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What would talent be without the resources and tools made available to us to ensure the fine tuning of our skills.  Its a fact that the moment you stop learning is the day you stop progressing and without progression you become stagnant and even digress.  No matter what your talent, new things become available to us every year that make things that much easier.

As a writer, how many times have you put you pencil down because your brain just fizzled out or because your level of creativity weakened for a moment.  For some its hard to pick that pencil back up and push on and for others it may just be a matter of having a helping hand.  Street Resources is a small library of sites that may prove helpful in your quest of creativity.  As we find more helpful sites and or programs will will continue to update them.  Be sure to visit the forum in the “Mental Block” post for ideas, tricks and hits added by our community.

Please know that the following sites are merely a reference and are in no way affiliated with StreetPoetz.com.  You should use them at your own discretion.  See our terms and conditions  here.

Online Dictionaries:

These sites are mainly for looking up words and their meanings.  Need something straight to the point, www.yourdictionary.com is the most simple of them all.  No frills, no fluff!

www.dictionary.com

www.merriam-webster.com

www.thefreedictionary.com

www.yourdictionary.com

 

Multiple Online Dictionaries:

This site is unique in that it searches multiple dictionaries at once – giving you a range of meanings explained differently.

www.onelook.com

 

Multi-language Dictionaries:

For the bi,tri and multi-lingual or those aspiring to be so, these dictionaries translate into multiple languages.

www.freedict.com

www.freetranslation.com 

www.frengly.com

www.yourdictionary.com

www.reverso.net

www.systransoft.com

 

Thesaurus:

A thesaurus is used to find other words than the ones you may already be accustomed to using.  Such words are also known as synonyms.  In many cases you can also find the antonym as well.  Not only does this expand your vocabulary but also keeping with the StreetPoetz.com philosophy that the progression of learning is a necessity.

www.thesaurus.com

www.thesaurus.net

http://www.visualthesaurus.com

www.synonym.com

www.synonym.net

www.synonyms360.com

www.merriam-webster.com

www.visuwords.com

www.macmilliandictionary.com

 

Synonyms:

Other resources for finding synonyms (words with like or similar meanings).

www.synonym.com

www.synonym.net

www.synonyms360.com

 

Artistic Resources:

Each site is unique in what they offer, but all fun and worth it!

The below sites are all artistic in nature.  Many offer fun features that take drawing to an entirely new level.  Finding the program that works for you will be your next step.

 

Flame Painter (Online Flame Thrower)

http://www.escapemotions.com/index.html

 

Gimp (Free)

Can’t afford Adobe Photoshop or rather not dish out that much money for a program that some would say is extremely difficult to use  You’re in luck, Gimp has many of the same features and concepts of Adobe Photoshop.  Though it isn’t identical and nothing can truly replace the power behind Photoshop, some would argue that Gimp is not far behind.

http://www.gimp.org/

 

TuxPaint (Children’s Painting / Art Software – Free) 

TuxPaint is available in schools and other artistic forums around the world.

http://www.tuxpaint.org/

 

Google Art Project  (Free)

Every hear about the world’s most famous art galleries and museums but never plan to get there.  Want to know what it’s like to see up close artwork in the Palace of Versailles in France, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the National Gallery in London, or the Metropollitan Museum of Art in New York City?  Now visit without destroying your bank account.

http://www.googleartproject.com/

 

Stykz ( Stick figure animation program – Free)

This software allows you to create stick figures and animate them.  While flip books are certainly a thing of the past, they don’t have to be with Stykz.

 

Paint.net (Free)

This is not your Paint Shop type of software.  This program proves to be much easier for the novice user while having many of the same components as Adobe Photoshop.

http://paint.net/

 

FatPaint:  (Free / Online)

This is a graphic design and image editing software program which is available online for free.   This robust software allows you to take your ideas from mere thoughts all the way to promotional items.  Ever have an idea that you wanted to print on a shirt?  Check out this software.

http://www.fatpaint.com

 

FlashPaint:  (Free / Online)

Have you ever tried to draw online and have it look as though you tried to create it with an etchasketch?  This is a cute online pain and upload tool that proves to be much easier.  Just take a look at the gallery.

http://www.flashpaint.com/

 

As well as these others:

www.drawspace.com

www.pencil-animation.com

http://www.onemotion.com/flash/sketch-paint/

http://www.sumopaint.com

http://www.slimber.com/painter/

http://sketchpan.com

http://artpad.art.com

http://www.kerpoof.com

http://www.flashpaint.com

http://penolo.com

http://windowseat.ca/viscosity/create.php

 

If you can get past the robotic voice, this is a cool tool to use.  Turn your photo or drawing into a painting.

http://www.psykopaint.com

 

The graffiti artist’s playground (the sounds alone will make you think you are really holding a can of spraypaint)

http://graffiti.playdo.com

 

Great for collaborating or  illustrating something that is hard to articulate

http://cosketch.com

http://www.doink.com/create

https://www.wixie.com/wixie

 

Don’t be put off by the blank screen – the shading capabilities are amazing!  Just click and try!

http://www.mrdoob.com/projects/harmony/

 

Online storybook creator

https://www.wixie.com/wixie

 

Music / Vocal Resources

Diction Helper

This software focuses on helping those vocalists who seek to learn proper pronunciation and diction in other languages providing you with an online voice lesson.

http://www.dictionhelper.com

 

This site covers pronunciation in a readable format.

http://www.dictioncomain.com

 

Make your own blank staff paper (for sheet music)

http://www.blanksheetmusic.net

 

Sheet Music for personal or teaching purposes only (and for purchase)

http://www.musicnotes.com

http://printable-sheetmusic.blogspot.com

http://www.makingmusicfun.net

http://www.smartmusic.com

http://www.virtualsheetmusic.com

 

FL Studio (Free Demo Available)

If you were into online music composing and producing programs you may have been familiar with “Fruity Loops” in the past, not to be confused with the cereal.  Because of trademarking issues, this software is now known as FL Studio.  The features are too many to list but in a nutshell it’s everything you need to “compose, arrange, record, edit, mix and master professional quality music.”  – FL Studio Website.  Pricing ranges but is a one time fee.  All software updates are available free for life.  Be sure to check out their site for more products.

http://flstudio.image-line.com/documents/what.html

 

For The Youngsters   (PG)

http://www.poetry4kids.com

http://artpad.art.com

http://www.kerpoof.com

http://www.flashpaint.com

http://www2.crayola.com/coloring_application/index.cfm?referrer=/index.cfm

http://www.makingmusicfun.net

http://www.smartmusic.com

 

Please note that the sites provided in this section are merely for your own resource only and are not affiliated with Streetpoetz.com.  The sites here are those recommended by the Streetpoetz.com community and others.  While most are free to use, Streetpoetz.com and its affiliates are not responsible for any loss or purchases made with any third party found while visiting this site.

If you would like to suggest other sites to be included you can email us at questions@streetpoetz.com.