Inspirograph is a free online spiral image maker created by Nathan Friend, currently senior frontend engineer at GitLab. It’s very simple to use. Just choose the size of the fixed and rotating cogs as well as the background and line colors. Also, use a few easy keyboard shortcuts to make spiral images very quickly. Download the images for further use or submit them to the online gallery. If you want to use a spiral image […]
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AndreaMosaic is a free mosaic creation progam that will turn a source image into a tiled mosaic emulating the source image. The program is easy to download for Windows, Linux and in a legacy version for OS X. You may also extract images from video or movie files to use as tiles. The program makes a tiled mosaic in three simple steps. First, you choose a source image from your files (the green plus sign). […]
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.
MandalaGaba is a free online mandala maker. Design digital mandalas, snowflakes, drawings, sketches and doodles online, share them and even collaborate online: If you’re looking for a drawing partner, the site will even create a match for you. Use simple drawing, brush and bucket tools (navigation panel on the left side) to outline and fill in an image. Scroll down this page to find out what the icons in the navigation panel do. Click on […]
Fractal artist Aexion (Ramiro Pérez Clare Nash, who also developed both the Incendia and Aural fractal programs) has a free fractal wallpaper generator he calls random background generator on his website. Create fractals with a single click (the “try again” button). To download the fractal you have created, click “generate wallpaper”). This opens a view of the fractal that you can download by right-clicking your mouse and selecting download. The images have a satisfactory resolution. […]
Mirror Lab by ilixa is another free app for all Android users that offers various functions, notably fractalization. What’s especially good about this app is that you can take photos with your phone directly in the app. Then you can manipulate them, for example, make a fractal. This app could finally be the Android app most comparable to Frax for iOS! The slider settings give you enough leeway to adjust your fractal. Moreover, you can […]
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.
Pictorem is a Montreal-based company that specializes in making high-quality wall art out of photographers’ and other artists’ images. The company will ship prints worldwide. Artwork by nearly 3,500 artists is displayed for sale on the website. So, what makes this wall art printing service more interesting than that of competitors? Well, for one thing, the featured artists include some of our deep dreamers who are offering their artwork for sale. To sell your art […]
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 […]
For all of you Android users with iOs envy, there’s a versatile free fractal app for Android out there after all! Fractview produces high-resolution .png images that you can share to other media. For example, mail them to your computer and use the fractals for dreaming or as collage-making material. Developer Karl Gmeiner (a.k.a. Searlesat) states that Fractview is completely open source and will remain open source and ad-free. The program is also hosted on […]
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 treats 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 […]
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 […]
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 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).
Use this simple, well-explained tool to make simple recursive images such as fibonacci trees.
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 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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
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.
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
A free Google Play Store app for Android phones, similar to flame painter for computer. Saving images requires access to the phone’s memory. Thanks to Dane Young for flagging this resource.
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.