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Publishing Tools

Want to create a great-looking document? Online and paper documents are easy to create using these free or cheap tools. Students in any discipline can design and publish professional-looking documents to share with peers, professors, scholarship committees, graduate programs, potential employers, service organizations, and more.





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Other online publishing resources.
Blurb makes beautiful hard-cover books. It's more complicated to use than ISSUU, but the production values are impressive and it offers professional-looking templates. Experience with InDesign and image resolution are helpful.



Need a chart or infographic? Piktochart generates professional-looking charts, infographics, posters, and more. The basic level is free, but you get more free templates and other bonuses with an inexpensive upgrade.


Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe's Creative Suite softward is the industry standard for creating professional-grade documents and working with design elements from type to images. For most non-designers, however, the price of the whole suite or even its components can be an obstacle, and most laptops don't have the storage (the MacPro is an exception). The Creative Cloud offers the perfect alternative. For a monthly fee, you can access applications like InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and more, with big discounts for students and educators. You always have access to the lastest software updates and extensive cloud storage for your documents. You can also get mobile apps and extras like high-quality stock images.


The Noun Project

Need icons for your documents? The Noun Project has an extensive, searchable database. There is a basic free membership or you can upgrade if it's something you use often.