Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tools to Help Develop (or Feed) your Creativity!

If you were not born with that natural creative knack and you are searching for ways to feed your creativity, then take a look at these online tools. With the Internet at your fingertips, why not take advantage of these tools for ideas and inspiration?  

Color Palette Creation
If you are inspired by color or work with color, these tools will help you find new and creative ways to use colors together.
  • COLOURlovers. Not only can you compare color palettes, but find out about color trends, read color articles, and more.
  • The Browser-Safe Web Palette. Use these tools to create colors that will look great no matter which browser your readers are using.
  • kuler. This tool is versatile and fun. Find colors by images, emotions, colors you select, or by browsing popular combinations.
  • Color Palette Generator. Enter the URL for any website to get the colors used in it.
  • Colorcombos. Get the latest color combinations, search the archives, or select random combinations to find colors to fit any need.
Photo Editors
Use these tools to make the most creative images you can, then share them with the world.
  • Gimp. If you can’t afford Photoshop, try this tool that includes layers, channels, paths, and plenty of painting tools.
  • Picnik. This powerhouse of a photo editing tool lets you get creative and is totally free.
  • Splashup. Modeled after Photoshop, this free tool allows you to edit and manage your photos.
  • Picasa. Organize, edit, and share your photos online with this super easy and versatile photo editor.
  • Flickr. Edit photos and share with others or browse through the amazing number of photos available for anyone to enjoy.
  • Flash Slide Show Maker. Create Flash slide shows quickly and easily with this free software.
Photo Prompts
If you like looking at photos for inspiration, then check out these places on the Internet that will stimulate your creativity.
  • Smugmug. This site has some absolutely gorgeous photos that are well worth browsing for help finding your creativity.
  • elements. Click on the Explore button to generate inspirational photos. Sign up for free to rate, follow, and see favorites.
  • SXC. Find free stock photographs at this site that can either serve as inspiration or you can incorporate into your creative endeavors.
  • morgueFile. These stock photographs are free to use and free to browse through for great ideas.
  • One Photo a Day. Get a new photo every day on this site, or browse through the past days to see inspirational photos.
  • 365 Pictures Prompts. Visit this site each day for a new photo contributed from independent photographers to feed your creativity.
  • The Photographer’s Life. Enter contests or just browse through the inspirational photos here. Be sure to visit the Hall of Fame for some of the best.
  • Every Photo Tells a Story. Check out the images posted here every day for a wide range of photos and pictures.
  • Fotosearch. While these photos aren’t free to use, there are plenty to browse through for inspiration or ideas for your own creations.
Various Creativity Triggers
From checking out inspirational websites to creativity exercises to coming up with fun slogans, these tools will help trigger your creativity when it’s waning.
  • Creativity Portal. Find ideas for arts and crafts, creative living, writing, and prompts–or if all else fails, get creativity coaching.
  • EyeWire Creativity Cards. Print out these cards and use them to spark your creativity when you are feeling less inspired.
  • Favorite Website Awards. The websites showcased here are sure to offer inspiration and appreciation for other’s creativity.
  • An Exercise. Try out this exercise from the book, The Creative Brain, that gets your imagination and creativity flowing.
  • Learn to be MORE Creative NOW!. Get exercises to start the creative process as well as four lessons at this website.
  • Creativity Pool. Add ideas for inventions that should be made or search for ideas that others have contributed here.
  • CREAX. Use this amazing website as a tool to spark your creativity with its links to 841 websites handpicked by the CREAX team and thought to be the best in creativity and innovation.
  • Creative Aerobics. Select online activities from this list that will help you explore topics or concepts, break mindsets, find alternate problem-solving techniques, and much more.
  • Web Lab. Check out the projects going on at this site that all share a goal of bringing new perspectives to important social issues.
  • Mindstreaming. This community shares ideas on how to bring about world peace. Find some creative ideas here that may spark your own creativity.
  • Instructables. This website is full of fun projects you can create yourself. Browse through these projects to get your creative juices flowing.
  • Sketchcast. Create your own sketches you can share or spend some time looking at sketches drawn and posted by others.
  • Sloganizer. Use this tool to create slogans based on keywords or use the slogans generated as a trigger for brainstorming your own.
  • Good Things Should Never End. The fun, interactive graphics on this website are meant solely for entertainment purposes and will likely feed your creativity as you play along the way.
Source: 100 Excellent Online Tools to Feed Your Creativity
Check the full list for creativity in organization, brainstorming, journaling, and more.

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Tatum is the president of TBH Creative and is responsible for building long-term client relationships. She enjoys the strategy behind web design and sitting down with clients to define online marketing goals. She likes to blog about questions or topics that clients ask about as well as sharing new tricks.

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