75+ Free Tools Every Freelance Writer, Web Designer, and Graphic Artist Needs

Updated on March 7, 2018
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Christin has been successfully self-employed for over 17 years. Her passion is helping others hone their skills and find good opportunities.

I work as a freelance writer, web designer, and graphic artist. Over the past several years, I have used a variety of resources and tools and decided it would be a great time to compile my favorites. This is a list/review of 101 online resources I feel every freelance creative should have in their “toolbox.”

As any creative freelancer knows, we are always having to learn new things, stay fresh and interesting, and do our best to provide useful products and information to those we serve. I also happen to know that the creative community tends to be very generous and helpful to others. I've learned a lot along the way from other fellow creatives who are always eager to extend themselves and I hope that this collection will be a great help for those who stumble onto it.

This article has been many hours in the making—putting together an exhaustive list of resources that I hope you will find go “above and beyond” in giving you what you need to be a successful freelancer.

Free Resources for Web Designers and Graphic Artists

Adobe Exchange – The Adobe Exchange is a fabulous place to find free textures, brushes, graphics, templates and anything else you can think of for those who work with the Adobe Suite of products. As an avid user of CS5 Professional Suite, the Adobe Exchange is a constant source of wonderful tools. Free and paid options are available and many creatives have generously shared their talents to create free items.

Brush King – This lovely site features a wide variety of free Photoshop brushes.

Texture King – Wide array of free stock textures concrete, wood, liquids, fabrics and more.

Texture Palace – 580+ high res free textures for photoshop

Kuler – Create and share color themes and palettes with others. Experiment quickly with a variety of colors. Use the color wheel to pick the right complements and more.

ColorPix – I love this little handy piece of software. Use it to grab the pixel under your mouse and transform it into various color formats. Great for matching colors in different design projects.

Open Source Web Design – This website is devoted to high-quality free templates. Download and share with others. They currently offer over 2000 templates/designs.

Open Designs – Members share free website designs and templates here and there is a nice forum for discussing web design.

MorgueFile – This is a wonderful website for finding completely free images that you can modify and use for various projects. Download photos and share photos that others may use as well. It also features a community and classroom for sharing and learning.

Pixabay - Like MorgueFile, this is an amazing resource for completely free to use stock photography. It even has some vector art for free. You can follow your favorite providers and you have the option to leave a donation for contributors.

Open Clip Art – This website features high-quality clipart that is completely free to use in your projects.

Every Stock Photo – Search over 10 million free photos all in one place. They pull results from many sites like Flickr, Stock Xchng, etc.

RGBstock – All photos on this site are free for both personal and commercial use. Searchable or browse by category.

Vector Art – This site features many nice free vector graphics (and premium content as well).

Vector Portal – Huge database with over 10 million downloads that features free vector graphics of everything imaginable available under Creative Commons licensing. Their designs are free for use in both personal and commercial projects.

Capture a Screenshot – a Freeware program to capture screenshots—full screen, partial or just selections

Gimp – This is a free image manipulation software that has several photoshop like features. Although it's not as feature-rich as Photoshop, it can produce very nice images and is a great free alternative to the pricey Adobe products.

InkScape – This is an opensource vector graphics editor and is a free alternative to Illustrator and CorelDraw.

Calligra – Calligra is a free software program that is very useful for drawing storyboards, flowcharts, and otherwise outlining your creative projects.

Filezilla – Open source FTP program that is cross-platform compatible (Mac, Linux, and Windows) used for file transfers.

Tutorialized – Vast amounts of Photoshop and Flash tutorials.

PSD Tuts Plus – Some of the most amazing Photoshop tutorials you'll ever find are on this website.

Vector Tuts – Tons of vector graphic tutorials for Illustrator, CorelDraw and more.

CSS Zen Garden – CSS can be used to create stunningly beautiful websites and this site showcases the wonderful things that can be accomplished visually with CSS. A one-of-a-kind source of creative inspiration.

Using Photoshop to Design a Website – 70 Tutorials that will teach you how to build a website using Photoshop. Very useful!

My Site My Way – A beautiful, well-organized site filled with royalty-free everything – icons, clip-art, shapes, patterns, textures, backgrounds and more all free to use in both commercial and personal projects.

DaFont – Over 12,600 free fonts to choose from. Different licensing usage so check that first before using in commercial projects, but you can find a font for anything here!

DeviantArt – This is the place on the web for artistic inspiration and the wow factor. It also is home to plenty of free resources. Every item is different and you must adhere to the licensing/requirements for whatever you use. It's also a great place to showcase your talents and sell your art.

ColourLovers – A website for sharing color palettes, patterns, ideas, and inspirations with others from all over the world.

Bittbox – great website/blog featuring many freebies and a lot of fantastic design tips, illustrations, and inspiration.

Free Creative Design Elements – Features a variety of free to use (with credit) abstract backgrounds, textures, and design ideas.

Web Designer Depot – This blog is the joint effort of many top designers around the world and highlights the best in all forms of design from typography to tutorials.

W3Schools – Extensive free tutorials on a variety of web development languages XHTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, PHP, and more. Every web designer works better when they understand and know their way around different coding languages.

1000+ Paper Resources – This site features over 1000 paper resources – textures, patterns, brushes, icons, etc. Any kind of paper look you can think of is represented here.

1st Page – This is a good freeware web design software that comes bundled with several scripts as well. You will need to have some coding experience to use it – but it's a great free software and I enjoyed using it when I was learning HTML.

100 + Free Business Card Templates – Self-explanatory really. Over 100 different styles, business card templates (psd's)

Browser Shots – This is a great way to see what your website will look like on different browsers. Very handy tool for compatibility testing.

Name Tumbler – Use this handy little tool to help you pick the best domain name for your website. Enter a keyword and it will come up with all kinds of suggestions and help you check availability on a variety of extensions.

Freelance Switch – Great site that features many freelance job listings, an active forum, and many other resources for freelancers of all kinds.

Graphic Hive – A Nice website filled with free resources for designers and developers – icons, vectors, PSD files, and more.

Creative Commons – This is the place to specify the types of usage licenses you want for your work. Instead of simply “all rights reserved” standard copyright, a creative commons license allows you to specify how and where your work may be used by others if you so choose.

WikiMedia Commons – Over 10 million usable media files to which anyone can contribute – images, sounds, video etc.

Lorem Ipsum – This website generates “lorem ipsum” text for placement in your project designs. Very useful when you need to see how something looks with text placement.

Coroflot – create a free portfolio online with easy to remember URL and traffic statistics. They also have a job board where you can search for your next freelancing gig.

Professional on the Web – Another website where you can list a profile for free and showcase your projects. Users can search via tags and instantly rate projects without the need to sign in or register.

Xenu's Link Sleuth – This free software program checks your website for broken links which can hurt you in search engines

Smashing Magazine – The best resource for valuable information for designers and web developers. You can't not learn something new here.

There are many great books available on Freelancing that are very helpful. I like to take advantage of the Kindle Unlimited program! I've read dozens of eBooks on Freelancing and have learned a lot. It's less than 10 bucks per month and there are millions of Kindle books available. You can check out 10 at a time. Grab a Kindle Fire when they are on sale and you have a great tablet and an amazing tool for learning and referencing as you work.

Free Resources for Freelance Writers

Freemind – The best piece of writing related freeware I've ever used. This software allows me to easily focus my thoughts and do wonderful mind maps – which lead to organized writing, more developed ideas etc.

TreePad Lite – This freeware allows you to easily store, search and organize any type of textual information. It's a great piece of personal organization software. The right pane is a text editor and the left pane lets you easily navigate through folders/info.

Keyword Density Analyzer – Use this tool to see the density of certain keywords on your pages.

Webnote – Although the site is a bit hard on the eyes with the yellow – the tool is very handy and allows you to take notes in a browser which you can then retrieve from any computer.

Remember the Milk – Keep track of deadlines, tasks, and anything else with this free to use resource that will send you reminders by email, IM or text message.

Agent Ransack – This is a great little search utility freeware program that is highly customizable and does a better job of searching your computer for files than the standard windows search utility. I use it all the time.

All Freelance Writing – This website features a lot of great, actually useful “how to's” and advice for freelance writers, lists of paying markets, and several freebie tools and eBooks.

OWL – Most college students are familiar with the owl (online writing lab) It is a vast wealth of information for improving your writing. Polish up those grammar skills and learn about writing styles etc.

Reference – This site features a free dictionary, thesaurus, translator, quotes, search trends and more.

RefDesk – Fact checker resource on the internet indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based reference resources. Tons of resources at your fingertips.

Internet Resources - "Lists within lists within lists of links you can use to write articles, find inspiration or take care of business matters." This is an aptly-written description from the website itself – a wonderful compilation of resources it's been in my favorites for years.

The Internet Archive – a non-profit internet library that features historical collections in digital format. Books, music, audio, images and the internet “way back” machine for accessing archived older versions of websites.

HubPages – A great place to share what you know and polish your writing skills while earning some residual income. HubPages features an outstandingly supportive bunch of writers of various skill levels who really seem to help one another. I learn something new here every day.

Triond – Another site where you get paid ad share for content only here you can share videos, pictures, and a variety of other things.

Freelance Portfolios – Use this site to create your own free portfolio of your work. A portfolio is a great way to share samples of your work and get the word out. If you don't have the ability to build your own website – use this free solution.

Freelance Writing – A wonderful resource with plenty of articles, job listings, tutorials, writer's guidelines for over 900 publications and more.

WordPress – Free blogging software with many different templates, widgets, etc to make your blog or website special. Also customizable with premium content, but the free features are more than enough to get most people started.

Blogger – This free blog is not as fully customizable as WordPress, but it is definitely worthwhile and easier for beginners. I use both blogger and WP and both have features I really enjoy.

AgentQuery – Large, free database of literary agents featuring current contact information, work history, book titles sold etc.

Freelance Writers International – Free membership. This website has thousands of resources including job postings, calls for submissions, publishers guides and many learning resources.

Free-Ed – Several free writing courses available here – essentials of writing, critical thinking, essay writing, technical and scientific writing and more.

Learning Lab – Several free tutorials online for the development of essential writing skills

DuoTrope – This website is a great free resource for fiction writers. Search for fiction publishers by genre and it also includes a free submission tracker – very nice.

How to Write Magnetic Headlines – We all know that getting a reader hooked and interested in reading means you need a great headline – this site has a lot of great information on attention-grabbing headlines.

101 Writing Prompts & Ideas to Challenge Yourself - An article I wrote filled with a wide array of writing prompts & ideas for writers of all kinds.

Literary Rejections on Display – Sometimes it helps to know that you are not the only person facing multiple rejections. Humor can reinstate that desire to keep on trying and this blog does a great job.

I Write Like – This fun little website will compare your writing to that of famous authors and tell you who you resemble. I resemble Edgar Allan Poe and Dan Brown ;) which is just super fine with me!

Query Shark – This site is a real gem for learning how to query correctly. This is for fiction writers only, but you submit a query and it is critiqued – often harshly, but that is how we learn what works.

Bookends – See the "must read posts" from this literary agencies blog for all types of useful information on how to pitch books, query and what NOT to do - written by a literary agency.

Fuel Your Writing – This site will do just that. Stellar resources and advice for writer's of all types in a beautifully designed, easy to navigate website.

SEO Copywriting Made Simple – This totally free eBook does an excellent job of showing exactly what search engines look for and the results may surprise you.

ProBlogger Job Board – This site features a lot of decent writing jobs you can view for free as well as advice on how to blog for your own business.

279 Days to Overnight Success – This is a free full-length eBook in which a full-time writer explains how he became successful and the strategies he used. Very informative.

Absolute Write – I particularly like the forums on this website which are filled with a lot of great information, arranged well by subject. You can also find jobs here.

Tjobs – a great site for finding legitimate freelancing jobs – no schemes or “business opps” etc are allowed here – they have a category for writing jobs as well as design.

The Write Jobs – A job board for writers of all kinds from freelancers to journalism jobs.

I hope you have enjoyed the resources!

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      • ChristinS profile imageAUTHOR

        Christin Sander 

        2 years ago from Midwest

        Excellent, hope you find many helpful resources Abhimanyu I appreciate the read and comment.

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        Abhimanyu gaur 

        2 years ago

        I had to bookmark this one. You are doing a great job.

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        Christin Sander 

        2 years ago from Midwest

        You're welcome Emily glad you enjoyed it.

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        2 years ago

        Thanks for the interesting post!

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        Christin Sander 

        2 years ago from Midwest

        You're welcome Ola thanks for leaving a comment, much appreciated :)

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        2 years ago

        Wow... Thanks a lot for this post. I can only imagine the effort you put into it. Very informative!

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        2 years ago from the short journey

        Yay! Looking forward to seeing what you add.

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        Christin Sander 

        2 years ago from Midwest

        Cool, I looked - very pretty colors and pattern. Glad you are getting use out of the resources here. There are many more too, so I'll probably have to extend this at some point and add more on :)

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        2 years ago from the short journey

        Honest, this is not a ploy…but if you go to my profile page and look at the background you'll see the first thing I did with the My Way My Site toy. Thanks again. :)

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        Christin Sander 

        2 years ago from Midwest

        Thanks RTalloni - I appreciate the comment :)

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        2 years ago from the short journey

        Ooooooo…keeping this handy. Think I'll start with My Site My Way… Thanks!

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        Christin Sander 

        2 years ago from Midwest

        Thanks tillsontitan glad you found it useful :)

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        Mary Craig 

        2 years ago from New York

        An absolutely helpful, useful, and just plain great list of sites. I'm sure there's one there each of us will use at some point. Bookmarking for sure.

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        Christin Sander 

        2 years ago from Midwest

        Glad you found the list useful Vellur :)

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        Nithya Venkat 

        2 years ago from Dubai

        Thank you for sharing, very useful list.

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        3 years ago

        No problem :)

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        Christin Sander 

        3 years ago from Midwest

        You're very welcome Jacobb thanks for reading and commenting :)

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        3 years ago

        Thank you for the list, I really appreciate it!

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        Christin Sander 

        4 years ago from Midwest

        You're very welcome and I am glad you are enjoying my hubs. I truly love it when my writing helps others, so I appreciate your comment very much. Thanks! :)

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        Maree Michael Martin 

        4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

        Just the list I was looking for! Thanks. I love your hubs for all the one stop learning I receive. Then I get to share my little heart out with my thumbs up!

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        Christin Sander 

        4 years ago from Midwest

        You're welcome Celiegirl glad you enjoyed it.

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        4 years ago

        Thanks ChristinS for all the research, awesome, just in time for me, too!

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        Christin Sander 

        4 years ago from Midwest

        Thanks for the awesome comment lifelovemystery - I appreciate that! :)

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        Michelle Orelup 

        4 years ago from Houston, TX

        There is no way to put a value on this Hub. It is priceless. Your generosity in sharing information and laying it out so thoughfully just makes me want to be a better person. Thank you for the amount of time you spent developing this and for posting. Incredible.

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        Gail Meyers 

        5 years ago from Kansas City - United States

        Wow! This is an amazing list of resources. Voted up and booksmarked.

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        Brian Scott 

        5 years ago from United States

        Wonderful list of resources. Better than Google :) You just saved me a load of time.

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        Shelley Watson 

        5 years ago

        Thank you for this huge amount of information. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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        Christin Sander 

        5 years ago from Midwest

        You're very welcome KoiHdez thanks for reading and taking time to comment - it is much appreciated :)

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        5 years ago from New Jersey

        What a very helpful and comprehensive article! Thank you for your time and effort.

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        Christin Sander 

        5 years ago from Midwest

        You're welcome creative - thanks for commenting :)

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        Brian Scott 

        5 years ago from United States

        Thanks for researching all of these terrific resources!

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        Christin Sander 

        5 years ago from Midwest

        Thanks Miss Mimi for the lovely comment and votes :) glad you enjoyed the hub!

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        Miss Mimi 

        5 years ago from On the road again

        This is an awesome list! Thanks for sharing all this xperience and hard work! Voted up and awesome :)

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        Christin Sander 

        5 years ago from Midwest

        Thanks so much Richie for commenting and for sharing - very much appreciated! Have a great weekend.

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        Richie Mogwai 

        5 years ago from Vancouver

        Thanks for this treasure of a hub. There's so much useful stuff that I never heard nor have seen before. I am definitely pinning, Facebooking and tweeting this right now.

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        Christin Sander 

        5 years ago from Midwest

        Thanks Deepak glad you enjoyed the hub - I appreciate the comment :)

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        Deepak Chaturvedi 

        5 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Great tips Cristins! and easy to follow.Thanks to provide such tools.

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        Christin Sander 

        5 years ago from Midwest

        thanks midget38 I thought it might be useful for other hubbers there so that's why I chose this one to share. Glad you enjoyed it - thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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        Michelle Liew 

        5 years ago from Singapore

        I agree, it's a fantastic list, Christin. Am going into the links to research, so I am sharing and bookmarking this. Thanks for posting on the Community Page!

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        Christin Sander 

        6 years ago from Midwest

        thank you for commenting mariacolomy so glad you found it useful.

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        Maria Colomy 

        6 years ago from Nashville, TN

        FANTASTIC list! Thank you.

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        Christin Sander 

        6 years ago from Midwest

        You're welcome Kalux, glad you enjoyed the hub.

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        6 years ago from Canada

        What a great list of resources! I didn't know of a few, thank you.

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        Christin Sander 

        6 years ago from Midwest

        Thanks monica and I appreciate your sharing also :)

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        6 years ago from Salt Lake City

        Wow brilliant resource. Definitely 'useful'. I know a gal who could really use this hub. I'll pass it along.

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        Christin Sander 

        6 years ago from Midwest

        Thanks for commenting cablemanagements I agree there are a lot of ways to share ones creativity and knowledge on the web.

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        S K Sinha 

        6 years ago from India

        Good Information provided in your hub. Now days scopes with freelancing activities are unlimited and it is so versatile that anyone with knowledge on any topic can share his talent on internet and can earn good. Your hub will be very helpful for new comers.

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        Christin Sander 

        6 years ago from Midwest

        Thank you Talullah I appreciate your comment and glad you found it useful.

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        6 years ago from SW France

        An absolutely amazing hub full of useful information. Thank you so much for taking the time to post it!

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        6 years ago

        I love this post Christin, thanks so much for compiling all this information into one post. I also found the treepad lite and thinking of using it, haven't started yet. I use Workflowy a lot, it is sort of a mind-map tool without the diagrams.

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        Christin Sander 

        6 years ago from Midwest

        Thanks Lucid - that's the exact effect I was going for :) To provide so much useful stuff in one hub it was like a freelancer's candy store ;) lol. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hoping you get a lot of great use from it!

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        6 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

        what a list of sites and tools. This is great. I bookmarked it to come back as I need more....like a kid in a candy store!

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        Christin Sander 

        6 years ago from Midwest

        Thanks Raymond very much for sharing it on FB and twitter :D greatly appreciated.

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        raymond alexander kukkee 

        6 years ago

        This is GREAT! Bookmarked, FB'd and Tweeted!

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        6 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

        Wow... great hub with great resources. I've been trying to get into freelancing but it's tougher than I thought. Bookmarked and voted up!

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        Christin Sander 

        7 years ago from Midwest

        Thanks again everyone for continuing to enjoy the hub and share it - I really appreciate it :)

        @Don I don't use an iPad personally, so I am not really sure about that but I will ask around and if anything comes up I'll post it :) thanks!

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        Don Bobbitt 

        7 years ago from Ruskin Florida

        Voted Up, Bookmarked, and I am now a follower. BTW, I do my raw writing on my iPad, and then transfer from Pages to Word on my PC for editing and finalization. I look through the apps available often, but there are now so many. do you know of any good ones that are similar to these you listed that are good for we iPad users?

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        7 years ago from Okotoks

        Great informational links, thank you for all the work you put in to bring us this information.

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        7 years ago from Near Sacramento, California

        What a great hub. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful information.

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        7 years ago from Marietta GA

        Thanks for all of the information, as someone who is starting out I think this is a great list.

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        Akhil Anil 

        7 years ago

        Soooo nice of you!!

        Pros like you are our inspiration.

        Do share stuff like these again.. bookmarked!

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        Christin Sander 

        7 years ago from Midwest

        Thanks to all those who have left comments and shared this hub!! :) very much appreciated!

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        7 years ago from New Delhi

        Excellent information, bookmarked and voted up!

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        7 years ago

        Bookmarked and voted up. Thank you!

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        7 years ago from Colorado

        LOVE to find collections of resources like this from those who know. Nicely done!

        Voted up and Useful!!!


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        7 years ago

        I was more interested in writing tools and writers' resources than the graphic tools. I have used couple of these tools and resources but most of them were entirely new. I clicked the links and found them fabulous.Thanks for this very useful hub.

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        Chin chin 

        7 years ago from Philippines

        Thanks for the many resources you listed. I bookmarked this hub and will come back to it later. I am also a freelance writer and I appreciate your sharing the links.

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        Kareem Gantt 

        7 years ago from Florida

        I love it. Thanks :-)

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        Christin Sander 

        7 years ago from Midwest

        Thank you for sharing it Angelique :) I appreciate the tweets and stumbles! for everyone else who has also enjoyed it and commented - thank you and I am happy it is being put to such good use :)

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        Angelique Newman 

        7 years ago from Canada

        I can't thank you enough for putting this hub together! I voted it up, tweeted it and Stumbled it :) thanks again! Great work!

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        7 years ago

        Good gracious! What an amazing list! Thanks so much for taking the time to compile it. I will definitely share it with my networks and am bookmarking it for future reference. Rated up and awesome.

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        7 years ago

        amazing job. these are all very useful to a writer. thanks for sharing.

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        Christin Sander 

        7 years ago from Midwest

        Thank you again everyone for all the great comments. I am thrilled that so many people are finding this hub and are able to benefit from the resources here :)

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        7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

        Thanks for all of these great links - very helpful for my other work as an artist.

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        Angela Blair 

        7 years ago from Central Texas

        Thank you so very much for a wealth of information -- some I already used but a lot I'd never heard of. Great Hub! Best, Sis

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        Martie Coetser 

        7 years ago from South Africa

        This fantastic hub is loaded with much needed resources! You deserve a prize for this hub.

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        Rose Clearfield 

        7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Wow, what an amazing resource! I am definitely bookmarking this.

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        Deidre Shelden 

        7 years ago from Texas, USA

        You have sure put together an extensive resource. Thanks so much! Am bookmarking this :)

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        Alexander Gibb 

        7 years ago from UK

        Thank you for sharing all this knowledge, I really appreciate it.

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        Christin Sander 

        7 years ago from Midwest

        Thank you everyone for the lovely comments. I am SO happy that so many are finding this hub to be useful to them. I believe life is better when we all help one another out by sharing knowledge and experience :).

        **As I stumble upon new and worthy resources I will add them also or compile a follow up list**

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        Mike Teddleton 

        7 years ago from Midwest USA

        You rock, thanks for sharing all the great links. Bookmarked, voted up and awesome, thanks again.

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        7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

        Thanks for all the great resources links, Christin - have bookmarked your excellent hub for future reference!

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        7 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri

        This is perfect! Thank you so much for putting this together, it's going to be so helpful!

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        L.L. Woodard 

        7 years ago

        I'm so glad your hub was featured as a resource, otherwise I might not have stumbled upon it. Thanks for sharing such a wide variety of tools and resources.

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        7 years ago from Berlin, Germany

        Well, that's quite a list you've shared! Thanks, I've bookmarked it so I can review it thoughtfully later today. I would add some apps such as Invoice Machine or FreshBooks for invoicing, Dropbox and Google Docs for file management, and Mint for finance & accounting management.

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        Briana Faye 

        7 years ago from California

        Wow, this is amazing! Thank you for all the wonderful resources! Voted up, useful and awesome.

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        Christin Sander 

        7 years ago from Midwest

        awesome blender :) thank you - so glad you found it useful and thanks for linking to it

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        7 years ago from Vancouver, BC

        Great list! Voted up and tagged useful. I am going to link to this as a resource on my hub about working out of coffee shops...

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        Christin Sander 

        7 years ago from Midwest

        Hi Danette - glad you discovered it and definitely have a look when you have time I'm sure you'll find something you can use.

        Chuck - you're very welcome! thanks for bookmarking and I am glad you found it useful.

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        Chuck Nugent 

        7 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

        Thanks. This is a great Hub and I have bookmarked it for frequent future reference for my writing.

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        Danette Watt 

        7 years ago from Illinois

        Just had time to skim this so I'm bookmarking it to read later when I can open multiple windows to check out your resources. Looks like it has tons of useful stuff here and thanks for sharing!

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        Christin Sander 

        7 years ago from Midwest

        You're most welcome sacred - I am so happy people are finding the hub and finding it helpful :) yay!

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        Amanda Hare 

        7 years ago from England

        I'd like to add my WOW the other's above. Thank you for such a comprehensive list. This is great!

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        Christin Sander 

        7 years ago from Midwest

        Thank you very much agvulpes I appreciate your comments and I'm so glad you found them useful too :)

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        7 years ago from Australia

        I will add my WOW to Adriannes and add that this is the most complete list of resources I have come across for ages:-)

        I also use both PS and Gimp for my image editing and Kuler for my color ideas! Thanks for these great tips!

        Bookmarked and rated up :-)

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        Christin Sander 

        7 years ago from Midwest

        Hi Adrianne - thanks for the "wow" factor ;) glad you enjoyed the hub and I hope you are able to make good use of it.

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        7 years ago

        WOW great info! thank you for sharing.

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        Christin Sander 

        7 years ago from Midwest

        150 thanks so much glad you enjoyed it :)

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        Christin Sander 

        7 years ago from Midwest

        Hi Tamarind - I'll try paint.net. I actually have and use the Adobe suite of products, but someone told me about GIMP and I thought it was pretty impressive. I'll check it out and add it to the list :) Always open for suggestions of new things to try :)

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        7 years ago

        No Paint.net? :) It's very much better than GIMP, I think, if your picture-editing needs aren't too extensive. It's also much lighter and far more stable.


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