Ancestry Images Ancestry images is an archive of antique prints. You may use images for noncommercial purposes. Also, website creator Steve Bartrick requests that you credit the source if you use an image.
Author: Ben Beekman
Macroporn The second subreddit in Ben Beekman’s series of non-pornographic resources with porn in the name, the macroporn subreddit features macro photography—extremely close-up images of small things. The photos found here can be useful both as source and style images. As with all subreddit resources, try sorting by best of all time.
Fractalporn For anyone who isn’t burned out on fractals yet, look for great style image options in this subreddit. Try sorting by best of all time, and don’t worry, there’s nothing x-rated despite the name.
Earthporn Completing the trifecta of non-pornographic subreddits with “porn” in the title, here you’ll find a wide variety of breathtaking natural landscapes that work very well for source images for dreams. You’ll definitely see quite a few from Ben Beekman’s deep dreams if you dig. The site is one of Ben’s go-to secret weapons that he’s sharing with all of you. Enjoy!
A flexible collage app for iOS and Android with an easy-to-use interface and many other perks like the ability to save, recall, and edit old layouts, various collage modes, and a wide variety of free grid layouts. It’s not without its limitations– many of the most interesting grids require a subscription– but it’s a quality option that balances speed and power.
Photoshop’s free basic image editor for desktop machines.
One of the best quick collage creators for iOS and Android, with an easy to use and efficient interface for adjustable grid-based layouts. Compares well and similar to PS Express, with twice its maximum images in a collage, non-square (but less adjustable) image grids. Unfortunately, PhotoCollage also has annoying banner and post-export ads (PS Express does not). Aside from that. there are no significant functional limitations to the free version, unlike competitors like PhotoGrid and […]
This iOS-only quick-collage app doesn’t offer a huge number of layouts or options. The one thing it does better than any other mobile app– it can handle any number of images and make a square collage out of them, quickly and automatically. (And I mean ANY number– one of my tests used over 400 images!) Unfortunately, the free version only exports low resolution images- you can pay for higher definition output. It may be a […]
A free collage maker with a streamlined interface, many creative layouts you can pour your images into, and most of the features you might want for a quick mobile collage creator. Unfortunately the free version places a watermark of their logo over the corner of the exported collages. In-app purchase disables watermark, ads, and gives access to additional layouts. Also available for iOS. Look for the comparative review (coming soon) for more details.
Use any or all of these collages I assembled of fractal images created by myself and Frax as your style images. The collages were made using different mobile apps from my upcoming article comparing and reviewing the best options. These collages are composed of original content, and both the component images and the collages are public domain.
Photoshop Mix is one of my favorite mobile tools for layered graphic composition, color manipulation, and collage for DDG. It’s almost as fast as PS Express for collage creation, and offers many advanced options that PS Express doesn’t, like overlapping layers, Photoshop’s layer blending modes, advanced masking capabilities including soft edges, and the ability to paint stylized “Looks” selectively onto parts of a layer. I cover my collage creation process with Photoshop Mix in detail […]
In this post, I’ll be presenting a new experimental process of mine for creating detailed, vivid dreams. I’ve developed these steps over time to help me maximize the visual impact of my dreams and all but ensure an extremely high level of visual synergy between source and style. I’m hoping that a closer look into my process will give you a few new ideas to integrate into your own approach. I hope you’ll agree that […]
Wallhere has an extensive collection of HD wallpapers for download in various resolutions. The images are very well tagged with terms and colors, and the selection of photos is very large. To download an image, you must register first.
An online tool to help you create color palettes. One of its most popular options allows you to sample colors from an image, which can be very useful when you’re trying to reverse engineer a photo to better style it. Once you’ve defined a palette and published it to Colourlovers, it will also suggest images that match the palette– very useful for finding photos that will perform well with a style.
Overlay Multiple Images Software Overlay Multiple Images Software is one of 1,400 Windows apps created by Peter Sobol. Most of these apps are for file conversion, image extraction or file resizing, and most are available as a free version for download. The free Overlay Multiple Images software is very basic, however. For example, images cannot be scaled to fit over each other precisely. The sofware allows users to place images on top of each other […]
Dynamic Auto Painter is a software for download that emulates artists’ styles (including own styles) to render photos into digital art. It works as a bitmap-based application that converts your images. The trial version is free, the full version is available at cost. Various special offer packages are available, such as a free upgrade to a new version currently under development. Reviewers confirm that it renders a high level of detail and large formats. Thanks […]
picresize Decrease the size of large bmp or jpg images. Drag & drop or upload single images to the site or add multiple files for batch resizing.
Silk Silk (actually, Weavesilk) is a kaleidoscopic flame maker (it creates “interactive generative art”) that is very simple to use either online or as an app. There’s an excellent tutorial explaining how to use Silk on a PC or on a mobile device at https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Weavesilk. Daniel Prust made the Deep Dreamers’ logo with this resource!
Ultra Fractal is a fractal generator for download that runs on Windows or Mac OS X. The free trial version runs for 30 days and includes tutorials, and the website provides comprehensive resources and a user forum. The latest version to date is Ultra Fractal 6.01. The paid program costs between USD 29 and USD 99, depending on the features included. In addition to the beginner’s tutorial available on this wiki, tutorials are available at […]
Free fractal makers for download. The fractalforums.com community members who discovered the Mandelbulb also developed two pieces of software for rendering images of it, and its family of complex, chaotic objects: Mandelbulber (Windows, Mac, Linux) and Mandelbulb 3D (Windows, Linux). According to the site, “Mandelbulber is an experimental application that helps to make rendering 3D Mandelbrot fractals much more accessible. A few of the supported 3D fractals: Mandelbulb, Mandelbox, BulbBox, JuliaBulb, Menger Sponge, Quaternion, Trigonometric, […]
From the paper: We introduce Creatism, a deep-learning system for artistic content creation. In our system, we break down aesthetics into multiple aspects, each can be learned individually from a shared dataset of professional examples. Using our system, we mimic the workflow of a landscape photographer, from framing for the best composition to carrying out various post-processing operations. The environment for our virtual photographer is simulated by a collection of panorama images from Google Street […]
There are a variety of reasons why a style image doesn’t work with a source image. One of the most common is that the two images are composed of very different color palettes and/or luminescence values. We will show how that can be corrected using a ‘Histogram’.
Here’s the general methodology I’ve worked out that works pretty well for my “theme” collages, and an introduction to basic Photoshop concepts like layers and masking.
A free smartphone & tablet app for iOS and Android that packages some of Photoshop’s features in a streamlined mobile wrapper. Especially useful for quick collages with a reasonable degree of customizability, and the ability to export with layers to Photoshop for further edits.
Let’s Enhance Let’s Enhance is an online neural network-based image smoother/enlarger. Developed by a small team in Estonia, the site returns your enhanced images very quickly. First, register with Let’s Enhance to increase the resolution of five images for free. Next, you can enlarge more images if you purchase a bundle (e.g. 20 images for 4,99) or pay a monthly subscription fee of USD 6,99 for 999 images. Let’s Enhance returns upscaled images in three […]
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is freeware that is downloadable for numerous operating systems and can be used on images, to create original artwork/graphic design and to make fractals. Works on all Platforms.
Supposedly works on Windows. You need a specific old CUDA version installed, and the quality might not be on same level as the more recent Linux-based projects. Thanks to Filipe Cruz for providing this resource.
Digital painting tool that lets you create flame effects. Free to experiment with, full version at cost. For Windows only.
Freeware image viewer/editor for use with Windows. Many thanks to Andrew Irving for drawing DDG’s attention to this tool, which offers image scaling and enhancement by interpolation.
A self-proclaimed “ever-growing cabinet of curiosities for the digital age” that offers a wealth of offbeat style resources.
This YouTube playlist is compiled from suggestions by members of the Deep Dreamers Facebook group.