new customers.
Creating a website will increase the professionalism, visibility and credibility of your personal brand and attract new customers via search.
As video content continues to grow on both social media and search engines, having a video marketing strategy for your business is key. So if you’re not already on the video marketing train, it’s time to get a movie on!