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Tools that i use and Recommend

Tools that i use and Recommend

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RECOMMENDED RESOURCES AND TOOLS FOR ONLINE DIGITAL BIZ OWNERS , ARTISTS AND MAKERS

THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO SUCCEED AT EVERY LEVEL

Welcome to Art Inspire Studio Resources page, here I have listed the tools and resources that I use and recommend. Occasionally i mention the tools that i use for my graphic design and other technical bits. Here is a list of them all for your easy reference they might be helpful to you too. I do get a little compensation if you purchase anything following my link but these are my top most recommended ones.

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As I continue to learn more, I’ll add to the list. So check back again! ^-^

Email Marketing

ConvertKit

Convert kit

For email marketing convert kit is the best one out there. If you have a smaller email list or trying to figure out the whole concept of Email Marketing you can start for free which Mailchimp but with convertkit you can easily segment your readers and send them personalized content so your engagement level is always booming.

MailChimp

if you have a smaller email list and hoping to start off small then i will recommend MailChimp . My mailchimp account has around 5 email lists . Once you get to know this tool it is very easy to use.

Web & Graphic Design

Photoshop & illustrator

Adobe Photoshop  and Adobe Illustrator  are the best pals for me , as I use them everyday . My number one tool  however is Photoshop . If you are starting out in learning photoshop you can get photoshop 7 which is free. You can download photoshop free to get sarted.

Canva

I recently seriously started using Canva , it does have some limitations when it comes to design , but overall it is a great tool for people who dont have enough knowledge of photoshop or illustrator to create graphics for their businesses.

Social Media

There are tons of tools for social media but I recommend the following

Hootsuite 

I use hootsuite as a free tool at the moment and it is working fine for me . I have my instagram and twitter connected to Hootsuite. That way I can easily schedule messages for the period of a month in batch & push posts for instagram with ease. I love this tool !

Archie.co

Archie is another tool if you are looking for some automation in the very begining of starting to use instagram. Although I do not like the use of automation tools which like and just that. But if you are initially startign up with instagram just to get a number of followers visible on your account I think it is a great tool.

Video editing

Snagit

One of favourite tool which working is Snagit , from screen capture to creating graphics to screencast , this little tool is great for everyday use. Since my kids like to try their hands on recording minecraft videos even they can use it . Hands down simple to use !

Camtasia Studio 8 – Academic [Download]

Workflow tools

Zapier

A very practical tool indeed , it zaps bit of tasks for you while you sleep . Examples of zaps it can trigger are like add your subscribers of one list to another , send email , Automating tasks , posting your Instagram posts to other social media and so on.

IFTTT

Like zapier , IFTTT can be really handy . I use ifttt to take items from my rss feed of etsy shop and then spread them over the social media networks. So once I publish a new product it is automatically posted to many channels , including but not limited to facebook , twitter and blogger.

Trello

I used trello to plan my week ahead see my sample board here

Boardbooster

If you are a user of pinterest then you should not be missing out on Boardbooster, this has been a nifty little tool that helps me silently in the background , autoposting to pinterest and to other group boards/.

My Income Streams

Photoshop Brushes & Cliparts

I just recently closed my etsy shop and decided to sell from my own shop . While I am still in the process of shifting products you will find a few of my designs still available.

Creative Market

Creative market is my go to site when I need fonts or graphics. I use to like graphic river but on creative market you will find far more superior quality of work.

15 places to sell stock images and graphics from.

I do earn comission on selling my stock graphic and images , in a recent post i have share 15 plces that you can also use to sell your graphics from.

Keeping Track of Money

Freshbooks

Hiveage

Ebooks

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

I love love love this book , I got my hands on this one just recently and I think every artist should read this.
Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free

if you are into time management then this book is one that you should be looking into.

Website & Blog Design

Blue host

Blue host is regarded as the best hosting web platforms out there . If you are starting a blog or looking into shifting to a new hosting provider then this should be your choice of hosting provider.

 

 

Free Watercolor washes and Strokes Photoshop Brushes

If you are following me on Facebook or Twitter you might have already seen the giveaway that i have been hosting for this particular Watercolor washes and Strokes Photoshop Brushes pack available through my shop. This is available through my Creative market shop.

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Now i am offering these Watercolor washes and Strokes Photoshop Brushes free through my blog adding it to the long list of free download of Photoshop resources that i already have up.

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Here is what you have to do in order to download these Watercolor washes and Strokes Photoshop Brushes! You pay it with a tweet (Actual value $6 )or share via any choice of network shown below , once you have done that you will have instant access to download the file.

Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter as well or follow me on any of the social networks as I will be posting some premium free downloads regularly.

Added to Creative Tribe members library 

 

Some of my new Vector illustrations for download

I have recently started selling at Creative Market , among other selling sites for designers and freelance artists i have found Creative Market to be more seller friendly and also there is a considerable ease at posting contents as a sellers point of view.

Here are some of my latest uploads for sale at My Creative market shop




Superhero and animals , seamless pattern design for stationary , invitation or textile.

After 2 years , i am coming back to posting to my shutterstock and Dreamstime portfolio , With over 1000 images on microstock sites in my portfolio , I stopped uploading two years back.

I wanted to work towards refining my work and during this time i made tons and tons of images , and now i think it is time to share all of these whats the use of these sitting in my hard drive anyway!

I have just uploaded around 70 new images and working towards submitting them through stock sites these include vector seamless patterns as well as some graphical element sets great for stationary design , invitations and textile . Inviting you to take a look ! 🙂

All pattern and  designs can be purchased via Shutterstock. Check the license agreement before downloading. For commercial use, please contact me



My latest images for sale at Shutterstock:





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