As some of you know I'm an avid desktop user when it comes to digital art. I don't mind using a tablet or other device when it's called for, but I want my tower power to do my digital work. That's all good and well until you are tasked with doing something away from said tower that has all your tools and goodies on it.
Without those tools and goodies, I am but a lost soul. They are what make me look like I know what I'm doing. Without my tower… I got no power. No After Effects, no Vegas, no Photoshop… no hope.
Since retiring from full-time work, I am away more than ever from my beloved desktop workstation with its multiple drives and cyber-crunching software. More often I find myself getting an opportunity to do something but no software to do it with.
I have used Android apps like Adobe Spark Post but hardcore keyboard and mouse types like myself will use ANY PC… maybe even… gasp.. a Mac… before we turn to a smaller screen with those tippity-tappity little onscreen keyboards and complete lack of legit input devices for 10 fingers.
I admit that is old school, but you don't have to be old school to want a decent keyboard and mouse at a comfortable desk or table when creating the next masterpiece or a Meme that breaks the internet. This is where Kapwing.com enters the picture.
Jump over to www.Kapwing.com and you find a lot of online tools. And I mean a lot of them. So many I haven't had time to try them all. In fact, I've only tried a fraction of them, and they have been solid in my preliminary tests of the platform.
I'm focusing on the free web-based tools in this article. The ones that do not even require an account to use from any computer that can access the website. You can create an account to store things and remove the watermark or whatnot, but I won't be going into that in this initial assessment.
Created with Kapwing Meme Generator. You can remove the watermark with a free account, no monetary cost.
I'm looking for what old-timers call quick and dirty… or in and out. And no… that's NOT what some of you are thinking and shame on you for thinking it. Rather, it's about getting the job done without any major hassles.
Wherever you may be stuck… if it has internet then places like Kapwing can help you get the job done. Or maybe you are on vacation when an opportunity comes up and you go to Kapwing to make a few bucks while ON vacation.
Kapwing also provides something very popular today… online meme creation in a matter of minutes… with or without an account… with your own image.
With that in mind I started off with the Meme Generator and I'll admit I love reading a good meme but suck at making them, so you'll understand my generated meme comes from the heart. The generator was straight forward, and I did use a provided template with an uploaded image. It can't get much easier than that.
The Meme was watermarked and all you have to do to REMOVE the watermark is sign in with an account. There is no cost or fee… just sigh in. I didn't want to do that at this time so you will see a watermark on my example.
So far, the tools I have used are straight forward with no need to read any documentation. If you read my reviews, you know that is high on my least of “must-have” features. You just dive right in and start doing whatever it is you're doing.
Per the Kapwing website the free accounts have:
No watermarks, 500 MB Upload limit, edit and store up to 7 days. Access to all tools.
The Pro account at $20US per month:
No watermarks, 1 GB Upload Limit, Edit and Store content more than 7 days, download SRT files, make content private, access to all tools and premium features. They have annual billing at $200/year which brings it down to $16.67/month.
Below are just a FEW of the tools available:
While I've not used all the tools as of this writing, the ones I have used and needed have been easy to use with no glitches. The layout of the editor is also very straight forward and quick to figure out. So far it has been a pleasant experience that worked as advertised.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.