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 […]
You’ve all been waiting more or less patiently for the next challenge: Here it is. Now that we have so many new images on Flickr, they deserve to be highlighted. Daniel Zamir has chosen a few rust images for our challenge. Use any or all of the styles below for your dreams, and make sure to post your best results in this thread. Where can you find the images? They’re all the album “cc0 styles […]
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 […]
Mark Wacholtz patiently compiles dreams from selected DDG challenges and sets them to fitting music. It’s fun to watch the dreams go by in succession!
It’s time for a new challenge: Breathe new life into paintings from a past era using one of these images from Wikimedia Commons. Download the images at http://ddg.wiki/A-Fresh-Take-on-Old-Paintings/ and post your best dreams in the thread below.
ArchitectureIMG features architecture photos sourced mainly from the website user community. The website operators assume that all images they host are public domain. However, some images are from free wallpaper sites, so this might not always hold true. The upshot: Unless images are specifically designated as PD, you must get permission from the respective authors to use them for purposes other than as desktop wallpapers. Images – photos and paintings – are easy to find. […]
PxHere PxHere provides well over 1 million free images published under Creative Commons zero cc0 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.
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 tinyurl for electron microscope images takes you to the respective Google Image search thread. This is a great place to find enlarged bacteria, buckminsterfullerenes, parasites, tardigrades and much more! Not all of the images are high resolution, however.
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.
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 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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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 […]
Greyscale style challenge where it’s all about the texture
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 […]
Botany Photo of the Day is an educational outreach project of the University of British Columbia. Subscribe and you will receive e-mails when new photographs and accompanying write-ups are published.
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 […]
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/
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 […]