The World Wide Web is full of undiscovered tools that take tasks previously reserved for professionals and put them into the hands of the rest of us. We’ve gathered some of our favorite internet tools for you to try. Let us know what you think!
1. Picnik – Need to edit a photo, but all you have on your computer is Microsoft Paint? Picnik offers an online photo editing solution. You can crop photos, add special effects, overlay text, and much more. Once your photo is done, you are free to download the edited photo and use it in your marketing pieces. Picnik is free for basic photo editing and also offers premium plan for those who want to take it to the next level.
2. Pic Resize – If Picnik is a little complex for your needs, try out Pic Resize. Simply upload a photo and the program will crop or resize it to your exact specifications. If you have a specific image size you are trying to match you can type in the pixel width and your image will be sized appropriately. The best part? It is free.
3. Iconfinder – Icon Finder is a search engine for small images to use as icons on your website, in your emails, etc. Need a mini TV icon, no problem. Looking for a cool arrow to point at your call to action, they’ve got tons. Just be sure to check the license of each icon before using them for your business. Some icons are only authorized for personal use.
4. The Colour Bookmark – PANDR, a British web design company, created the Colour Bookmark to help you easily find the color palette from any website. Simply copy and paste the website into the box, click, and within a few seconds you will see all of the colors used on the given site along with color codes. This is especially handy when you are trying to match your email communications to your website colors.
5. What the Font – MyFonts.com says they are the world’s largest collection of fonts. So when you see a font you like, but you can’t identify the name, their What the Font tool is an excellent place to go. Upload an image of the font or specify a URL and let the font search begin. The system trolls through thousands of fonts to find likely matches. If they can’t match it, you can also try the community of font experts who are scarily adept at identifying even the rarest fonts.
Do you have a favorite internet tool? Tell us about it!