14 – Generate This!

Thing Fourteen, Week Seven

Image Generators & Editors

Skip straight to the task…

What’s are Image Generators and Editors?

An Image Generator is just that – a program or webap that generates images.  They can range from the simple – overlaying a short piece of text over an image to create a macro – to the complex, such as an animated, 3D gif.  Image Editors, again, do exactly what they say: allow you to edit images.

Why should I use them?

The use of image editors is pretty obvious, particularly for those of you who haven’t been gifted with access to Photoshop or a similar, in-house tool: tThey give you the ability to crop, resize and do lots of other things to images or photos that you’ve taken or created.  Image generators are useful for much the same reason – they do the work for you.  Image generators are great for creating engaging messages, or brightening up your otherwise dull content a bit.

Where can I find them?

Images generators, frankly, are a dime a dozen.  A simple google search will reveal hundreds of them.

  • Generator Blog features hundreds of the best (and worst) of image generators.
  • Card Catalogue Generator Something for the more old-school among you.
  • LOLBuilder is a tool that allows you to create your own LOLCats.  You can even upload your own photos to do so.
  • Wordle is a powerful webap that generates static, and often quite pretty, word clouds.

Image editors, on the other hand, are harder to find – they’re generally much more complex than even the best image generator.

  • Aviary is a powerful online editing suite.  Using the various editors themselves are free, but some features and more advanced support require a subscription.
  • flauntR is a free, online editor that does printing and slideshows.  It does require registration to use it, though.
  • Picnik is a photo-editing tool that is nicely integrateed with Flickr.
  • Snipshot lets you make basic alterations to an image online, including cropping and resizing.
  • Splashup looks and works, in many respects, like Photoshop.

To Complete Task 14

  • Create an image using an image generator.  You can select one from the Generator Blog, or from another generator that you’ve found.
  • Either right-click on the image to save it to your computer, or follow any instructions that come along with the generator telling you how to add the image to your site.
  • Add the image to your blog.
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1 Comment »

  1. Ultimatelyuplifting Said:

    Hi, I loved this session. It was such fun and I’ve posted all my creations on my blog.
    Thanks for such an interesting afternoon;it went too quickly.


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