Screencasting

Screencasts (video recordings of your screen) are great if you ever want to make a video showing people how to do something or of what’s happening on your screen. Here are a few websites with tools to screencast online or through downloaded applications.

 

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HyperCam | This application allows you to record video of your entire screen and save it to a file. This records video of screen activity, lets you edit the area of capture, and has the ability to let you add a visible mouse click ‘flash.’ The cons are that the sound recording doesn’t work and the default installation is poor.

 

 

Jing | Jing, from TechSmith, is an easy way to share images and short videos of your computer screen. Capture what you see, record what you do, and share. This application includes step-by-step tutorials and free online tech support. Free download.

 

Screencast-o-matic | This is an online screen recording tool for one-click recording. Online, no download necessary. Free includes basic tools, $15 includes more capabilities.

 

 

Screenr | This website allows instant screencasts: Just click record. Online, so no download necessary again. On this one you may capture your screen and voice, which is different than the above.

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Photo and Video Editing

Here are some useful applications and online tools for extensive photo and video editing.

 

STOIKImagic | Powerful and easy-to-use combination of photo album, organizer, media viewer with an image and video editor. Different photo/video downloads available. Photo application includes panoramas and resizing. Video application includes enhancing and converting. Each products is $50 USD.

 

JetPhoto | This is a digital photography software which organizes your photos into albums with a calendar and map settings. It allows you to geotag photos with GPS and create flash and web galleries. Free download for Mac or Windows.

 

Movavi | This is a free online video converter to covert DVD, video, and audio. Free download available for Mac or Windows. Available applications for download include a video suite, screen capture studio, video editor, and a powerpoint to video convertor. 

 

Photosynth | This is a free online tool created by Microsoft. This versatile application allows you to make panoramas with your camera and then edit with the image composite editor or with the photosynth mobile application. You may make synths (the ability to capture different sides or details of an object) on the photosynth desktop application. Aftewards, share or embed in a blog or website. 

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Tutorials and Tip Sheets: Photoshop and Illustrator

 

Photoshop tutorials

 

35 photoshop tutorials

 35 Latest Photoshop Tutorials from this year, which will showcase you techniques used for text effects, lightning effect, photo manipulation, web design and some general tips

 

27 New and Fabulous 3D Tutorials in Photoshop 

Categories like text effects, photo effects, manipulation, realistic, and multimedia.

 

 

3. Get Started With Photoshop – 15 Basic Detailed Guides 

Tutorials in using layers, the type tool, the lasso tool, selection techniques, painting tools, brushes, filters, masks, shapes.

 

4.  An Idiot’s Guide To Photoshop [Free PDF] 

 

5.  Best of the Best Photoshop Tutorials from 2010

 ‘Best of the best’ tutorials of Adobe Photoshop published on various websites during 2010.

 

 

 

 Alternatives to Illustrator

 

 1. Artweaver 

A powerful painting program that allows you to work in layers and export to jpeg, png and other formats. Windows only.

 

2. Inkscape 

 

 

 

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An alternative to Illustrator. Works on Windows, Mac, Linux, Ubuntu. A free download.

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Online Photo Editing Tools

1. BeFunky

Allows you to fix common problems in photos, edit them and add nearly 200 artsy effects.

 

2. Lunapik


Allows you to edit photos and add effects and animation to them.

 

3. Photoshop Express 

A free online program with some of Photoshop’s features.

 

4. Splashup 

An easy-to-use online photo editor that allows layers and editing of multiple images. (This tool hasn’t been updated in a while, so I’d suggest trying others first.)

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Image Editing

Free (and lesser, of course) alternatives to PhotoShop

 

DigiKam | Digikam is an advanced digital photo management program. It allows you to view, manage, edit, enhance, organize, tag, and share photographs under Linux systems. The main aspect of this program is the organization.

 

 

Gimp | Gimp is a GNU Image Manipulation program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for tasks like photo retouching, image composition, and image authoring. It can be used diversely as a simple paint program or as an expert quality photo retouching program. It is also possible to use the program as an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, and an image format converter. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions and is easily scripted.

 

 

Irfanview | Irfanview is a a freeware for non-commercial use. It is designed to be simple for beginners but also holds the capability of being powerful for professionals. Downloadable.

 

 

Paint.net | This is a free image and photo editing software for PC’s that runs on Windows. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. There is also the option to use the online community which provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins. Downloadable.

 

 

Photobie | Photobie is a photo and image editing freeware program. On it you may edit pictures, use GIF animation, screep capture, image browser, photoshop filter plug-ins, and more. The options available for download include Photobie software, Photobie FlashJukebox, Photobie Photo Template, and other freebies.

 

 

Photo Pos Pro | This is a free photo editor which offers a variety of possibilities pertaining to image enhancing and image editing. The tools included are for precision repairs and editing, rich text tools, computer graphics, layers, masks, and more. Downloadable.

 

 

Photoscape | Photoscape is an easy photo editing software that focuses on fixing and enhancing photographs. Key features include viewer, editor, batch editor, animated GIF, and a raw converter. Downloadable.

 

Pixia | Created for design of anime and manga, the original Japanese version has been translated into English (and other languages) and made available for free download. Windows only.

 

SunlitGreen | This is a simple digital photo editing software program. It’s basic features incude view, rotate, apply color correctss, and add effects. Downloadable.

 

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Typography Tools

Gansta Lorem Ipsum | A dummy-type generator for ‘gangsta’ text 
 

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WhatFontIs | Copy an image of text into this tool and find out the font! 

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Web Design Tools

Here are some random web-design tools and applications for your personal or commercial use.

 

Portable Apps | Portable apps for web designers. Download this for a portable software ‘solution’. Allows you to take your software with you. Fully open source and free platform. Works with any portable storage device (USB flash drive, memory card, portable hard drive, etc.) It is also easy to use with cloud drives, such as dropbox, google drive, and more.

 

Issuu | A site for displaying finished publications. Explore a world of publications by people and publishers alike. Collect, share and publish in a format designed to make your documents look their very best. There are 15 million publications on Issuu right now and 25,000 new publications each day. This is essential a digital publishing platform. It has free publications with topics in fashion, lifestyle, art, sports, and global affairs. You may build stacks around your interests, sort of like folders.

 

Mockingbird | An online tool that makes it easy for you to create, link together, preview, and share mockups of your website and or application. This is a web-based tool to make and share wireframes.Their goal is to make the easiest and ‘friendliest’ wire-framing tool. Mock up (drag and drop) UI elements, rearrange and resize, make links, and then collaborate!

 

PhotoVaco | This website provides free stock photos to be used in both personal and commercial projects. It also has downloadable vectors, brushes, and free CSS templates.

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Icons

Icons can be great for projects, advertisements, presentations, and more. Here are some tools for finding the ones you need! 

 

IconzaFree colored customized icons. These are cool because you can customize just what you want and need. They have stock icons and you choose your own colors. Once you pick a color, you may download all.

 

Icon Fever | Icon Fever has tons of different little packages of icons based on categories. Browse the site to view different genres and pick exactly what you need!

 

Mini Icon Sets | Free downloadable high-quality icon ‘packs’. These icons are a little more old-school and much more simplistic. Use them if you’re looking for something extremely straight forward and simple. 

 

 

 

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A Source for Backgrounds and Textures

Here is a source for creating backgrounds and textures, which can be useful in many projects!

 

Seamless Web Background Textures | This website is basically a DIY, teaching you how to create these background textures. It gives you a site to look at and pick a texture from, and then teaches you how to convert in in Photoshop. Extremely helpful!

 

 

 

 

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Creating Timelines

Here are a couple of tools for creating timelines. These are useful for in the classroom, studying, and more!

 

Dipity | Easy to upload images and create timelines you can embed or link to. Dipity has a sort of ‘dynamic visualization’ it uses to display photos, videos, news and blogs in chronological order.

 

 

Timerime | Search, compare and make free time lines. You may fill with audio and video fragments such as MP3 and YouTube.

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