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ArchitectureIMG

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ArchitectureIMG is an image website featuring content uploaded by its user community or collected from a wide range of resources including free images or wallpaper websites. While the website operators state that they believe all images they host to be public domain, they also say that use of authored images other than as desktop wallpapers requires permission from the respective authors. Images – photos and paintings – are easy to find browsing by resolutions, categories, […]

PxHere

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PxHere PxHere provides well over 1 million free images published under Creative Commons CCO into the public domain. Thus, you may copy, modify, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes. Indicentally, you may contribute images as well. Call up tags in the dropdown menu to narrow down your searches. You muss register to use the website.

Triangulator

Several websites offer software for download or online use to change images into low-poly graphics. The website Triangulator stands out for its easy-to-use online Delaunay triangulation image generator. You simply upload an image, choose one of three algorithms, and select an output resolution. The generator treates large color planes as large triangles. Conversely, more detailed features are split into many small triangles. Here, Triangulator compares favorably to other mesh or triangulation programs that produce triangles […]

Gratisography

Gratisography currently provides a total of about 700 free high-resolution images completely without copyright restrictions. The website claims that the collection comprises “the world’s best, most creative images – photos you just won’t find anywhere else.” The focus is on “whimsical” images. The site is associated with Shutterstock (which, however, provides images at cost). So don’t be surprised when search results turn up a large proportion of Shutterstock images.

Wikimedia Commons

As the name suggests, Wikimedia Commons is a well-indexed and huge collection of files. The media files are freely usable. However, the Terms of Use describe complicated exceptions and attribution rules. Thankfully, a pop-up box showing that you need to attribute an author appears when you click to download an image, and you are guided through the attribution process. On the downside, the available images are not necessarily high resolution.

New Old Stock

If you’re looking for free vintage photos from public archives that have no copyright restrictions (according to the site, “at the very least avaialble for personal and noncommercial use”), check the New Old Stock website. Curated photo packs are available at a cost. Use the search function (hidden in the top left corner of the site) to find topical photographs. The site appears to have very appealing but very few black-and-white photos: My search for […]

Morguefile

Morguefile provides over 350,000 free stock photos in high resolution. The images may be used for commercial purposes. Incidentally, the term “morgue file” means that this is a file to store post-production material. The website states that it is a free photo archive “for creatives, by creatives.” No registration is required, but it is encouraged, as is sharing your own material.

Turtle Graphics Renderer

The Turtle Graphics Renderer is a simple online platform created by Kevin Roast that allows you to create L-Sytem (“turtle”) patterns. These graphics are recursive patterns characterized by self-similarity and hence fractal-like forms. Plant models and natural-looking organic forms ‘grow’ and become more complex by increasing the iteration level of the form. To create images, choose a sample image on the right side of the screen and change the mathematical parameters (e.g. angles) at the […]

Life of Pix

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Life of Pix offers a relatively small stock (currently some 2,000 images) of free high-resolution PD photographs. You may download the images without copyright restrictions for personal or commercial use. The selection of photos is strongly skewed toward nature and city photographs (about half the collection).

PhotoFunia

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PhotoFunia is an Odessa-based website currently offering just short of 600 image editing effects. PhotoFunia works with a wide variety of programs and some web browsers. The tool is free and very easy to use: Simply choose an effect, drag and drop or upload an image, and click go. Download your finished image. Here’s an example: The first image is the original, the second showcases the image with the “famous gallery” effect.

Image*After

Image*After is a Netherlands-based online collection of roughly 30,000 royalty free photos. Images and textures may be downloaded and used free and without restriction. The search-by-color option is quite useful, as is the abstract search option (search by image properties).

Pixabay

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Pixabay, an international website based in Germany, is an open-source repository for sharing high-quality images published under Creative Commons. Download images in various resolutions and use as you wish, even for commercial purposes. Register free to upload or download full-sized images.

Pexels

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Pexels offers free stock photos in good resolution quality. All photos are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license and may be used for commercial and noncommercial purposes. No attribution is required, but downloaders are requested to thank the respective photographer.

TiltShiftMaker

Upload an image with a file size of up to 20MB to the TiltShiftMaker website, and let the website create a “bokeh” effect, i.e. a selective focusing and defocusing of parts of the image. The area and degree of defocusing can be adjusted using a slider to change both the uploaded image and the tilt-shift preview. Scroll down the page for handy how-to-use instructions. To download the finished image in low resolution, simply click on […]

PhotoMania

PhotoMania is a free photo editor. No registration is required for online use. The app can be downloaded for use on Android and iOS moblile phones. The editor stands out for its ease of use. Regulate the intensity of effects by using a slider. On the downside, applying one of the wide variety of effects will reduce image resolution; also, the image is watermarked. Here’s a sample: The first image is the original, the second […]

Sterling 2 Fractal Generator and Fractal Gallery

Sterling 2 is a fractal software based on the Sterling fractal generator program written by Stephen C. Ferguson. Unlike the original program, which you can purchase for USD 35 from Stephen C. Ferguson’s website at http://tierazon.com/ktaza/fractal/index.html, Sterling 2 is free. Moreover, it comes with a formula editor. Download Sterling 2 directly from Soler’s website. Additionally, the website provides a link to Soler’s fractal gallery of 1,128 fractals you are welcome to download and use. Here’s a […]

Tuxpi Image Editor

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The German website Tuxpi offers a simple and easy to use online image editor with 60 tools. Upload a photo and, for example, swap colors (change color channels) or apply other color filters. Moreover, use all the usual photo editing tools, such as cropping, adding borders or making vignettes. The more artistic effects include adding brushstrokes, swirling colors, and creating various montages and collages. Unfortunately, the edited photos lose resolution. Here’s an example of an […]

Text to Image Generator

AI expert Cristóbal Valenzuela builds machine learning and AI tools for artists and designers. He programmed a simple text-to-image generator that you can call up under the link above. Open the website and type a text into a window on the left. Next, as you type, the corresponding image takes shape in the window on the right. In the background, the recognition algorithms create images – nightmare images – out of your words. Unfortunately, the […]

Nufsoft

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Nusoft sells various programs for downloading that allow you do turn photos into screensavers or animated material. Nature Illusion Studio makes digital still photos into screensavers or videos. Ace Pro Screensaver Creator (includes Nature Illusion Studio) supports various file still and animated graphic formats such as JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF and BMP. You can add mp3 or wmv files for background music. The company also offers seven 3D animated GIF collections. The cost is 19.99 […]

Giphy

Giphy

  Giphy is an online platform on which you can create GIFs. Log in with Facebook or e-mail address required. Upload or drag and drop images and rearrange them. The GIF maker creates your GIF from these images and uploads it to its website, and you can share it or download it in various sizes and file formats.

Mr.doob

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Coder Ricardo Cabello’s website Mr.doob offers a number of graphic applications that include an online spin art tool (spin painter). Use the spin art painter to make a simple spin art graphic. Then, save the images you make at high resolution, for example to use them as styles. See a sample spin art image below.

GIFMaker

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Browser-based GIF maker. Upload up to 2,000 images in JPG, PNG, GIF, PSD or BMP format to make and download GIFs without watermarks. You can also resize, edit, preview and reverse GIFs, change the animation speed of a GIF and merge two or more animated GIFs. Download the GIFs you make online soon because the images will be removed after a few hours. No registration required. GIFmaker.me allows you to create animations in GIF format, […]

Magic Fluids

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Magic Fluids is a free google app for download mobile devices running on Android. Touching the screen allows you to swirl colorful smoke and water. When you press the Menu Button (three-dot button on newer devices) animation pauses. From there you can clear the screen, go to the settings menu or save the screenshot to file on external storage (it goes to /Pictures/MagicFluids/ directory). Note that external storage (which usually means SD Card, but on […]

Bulk Downloader

Bulk download your dreams. For Windows *only*. Mac and Linux users – try the advanced version of this tutorial here: http://ddg.wiki/advanced-bulk-download/

NeuralStyler 2.0

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NeuralStyler uses AI to convert videos, GIFs or photos into artwork using a handful of styles of famous artists such as Van Gogh. You can create your own styles (train the neural network with styles of your own or contribute styles). Download NeuralStyler for Windows or Linux. Apparently, rendering is very slow (see article at https://www.ghacks.net/2016/09/14/neuralstyler-turn-videos-into-art/).

Painnt

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Painnt is a neural image enhancer app produced by Moonlighting Apps LLC (an apps publisher based in Cordoba, Argentina). Painnt is available in a free and paid version for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. The free version limits output resolution, has ads and adds a watermark, plus you can choose from a library of some 1,000 styles. Over 2,000 styles are available to subscribers, or you can use custom styles. For the paid version, every […]

Online Fractal Creator

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This site allows you to turn any image into a fractal or hyperbolic tiling (see image). The program is probably a little rudimentary compared to some of the fractal programs out there, but it’s easy to use and web-browser based. Firefox may be required for some features. Image Fractals – http://www.malinc.se/m/ImageFractals.php Hyperbolic Tilings – http://www.malinc.se/m/ImageTiling.php The site also has several more conventional fractal creators, but I recommend a more robust program if you’re looking for more features.

Blue Vertigo

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This website is a great central resource organizing links to hundreds of websites offering free or paid material by theme: stock photos, stock videos, vector images, mockups, fonts, etc. Can’t remember what wallpaper site you visited a few months ago where you found good PD styles, or where you wanted to check those free source images? Try browsing Blue Vertigo to find the site.