ILLUMINATED DIORAMAS FROM HAND-CUT PAPER

“This Couple Makes Beautiful Illuminated Dioramas From Hand-Cut Paper” has some remarkable art works cut from paper.

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FREE PICTURES

There are more than 35 million Getty images available for use by business. Now, over 12 million of them are free to the rest of us.

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FREE PHOTOSHOP CLASSES

Next week marks the beginning of “creativeLivePhotoshop Week,” a week of free online Photoshop classes. Take over 40 free classes online from award-winning photographers and artists on everything from simple shortcuts to advanced editing techniques. Click here to RSVP. You can download a free trial of Photoshop here.

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MAKE YOUR OWN BOX OR GIFT BAG

Ideogram.nl/boxmaker has a neat free template maker for making gift bags, boxes, cones, envelopes, and other things out of card stock. Select any size or geometric shape and it will create a template that shows you how to cut out what you need and where to fold and glue it. (How about a dodecahedron? Twelve sides.) Paint it, color it or use fancy paper and you’ve got an unusual gift box.

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NOTES AND NOTS

Cyberlink’s “YouNote,” a new free app at the Windows  app store, is fun and even useful. It’s a virtual notebook for collecting notes and pictures and putting them in pockets of interest. We found it fun to collect notes this way under different topics, like recipe books, travel, sports, etc. Add the pictures, cartoons and scribbles and some of our notes are cute enough to use as scrapbook pages or greeting cards. The program works with regular or touch screen PCs using Windows 8. But, alas, all is not yet perfect in this infinitely perfectible universe: There are other ways to skin Schrodinger’s cat. YouNote is missing some key features found in the older and massively popular Evernote, a free […]

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HOLIDAY GREETINGS

Buncee.com is a free site for making digital scrapbooks and greetings. What makes it different from a lot of other greeting card or scrapbook programs is the ability to drop in YouTube videos as well as photos from Instagram, Google and Flickr.

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LEGO BOOKS

You can do a lot with LEGO  blocks, but surely nothing more remarkable than what’s pictured in these two books from No Starch Press. Should keep the kids busy over the holidays. – “Beautiful Lego” ($30), by Mike Doyle, is all pictures of completed projects, and beautiful they are, everything from a haunted house that seems to be falling apart, to a fantastic city floating in space. – “More Amazing Vehicles ($20), by Kuipers and Zamboni. Using step-by-step photos and instructions, the authors show us how to build anything from a Formula One race car to a fork-lift truck.  

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ACCESSORIES FOR ARTISTS

If you’re an artist, or like the game “Draw Something,” chances are you’re using a stylus, a special pen that makes it easier to draw on the iPad (though you could draw with a finger). Frankly, most of these styluses seem the same to us. But the “Pogo Connect Paint Brush” is something different. It looks and acts like a brush, only it’s digital.

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FREE COMICS

Tapastic.com has free comics. You can read them and publish your own. We liked the “Summer Love” series.

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RAGING ART

ArtRage 4 is the latest version of a program hardly any writers cover anymore Too bad, because it’s a good one. It’s been around for several years, so why talk about it now? Well, the new version is really cheap. It’s $5 for the iPad, $2 for the iPhone, and $50 for a Windows computer.

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