Showing posts with label photo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label photo. Show all posts

Saturday, April 8, 2006

Top 30 Free Graphics Programs

There are a lot of excellent graphics programs on the market these days, but just because they come with a premium price tag doesn’t mean they are the only option. Take a look at this list of our favorite, and free, alternatives to some of those pricey programs.

Paint, Drawing and Graphics Programs

Gimp – Very powerful image manipulation program, great for photo retouching and image creation. There are other downloads, GTK and runtime environment for this program to work properly. This program currently runs on Linux, Windows (XP and Vista), Mac OSX, and some Unix based systems.

Ultimate Paint – Image creation and manipulation program for Windows systems. This is a pretty compact and fast running graphics program with plenty of features.

Skencil – An interactive vector drawing program for Unix and Linux operating systems built on the Python language. This program has tons of features like gradient fills, bezier curves and you can bend text along paths to name a few.

Pixia – Originally a Japanese only edition, Pixia is a very nice paint tool with full layers support and many other features. The English version website does lack information and support so you will likely need to search the web for information on learning to use this tool. This is currently a Windows only program and does support some drawing tablets.

InkScape – If you have been looking the free answer to Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw, IncScape is a great alternative. This is a full featured vector graphics editor. The website has a tons of information, tutorials and galleries of work created with the program, to give you a good idea of what you are getting involved with. – A free image and photo editing software for Windows based PC’s. This program was voted #19 out of the top 100 programs of 2007 by PC World. It has full support for layers and special effects, the tools are top notch and highly recommended by many users. There is a strong online community for support and frequent updates to the software. Comparable to Adobe Photoshop.

SmoothDraw NX – A freehand drawing tool designed for use with tablets. Several choices of brushes and pencil strokes for creating realistic drawings. Also auto smoothes lines if you are using a mouse to draw with.

ImageForge – An image editing and creation program for Windows systems. Although this program is a little rougher than some of the others it still has some nice features like easily creating 3D text, red-eye removal and you can easily create your own Windows screen savers.

Brush Strokes – Free graphics editor, with support for many of the popular and common image formats. It isn’t as full featured as some of the other programs but it is a good choice for less technical or light users.

Project Dogwaffle – A painting and drawing program developed for the PC. Has a nice set of tools and very functional, although does lack features of some large programs.

Sodipodi – This is a vector based drawing program that operates on most Unix and Windows systems. It has a ton of features like out of center gradients, patterned lines, dynamic xml editor and you can easily create vertical text.

Karbon14 – Another nice, full featured vector based drawing program released under the GNU license. This program comes as part of the Koffice project which includes a whole suite of tools in KDE.

ArtWeaver – A freeware paint and drawing program for Windows designed to simulate natural brush tools and effects for artists used to working on canvas. It supports most common file formats, has the standard editing tools like found in many popular graphics programs and offers a few effects filters.

GimpShopdotnet – This is a modified version of Gimp, designed to work and feel more like Adobe Photoshop, allowing Photoshop users a comfortable free alternative.

ImageMagick – A nice command line program for editing and creating images. There are a whole bunch of useful features like shearing and transforming images, flip, mirror and rotate images and a whole lot more.

Animation and 3D Programs

Terragen – Create amazing scenery and photorealistic images with this program. This program comes with a lot of features including, terrain sculpting tools, water and cloud generators, realistic sunlight creation and so much more. Works with Windows and Mac OS systems.

Google SketchUp – A powerful 3D software that allows quickly build 3D models. The program is pretty easy to use and you can design and build everything from your dream house to a favorite skyscraper. Works on Windows and Mac systems.

Art of Illusion – An open-source 3D modeling and rendering studio written in Java and usable on most Java Virtual Machines. On the website you can find some comprehensive tutorials on creating a human figure, working with triangle meshes and more to give you a little better understanding of how to use this nice program.

Blender – A top of the line 3D graphics program available for most operating systems. This is a very powerful tool but does have a strong learning curve if you are not familiar with these types of programs. On the website you can find a bunch of great tutorials, galleries of previous work created with this application and a busy community to answer any questions you may have.

3D Canvas – A real-time 3D modeling and animation tool. Easily create 3D scenes with drag-and-drop controls. Customizable toolbars and interface and frame by frame animations are only the start of this programs features.

Graphix – An open source graphics editor built to edit and create both raster and vector images. Works one WINE and WinXP operating systems.

3D Plus – This program definitely lacks some of the features of other full scale 3D programs, but it is very ease to use and works well for small quick jobs. You can also purchase the extended version for $9.99.

Daz 3D – Calls itself a figure posing and animation tool, basically you can use pre-created people, animals, vehicles, scenes and more, to edit and manipulate them to create your own 3D and animated scenes. The program itself is free, however most of the additional add-ons will cost you money. With that said this is a very nice program to use for people of all skill levels and highly recommended by many.

Anim8or – A 3D modeling and animation program, that is available for download, but kind of a still in progress program. It does have its bugs but is a very nice program created by one person to handle what they wanted out of 3D software. Some of its features include, a built in 3D object browser, true-type font support, 3D modeler, jointed character editor and a bunch others.

Synfig – A very powerful, well developed 2D vector animation program. This program was designed for studio quality animations, why it was released under the GNU license for free, I have no idea, but I am glad it was. It is currently available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.

BRL-CAD – A cross platform 3D modeling program that includes ray-tracing for rendering, interactive geometry editor and more. This program is not recommended for non-tech users.

MindsEye – A nice freeware 3D modeling and rendering suite for Linux users. Features include a multi-scene/user concept that allows multiple people to work on the same scenes or visa-versa, object oriented modeling, network support in the MindsEye kernal and more.

Maya Personal Learning Edition – Maya is an excellent, although expensive 3D graphics program. This is the free edition developed to give you the opportunity to learn and use the program before purchasing. This edition has most every feature available as in the standard version but it is for non-commercial use and your images will be watermarked among other things.

Miscellaneous Programs

Picasa – A free image editing program available in the Google Pack download. This is a very light program but does support red-eye removal, photo correction and most of the standard editing tools.

IcoFX – A freeware Windows program for creating icons with more than 40 different effects and custom filters.

Pixel Toolbox 1.1 – A nice suite of tools for creating desktop graphics on Windows systems. With the program you can create wallpaper tiles, icons and cursors to name a few. Easy to use interface and of course free to download.

ColorPic – A magnified color picker, designed to create color palettes of up to 16 colors at once. You can easily pick any color from the screen, colors shown in hex and decimal, adjust hue saturation and it works in Firefox, Internet Explorer, Photoshop and many other applications.

Favicon Generator – This is a very nice web-based favicon generator. You can easily and quickly convert your images to favicons for your website.

FastStone Image Viewer – A full featured image browser, converter and editor. There are many features including, red-eye removal, cropping, emailing photos, color adjustments and more. Program supports all major file formats and is compatible with Windows systems.

Icon Studio 1.2 – A free, simple to use icon editor and creator. You can create icons in multiple sizes and color depths, flip, rotate, import from EXE and more. (via)

Monday, March 6, 2006

Top 20 Tools For Working With Flash

Flash, if implemented correctly, can be a real benefit to your site, but if executed badly, you could lose visitors pretty quickly. We’ve gathered 20+ tools to help you make the best use of this powerful tool. Feel free to add more resources in the comments.

Action Script Library – A collection of code snippets for use with ActionScript. Library – A collection of over 700 scripts for you to use, a large selection of tutorials and more.
Actionscript Physics Engine – A free 2D physics engine for Actionscript 3 from MIT. – An ActionScript 2.0 open source component framework for writing to the Flash player. – An attempt to bring Ajax and Flash together.
Animation Package – An ActionScript library (Flash player 6 and above) with a focus on keeping file sizes down. – The AS2 library open source framework to work with Actionscript 2. – An Actionscript 2 testing framework that lets you run repeatable tests on your classes. – A blog written by two developers about merging ColdFusion and Flash and how they can work together. – An experimenting in using Flash to make a clickless interface. – A large collection of examples of Flash movies that you can view, rate and comment on. You can also submit your own for review. – Tips, tricks, and tutorials for Flash and ActionScript. – A collection of articles, tutorials and extensions for Flash. – Code snippets, reviews, links, over 1,000 tutorials. – A designer-oriented site with open source scripts and links to lots of resources. – Free Flash and Logo templates, forums, and more, registration required. – A site with very in-depth video tutorials on various aspects of Flash.
Jim’s Flash Bestiary – A collection of small Flash movies with accompanying source code to learn from. Tutorials – An extensive collection of tutorials on just about every conceivable aspect of Flash. Codes – A site for people to post and share code snippets for ActionScript and MXML. – A home for open source Flash projects that any registered member can contribute to.
Smart Webby Flash Tutorials – A collection of tutorials for Flash for beginner to advanced developers.
The Fuse Kit – A compact animation kit for Flash, more for everyday use than making full animations.
Tile Based Games Tutorials – Tutorials to learn how to create tile based games using Flash.
TutorialOutpost Flash Lessons – A huge collection of tutorials on many aspects of the Flash program. (via)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Top 80 Photoshop Tools and Resources

Almost exactly 6 months ago (February 28th 2007), Adobe promised an online edition of Photoshop “within 6 months”. That hasn’t materialized yet, but in the meantime we thought we’d take a look at the desktop version, which is an irreplaceable tool for every photographer and web designer out there…even most bloggers can’t live without it. In this post, we have compiled a one-stop-shop for various Photoshop tools and resources.

Photoshop Plugins, Filters and Brushes

Twisting Pixels – The leading developer of Photoshop plugins and filters for web, multimedia and print publications. – Over 400 free, quality, custom brushes for Photoshop versions 7+.

Filter Forge – A plugin for Adobe Photoshop that allows you to build your own Photoshop filters.

Alien Skin Software – Develops filters for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe After Effects and Corel Paint Shop Pro. Graphic designers and digital photographers everywhere use our plugins for print, Web, and photo restoration work.

Action Central – Directory of Photoshop actions created by users. Runs an exchange where people can upload and download actions.

PS Brushes – A nice collection of free Photoshop brushes.

Filter Factory – A very large collection of filters available for Photoshop, they are all free and made with the Filter Factory module (provided with PS) by various authors.

Brush Find – Directory filled with thousands of custom Photoshop brushes scattered across the internet.

Fonts in Design – Hundreds and hundreds of fonts you can use with Adobe Photoshop.

The Imaging Factory – Collection of commercial use, Adobe Photoshop plugins.

Brusheezy – A place for artists to download and vote for the best custom photoshop brushes and photoshop patterns on the internet.

Redfield Plugins – Lots of very nice Photoshop plugins, 3D backgrounds and tutorials.

BrushFed – 1000 plus brushes for Adobe Photoshop.

SiteGrinder – SiteGrinder is a Photoshop Plug-in that converts Photoshop designs to web sites. There is many features and makes web design a breeze.

GrafNet – On this site you can find descriptions of effects of thousands of filters, see how they modify the picture, download the filters you need and also contact their authors.

Mehdi – Site has many free plugins and resources.

Filter Meister – A plugin for Adobe Photoshop that has the ability to create professional plugin filters which can be distributed on a royalty-free basis.

Richard Rosenman – This page features a growing set of (mostly free) Photoshop filters and plugins coded by the author.

Good-Presets – Large collection of brushes, patterns, gradients, style and more for Photoshop.

Void Brushes – Currently has 827 Photoshop brushes in 34 sets for free download. Site does require a reciprocal link if you choose to use them.

AV Bros. – Very nice collection of commercial filter plugins for Adobe Photoshop.

Wetzel & Company – Has a large collection of copyright free backgrounds and textures for art directors, illustrators and web designers using Photoshop.

The Plugin Site – Nice collection of Photoshop compatible plugins. Textures, frames and filters to name a few.

Action Addiction – Here you will find a collection of actions available to download for Photoshop 4 or above.

Plugins World – An extensive directory of Photoshop filters and plugins from various artists on the web.

Xero Graphics – Nice collection of Photoshop compatible plugins. – A selection of Photoshop Brushes for free download, all the Designs are free to use for commercial and non commercial use.

Photoshop Tutorials and Learning Resources

Photoshop User TV – Free weekly podcast from the “Photoshop Guys” covering the hottest Photoshop tutorials, insider tricks and timesaving techniques to raise the bar with your productivity.

Action Fx – Tutorials, tips and downloads for Photoshop users.

Photoshop Lab – Site filled with Photoshop tutorials, tips, news, reviews and resources for the enthusiastic Photoshop user.

Good-Tutorials – Tutorial directory with lots of Photoshop tutorials.

Photoshop Training – In depth, online training courses for Photoshop Professionals. Produced by NAPP.

BittBox – Well written tutorial explains how to create your own custom Photoshop brushes.

Tutorialized – Another tutorial directory loaded with Photoshop tutorials covering all aspects of re-touching, photo manipulation, graphic design and so much more.

Photoshop Quick Tips – Adobe Certified Expert, Justin Seeley, produces this regular podcast covering lots of Photoshop tips and techniques.

Pegaweb – Collection of Photoshop Tutorials.

Photoshop Elements User – Complete Resource for Photoshop Elements learning and education. Features online training, a newsletter, forums and a learning center.

Photoshop Roadmap – Photoshop specific tutorial directory.

Photoshop Killer Tips – Free downloadable videos filled with tips, workarounds, and shortcuts to make your Photoshop experience that much better.

Photoshop Star – A website dedicated to bringing you free, high-quality Photoshop tutorials.

Absolute Cross – Directory with tutorials covering layouts, special effects, interfaces and more.

Grafx-Design – Smaller directory of tutorials.

Photoshop Videos – The official dvd training site of NAPP. Online video store filled with videos covering a variety of projects for Photoshop users.

Mike’s SketchPad – Very nice selection of Photoshop tutorials to increase your design skills.

Tutorial Man – This is a site filled with hundreds of Photoshop tutorials, covering web graphics, digital art, layouts and more.

PsLover – 10,230+ Photoshop tutorials at your disposal.

Planet Photoshop – Photoshop tutorials, video tutorials, reviews and a forum to interact with other Photoshop users.

PSD-Tutorials – Tons of Photoshop tutorials. Covering every aspect of Photoshop and you can submit your own tutorials.

Total Training – Step by Step Photoshop video tutorials for an experience level.

Pixel Perfect – Master digital artist Bert Monroy hosts this podcast. Learn the tips and tricks you need need to create great digital works in Photoshop.

Total Tutorials – Lots of very detailed Photoshop tutorials.

PS Workshop – Site has over two thousand Photoshop tutorials, plus Photoshop tools and forums to connect with other artists.

Magazines, Associations and other Resources



Official home of Photoshop. You can purchase, upgrade and receive support for the latest editions of Photoshop.

Photoshop Cafe – Very popular and busy, forums with others interested in Photoshop techniques and design.

Layers Magazine – The premier magazine for Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

Photoshop User – The website of NAPP(National Association of Photoshop Professionals). Has a members only community, their official magazine, discounts and Photoshop tech support.

Photoshop Seminars – Web based directory of Photoshop seminars and tours around the country.

Photoshop Insider – Blog written by Scott Kelby, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine and President of NAPP.

Photoshop Forums – Very active Photoshop forum with tips, techniques and tutorials from other interested Photoshop users.

Photoshop Help – Hosted by Jim Barthman, this is a blog dedicated to providing free help for Photoshop and digital photography questions.

Photoshop World – Official home of the Photoshop World conference and expo.

John Nack on Adobe – A blog written by John Nack the Senior Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop. Covers interesting news and information about Photoshop, photography and related issues. Photoshop Forum – Busy Photoshop forum moderated by Photoshop professionals.

Photoshop Hall of Fame – The mission of the Photoshop Hall of Fame is to honor and recognize those individuals whose contributions to the business, education, development, and art of Adobe Photoshop have enduring value.

Photoshop Support Forums – Adobe has several support forums for their popular Photoshop program. – A blog covering the latest news, trends and information for Adobe Photoshop.

Photoshop 911 – Submit your Photoshop related problems to their emergency hotline for a Photoshop professional to answer your question on the blog.

Adobe Digital Kids Club – A special site created for teachers, students, and parents. You’ll find the essential digital photography, video, and imaging resources you need to engage students in learning while teaching them important digital communication skills.

Computer Arts – An online magazine filled with tutorials, design tips, galleries, competitions and more from industry leading professionals.

PhotoshopGuru’s Forum – Friendly Photoshop forum, tutorials and all other kind of resources to help people understand this wonderful program.

Simple Photoshop – Here you will find a comprehensive Toolbox reference, that will show you just what all of those little icons on the toolbar actually do.

Photoshop Contests

Worth 1000 – One of the leading creative competition and Photoshop contest sites on the internet. There is always new Photoshop contests taking place.

Freaking News – Members get cash for participating and winning daily Photoshop contests. Also has a full gallery of previous contest entries and winners.

Photoshop Contest – Use Photoshop to manipulate and modify images, then enter them in their contests. Members can view, vote and comment on your work.

PhotoChopz – Photoshop forum that holds regular contests for Photoshop users. Photoshop Contests – holds regular Photoshop contests available to registered members. Check this page for updates and new contests.

MechaPixel – Regular Photoshop contests and gallery of past contests.

PhotoshopFaceoff – Members take a daily image and modify it in anyway they choose-they can then post their image to the site for viewing by the general public.Members may also vote and comment on their favorite entries and at the end of each Face-Off a “winner” is declared. Challenge – They give you a set of images to download and then you rework and create a new image from the set.

Photoshop Talent – There are 2 types of contests. Contests with a given source image and contests with a given theme. Users submit their photoshopped images in these contests. Later on, people can vote on these entries to determine a contest winner. (via)

Monday, January 16, 2006

Top 100 Online Photography Tools and Resources

Photos are everywhere on the web. From sharing with friends, to editing, printing, buying, selling, searching, remixing and free hosting, we’ve lined up a plethora of resources for photo fiends.

Online Photo Editors

Fauxto – Advanced online photo editor with an interface similar to Photoshop’s
XmgImg– Image hosting service that provides an interface for users to manage, edit, and share their images online.
OnlinePhotoTool – Edit pictures taken from your hard drive as well as images that are already on the Internet.
MyImager – Upload images from your computer and from anywhere on the web and edit them freely with the dozens of tools and filters available.
SnipShot – Edit photos from your hard-drive, your Webshots account, or your Flickr account in one place, and then save them back to any of those locations.
Pixenate – Online photo editor with many special effects. You can also integrate Pixenate on your website and allow visitors to edit images.
Phixr – Edit your pictures and directly upload them to Flickr, Fotopic, Livejournal, Photobucket,, Buzznet and Dropshots. – Edit your photos online within your browser, add special effects and save them in the most popular formats.
Picture2Life – Edit pictures available on the Internet or taken from your hard disk. You can also import images from popular photo sharing sites.
Cellsea – Upload pictures from your PC or from an URL. It provides over 15 ways to correct color, exposure, and lighting problems.
Preloadr – Photo editor with good image manipulation functions that is connected with your Flickr account.
Picnik – Photo editor with many interesting features which is directly connected to many photo sharing sites.
Pixelmator – Pixelmator is a photo editing service for Mac users. The design is superb and intuitive. There are selection tools, paintbrushes of various size and shape, retouching tools, layering and much more. You can enhance photos, analyze colors, add text, create stylized scenes with halftones and image blurring.

Photo Sharing

Zorpia – Zorpia is like Myspace with some more photo features, you can upload you photos and share them on your profile.
Clickfriends -Document your life with your own digital photo essay, then share it with friends and family through Now you can have the same site take care of your online photo albums and your Facebook or MySpace photo albums. Just upload your photos to the ClickFriends site, and then have them exported to your profile on your preferred social networking site. It´s free and easy to sign up.
Snappages – provides space for you to save and organize your photos, your online friends from virtual communities, and your events in one well-designed web page. It combines various web concepts, including online storage, file sharing, and Facebook-style friend communication.
Photorgy – Photorgy is photo uploading/sharing tool which works with AIM. Photo albums can be shared and owned by any number of friends, family members, and colleagues.
SlideShare – SlideShare is a content sharing site where you can host and display presentations. Maybe you would use it to show your professional work, or just for personal photo sharing, power point presentations about your latest entrepreneurial idea, or graphics you designed.
Zoomandgo – Contribute your travel photos, videos, or general advice to the Zoom and Go site, and they will reward you with cash. The site has a system of points which can be awarded to the content you submit according to what kind of content it is (written reviews receive less then photos, and videos receive the most).
Zooomr – Store, share, sort, sell, and search all your photos and those of other users at Zooomr. Users can post comments on individual pictures, therefore, gaining feedback on the photo, as well as gaining insight into the other photographers who use the site. Photos can be shared for free, or can be sold through the site.
BurstCast – Burstcast offers space for you to upload pics from your camera phone either by MMS or by e-mail, right from the phone. On the site, you can choose for your photos to be made public and shown on the home page (but it´s either all or nothing; you can´t have some photos be public and some private).
Mostrips – The photo sharing site is designed to let you create albums to be easily shared on mobile phones. It´s a useful way to send work if you are a photographer, or a head shot if you are a model or actor. Or it can just be a fun way to share photos from your vacations among friends and family.
DPhoto – DPhoto is a photo sharing service which offers well-designed graphics and a professional appearance. With DPhoto you can share your photos with friends and family in an ad-free, secure site.
Invitr – Invitr is a Flickr related application which simply extends your sharing capabilities. With Invitr you can share your Flickr photos with non-Flickr members; so photos that have been categorized as private can now be sent and shared with anyone you choose.
DigitalRailroad – Digital Railroad is aimed at aiding professional photographers connect with more fans and even help them connect to content providers and media companies who are looking to buy their work.
ContakMe – Contakme is a new site where you can upload an unlimited number of photos, create albums, and rate other people´s photos.
Flickr – The most popular photo sharing site. Upload photos, create sets and join one of the greatest communities of professional and unprofessional photographers.
Picasa – Google’s answer to photo sharing. The main application is a download, but there are also web albums.

Free Photo Hosting

Photobucket – one of the most popular image hosting services around, favorite amongst MySpace users. Makes it very easy to post your images to social networking sites; gives you 25 GB of monthly traffic and 1 GB of storage with images themselves being up to 1 MB in size.
ImageShack – The most popular image hosting service. Upload images up to 1.5 MB and embed them in any web page.
AllYouCanUpload- There is no limit to the image size you can upload. You can also upload up to three images in the same time.
ImageHosting – Upload multiple pictures at one time. The maximum filesize you can upload depends on what account you registered.
TinyPic – Upload pictures and videos and embed them anywhere. The direct link for your picture or video will be tiny (e.g.
TheImageHosting – Upload multiple images at once and zipped image files. Maximum file size allowed is 1 MB.
BayImg – Free uncensored image hosting provided by the Pirate Bay. The max file upload size is 100MB and you can can upload about 140 different formats. – Upload your images and embed them anywhere. You can also delete images you previously uploaded. Max file size allowed is 2.5 MB.
ImgPlace – Upload up to five images at one time. Maximum file size allowed is 1.5 MB – Register to host your images for free. Maximum file size is 3,000 KB.
FileHigh – The free “Economy” account lets you upload up to three images simultaneously and the maximum size for each file is 512 KB.
VillagePhotos – Upload pictures straight from your browser and host them online. 1 GB monthly data transfer.
ImageVenue – You can upload up to five images in the same moment. The maximum file size allowed is 1.5 MB.
ImageCross – Free MySpace image hosting. You can upload images up to 2 MB in size.
SmugMug – SmugMug is a photo uploader, editor, and community portal all in one. You can upload and share your photos, then store the photos with up to four backup copies of each photo in three varying states.

Photography Blogs

Digital-Photography-School – Darren Rowse’s photo tips.
Thomas Hawk – Zooomr’s Thomas Hawk on photography, Zooomr, Flickr and general tech news.
PhotoCritic – A site for photography criticism, with the intention of allowing photographers to critique each others’ work and share opinions, suggestions, and professional tips.
FlickrBlog – While it’s not exclusively a photo blog, but from time to time the Flickr staff will pick a few photos and feature them on the blog and the users see this as a big honor.
DPreview – practically the only resource you’ll ever need for digital cameras; incredibly in-depth and timely reviews of most models available on the market
Shutterlog – some great photos here with attention to detail.
Chromasia – no words, only great photos
Stuck In Customs – blog by one of the greatest HDR photographers on the net
Black and White Photography – great photo blog focusing on B&W photos.


Flappr – A slick Flash-based Flickr interface that lets you do most of the actions you can do on Flickr.
FlickrVision – displays Flickr updates from various users on a Google Map.
Retrievr – an unbelievable mashup that delivers photos based on your drawings.
Flickr Logo Maker – Turns any text into a Flickr-style logo.
Spell with Flickr – this tool enables you to write text in letters based off Flickr images. Not all that useful but fun.
Tagnautica – a slightly weird visual way to browse through Flickr images.
Captioner – adds comic-style captions to your images.
Fastr – a “guess that tag” style game; you are presented with a series of images and you must guess their common tag.
PictureSandbox – Searches the Flickr archive (as well as that of YouTube and some other sites) based on the type of license; great tool for finding images you can actually use in a project
FlickrFling – presents an RSS feed through Flickr images. Completely useless but works as a fun experiment.
Colr Pickr – One of the most useful Flickr Mashups; enables you to search Flickr photos based on their color. Works surprisingly well.
FlickrBall – a six-degrees-of-separation scavenger-hunt game (yes, Kevin Bacon is mentioned), using Flickr thumbnails and tags for clues.
Photo Tag Mashup – Retrieves a number of Flickr images in a simple interface based on a tag you provide
Flickr Sudoku – a Sudoku game based on Flickr images.


SnapZone – An online service that lets you upload your photos directly from your mobile via a wireless connection. Snapzone allows you to free up space on your phone”s memory while also giving you an instantaneous way to share your images with friends. SnapZone is also a community site, so if your friends join you can use it to share your pictures easily in one place.
Fotochatter – network that enables you to share mobile pictures with your friends, as well as receive images from your buddies on your phone
Radar – creates picture conversations – you send your pictures to Radar and your friends can instantly see them and comment on them
Shozu – Mobile uploading to photo sites including Flickr.

Photo Mixing and Slideshows

Slide – create slideshows easily and embed them on your site or social networking profile.
RockYou – offers several free services, including slideshow creation, photo hosting, photo enhancement and more.
Scrapblog – An online service that lets you upload your photos from many of the popular photo sharing websites and mash them up with hundreds of stickers, shapes, text and YouTube videos to create a digital scrapbook
Vuvox – Vuvox lets you create online animated and interactive slideshows using a range of effects, theme templates and designs
Mixercast – Mixercast lets you mashup your photos and movies into animated, interactive slide shows and throws in ag ood library of stock photo, video and licensed music to use as a soundtrack
Flektor – Flektor has a great set of tools for adding transitions, text, stickers, effects and overlays into movies made out of your photos and online videos

Photo Printing/Book Creation

Snapfish – Snapfish is run by HP, they let you store and share your photos for free, and prints are cheap with highest quality at 12¢ each. You can also have things like mugs and cards made with your pictures on them.
Fotki – A photo-sharing and hosting site, you can share you photos with others or use it with your blog. It has some unique features like FTP access, and users can choose to sell their photos. There is an integrated printing service that lets you print at many different sizes at good prices.
KodakGallery – Kodak Gallery is owned by Kodak (no surprise there), like the other they let you store and share photos and then make prints and have custom gifts made.
Shutterfly – Shutterfly not only lets you store and share photos and then have them printed, you can also pic up your prints right at Target stores.
Moo – Moo currently has partnerships with many social networks including Flickr, Vox, and Bebo, you can print small minicards and notecards with the photos you have uploaded to these sites.

Photo Search

PicSearch – image search with some interesting options; for example, you can choose to search only black and white or color photos.
YotoFoto – a search engine which claims to be indexing over a quarter million Creative Commons, Public Domain, GNU FDL, and various other ‘copyleft’ images.
Google Image Search – a resource so commonly used it doesn’t need a special explanation; still one of the best ways to find images of any kind on the web.
Pixsy – Image search engine that’s striking a lot of partnerships. Also provides PixsyPower, a custom video and photo search for your own site.
StockPhotoFinder – a search engine specialized in finding stock photos.
EveryStockPhoto – this site is indexing over 1 million completely free photos from various sources.

Stock Photos

iStockPhoto – royalty-free images for low prices; there aren’t any completely free photos here, but photo quality is above average
Fotolia – Another cheap royalty-free image provider, with nearly 2 million photos in stock – one of the best (and biggest) repositories of completely free stock photography on the net.
MorgueFile – provides completely free photos; no registration required to download.
PixelPerfectDigital – 5000+ free stock photos
StockXpert – the commercial arm of Stock Xchange; offers cheap but quality royalty-free material
Alamy – Alamy is a search engine for stock photos which boasts millions of images from thousands of photographers, picture agencies and national collections. The site does the editing and classification of the images. (via)