The creative technology in this space will help you develop new skills, design innovative projects or just play around with some cool software. Although there are many different kinds of creative tech available, the technologies represented here were chosen because of their free options and popularity. Even though free options come with limitations, the primary goal is simply to help users improve their digital skills and creative abilities while also having fun.
HOW TO HAVE FUN WITH FREE TECH
Creative Technology to Improve Your Writing
This is a writing platform that accepts artwork from illustrators around the world to help people of all ages write better stories. Using personal images or those on the site, you can create your own unique stories that can be viewed online anytime. However, should you want to print, share, or publish your work, it will require paid accounts or credits, but can be a great way to get started with storytelling.
Check it out here: https://storybird.com/
This is a digital publishing platform where you can turn static PDFs into interactive material. Whether you publish monthly magazines or just want to try writing in a different format you can find it here. Although free accounts are limited, it is a great place to start creating your own content.
Check it out here: https://issuu.com/
Creative Technology to Edit Photographs
3. Pixlr Editor
This photo editing software is one of the best free options on the market. Users can edit photos in their browser or through the mobile app. Pixlr provides 2 different editors depending on your experience and the features needed. The names of these editors are Pixlr X and Pixlr E. Fortunately, users have access to both editors and receive all basic editing tools, a limited set of overlays, as well as a limited set of stickers. This powerful image editing tool uses AI to quickly and easily remove backgrounds and can open almost any image formats including Photoshop. In addition to that, you can also download mobile software through the app store for both IOS and Android. Unfortunately, free users do not have access to their “How-to” user guides.
Check it out here: https://pixlr.com/
This software is used to create collages or edit images. It also provides access to limited overlays, vector images and free fonts. In addition to editing, it is also a platform for graphic designers to create posters, cards, and so much more. Unlike PIXLR, this company allows everyone to access their user guides and tutorials.
Check it out here: https://www.befunky.com/
Creative Tech for Design Projects
Canva is a design site that offers users the ability to create a variety of projects completely free. Indeed, there is so much to explore that you will need time to take it all in. Ultimately, users can design business cards, flyers, presentations, and more. Further to that, Canva offers access to font combinations, a palette generator, logo maker and free training.
Check it out here: https://www.canva.com/
This software provides everything you need to create your own photo albums, personalized calendars, cards, posters and more. Mixbook has a wide range of easy, ready-to-use templates, or you create your own unique project. Besides that, you can also edit, copy, share, and collaborate on your projects, but cannot download them. However, the site provides a service to publish and print your project or book for a reasonable price.
Check it out here: https://www.mixbook.com/ca
Having Fun with Creative Tech
7. Big Huge Labs
This company offers a range of cool software that can convert your pictures into posters, puzzles, magazine covers, and more. Unfortunately, the site uses ads and donations to keep it going but has been around since 2005 so is reliable. Nonetheless, you can have fun playing around with your images while creating something new. Everything on this site is free to use, download and share.
Check it out here: https://bighugelabs.com/
This site offers users a place to upload a wide range of artifacts to share ideas or facilitate discussions. Using sticky notes to keep organized, this software lets you set reminders, post minutes, or use it for school projects. It is available for PC, IOS, iPad and Android. The software runs in your browser, which means there is nothing to download and install.
Check it out here: https://en.linoit.com/
9. All the Free Stock
This is a wonderful site for mockups, stock images, videos, fonts and so much more. In fact, it really is a one-stop-shop when it comes to sourcing materials to design and develop a project. In addition to mockups, sound effects, and colour inspiration you can also find free email and website templates. Further to that, the software on this site is bundled from a wide range of sources, many of which use creative commons licenses. However, it is always a good idea to check how you can use them freely.
Check it out here: https://allthefreestock.com/
10. Silk, Generative Art
This software provides a very cool way to create abstract art that is remarkably easy to use. In fact, you just click and draw, then save the image to your computer. Moreover, the software is a great way to de-stress or just play around for a while. Weave Silk is fun to use and opens in your browser, so no downloads required.
Check it out here: http://weavesilk.com/
Offered by Techsmith, this software allows you to take screenshots or make short screencasting videos. This type of technology is very useful in creating how-to videos or to highlight other content on your computer screen. Best of all the software is free to download and quite simple to use.
Check it out here: https://www.techsmith.com/screencastcom.html