And why you’ll love these creative resources too!
I love being creative, but I am not an artist, nor am I very techie. I am just an average Jane who likes the things I promote or have my name on look fantastic. That’s not too much to ask, is it?
If you are a teacher, leader or business woman who likes her materials to look smashing, then bookmark this site and refer back to it often, whenever you need to get creative.
Here are my Top 5 Creative Resources:
- Canva. Canva is simple, comprehensive and makes me look good. I love their design tutorials and their easy-to-navigate design interface. I use Canva mostly for graphics that we display on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram. Check it out and sign up for their tutorial email series. You’ll feel like a design pro before you know it.
- Creative Market. I am new to this site, but I LOVE it! I am a font junkie and a photography nerd, so the resources that are available on this site are right up my alley. The best part is that Creative Market gives away 5-6 freebies each and every week, which you can sync directly to your Dropbox. Get on their email list! But I have been known to purchase fonts, photo effects, and photoshop images that make design a snap. I use these on my blog, website, magazine and my new book coming out.
- GraphicStock. This stock photo site gives away a free image every week, but I also signed up for an annual subscription. For $99, I can download an enormous number of photos that I use in our magazine and in our newest book – Explore Medieval Kingdoms.
- Photoshop. I love Photoshop and have been using it for years. I still do not consider myself an expert (I felt like a newbie forever), but I have finally achieved a moderate level of expertise. I used to consider this program priced out of the range that most people wanted to afford; however, you can now subscribe to the entire Adobe Creative Cloud that gives you access to Lightroom, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Muse and more. When you sign up for the student license, so that you can teach your kids all these awesome software programs, you can save up to 60% on the monthly subscription price.
- Udemy. This site is wonderful. At Udemy, you can learn any skill you want and if you’re timing is right, you can get in on some killer discounts and deals. I have learned Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Photography, Graphic Design, Youtube, XCode, and more.
- Bonus #6 – Upwork. I wanted to add one more here because it deserves an honorable mention. Over the years, I have learned to outsource quite a few things that I am not very good at. As I said earlier, I am neither a designer nor a technician and I usually know when a project is just too over my head. This is when I head to Upwork and outsource the job. I have found amazing graphic designers, writers, coders, and other experts here that I can pay just to do a single job, or hire regularly for on-going work. I adore the people that I have found here that I get to work with every day.
So, there you have it – my top 5 (okay 6!) creative resources. Have fun getting creative! And remember to bookmark this site so that you can come back here and get your creative juices flowing once again.
Question: What is your favorite creative resource?