Tools for Creators

For artists, writers, game devs, and more.

Holly Moore
Holly MooreList by Holly Moore, last updated 2022-09-19
  1. 2D Art & Design

    Tools for both raster- and vector-based creators.

  2. Adobe Illustrator icon

    Design quickly and confidently with Adobe Illustrator software. Sophisticated tools for drawing and typography, along with advanced color controls and creative effects, provide a comprehensive vector graphics environment.

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  3. Adobe InDesign icon

    Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing software application produced by Adobe Systems.

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  4. Adobe Photoshop icon

    Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe for Windows and macOS. It was originally created in 1987 by Thomas and John Knoll. Since then, the software has become the most used tool for professional digital art, especially in raster graphics...

    • Image Editor
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • iPad
    • Wine
    • ReactOS
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    Adobe Photoshop screenshot 1
  5. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite icon

    With vector illustration, page layout, photo-editing and tracing software, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 is ideal for professional and occasional designers tackling any type of graphics project. Precision design tools, market-leading file compatibility and high-quality graphics...

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    macOS version
  6. GIMP icon

    GIMP is a free program for such photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Essentially it's the closest thing to Photoshop you can get for free.

    • Image Editor
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Flatpak
    • AmigaOS
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    yes
  7. Procreate icon

    Procreate is a multi-award winning, creative illustration app built from the ground up for iPad with a pocket-sized variant for iPhone. The app features a complete, professional toolset that's accessible while still providing the power and flexibility of desktop counterparts.

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  8. 3D Art & Design

    3D modeling, texturing, rigging, animation, etc,

  9. Autodesk Maya icon

    Autodesk Maya is a comprehensive software that includes 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, and rendering. It is used by a variety of users, from solo artists to chief technology officers. The software is used in different production stages, including previsualization and...

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  10. Blender icon

    Blender is the free and open-source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, video editing, and motion tracking.

    • 3D Modeler
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Haiku
    • Steam
    • Flatpak
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    Cycles is Blender’s ray-trace based production render engine.
  11. Adobe Substance 3D Painter icon

    Substance 3D Painter has the tools you need to texture your 3D assets, from advanced brushes to Smart Materials that automatically adapt to your model. Breathe life into your art.

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  12. Substance Designer icon

    Substance Designer is a node-based non-destructive application for material authoring. Edit complete texture sets fast with the non-linear workflow and see your changes apply simultaneously to all your outputs.

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
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    Substance Designer screenshot 1
  13. ZBrush icon

    The all-in-one-digital sculpting solution.

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  14. Film, VFX & Video Games

    Particle effects, level design, and a bunch of other things useful for game art or film.

  15. Adobe After Effects icon

    Adobe After Effects is the premiere digital video effects software used industry wide for film making and TV production as well as creative work including high-end video intros and audio-reactive music visualizers.

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    Adobe After Effects 2017
  16. Adobe Premiere Pro icon

    Edit video faster than ever before with the powerful, more connected Adobe Premiere® Pro CC. Dozens of brand-new features include a redesigned timeline, improved media management, and streamlined color grading.

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  17. GameMaker Legacy icon

    Game Maker is software program for Microsoft Windows meant to simplify computer game development. It features sprite and "room" editors, a visual programming language for users without much prior experience with computer programming, as well as built-in scripting in...

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  18. Mixamo icon

    Animated 3D characters. No 3D knowledge required. Rapidly create, rig and animate unique characters for design projects.

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  19. Source Filmmaker icon

    The Source Filmmaker (SFM) is a movie-making tool built to make movies inside the Source game engine. Because the SFM uses the same assets as the game, anything that exists in the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa.

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Steam
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    Source Filmmaker screenshot 1
  20. Unity icon

    Unity is a multi-platform game development tool, designed from the start to ease creation. A fully integrated professional application, Unity offers the free Personal Edition with all features, a Plus subscription at 25$ a month and a Pro subscription at 125$ a month with extra...

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  21. Unreal Engine icon

    Unreal Engine is a professional suite of tools and technologies used for building high-quality games across a range of platforms. Unreal Engine’s rendering architecture enables developers to achieve stunning visuals and also scale elegantly to lower-end systems.

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    A screenshot of the new Unreal Engine 5. Source: https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/blog/unreal-engine-5-is-now-available-in-early-access
  22. Writing & World Building

    For those interested in creating in-depth worlds and characters, their backstories, and more.

  23. Hemingway Editor icon

    Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.

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  24. Social & Marketing

    Sometimes you need to make something quickly, like an ad post for a social media campaign that starts Monday. These tools can be lifesavers, but they can also be inspiring.

  25. Canva icon

    Canva is your free photo editor, logo maker, and video editor in one graphic design app! Design faster with powerful magic AI tools built-in Make stunning social media posts, videos, flyers, photo collages and video collages from customisable templates.

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  26. Other

    More tools that don't necessarily fit in other sections but still provide awesome services to creators.

  27. Adobe Bridge icon

    Bridge CC gives you centralized access to all the files and assets you need for your creative projects. Organize personal and team assets, batch edit with ease, add watermarks, set centralized color preferences, and even upload your photos to Adobe Stock.

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  28. Bandicam icon

    Bandicam is a lightweight screen recorder for Windows that can capture anything on your PC screen. Also, it makes it possible to record a certain area on a PC screen, or capture a game that uses the DirectX/OpenGL/Vulkan graphic technologies.

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    Get Started
  29. Git icon

    Git is a free & open source, distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.

    • Version Control System
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Linux Mobile
    • Haiku
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  30. GitHub icon

    GitHub is a web-based hosting service for projects that use the Git revision control system. It is written in Ruby on Rails by Logical Awesome developers Chris Wanstrath, PJ Hyett, and Tom Preston-Werner.

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    Homepage
  31. OBS Studio icon

    OBS Studio (also known as Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS) is a screen-casting and live-streaming software available across multiple platforms including macOS, Windows and Linux. Boasting features typically only found in commercial screen recording apps, OBS also provides one...

    • Screen Recorder
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Steam
    • FreeBSD
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
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    OBS Studio screenshot 1
  32. PureRef icon

    PureRef was created to be a simple and lightweight tool for artists to organize and view their reference images. Image can be scaled and collage can also be made.

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  33. Snipping Tool icon

    Snipping Tool is a screen capture utility that allows users to take screenshots of specific objects or full screens, annotate them, and save or share the captured images or videos.

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    Snipping Tool screenshot 1
  34. Streamlabs Desktop icon

    Streamlabs Desktop is all you need for streaming! Our developers have combined a streamer's essentials like video preview, dashboard, and chat windows in one app with better video quality and lower CPU usage.

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    Streamlabs Desktop screenshot 1

This list was created by Holly Moore Aug 10, 2022 and was last updated Sep 19, 2022. The list has 28 apps.

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