Converticon – An Online App to Convert An Image to An Icon(.ico)

Converticon is a web based app created by Punk Labs, which helps you convert an image file (png/jpeg/jpg/gif) to an icon file (.ico) . You can use this icon file as a folder (or drive) image or as your website favicon.

1. Go to Converticon homepage and press the Get Startedbutton. You will be prompted to select an image. Locate it on your hard drive and then open it.


2. The selected image will be shown in the resulting page. Press “Export” button.


3. Now you will be redirected to the Export Options page. You can select the size of the resulting icon file here. Try to select the size depending on your need i.e., if you are trying to create a favicon for your blog or website go for the sizes 24X24, 32X32 or 16X16 and if you are trying to create an icon for your drive try a bigger size say 256X256 or 128X128. After you are finished selecting the size of the icon file, press the “Save As” button and select a place on your hard disk where you want to save the file.


Now you can use the saved file for the purpose you created it. I’ve created one for a folder on the desktop. Check out how it looks.


Techie-Buzz Verdict

Icon files are often used on the Windows platform. Play with this online tool to customize the icons of your Windows drives and folders. If you are a web-master and have been longing for a customized favicon for your website, this is the tool for you. There are some minor errors in this app. It won’t display any confirmation after the .ico file is saved, instead it will take you back to step 2 (described above) . It also lets you select multiple sizes for the resulting icon file in the Export Options page, but only generates a file of a single selection (selected randomly). If the flaws (mentioned before) can be ignored, this tool is really handy in creating   icon files.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3.5/5 (Average)

How To Make a Photo Smile, Frown or Wink

The title of the post may sound unreal to you but there is a fun little tool that actually lets you do that. The tool is called Cartoon Photo and lets you insert a number of emotions into a picture.

Simply upload a photo from your computer or enter a URL to upload one from the web (The maximum image size is 12 MB). Then choose the emotion you want to insert including smile, wink, sad, troll, squint eyed, flirt and oops.

For example we took this simple picture and played around with the tool:

We tried to make it smile:

and then we tried to make it frown:

and then squint eyed:

You can also select the strength of an emotion to decide how much the photo should smile or frown. There is also an option to insert an animated smile into the photo. You can specify the animation speed and the picture size while setting the animation.

Once done, you can simply save your resulting image on your computer, save it online with a free account or share it with your friends. Cartoon Photo is a part of broader range of fun apps offered at including photo editing, photo enhancement, creating avatars and photo presentation widget.

How to Add Funny Effects To Photos

Sometime back, we linked to several services and tools that let you transform decent people into mischievous wonders. The online tools allowed you to blacken anybody’s eye or add curly hair. Adding a long, witch-like nose or turning people into a Star Wars character is been made as easy as a pie, thanks to the internet and its marvels. Services like these keep popping up, each with its own star-factor. We’ve got two of these covered today.

Funtastic Face

1e9b7d9cc14251eeaFuntastic Face is the place to reach out if you need a cosmetic surgery. Seriously. This is the hub for all face related effects. Need an extra jaw, eye wear, hair, noses or if you’d like some punches on your eyes, they have bruises too. Everything is covered. The application is built with flash. Photos can be uploaded, snapped from a webcam or gotten off your facebook profile (login required). Check out how I adorned Brad Pitt. He looks attractive, doesn’t he, girls?


…is the place to get gross.On GrossOut, you can add all kinds of filthy slimes, nasty things, dirty bandages, patches to your beautiful faces. Or perhaps ruin somebody else’s. The app is flash material and you can take photos direct from your webcam i.e. if you wish to ruin your own face, otherwise, you can upload pictures from your computer. We selected Tiger Woods for our experiment. And look! The world still has his smile!myGrossOut

Best Free Online Image/Photo/Picture Editors

Image editing has definitely grown from being a desktop only task, today there are tons of online image editing services, which not only bring the same familiarity of a desktop environment, but are also easy to use. To top it, they are absolutely free to use.


So which are the best online image / photo / picture editors? Well, if you are looking to get a answer to that questions, we have compiled a list of the best of the lot, to make it easier for you.

FotoFlexerFotoFlexer is one of most advanced online image editors you will find on the internet. FotoFlexer allows you to add several effects, decorate images, animations and more in a easy to use way. You can also easily edit images from sites like Photobucket, MySpace, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and other sites.

SplashUp SplashUp previously known as Fauxto, is   another great editor which is also closest Photoshop clone on the web. You can work with multiple layers just like Photoshop along with the other image editing features.

Picnik Another old contender which falls in our best list of Free Online Image Editors, Picnik is definitely a very good at what it is supposed to do, another good thing about Picnik is direct integration with Firefox with a handy extension.

Picture2Life Picture2Life is another free online image editing service we had reviewed some time back, it has extensions available for Firefox and also a add-in you can use with Internet Explorer.

FlauntR FlauntR is a professional photo editing service which you can use for absolutely free, you can store unlimited photos online. There are also over 1000s of designs you can apply to your photos.

Pixlr – Pixlr is a free online image editor, jump in and start edit, adjust, filter. It’s just what you imagine.

Did we miss something? Do let us know about it so that we can include it in the list. Don’t forge to visit the Image Tools section to find more interesting tools for editing and having fun with your pictures.

Remove Backgrounds from Images With Instant Mask

There are times when you might want to remove the background from a certain image. Using Photoshop or other can be a bit tedious. Instant Mask is a which provides users with a 2 step process to completely remove the background from any image.


Instant Mask provides users with two markers, the yellow one is basically used to mark the Keep area, and the red one is used to mark the Remove area. Once you have marked the area, you can click on the preview button to see the results.

If you are satisfied with the image you can save it as a separate image or overwrite the current one.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Instant Mask is a easy to use background remover. All you need to know is how to move your mouse and select the proper area and it will get the job done for you.

However, we saw just one problem with this software. Once you mask a image, there is no way to undo or remove the masks unless you reload the image, this can get a bit problematic. So you will have to do trial and error all the time, and this may mean that you take more than 3-4 attempts to get the perfect picture.

If the software developer adds a undo and redo button it would be awesome. In addition to that they could also add a way to completely remove the marked masks from the image, so that we could start from scratch without having to reload the image again. Sadly, because of this we have to rate the software much lower than we would have liked to.

Ratings: 2/5 (Average)

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Stock Photo Search Engines

Stock Images are images taken by professional photographers for use by individuals or companies. The usage rights can be purchased or may be free and there might be certain restrictions to using these images. They come in both Rights Managed (subscription per month, some other restrictions) and Royalty Free (one time buy and unlimited use). These are usually used by companies who do not wish to hire professional photographers and want stereotypical photographs such as those of a dog, a corporate woman and so on. A list of stock image websites with search engines follows.



This is one of the most trusted free photo search engines on the internet. Currently the site claims to index 4,977,466 free photos. Membership is free and allows for the rating and commenting on photographs. The design is very slick and it is hard to believe that the site is free!

Big Stock Photo:


This is another large stock photo search engine that indexes royalty-free stock images starting from as low as $1. After everystockphoto’s website, Big Stock Photo’s web design is not very compelling. But with a stock of 4,060,000 royalty-free photographs, it is worth a look!

Crop Your Images Online With CutMyPic

There are plenty of online tools out there that can crop images then why do we tell you about another one? The answer lies in just one word “simplicity”.

CutMypic is an online that is focused on cutting/cropping your pictures. Simply upload your picture from your hard drive, crop it however you want and either save it to your hard drive or email it to a friend. No registration to do, no software to download and no extra buttons to press.

As added features, you can also add drop shadow and round the corners of the image. A simple preview tool lets you preview the image before you finalize it.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

CutMyPic is a simple yet very useful tool. It serves only one purpose and serves it well. I don’t think I would go to any other web-based image editors if all I have to do is crop pictures.

Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

A Fast Way to Create Beautiful Gradient Wallpapers

While I’m at work, I generally have a gradient wallpaper on my Windows desktop. I feel that it’s professional looking but also very pleasing to the eyes. I occasionally create my own gradient wallpapers and psychedelic wallpapers using MS Paint. It’s quick and easy once you figure it out. However, it’s not nearly as fast and simple as the wallpaper generator I’ve just found.

The Random Gradient Wallpaper Generator is a small, portable program that’s also free and open source software (FOSS). It should work nicely in all versions of Windows.

You can download it, extract it to a folder and then launch the application by executing the “WallpaperGenerator.exe” file. You’ll see a very simple interface as shown here.

random gradient wallpaper generator

The “Randomize” button will cycle through different combinations of colors to create wallpaper previews.

If you’d like manual control of the colors, you can click each one of the four corners to set whatever color combinations you wish.

Once you spot a preview that you really like, you can click the “Set as wallpaper” button to instantly make it your desktop wallpaper.

The final button, “Save colors as text file” isn’t a particularly useful feature at this time. It will save your favorite color settings in a text file, but there is no easy way to load the saved color combinations into the generator.

On a final note, you can always grab the bitmap file “GradientWallpaper.bmp” which is created when you “Set as wallpaper”. You may have to do some searching to find it, but it’s generally in a location such as C:\WINDOWS or C:\WINDOWS\Web\Wallpaper or C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft, depending upon which version of Windows you are using.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:
The Random Gradient Wallpaper Generator is in it’s infancy, so I don’t expect polish or perfection. If the developer adds a way to easily restore saved color settings, this little app will get a higher rating from me. As it stands now, I can still tell you that it deserves to be highly recommended.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5

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Visualize: Collect and Bookmark Your Favorite Images Online

If you often work with images online, you know how hard it can be to save images for later use. Downloading them on your hard drive becomes impractical after a while and uploading them on a free image hosting service like Photobucket takes a lot of time and effort. Also, if you save images from the web in a traditional way, there is no way to find out later where you got that image from.

An excellent alternative is to bookmark the images you like with Visualize. Visualize is a bookmarking tool that allows you to collect images with a single click. The easiest way to accomplish this is to add the Firefox Add-on. After that, whenever you see an image that you want to bookmark, right-click on it and select Add image to

You will then be prompted to add any tags or description to the image if you want. You will see that the tool automatically fills out the title of the image and the original link so you don’t have trouble finding the information later.

All these images are stored in your free account at Visualize and can be browsed or searched easily. You can also browse through images that other users have bookmarked.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Visualize is a great tool to book mark images online. It saves you the hassle of downloading/uploading images and trying to remember their information. The ability to custom tag the images is a great plus.

How To Convert Flickr Metadata to Lightroom And Photoshop Presets

When you click a photo in this digital age, a lot of information gets saved, it’s not only the light that you have captured. Almost all digital cameras these days save extra information with your pictures. This extra information gives details about the type of camera used, exposure provided, focal length, white balance, shutter speed, aperture and several other tidbits about the picture taken. This information is called EXIF data which stands for Exchangeable Image File Format.

flickr-logo The EXIF data also contains the RAW conversion settings, stored when a photographers digitally process their pictures. These RAW conversion settings can contain details such as brightness, contrast, vignettes, white balance, temperature and several other options that can totally transform the images. So, if you copy this data from one picture to another, you can actually, in some way, give the second picture a similar look’ like the first one.

Using this idea, photographer and web developer Joe Smalley created an easy to use tool that will allow you to give a particular look’ to a picture, sourcing the EXIF data from a Flickr photograph. This is how he explains the process:

After quickly getting tired of copying settings across manually, I developed a tool which will output a Lightroom or Photoshop preset file based on the metadata found for that Flickr photo. Simply enter the full URL of the photo into the tool below and you’re away!

It is limited to photos which have metadata publicly available. Also custom point tone curve information isn’t converted- as the Flickr metadata page unfortunately doesn’t show all it.

The tool can be used to create dramatic transformations of pictures. If the look of the downloaded preset doesn’t suit the picture well, you can always tweak each individual setting manually.

Note: If the preset downloads as plain text or in a txt file, simply change its extension/save it as .LRtemplate (for Lightroom) or .ACR (for photoshop)

Convert Flickr Metadata to Lightroom/Photoshop presets