YouTube is all the rage right now. If you own a YouTube Channel you know how important it is to have an updated graphic header. It's critical to have a cool looking header so that people will know that your serious about the videos that you have on your channel.
Fortunately you don't need to be an expert in graphic design, Snappa helps make YouTube headers in a snap!
Create YouTube channel art on the fly with Snappa
- Save time by starting with the ideal image dimensions for YouTube channels
- Start with one of many professionally designed templates to throw together eye catching YouTube channel art in seconds
- Customize templates, graphics, and text to create on-brand channel art
- Access 500,000+ of high-res, totally not cheesy, 100% royalty-free stock photos from our library
- Add the polish typically reserved for professional graphic designers with customizable graphics, shapes, and text
- Download your channel art as a web optimized JPG, high-res PNG, Retina JPG, or Retina PNG
- Repurpose YouTube channel art for your other social media profiles and vice versa in a couple of clicks
Snappa isn't just for YouTube, you can use it to create designs for all your favorite social media networks. The good thing about using Snappa is that you don't have to worry about the current design standards. They are up to date on the latest sizes - no more second guessing if it's the right size..
There are lots of choices when it comes to using mockups to showcase your design. The nice this about MockUPhone is there's a lot of device options including TV screens.
MockUPhone is a free tool that helps developers, designers, project managers and consultants wrap app screenshots on different mobile devices. Developers and designer can use the provided PNG files to make mobile screenshots and mockups for mobile application websites or advertisements. While project managers and consultants can embed the screenshots in keynote for their client projects. MockUPhone right now supports iPhone mockup, iPad mockup, Android mockup and TV mockup.
If you want to create screenshots for App Store submission, you can also check out one of our developer suite - ShotBot (http://shotbot.io/). ShotBot is screenshots makers for iOS platform. It helps you wrap screenshots and implements screenshot device art effortlessly.
Five Things I learned Using MockUPhone
- You have to use an image, there's no pointing to an existing URL for the image to rendered by the device.
- In order to get the final image you have to put in a valid email and then download the file from the email link
- The mockup images are in PNG format with transparent backgrounds.
- MockUPhone have a lot of designs and will tell you the best format to use.
- You get a preview of one of the layouts, to see if you want a final version.
GigaGlitters.com is a cool way to add some glitter to text. Simply put in some text and select the style that you want and then share the GIF file. You can use various GIF tools to combine the text.
Description from their site
GigaGlitters.com is super easy and fun tool to create glitter texts. It is FREE! With GigaGlitters you can instantly create glitter texts! Start right now, just enter the text you want to glitter. Place your glitter text anywhere you like: MySpace, Friendster, Bebo, Facebook, HI5 and many others.
- Text can only be 15 characters long.
- There are 176 different glitter colors/styles to select from. You get a preview of all the styles.
- There are 101 different fonts to pick from. The only problem is that you don't get a nice popup to show the different font styles, you pick it based on the name.
- If your unsure, or in a rush, select the 'random' button and a style/font will be selected with your text. Keep clicking randomly until you find the perfect match!
- Once you find the perfect match, you can drag and drop the style to your desktop, or use the various code text provided.
Background Image Generator
Background Image Generator by SiteOrigin is a good resource if your looking for a basic seamless image. Make your images POP by using a simple pattern image generator.
This is not only good on websites, you can also use this as background in graphic designs.
There are 296 pattern and 42 Blend Modes. Giving lots of different ways to create different style and color patterns.
This is a simple background image generator. You can choose the base color, pattern, intensity and a few other settings. It generates the image for you. Great for creating tiled website backgrounds.
Samples Using OmniGraffle
engfto.com Text Effects
engfto.com is a great website to animate your text images. There are all sorts of creative effect to make your text POP. For starters, on the homepage, there are 43 general styles to pick from. Within each style, you have the flexibility to change all sorts of options.
If you want to brighten up a chatroom or a social media comment, this is the place to get it done.
Tip: You have a lot of flexibility to change the way the graphic design. I would suggest spending time using the site. While the default options are pretty cool, you can certainly spice things up to your needs with just a simple change here and there.
Create cool text. Designer generator beautiful text logo online , with a choice of effects and fonts. Create a beautiful inscription online, inscription with animation.
There is no cost to use this site and many images are available as animated GIF or HTML5 effects.
Here are just some of the cool effects that I was able to generate:
Embrossed Labels is a quick way to generate labels online. You can use the graphic for any purpose.
This is a unique way to communicate a message on a Blog or Social Media.
Description from the Website
Welcome to the Embossed Label Generator website, where you can make and download free custom text embossed label images for your design projects or websites.
The generator uses actual images and not a font - they are made from the high resolution scanned label strips that are on my main website here. The original scans were only in blue, red and green and I also made a black version in Photoshop - I may add more colors in the future.
Sample Design Ideas
These labels are perfect for displaying short text in the graphic form. You can combine labels with interesting graphics layouts.
QR Code Monkey is a fast easy way to generate QR codes. People can scan the code to get more information about a product or to visit your website.
Website Product Description
QRCode Monkey is one of the most popular free online QR code generators with millions of already created QR codes. The high resolution of the QR codes and the powerful design options make it one of the best free QR code generators on the web that can be used for commercial and print purposes.
Cool Use of a QR code
Do you have company over your house that wants to get on your WiFi? Want to keep your WiFi access point secret?
Easy, simply create a mini-poster with the QR code for people to scan. Hang the poster where people can see it. When they scan the QR code it automatically connects that device to the WiFi access point with the WiFi password.
How cool is that!
Now you can have some complex password and not have to worry about someone incorrectly typing the password.
Simply scan the QR code and they are online. Works well with laptops that have a camera too. Apple iOS users can use the camera app
This is a good idea for doctor offices, gymnastics waiting areas, bars etc. Just about any place that wants to promote Free WiFi..
Now people can get online without typing in some highly encrypted password.
If your looking for great stock photos or vector images - Deposit Photo is the way to go. You can find lots of great graphics and ideas.
These files aren't free, you need to buy a package to download the files. They often run a special promotional deal where you can download 100 files for $100. It's a great deal since the 100 credits don't expire.
If you're really into Deposit Photo, you can subscribe to their services - there's a monthly and a yearly plan.
From their Website
Depositphotos -- is a commercial platform that brings authors of high-quality licensed stock photos, graphics, vectors, and videos together with appreciative buyers. Thanks to the efforts of talented professionals from all over the globe and our world-class technical solutions, we were able to build a perfect place to marry business with creativity.
75+ million files. Clients in 192 countries. 24/7 support in 20 languages. It is possible only because we have a strong team located in New York, Milan, Kiev, Moscow and Warsaw.
You can find great Christmas graphics, images for invitations, infographic designs or graphics for blogs.
I have found that some designs from Creative Market are also available on Deposit Photo. Instead of paying $8, I paying $1 for virtually the same graphic design.
Check out their site and search for images to see what they have in their library. See if it meets your image demands.
camelcamelcamel is a great site to find out if your getting the best deal on a product on Amazon.com. Simply enter the product name or Amazon URL and it will display the product price history for any duration.
Our free Amazon price tracker monitors millions of products and alerts you when prices drop, helping you decide when to buy.
The website will also display the current top Amazon price drops and the most popular products on Amazon.com.
This is a great site for anyone looking to get the best deal on Amazon.com
Spell with FlickrSpell with Flicker is a cool service where it searches Flickr for the letters of the word that you want to spell. This is pretty cool for a social media post to highlight a name or word.
If you don't like a particular letter simply click on it to get another design style.
How it All came about
Krazy Dad (jbum) made a note once using the letters from the One Letter group with the Flickr API. I decided to try making something similar as a way to learn Flickr's wonderful developer tools. Along the way, it got VERY popular. I still feel like it could be better, but it gets the job done. I have made the source code available for free. It's not coded very well, my first time parsing XML(ish) with PHP(4), and also my first time doing caching of remote resources (funny story, I had a bug in this script that bypassed the cache each time - when I got really popular, Flickr felt the strain, and temporarily disabled my API Key). I'm still thrilled with the response it has gotten, and welcome any suggestions or comments. You can reach me on my blog at metaatem.net, or email me at email@example.com.
Here are some cool designs that you can create with Spell with Flickr.
Dummy Image Generator
Sometimes you need a placeholder image for testing functionality or for as a template to build around. Dummy Image Generator is a great place to create a basic placeholder image.
The URL generates the image. Which makes it easy to create images. You simply pass through the dimensions of the image and any color or text that you want to be displayed.
Here are a few links to practical Dummy Images
- Facebook Ad Size - perfect size for Facebook ads.
- Google Display Ad Size - Considering advertising on the Google Display Network? Use this as a starting point.
- 16:9 format for a standard Website - Good for displaying an image perfectly in any platform.
- Nice Slack image size - ideal size for Slack.
- Album Art size - quickly create an album art placeholder. Perfect when your sick of the default album art.
Meme are captioned photos that are intended to be funny. Usually two lines of text with a reaction image in the background.
Over the past few years, there has been a few photos that have become standard designs for memes.
One of the best places to quickly create a meme is memegenerator.net, they have all the popular meme images. You have the option of uploading your own photo.
Description from memegenerator.net
memegenerator.net is the first online meme generator. Browse the most popular memes on the internet, create your own meme or caption your favorite character like Y-U-No, Philosoraptor, Grumpy Cat, Foul Bachelore Frog, and more.
You can search the memegenerator.net database of creations done in the past.
Here are some sample images created using the meme generator.net:
Photofunia is a really cool site to add some effects to any picture. If you want to add a bit of creativity to your otherwise boring photos.
Sketch, Pencil Drawing, and Watercolor are great effects to add to ordinary photos. They are great for social media profile photos. With photofun.com you can make it look awesome.
Description from their Website
Performing image editing and applying picture effects to any image is a time-consuming exercise that is fit only for an avid photoshop user. If you're looking for a quick and professional picture effects online service, then PhotoFunia is the solution you've been looking for.
With PhotoFunia you can edit photos online for free in a matter of seconds resulting in high-quality photo collages. Not only you can edit pics online for free you can also have much fun doing so, by sharing them with your family and friends. So what are you waiting for? Start editing pictures online with PhotoFunia for free today.
There are 568 effects that you can apply! Wow! That lots of cools ways to spice up a photo or message. You don't always need a photo too, there are plenty of designs where text is the key graphic element.
New designs are added every week! Check out the blog for updates. Download the iOS app to use pictures you take with your camera.
Here is just a small sample of some of the cool things you can do with PhotoFun. Since the website is 100% free, I would highly encourage you to head over to photofunia.com and check out some cool designs.
HotSheet.com is what Yahoo.com use to be - a resource to the best sites on the internet. It's a great place to go to find sites in just about any category.
Websites are nicely grouped into various categories such as News and Sports, Entertainment, finance, home life and more. It's a good way to expand your Internet Horizon. The nice thing is that the list is small and practical so you won't be inundated with lots of links.
Description from their site:
Welcome to HotSheet(R), the premier web portal/ homepage/start page for both desktop and mobile web browsers. With breaking news headlines from multiple sources, major US national and local news sites, and top world news and sports websites. Also includes top air travel and hotel websites, technology news sites, stock market links, and finance tools, and much more in the Hot Sheet web directory. The single page directory of top sites also includes entertainment news and celebrity gossip pages, social media links, movies, TV, music and arcade games.
Use HotSheet.com as your browser homepage, start page, or favorite web portal. While it works great as your desktop browser home page, HotSheet automatically adjusts to an efficient layout for Apple iPhone and Android smartphone devices. The adaptive web app allows for a mobile experience with the same links and features as the already familiar desktop browser version. Hot Sheet is designed to be an uncluttered and easy to use web portal/home page for desktop or notebook PCs, tablets and mobile devices. See our Change Home Page Instructions on how to update your web browser settings to set www.hotsheet.com as your web browser startup homepage. Info on how to add a HotSheet icon to a smartphone home screen is also included.
Certificate Magic is a quick way to create an Online Certificate. Simply select from several popular design choices and then add your text.
You can use it to create Certificate of Appreciation or Accomplishments for taking your training.
It's also a fun way to lighten the mood - Give a Certificate to someone who just microwaved some popcorn to smell up the entire office. Not working from home today - congratulate them on showing up in the office!
Certificate Magic is a fun way to create Certificates - and it's free!
Check out these Examples