Finds of the Week: Remove Backgrounds from Images, Great List of Animal Cams, Free Arts and Crafts eBooks, Free Online Journal/Diary

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Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

Remove Backgrounds From Images For Free
This free online tool automatically removes the background from any image or photo. You can make your image backgrounds white or transparent. If you aren't a graphics wizard and don't own Photoshop but need to remove the background from an image, this online tool does a pretty good job, in particular if you have one large segment of an image or a large grouping that creates a segment within an image. The free service is for removing the background from one image at a time.

Outstanding List of Animal Cams
Atlas Obscura (one of my very favorite sites) has put together a wonderful list of animal cams where you can watch live feeds of all sorts of animals (land, air and sea). Since it's spring and all but two of the cams are in North America, there's a good chance of seeing baby animals. My favorite cam is a pair of eagles in Decorah, Iowa - a nest I've been watching every spring for a few years now. As of today, two of the three eggs have hatched and you can often catch the eaglets tussling, being fed or poking their heads out from under which ever parent is on the nest.

Free eBooks and videos from Interweave
Interweave Press is offering free eBooks on all kinds of beginning arts and crafts taken from Interweave's various publications: Artist Daily, Beading Daily, Cloth Paper Scissors, Crochet Me, Jewlery Making Daily, Knitting Daily, Quilting Daily, Sew Daily, Spinning Daily and Weaving Daily. To download, type in an email address and you'll be taken to the page to download the free eBook. The description says "Download hundreds of arts and crafts ideas, projects, tutorials, and techniques", though all the files I've download have all been PDF files. Providing an email address automatically signs you up for the newsletter, which is easily unsubscribed from.

Create Your Own Online Journal/Diary
Penzu is an easy to use and uncluttered online journal/diary service. There are two versions of Penzu, free and paid. Free accounts should work for most uses - the standard layout of journal cover, theme, and font options allow for a few choices, but if you want to change things up a bit and use a variety of fonts, change to colorful or patterned themes or journal covers, or encrypt your journal you'll have to shell out some money to do so. Note: I've never been able to remove my email address from their mailings over the years, no matter how often I've unsubscribed. If that's an issue I suggest using an email service such as Dispostable or a similar alternative. If you do go with an email service, don't lose your password as Penzu uses the email you signed up with to reset lost passwords. :)


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