What Graphic Resources Do I Have?
As far as paid options go, perhaps your most affordable tool is to outsource any graphical needs via sites like Fiverr.com or Upwork.com; these allow you to select from a host of graphic designers who
There’s no obligation to go with a cheap designer on these sites.
With pretty much everyone having access to a high-quality camera and amazing tools and tutorials, doing it yourself isn’t farfetched. It may take some research, but you have complete control over the product.
The most popular tools to get the job done are found in the Adobe Suite. It’s a pricey bit of software if you buy it outright, but there are also subscription options that may work for you (and students get half off).
A free alternative to Photoshop is Gimp. An alternative to Illustrator is Inkscape. Some other free programs that might help are Krita (does vector and raster, excels at painting), My Paint (super accessible painting), and Blender (free 3D animation/modeling).
One issue with using free software is that the templates downloaded from your CD duplicator or marketing materials printer may only be for Adobe and other commercial programs.
There are many free resources that fall under the Creative Commons umbrella, but they aren’t all licensed for any use. Most come with caveats, such as you can’t use them commercially, or you have to provide attribution to the original author in a specific way. The only CC license that is completely unrestricted is CC0—the Creative Commons dedication. Any asset that accurately falls under CC0 is free for any use forever, including passing it off as your own work with or without modification. For this reason, they usually require significant alteration to be original enough to use. Still, it’s a good place to go for elements of your final creations. For