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Graphics Fun for Friday – Kuler and Picnik

By Char

Let’s just say I like toys – I mean tools. I came across some new graphics tools this week and figured it would only be right to share them with you.


Thanks to Blogologist Alister Cameron (love the new look, btw), I have spent a few hours playing with a new color scheming tool from Adobe Labs called Kuler.

Kuler from Adobe Labs

Kuler is a flash-based, interactive toy/tool for creating color schemes. There are currently 3,870 user created color schemes loaded for you to adopt, adapt, or use as inspiration. You can find schemes based on their popularity, freshness, rating or you can create your own.

Go play – but be prepared to be there a while. It’s a little addictive.


Digital Inspiration reported that online picture editor Picnik has added some great new features to its free photo editing capability.

Picnik is a web-based photo editing tool – no software to download or install. It is free and gives you access to a variety of basic photo effects like sepia, black and white, boost, and soften, as well as the ability to quickly give your photo a border or super clean rounded edges. Then you can add additional techniques like tinting, doodle or gooify.

My photo of Kinsale after Picnik

One thing I did notice is that when I saved the image to my computer, it did not assign the file the standard .jpg extension. When I went to upload the file to here through WordPress I got an error. I went back and designated the extension when I saved and all worked fine.

What other graphics toys, I mean tools, do you find yourself enjoying too much to be considered work? Leave me a comment and let us know! 

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