Best content creation resources and tools for beginners

 

 

appreciate-me sets on helping others through financial effort, but also through other means. If you are a content creator, you probably know that a “wonder tool” that does it all doesn’t exist (or it’s way too expensive). Quality content needs some time and preparation, and the right tools can help speed-up a good part of the creative process, gain valuable insights, and help you create content that performs better online.



    • This guide will include some popular creation tools/resources from the following:

    • Visual Content

    • Video Content

    • Social Media

    • Written Content 

    • Use the list below to find a useful tool for the next time you start a new project. The tools below are mainly free (some of them including paid subscriptions for premium content).


Visual Content:

Visuals are the key to attract people. They always have been. In order to make your project more attractive, you must add something that catches their eye. Sometimes it is hard to do it, especially if you don’t have the budget or a professional designer as a friend. 

1. Canva

Unquestionably, Canva is a very popular design online platform out there that can be used by beginners and even less creative people to make dazzling visuals from numerous templates. You can use it for thumbnails, blog images, infographics, and more.


2. BeFunky Graphic Designer

In case you're searching for a tool to rapidly make collages and different photograph arrangements, BeFunky Graphic Designer can be at your service. It can also be used to create cards, banners, leaflets, and posters.


3. Piktochart

You cannot present valuable data without a professional-looking infographic. Yet, without the help of a designer, it isn't a simple case to DIY. This platform is ideal for the ones who want to lift up their business's content by quickly making stunning infographics which have that “professional look”.


4. Pixlr

Pixlr adds to the list of useful free content creation tools. You can use it as a quick tool to add fun filters or try Pixlr Express, which has more image editing options. If you have a taste for details, try the full Pixlr Editor, which has many of the same features as professional image editing software (e.g. Photoshop).


5. Remove.bg

Every graphic designer will probably tell you to take a picture in front of a white wall or a green screen if you want a background-free image, otherwise, it will take ages to manually trim the background with lasso tool or color selections. AI can now help you remove backgrounds in seconds with Remove.bg. Simple as that!


6. Freepik

If you just started your journey into photo editing, vectors, and other visuals, or if you are already a pro, Freepik is the place to be. Get many good quality resources for free or try their premium features. Worth every penny.

 


7. FlatIcon

Icons are everywhere, and like every other visual, they are used to attract people and make your content professional-looking. Try out millions of free icon selections at FlatIcon. Just FYI, it is owned by Freepik, but if you want premium content on both platforms, well… you’ll have to pay two subscriptions.

Video Content:

Visuals are better when they move and have some sound in them. We cannot ignore the engagement power of visual content. In this case, professional-quality video resources aren’t cheap to find and require hard work.  However, there are some tools that can help:


1. Biteable

Used by more than 7 million people, Biteable offers a good solution for producing quality videos that stand out.  It has many template options to choose from and it is a great start if you don’t have the resources. 


2. Animaker

Animaker is, as they say on their website: “A platform for beginners, non-designers & professionals to create Animation and Live-Action videos for every moment of our life”. Practically an online DIY video maker that can offer high-quality video content.


3. Animoto

If you are searching for an intuitive video creator, you should try Animoto. Start with one of the numerous accessible layouts or transfer your own pictures and recordings, and you will have a great video asset in the blink of an eye.

Social Media:

Nowadays, making yourself known on Social Media is no easy feat. You will need to stand out in the sea of content sharing. Other than your content itself, you will also need to focus on the way it is presented, when and on which platforms. Of course, you can use the platform’s features themselves, but there are ways of speeding this up:

1.Later

If you want an “all-in-one” tool for Social Media, Later allows you to plan, schedule, publish and measure the results of your Instagram and social media posts. It helps you simplify tour marketing activities in a streamlined accessible way for all businesses.

2. Buffer

Buffer does more of the same thing as Later and it is designed to manage accounts in social networks, adding also LinkedIn to the list (if you’re more of a business-savvy). Like its counterpart, Buffer can analyze the results of campaigns.


Written Content:

Written content remains at the core of content creation. Even if an image can “tell a thousand words” you still need a good text to make it stand out. Considering that, here are some of the tools you can use to create & edit your text.


1. Grammarly


Creating written content with no grammar errors is more than satisfying for almost all people, especially for those who read it! Grammarly check spells your text for you before you even finish writing it. With its predictive texts and antiplagiarism options, you can really focus on the essence of the text rather than using your precious time in proofing it.





2. Hemingway App

Citing their website: "Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear". By that, it means making your text more appealing and also helps shorten your sentences. Add your copy to the web app, and it will show you different ways to make it better.

 

Tools cannot replace talent and creative skills, but they can help build the content you need to start your journey. We hope that this list will be useful in your endeavors to create, edit, modify, share, and track your activity.

 

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