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.
PikWizard PikWizard is a new player in the stock photo game, and some bloggers cite it as a well-kept secret. The website has a stock library with over 30,000 completely free images, over 5,000 of which are exclusive. The images are licensed under Creative Commons zero cc0. It’s a good pleace to search for nature shots, photographs of people and all kinds of desktop wallpapers. Mouse-over an image you want to use, and you will […]
What an amazing year it was for deep dreaming: Deep Dreamers was born in 2018! Before that, dreamers on the DDG voicelessly inspired each other with their dreams. When all of a sudden a dream popped up asking dreamers to join the Deep Dreamers Facebook group, I thought: genius idea! This is just what I’ve been waiting for. Now I can communicate with other dreamers without using a dream with a one-way text message. Ever […]
Here’s our new Festive Season Source Challenge. Images are original photographs and copyright free. I took the shots this week at a Garden Center in the UK. It’s always worth taking your camera/phone to these places, as they are full of interesting things to dream. Make sure to post your best dreams below!
Deep Dreamers have found various ways to extend their activities to YouTube. YouTube and Dreaming Music The strongest connection between YouTube and Deep Dreamers is a music channel, DDG Music. All dreamers in the Facebook group are welcome to add tracks under Wendy Bandurski’s FB #music post. Also, some group members use YouTube to display their dreams as videos set to music. See, for example, Ema Vietnam’s series of “dreams for beholders” on her channel. […]
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.
Have you ever wondered what makes a dream good and what makes a dream get many likes? Spoiler: The two have only a few factors in common. Let’s take a closer look at these factors, but to do that it’s important to define a common set of principles most dreamers associate with a dream being “good.” “Good” Dreams A “good” dream generally follows the same basic principles as good art overall – good composition, good […]
In this video, Daniel Zamir shows how to combine two styles. While he uses the program GIMP, other image editors offer similar processes. Daniel Zamir’s Redreaming Guide features style combinations in redreaming.
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 […]
You’ve probably wondered how to use your dreams outside of DDG. Some dreamers have been very inventive in making their art into various types of gifts or are even selling it. Here are some ideas for you: Redreaming (see Daniel Zamir’s Redreaming Guide) Creating daily dreams for your diary Making a dream storybook Creating wall art Having dreams printed on T-shirts and other textiles, such as pilows or throws Mugs Holiday ornaments Gift cards, calendars, […]
Here’s a cool technique you can use especially to soften the effects of styles on a photo of a person: redreaming. Let’s say you want a dream with a very natural look. One way to go is to use thin style, but its options are limited. Another way is to use two or more deep styles and to mix them for the effect you’re trying to achieve. Your create one dream with the first style, […]
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 […]