Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Directory of Clip Art, Photo Editors and Sign Generators (Part I)

The following list includes some of the best sites I have found online. Each of them I've explored and used, found helpful and believe are worth passing along to you. While almost all are free, to gain use of the larger images and better quality features there may be an upgrade required. Still, for the amount of creativity and inspiration you can find, even the no charge options are pretty good. From icons and buttons, to map generators and photo editors, creating professional-looking images can really spruce up the visual presentation of your website or blog. Explore catchy ways to post tips or reminders (that you might use in an online group), help readers navigate content more easily (and give your site a clean look), or just have fun with creative options for color palettes, photograph enhancement or visual creations.




ICONS AND CLIP ART:

  • SoftIcons: Buttons, icons, images; some free, some paid
  • Wpclipart: Public domain images which can be used and edited for personal or commercial use. No attribution or linking is required (although a link would be nice)
  • Clipartpanda: Free images
  • Cliparts: Free clip art for your documents, web sites or presentations. Requires linking back to their site.
  • IconFinder: Primarily paid offerings
  • ClipArtBest: Describes itself as "The best FREE CLIPART collection on-line"
  • ClassroomClipArt: Free site with many types of clip art and illustrations
  • HassleFreeClipArt: Free images and also includes a directory of many other good sites on one of their pages
  • Picgifs: Gifs (animations)
  • SEO on Google: "Top 15 Places to Find Free Images Online"


GADGETS AND DESIGN TOOLS:






PHOTO EDITORS:



  • Photomania: Photo editor offering numerous options in pencil, paint, artistic, and other types of effects. Does shrink images down to a smaller size but offers a lot of creativity
  • Foto: High quality picture editing, paint options and more
  • Sumopaint: Online image editor and painting application that works in a browser. You can open and save images from your hard drive or save it to the cloud.
  • Getpaint: Free image/photo editing software
  • Pho.to/: Wide variety of frames, photos inside objects, etc.
  • Pizap: This one is a ton of fun, featuring editing, stickers, frames, text and more. Loads of options but it does resize your image to a smaller version.
  • Kleki: Edit and paint by using your mouse



COLOR DESIGN:





Three sites to create a customized message from Uncle Sam:





Personalize a birthday cake with lettering and message:










"Life on Delmarva" • #delmarvausa

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sometimes We Struggle - Yet Sometimes We FLY


10:54AM. That's what time it was before I looked at the tiny clock in the corner of my laptop screen and realized it was well past the "I'm just going to get online for a few minutes and update my pages" zone. I wasn't even wasting time playing on Pinterest or Googling craft ideas or fabulous vacation homes; I was WRITING - real words - the kind that when assembled together correctly - create complete and well-defined sentences. I was replying to comments about small business and then adding thoughts to a previous blog post discussing the value of spending locally. I was making the case for a principle of economics; posting concise directions for a social media infographic I'd created; answering questions in a forum discussion from yesterday. I saw an announcement for upcoming events, quickly wrote an invitation for a select group of individuals and posted a blog update for a client - and all this without having to backspace sixteen times to reformat what was in my brain. I was ON IT, humming along and cranking tasks out - because the familiar sense of "being stuck on what to do or say" hadn't yet surfaced and I was still free for a little longer. For once, it was all falling into place for just a couple of  hours, and in that couple of hours I could fly, soar, and hover above the struggle of everyday life as I know it.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

"Classic Trucks and Vintage Advertising" | Vehicles at the Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Show

These beautiful old trucks were on display at the Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Association Show held annually in Easton, Maryland. The show, which is hosted by the Tuckahoe Gas & Steam Association each July, features an incredible array of farm equipment and history, steam engines, tractors, antique trucks and vehicles, along with demonstrations of the machines and pulling competitions. Check out the links at the bottom of this post for more on the show!