Digital storytelling is a powerful and low cost way for organisations to get their message across. It’s a ‘show not tell’ approach, using engaging visual content like images and sound to show the difference a project has made.

100% Digital Leeds hosted a Digital Storytelling training session with help from Leeds City Council and O2, when we shared some of our favourite free sites, apps, and tools that can make digital storytelling simple and accessible to organisations of all sizes.

Our comms expert, Mark, gave us some of his best tips, and we introduced people to a number of free and simple tools to get them started. This is not a definitive list, and we’ll keep adding to these recommendations as we discover new tools.


Free, quick, and simple to use tools to help you create engaging content


snapseed-featuresSnapseed is a free photo-editing app most suited to smartphones and tablets. It’s really simple to use but if you need help getting started.

Snapseed have a YouTube channel full of tutorial videos.



unnamedVivaVideo is a free video-editing app available for tablets and smartphones that allows you to things like trim and merge video clips and create slideshows from photos. VivaVideo have YouTube channel with lots of simple tutorial videos if you need help getting started.



unnamedPhotoshop Mix is an app that lets you use some of the basic features of Photoshop, including cutting out and combining images, for free. This tutorial will get you started removing with backgrounds and combining images.




Adobe Spark is a free programme that you can use to create professional-looking videos and slideshows. The web version is easiest to use and has most functionality but there are limited app versions available. Check out this step-by-step tutorial that talks you through how to both a still graphic and a short film.



canva-circle-logoCanva is a free programme that makes it really easy to make high-quality content, from posters to social media animations. Choose from a wide selection of templates and edit using the simple drag-and-drop format. There are loads of free tutorials to get you started. Use the browser version or download the app.



Icons8_logo Icons8 is a website that allows you to download free icons and stock images that you can use freely when creating content. They also provide a photo editor you can use to create custom stock images, using the provided elements or by uploading your own.



unsplash Unsplash is a great place to find free stock images. Remember to check the terms and conditions and give credit where it’s due.