Microsoft Expressive Pixels empowers people to create, express, connect, and share via animated visualizations in their own unique way…

Microsoft Expressive Pixels is an open source release so makers everywhere can realize their own ideas and create. The app’s online community gallery is powered by Microsoft Azure to enable users to share animations. The images created on Expressive Pixels come alive on readily available LED displays from 3rd parties such as Adafruit, Sparkfun, and SiliconSquared, and digital device such as a PC.

Source: Microsoft – Expressive Pixels

Use “Trace” To Remove The Background From Photos

Upload a photo to “Trace” and watch the magic happen. “Trace” will remove everything in a photo, except the main object. For example, photo one below is a photo with background that shows a skunk. After uploading to “Trace”, the skunk is now a skunk (with a transparent background) that can be singly used for other graphic creations. Here at “What’s On My PC” I have put “Trace” through its’ paces and it is awesome. The key is to use photos where there is a main object in the photo. I have had fun with “Trace” where I use “Google Drawings” as my graphic editor to merge my creations.

 

Source: Trace | Remove background from images fast | Sticker Mule Canada

Google Drawings – A FREE Web-Based Tool for Creating and Editing Images

There are many good “web-based” applications out there that do not get the credit they deserve. Google Drawings is one of those applications. I have tried many, many “web-based” applications for creating and editing images and I keep going back to Google Drawings.

Google Drawings is like the black sheep of the Google Docs family. It is there and no one sees it. What most people don’t know is that an image you create, with Google Drawings, can be embedded into Google Docs. Google Drawings has all of those hidden powers of a graphic editor, an image editor or a publisher. As a matter of fact, some of the tools, using the layers, remind me of MS-Publisher. I have used Google Docs to create images and backgrounds for blogging, cards, flowcharts, Facebook, etc…

The best way I found to learn how to use Google Drawings is to simply visit the site, start a new blank drawing and start exploring the various menus and start creating an abstract drawing or graphic. If you have some experience with graphic editors, a lot of what you see will make sense.

I am also finding that if you google templates for google drawings, you will find a boatload of templates for many purposes (or use Bing to do the same).

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