If you’re looking for a little something to get your creative juices going during the holiday break, I have just the thing to try out. Recently, I’ve run across an amazing Web-based toolset from the folks at Aviary. This fairly robust toolset contains an image editor, an effects editor, a color editor, a vector editor, an audio editor, a screen capturing tool and an image markup editor.
Unlike the big boys out there (Photoshop, Illustrator, Garageband, etc.), this service is free, and from the bit I have used it, is fairly stable. Most of my experimentation has been done with the Audio editor. Being that I’m on a Mac and usually use Garageband for audio editing, I was quite impressed with the audio editor’s interface. It’s very similar to Garageband.
Probably the best part of this site is that it’s not only dedicated to providing the tools, but it provides a tutorial area where you can break down different creations to see how they were built. You’re even given all of the source files so that you can follow along. If you’ve never touched something like Photoshop before, the Aviary toolset will walk you through how to use all of the tools in context as you create your own masterpieces.
Try it out and let us know what you think. If you create something with one of the tools, post a link and share.