There are so many creative tools out there to inspire us. You may be looking for a few new tools to help to spark that creative genus. Here are 5 tools that I found through Listly that will make you look like a pro. . . Listly is a site that you can use to start lists, follow other’s lists and contribute to lists to build a valuable reference and information source for yourself. Check them out at List.ly
Here are 5 fun design tools . . .
1. Wordle – this is a free and fun way to jazz up your presentation. Go to Create to start a new Wordle. Wordle provides a box which you put words into. Fill up the entire box or just use a few key words you want to have stand out. After you have entered words, edit the font and view. Next choose your color palette. Under the Advanced menu, weight can be added to specific fonts and colors.
At the bottom of the Wordle screen, click on Randomize to have Wordle mix up your words into different designs. When you are ready, click print. Clicking on the Save to public gallery will allow your design to be viewed and used by the Wordle community. One thing to note – your Java Script needs to be up to date in order to use Wordle successfully. If you are having a problem, check your Java version out first to see if that is what is causing access problems.
2. Recitethis.com – This free tool can take your quotes and add a custom background with a large variety of templates available. Recite also makes it easy to email your quote or post it to any of your social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr. Recitethis also shows you the permalink to copy your image. After you choose your background, you have a chance to review your work and if your not satisfied with it, Recitethis will allow you to change the background template.
3. Pix Teller – this is another free tool that has an almost unlimited amount of material to choose from to design posters, banners, greeting cards or social media materials. I had a lot of fun using this tool. Pix Teller has so many features. Choose from a huge range of backgrounds, put multiple images on your piece, 100+fonts to choose from, many text effects, photo effects. Download as many images as you want and if you need a little more help, choose from their many pre-designed templates for your project.
4. ToonDoo – OMG ! I had a blast using this tool. The number of combinations you have to work with to make a cartoon is infinity ! Choose your character, background, props, call-outs, icons to name only a few selections. Start out by choosing how many panels you wish to make the cartoon in. Click on each section and then click on your cartoon panel and the image will appear. At the bottom, all your tools are there to resize, rotate images, make color changes. Resizing any image is so easy. Click on the image in the cartoon panel so the black dash box around the image is open and then click on either the enlarge box or reduce box near bottom left corner of your screen until you have it the size you want. This can be done with any image added and even the text. I literally had to tear myself away from this fun and awesome tool. It gets me thinking, maybe I want to be a cartoonist !
5. PosterGen – Even though this tool is not free, it still has such dimension and versatility to make a high quality poster. If you are trying to decorate your office or business, PosterGen is an affordable service that you create your unique posters – from Keep Calm Generator, Monogram Gen, chalkboard posters, art work and photo prints also available. Use their Quote Generator to put your own words on a poster, choose your color palette, fonts and placement and PosterGen will do the rest.
So there you have it, a few tools to try out next time you have some time to get creative and have some fun doing it. Remember to post your new creative take on all your social media sites !
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