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Create stunning background-less images with ClippingMagic

Many artists today are taking the e-commerce road to market their talent. And that’s actually a great idea. Amazon, eBay and other popular online selling platforms play a pivotal role in making art reach the right customers. But what do you think attracts users most when monitoring art online. It’s true a low price is a crowd-puller, but to truly appeal the senses, an art-work needs to look absolutely stunning. The same logic applies to clothes, accessories, home décor, and pretty much everything that’s available for sale online. Something that’s low priced will never sell if its depiction or image on an e-commerce website isn’t attractive. However, an item that looks ravishing tends to sell despite a slightly steep price.

Bottom line – to sell something online, its depiction / image / photograph should be perfect. We know where you’re going – Photoshop? Nah, here’s something simpler and more reasonable – ClippingMagic.

ClippingMagic – give photos a makeover!

ClippingMagic is an online tool that lets you accomplish all the editing tasks you need to publish great images. With a few clicks, it lets you remove image background, make them transparent, adjust colors, add / drop shadows, as well as crop the images to create an eye-popping result. Of course it doesn’t have all the features of Photoshop but if editing photos to highlight your work / product online is what you’re looking for, ClippingMagic is the perfect choice.

The tool’s intuitive algorithms make complex tasks like removing image background seem like child’s play. All you have to do is mark the foreground with a green line and the background with a red line and a click later, you’ll have a great transparent image that you can post on Amazon and eBay to sell. And all that for a fraction of the hassle and cost – neat!

Here are some exciting features of ClippingMagic at a glance:

  • Allows you to pan and zoom images to deep levels for inspecting details and making changes accordingly
  • Auto-save and Undo-Redo options to help revert changes and save automatically
  • Configurable brush size to adapt to your zoom level dynamically
  • Scalpel to cut off uneven faint edges
  • Tools like refine edges, dedicated hair tool, color control, color cast removal, etc give you the kind of control you want to have while editing images and making them look perfect
  • Enables you to select preferred file format, DPI, color space, and JPEG quality
  • Facilitates advanced lossless or lossy web optimization to minimize image file sizes
  • Support for images up to 8 megapixels

With ClippingMagic you can quickly create a catalog of neat results by conveniently clipping a number if images simultaneously. The above mentioned features are just the tip of the iceberg. To find out about the complete spectrum of the tool’s features, visit its homepage (https://clippingmagic.com/).

This is how it works

To say that ClippingMagic doesn’t have a learning curve attached with it wouldn’t be wrong. Depending upon how you wish to enhance your images, you can select which feature of the tool to use and view its dedicated tutorial on the website. Each tutorial includes a series of easy to understand steps and following them really isn’t difficult.

To test how simple the tool actually is, we scrolled down the homepage to reach the link for Basics Tutorial. On clicking the link, we landed on a page where a sample image was edited to remove background. There was also an option to “Try Your Own Image”. We clicked on the button to experiment with the tool first-hand.

Here are steps we followed to remove the background from our sample photo:

  1. Dragged the image into the box outline on the web-page (there are also options to browse-upload, copy-paste, or fetch from URL)
  2. Once the image loaded in the tool, a number of editing options appeared in the file menu
  3. We only needed to remove the background, so as mentioned on the homepage, we highlighted the foreground with green color and the background with red

The results were updated in the adjacent panel in real-time. We could see the affect of each mouse click and movement which was quite interesting. A convenient ‘undo’ button helped revert any changes we didn’t like in the result.

There was a variety of other editing options available including color changes (saturation, temperature, brightness, etc.), adding shadows, cropping, fine-tuning the edges, etc. Once all changes were done and we were satisfied, we tried downloading the image. That’s when we were required to sign-up. To download even a single edited image you’ll need to subscribe to one of the affordable plans.

Pros VS Cons

We actually found the tool to be quite useful. You can upload and edit any number of images in any way you like. But to save edited images to your system, you’ll need to subscribe. Fair enough!

As far as cons are concerned, we found only a single one. While marking image foreground and background you’ll have to be really careful. The wrong kind of marking can cut off too much or too little of the image border or background or edge. The real-time preview window will help you out with this. Come to think of it, this isn’t a con, just a precaution you’ll have to follow while using the tool.

  • Make any image background transparent with a few clicks with clippingmagic.com/ via @supermonitoring

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Final Verdict

We loved the tool – less hassle, less investment and a number of great photo editing features. Thumbs-up to the creators!

Create Customized Loading Bars Using Preloaders.net

None of us would like to stay glued to a blank screen and thus to make your website or application more attractive you would like to add a Preloader. A preloader is nothing but a loading bar or circular tab that indicates what percent of content is loaded and keeps the viewer informed that the content he has requested is being loaded. Most of the people consider that addition of a preloader isn’t good for a website or app as it is not good to keep your customers or visitors waiting.  But adding Preloaders allows you to entertain your visitor by adding a creative and mind boggling Preloader.

Preloaders are also called as loading gif, loading icons, AJAX Loaders or AJAX Loading Icons. These AJAX loading icons are usually used on AJAX based sites and applications for informing the visitor about the information that has been loaded. There are some websites available online which offer online tools to generate a JavaScript or CSS3 based preloader images while on the other hand there are many such websites which offer a collection of animated loading icons and one similar website is Preloaders.net this website has a collection of many wonderful and creative Preloaders.

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Preloaders.net makes it easier to create a Preloader and has these Preloaders divided into many categories like 3D, Science, Religion, Smileys, People, Animated Text, Zodiac and more. Preloaders.net allows you to select the preloader, change the image type to GIF or APNG. Add transparent background, change foreground colors and background colors, change the animation speed and size of your preloader.

On clicking upon the advanced options tab it offers various options like inverting colors of the preloader, flip image horizontal or vertical, you can use environment colors and even reverse animations. It also allows you to change the amount of frames and generate the Preloaders automatically.

Steps to generate your own Preloader

  • Select the kind of preloader you would like to have on your website or application from the dropdown list.
  • Select the image type i.e. GIF or APNG. On selecting GIF you would get a Preloader with GIF extension and APNG option would generate an animated PNG image on clicking the generate Preloader button. GIF supports absolute and no transparency at all. Selecting the GIF format and would let you to add background colors to even the semitransparent parts of the image.
  • Select whether you want to have transparent background for your image.
  • Select the foreground color or the color of the Preloader and this color can be selected using the color picker for the foreground.
  • Add Background color and select using the color picker for the background color of the Preloader.
  • Select proper animation speed by dragging the blue button towards the + which would increase the speed or – which would decrease the speed of the animation.
  • Size of the preloader should be selected next. The image is set to best quality and the maximum size of each preloader is loaded by default when it is selected from the dropdown.
  • Keep the original colors option allows you to keep the colors of your Preloaders as it is without any changes.

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Some Special Effects

  • Invert all colors allows you to invert the colors of your image.
  • Flip image flips the image vertically or horizontally. Many of the images containing symmetrical objects would not be effected by this effect as they are absolutely symmetric.
  • Using environment colors you can add the background color to the preloader image too.
  • To set the sequence of animation in reverse order you can use the reverse animation option.
  • The amount of frames in the image which is generated should be always reduced by 4, 8 or 16 to keep up with the quality of the animation.
  • Generate automatically allows you to generate Preloaders automatically 2 seconds after you make any change to the parameters.

They also have an older version of the application called Preloaders.net v1 which has lesser number of categories of Preloaders and may take some time to generate these images.

Request your own Preloader

Preloader.net allows you to upload a Preloader preview image with desired Preloader name and email id if you would want to request a Preloader for your upcoming project. People at Preloaders even allow you to select urgency of your request so that extremely urgent needs could be done with without wasting much time.

No Copyright Issues!

Preloaders.net encourages its users to use any animated GIF and APNG images generated on the website as these are can be used by anyone in any project without any fee and without any copyright or piracy issues too. You can also add a reference to Preloaders in your project but that is not a compulsion unlike other similar websites.

The Discussion Board

Preloaders also has a discussion board where you can discuss issues which you face while generating a Preloader for your project. The Discussion Board is a place where the Preloader team responds to your queries and problems you face while working on the website. You can see third party advertisements on the website which is through Google and can be hidden if you would like to experience an advertisements free version of the website.

  • Experience a hassle free way of creating a website preloader with @preloadersnet preloaders.net/ via @supermonitoring

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Request API Key

You can also request Preloaders for an API key for which you would receive instructions on how to get the generator or creator for your website and application with dynamic options and without any need to save the file to the servers. One API key is allowed to generate 5000 Preloaders in a day. Since Preloaders is free to use they even allow companies and individuals to have API keys for free.

This website launched in February 2008 by Timur Gafforov and Avraam Makhmudov has generated more than 16 Million Preloaders and is visited by more than 15,000 people daily. I would recommend you to at least give it a try and you may experience a hassle free way of creating a website preloader that too in a creative and attractive manner.

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