Thursday, November 19, 2009


Oh dear! After going public yesterday in my blog comments about reining in my obsession with web 2.0 gems, I stumbled across Mutapic again. The first time I found this web site, I dismissed it, as I had no idea what I was doing. The only thing I was sure of was that I couldn't explain how to use this image generator to readers of The Book Chook.

Last night I found it when I was searching through my bookmarks, and gave it another chance.

My conclusion? I still have no idea what I'm doing but IT'S FUN! There are three big buttons on the left, a row of filters, a screen of tiles, and some cryptic icons on the right. The top big green button generates images - don't press it yet. Go to the button below and choose 1, or 16 or F. 1 brings up 1 icon, 16 brings up 16 icons. F? Yikes, maybe it's the self-destruct button? No, it brings up more icons. Click on an icon and you get more. Click on one of those and you select it. I think.

Then go to the bottom button and fool around similarly. Once you have one icon on one big button and one on the other, choose some filters by clicking on them. Fewer is better. I like tint and one other. Then you get to push the big green button. Once it generates your images, try changing the filters one at a time and re-generate until you get something you're happy with. If you have multiple icons in one of the buttons, you get a whole different looking set of images. 

I guess basically it's like most things computer, you click and press buttons and play, until you gain some inkling of what you're doing. One of the cryptic icons is information, and if you want to find out more, I discovered right at the end that the
question mark holds some clues. Now why didn't I think of that?

I think kids would love this free tool. No, I can't actually think of a literacy application for it, but what a cool way to play with colours, images and pattern. Take a look at the
Mutapic Gallery to see what others have created. Sadly, you can't save your work unless you pay for the professional version. It's $30 and I am seriously tempted.  

UPDATE: You can now download Mutapic to save what you make.

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