Anyone wanting to get digitally creative have some £0 options, if you don’t mind learning and using unfamiliar software. They are just 1’s and 0’s after all.
These are GPL (free) and all have many YouTube tutorials and other resources for learning. Heck you could even ask here. These are what I use to produce all my output.
Inkscape is the equivalent to Illustrator - for creating and editing vector graphics.
As a first project, you could import a bitmap (normal image) and then use a built in function to ‘trace’ it. Then you have a vector version of your favourite logo that can be adapted and enhanced. Original content is encouraged of course
Versions are available for Mac, Windows and Linux. https://inkscape.org/
GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) is the equivalent to Photoshop - for editing photos and bitmap graphics.
Not a lot to say here. Cropping, resizing, brightening, adding your head onto nudes, you know the score.
Again, versions for all the platforms. https://www.gimp.org/
Shotcut - Video editor only just makes this list, it can be very temperamental.
It handles loads of formats and has some useful filters. Adobe Premiere it is not! Good for throwing together a bunch of clips with a soundtrack, if you try to do too much fine editing then it will drive you round the bend. It’s like an ugly Windows Movie Maker.
All platforms. https://shotcut.org/
Instagiffer - makes animated GIFs from videos and YouTube.
Hmm, seems like the project died a while ago - I’ll see if there’s any more info or I could put a link up to the last version that I have.
XAMPP - is an all in one web development environment (you probably already know if this is for you or not).
Basically, it’s everything you need to get started with developing with HTML, PHP and databases. Hardcore nerds only tbh.
Anyone got anything else to add to this list?