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Image Generation Tools

Programming Tools

Design by Numbers

Simple programming language for visual screen processes.


A scripting plug-in for Adobe Illustrator, using JavaScript.

Interactive Tools


16color.com (animations)
Bit-101 Laboratory: 2002 january 4/10; june 10/16; july 14/31; november 13/19.
Andy Deck: Glyphiti, 2001. (Tool for collaborative design)

"Playing with color is fun and relaxing. You can make your own intuitive painting in our interactive painter. You don't have to click or select color to get beautiful results. Just move the mouse! It is so easy, even a monkey could do it. All you need is a shockwave plugin and a 24 bit screendepth.
Have fun!
Hint: try painting with your eyes closed. You will get the most beautiful results."


Cf. Jeffrey Sutton: Painter Creativity Digital Artist's Handbook

"The goal of this book is for you to realize your full creative potential and express yourself in your art with soul and passion. You will learn how to use the amazing paint program Painter 7 to create expressive portraits, transform photographs, and produce evocative collage and painterly animations."

E.g.: "Loose Gestural Paint Splash Strokes a la Jackson Pollock."


Jason E. Lewis & Alex Weyers: Textorgan, 2000–present

"Signwave Auto-Illustrator is an experimental, semi-autonomous, generative software artwork and a fully functional vector graphic design application to sit alongside your existing professional graphic design utilities. Use it to explore a wide range of generative and procedural techniques in the production of your own graphic designs."

"Autoshop takes the clean-cut, productive interface of a well-known commercial software product (Adobe® Photoshop® in case you hadn't noticed) and imbues it with ideas of self-generative, autonomous, (creative?) influence and activity. Autoshop is capable of being both a tool for generating digital images under (variable) human control, and a play-pen for artificial/digital lifeforms, A.I. bots, and pseudo-chaos systems. The output is entertaining, startling and thoroughly usable."

Julia Vescei: Juligraph, 2001.

Automatic Image Generation: Design

Friendchip: Random Powerpoint Presentation

"Use Gliftic to quickly create unique and colorful graphic designs! You don't need to be an artist or skilled with the mouse."

Torben Kjr: Strange Banana: Random Website Design


"It's the new tool graphic designers don't want you to know about!"

"n_Gen allows users with no graphic design experience to create professional quality output with their own text content. n_Gen takes over the burdensome task of designing, leaving the user to simply pick and choose the generated images they like."

Automatic Image Generation: Art

Kurt Baumann: Artificial Art
Matthew Caryl: RGB Vector Rotation
Nicolas Clauss: Paints, 2001.
Harold Cohen: Aaron. ( Cf. also: Harold Cohen's writings.)
Jodi: http://asdfg.jodi.org/-------------------------------/-------------------------------/-------------------------------/-------------------------------/-----------------------331wj400/rttyaxexb.html
Boele Klopman and Remko Scha: Artificial
Joshua Nimoy: Textension, 2001.
Avinash Pinto, Mark Barrett, Bryan Hassin: Random Art.
John Pound's Random Computer-Generated Comics, 1992-1996.
Casey Reas: Projects 2000–2002
Bogdan Soban: Generative Art.
Yev Sun: UEDA
Turux Animated Interior.
Andy Wang: Random Art, 2000.

Automatic Image Transformations


Amy Alexander: The Multi-Cultural Recycler.

Live web-art from almost-live webcams. The program downloads images from webcams. A new image is generated by combining fragments of the webcam images and applying a few filters.

Paul Andrews: Googlesynth
Bit-101 Laboratory: 2002 november 26/29/30.
Reynald Drouhin: Des Frags.
Frédéric Durieu: Mosaic, 2001. (Works on RealVideo stream.)
Mark Napier: Shredder

"You can easily transform your images with the 70 colorful and unique effects of Repligator! Repligator is easy to install and use. Create lively images with amazing single click effects."



Compiled by Remko Scha, 2003. Some links suggested by Jorn Baas, Marco Bakker, Danny van de Bersselaar, Thom Houben, Eric Reneerkens, Chuntug Taguba, Emiel VerLoren van Themaat and Timo Vorstenbosch.