Category: image tools

Andy Warhol Generators

In the 1960s, Andy Warhol created several “mass-produced” images from photographs of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Jackie Onassis.  Below are a couple sites that experiment with this technique

Firs, this is a neat toy that lets you experiment with color. How do the  different color combinations affect the mood of the composition?

marylin monroe warhol

And second, here is a generator that uses your own pics to achive the Marylin effect.  Low resolution results, but hey, it’s still fun.

warhol dude

Celebrity Look-alike Generator Shoot Out

You’ve probably seen celebrity look-alike image collages before. They have made the rounds over the last few years. Here’s how they work. You upload an image of you or a friend’s face, then the sites do their thing and show you celebrities who you resemble. In our experience the results are usually a far stretch from looking like the person who’s face was uploaded, but it’s funny, so who cares right? Right.

We wanted to see which Celebrity Look-alike Generators performed best so we tested out a couple.

Here is our Celebrity Look-alike Generator Shootout. For our tests we used Conan the Barbarian.

First up is My Heritage Face Recognition

My Heritage Face Recognition

Axl Rose, and the Hoff. I can kinda see it.

Next up is celebrity match up by Picitup


celebrity match up by picitup

Brad pit and a pissed off Leonardo DiCaprio, not too far of a stretch.

I’m going to have to give the award to celebrity match up by Picitup.Which one do you think works best?  Regardless of accuracy, they are all fun to play with.

*Update* This post has been updated here:  Top Celebrity Look-alike Generator.

Face Morphing

This fun Flash app is similar to the liquify tool in Adobe® Photoshop®. You select a few points, then you can morph your friends into odd characters. The randomize feature works great.  To see your picture morph before your eyes, click See Original then click Morph.



IrfanView: The Best FREE Image Viewer and Editor

If you need to shrink any photos to meet the pichacks 2MB file size limit, IrfanView might be just what you are looking for.


This simple, fast, and free image viewer and editor is a longtime favorite of everybody I know who works with pictures regularly, and with good reason. There are times when it’s not necessary to open a big program like Adobe Photoshop™. For quick edits like, resizing, rotating, cropping, color adjustments, jpg compression, batch conversions, etc. Irfanview is perfect.

IrfanView loads quickly and excels at all the tasks I mentioned. It’s not going to replace a major paint program, but why use a meat cleaver to cut a stick of butter?

It is also perfect for quickly saving screen captures. When I want to make an image of my screen’s contents, here’s how I do it:

Hit the “Print Scrn” button on you keyboard.

Open IrfanView – An empty black screen will appear

Hit Ctrl + V (Paste) – This creates a new image with your screen grab

Then, just save the image to your hard drive. Simple and useful.