ShortPixel is a great service for anyone looking for an easy way to compress images. Why compress images? If you maintain a blog or host websites, a good image compression tool can make the site load faster. In addition, smaller image sizes mean less disk space.
If your uploading images to Slack, a better-compressed image may help slack show an inline preview on those larger animated GIFs.
To use the site, simply create a free account and then drag and drop images to the compression optimize box on their website. Developers will be happy to know that there are API tools for PHP and a command line tool.
ShortPixel algorithms were perfected while optimizing over a hundred and a half million real-life images. ShortPixel not only offers the best compression for JPEG, PNG, GIF and PDF files but it also saves you a lot of time. After the simple installation, ShortPixel makes sure that all the images on your site are immediately optimized after upload.
While ShortPixel promotes the use of the WordPress Plugin and API, you don't need it to use their compression technology.
This animated gif was originally 3.6 MB, and now it's 1.6 mb.
I compressed an old PDF file from 6MB to 795K. Check out the PDF to see if there's any serious quality lost: http://www.cryan.com/pdf/IncredibleUniverse.pdf
Letter Board Generator
The folks over at Letterfolk created a cool generator that allows you to create letter board graphic. This is a creative way to display a message in social media or in Slack. There are all sorts of settings, such as font size, board size, and colors.
If your serious about Letter board, Letterfolk is the place to go. They have all sorts of designs and options that sure to meet anyone needs.
Note: Like all post on the cryan.com, this is not a paid endorsement. I found the Virtual Letter Board to be a very useful graphics generator tool and thought it should be featured as this week's internet tool.
backronym.org is simple site that converts a word into a random phrase. This is useful if you're trying to learn a complex word, or just for fun. Since the phase is random it can give you some ideas on more useful backronym.
Webster's Dictionary: an acronym deliberately formed from a phrase whose initial letters spell out a particular word or words, either to create a memorable name or as a fanciful explanation of a word's origin.
Sample Generated Backronym
- YAHOO: that Yarn-spinning Admissive Houttuynia Orchestrated from that Organdie
- YAHOO: the Yellowish-orange Aerological Harmonics Overpaying one Octosyllable
- CNN: that Confined Narthecium from that Nuclease
- MBTA: that Maltese Brazilian Tortricidae in an Argument
- NRA: that Nonexplorative Reconcilable Alt
Graphic Burger Text Effect
Graphic Burger has all sorts of cool text effects to download and modify using Adobe Photoshop. While it would be great if these were editable online, I think having the templates makes it just as useful.
Description from the Website
GraphicBurger is a buffet of premium quality design resources offered for free to the community. Here you'll find exclusive PSD files "cooked" in-house along with featured top-notch freebies from creatives around the world.
- None of the Text Effects will work with Affinity Designer or Affinity Photo.
- Some of the effects will work with Photoshop Elements Editor but it appears that you need the full version of Photoshop to use the smart object container feature of the files.
Favicon & App Icon Generator
If you own a website, you still need to create a Favicon for bookmark purposes. A favicon is an icon that is displayed next to the URL in the bookmark list. Not having a custom icon makes the site look unprofessional and boring.
While you can use any graphics format for a Favicon, Microsoft is playing hardball and still requiring the use of ICO files.
This is where favicon-generator comes in handy. The site is a single source to generate all the icons for your website so it looks good on iOS and all the browsers. You don't have to worry about what format is supported by which browser and interface. The site takes all guesswork for you.
If you don't have an icon in mind, you can browse the gallery to see other Favicons to get some ideas.
Description from the Site
Although many modern web browsers support favicons saved as GIFs, PNGs or other popular file formats all versions of Internet Explorer still require favicons to be saved as ICO files (a Microsoft icon format). This tool provides an easy way to convert any GIF, PNG or JPEG to ICO which is supported by all modern web browsers. It also enables you to create favicons from scratch via a handy online editor. Additionally, the editor lets you manually tweak generated favicons to ensure the best possible result.
When you upload an image, you are giving simple instructions on downloading the generated ZIP file and code snippets to your index.html file.
Check out Favicon and see it
The newspaper article generator at jaguarpaw.co.uk is a quick way to generate a simple fake newspaper story. This is fun when you want to highlight someone's achievement in a newspaper.
The site is very simple to use, loads quickly, and within seconds you get a generated PDF of your limited edition newspaper.
Use this free online newspaper generator to create your own spoof newspaper articles. Just upload a photo and add your own text.
If you need more features, check out the Premium Services, where you can change the date, add a larger graphic and add related articles. Perfect when you want to frame the special moment.
Here's a sample Newspaper story from the Newspaper generator.
On Social media, graphic images tend to get more attention than just a text. Pablo, by Buffer, is a great way to make a quick image with any text. You can interact with Pablo through their website or using the Chrome Extension.
The Chrome extension is great because you can transform any image right into Pablo to use as a background image - obviously make sure to have permissions to use the image.
Description from the Website
Pablo is the simplest way to create beautiful images that fit every social network perfectly.
Create images with the perfect size and format for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even Pinterest. Typography, font sizes, and formatting options make everyone a designer! Pablo designers have created more than 500,000 images!
Pablo has templates for Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin. No Need to worry about the right size to use. You can post directly from Pablo or download the image for latest posting.
A couple of images that were scaled down for the purposes of including it in this blog.
Clock Face Generator
Sometimes having a visual clock face can help deliver a message. There's no need to create a clock face in Photoshop when you can use an online graphics generator.
Description from the site
Set the time you want to display on the clock face in the box below. You can also change the size of the face by using the slider.
Example Clock Use
Simple example of using the ClockFace:
RedKid GeneratorRedKid Generator is the go-to place to find entertaining image generators. They have 55 creative image designs to pick from. Perfect when you're looking to add a bit of humor to the situation.
RedKid.Net is dedicated to providing premium, entetaining, educational, and safe content for internet users of all ages.
The Internet is not all work and no play. There are lots of fun sites out there that can help make you think and still be fun.
This Week's Case in Point is: GeoGuessr.com a website that tests your geographic skills using pictures on Google Maps.
Embark on a journey that takes you all over the world. From the most desolate roads in Australia to the busy, bustling streets of New York City.
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.
Take the Hard map challenge against a co-worker or try it yourself and see how well you know geography and terrain.
Avatar Cartoon Creator
Having a cartoon image of yourself is a creative way to use as the profile photo on Facebook, Twitter or Slack. Cartoonify.de makes it easy to create a professional looking cartoon-like image of yourself.
With our service you can quickly create a Cartoon of Yourself directly online without any software installs and for free! With Cartoonify you can Cartoonize Yourself. We have more than 300 graphics parts so your avatar will be as special as you are. This is one of the easiest and fastest way to convert your Photo to a Cartoon with our app. You only have to choose between its face, eyes, hair, clothes and even a background. Try our online avatar maker now!
As a result you can download your Cartoon Picture as SVG (vector) or as PNG file which is converted from vector graphic parts and also uploads to Gravatar. Additionally, you can create your avatar as gravatars. This is perfect for sharing with all social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more! Yes! I want to create my cartoon mini-me. Try our Anime Character Creator Website now and create your own self-portrait.
Watch the video on the "How to Cartoon Yourself?" page to learn how to best use the Avatar generator.
A few sample Avatar using the 'random' button.
Cool Text Generator
If your looking for a quick text to graphic generator than Cool Text Generator is the place to go. You can create some neat styles around your text.
There are 31 different styles to use, 800 different fonts and 213 different color palettes. (Got to love some of the Disney references)
Once you pick the style, you can change the color and font. The site is very simple to use. One disadvantage is that you can't save a favorite design to use later.
Sometimes we just need a decent stylish text in 10 minutes. We don't have Photoshop, we don't have good design in mind. What if there is a web service for us to browse-and-pick a nice effect, then we just customize x2192 download x2192 use it? And yes, maketext.io is born for this purpose.
Maketext.io is the modern cool text generator that empowers SVG filters and 800+ open-font-licensed web fonts. While there are already numerous similar websites around, we handcrafted maketext.io with the following guideline in mind:
- Make It Quick, Make It Simple
- On the Web, on the Fly
- Easily Customizable
- Vector Based with Raster Support
Some Text Design Samples
Here are some basic designs that were created using Cool Text Generator. Keep in mind there's a lot of ways to be creative around your text.
Text Effect at Oxy
The text effects over at PhotoOxy.com are pretty cool. There are 55 different text effect to select from. They are all unique ways to display a text message against a background. For example, you can have your text appear on a coffee cup, as a scary cemetery gate or as embroidery text.
PhotoOxy is an application to bring you a library of hundreds of creative and awesome effects.
Easy creates the brightest picture in seconds without having to use a professional. You can set it up as a contact icon, wallpaper, send a friend, friend or share it with any social network.
Sample Text Effect Images
Frame Tools at imgonline.com.ua
Imgonline.com.ua is a site that offers lots of tools to help process pictures. You can transform pictures into unique colors and designs.
This site is designed for high quality processing of JPEG photos and pictures online.
The trick of this site is that you can, for example, without recompression of image edit EXIF, IPTC, XMP data, view EXIF details online or completely remove EXIF and other information embedded in the JPEG photo, rotate to any angle that is a multiple of 90*, make progressive JPEG. All the above is done without loss of quality. If necessary, you can compress the JPG image to the specified size in kilobytes or megabytes or with standard method.
Add Photo Frame Online
One of the photo effects they have is Photo Frames, which gives you the ability to pick from 29 different frame styles.
The frame effect at tuxpi.com is slightly better since you can add a matt. Imgonline.com is nice because it's fast and has a few more museum-type frames.