Make lovely abstract background images
A great tool to make "polygonal" art.
Mosaic is a visual thinking toolkit made by artists, for artists. It is a visual patching creative-coding tool.
Nice flipbook animation tool, but NO EXPORT option. Also requires Flash.
"Paint" with text, creating pyschedelic textures.
Wonderful image editor
Absolutely amazing little image mush-up tool. Go give it a whirl.
Free image hosting. Useful if you're using Twine or similar.
This tool generates lovely Chinese ink scrolls of landscapes.
An handy extension for the Chrome browser that lets you screenshot the page and save it with cropping or full page.
Nice prompting tool, but for drawing.
Image resizing for social media
Really unusual paint tool.
As it says on the site, "A SIMPLE YET SECRETLY POWERFUL PAINTING APP".
Start drawing, AI finishes it
Rasturbator is fabulous tool. It chops up your image so that you can print it on twenty or thirty pages, glue them together to fill an entire wall.
Let A.I evolve you a picture. Great fun and you get some weird stuff.
Great image editor
Unusual toy with which you can paint in 3D on a disappearing canvas. Interesting.
This wonderful flag making tool lets you start from all the world's flags, or add Wikimedia commons graphics.
See also, this catalogue of imaginary flags.
Another Style GAN tool that takes a sentence you give it and artificial intellgence creates your picture. Here I said "Boris Johnson looking like a pig". The result isn't always what you expected but they are always interesting in someway.
A brilliant tool to morph between two images. You plot the points, it generates a gif file.
Designed to blend, or morph, faces together, I added an elephant's eye and got this strange output.
Turns your webcam into an effects booth.
Nimp is like Apple Quartz Designer, or Touch Designer. A web-based flow diagram image editor. Interesting.
Lots of high end GLSL graphics tools use this model to create special effects, this tool might be a good introduction to the concepts.
Mac and iOS only I'm afraid, but a very cool vector editing tool.
Really nice and simple SVG vector-based drawing editor.
I'm really not sure how to describe this image editor. Like nothing you've every seen. Just go give it a go.
Fabulous sketching app for iOS and Android.
A 3D world in which your doodles are automatically animated
Lovely little flipbook animation maker (slight shame about the gridlines. See also Pencil, the desktop app)
The latest version of this fantastic image editor. Has fantastic tools for isolating a part of an image.
Totally easy way to make crazy graphic effects.
Lots of interesting brushes
Visual node-based graphics editor
Paint your own chimera with some help from A.I
Make gifs and images with a heap of bizarre effects
Create zooming gifs.
Strange drawing suggestion tool
Really interesting article explaining some of the ideas and concepts behind CryptoArt.
An Art Gallery Created By Artificial Intelligence
Collection of punk artist's work.
Interesting idea for a zine. Also, nice use of black and white and ONE colour
Fantastic zooming interface to an archive collection of photographs.
Amazing project that turns words into images.
Some of the most incredible photos ever. Go explore.
Krita is a free alternative to Photoshop
Nice collection of black and white images made with MacPaint and Hypercard. (See also, Hypercard at archive.org).
Design and Arts news and interviews
Wonderful collection of images made from text
A Flickr collection of equirectangular images, many of which are Creative Commons licenced for use in your own VR creations.
Lots more here.
Europeana provides access to millions of books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for.
Collection of unpopulated sets from the BBC.
Great collection of Creative Commons images and vectors to download and use if you credit the creators.
Note: As ever, watch out for sponsored links at the top of the page for paid images. And use the Filters to find what you want.