Check out these three cool ways to have fun with art online. From creating eye-catching graphics to finding books cheaply online. Even better, these services are free!

The web has given consumers the upper-hand when it comes to finding the best possible deal on purchasing products and services.

That means before I order a book from, say, Amazon, I spend time perusing other sites (as well as price-comparison services) in search of a lower price.

I recently discovered a cool Firefox add-on that lets you compare prices on books in a snap--and even check your local library's catalogue for the title.

But first, let's have some fun. I just came across two sites that let you create kooky graphics and quick 30-second videos - for free.

Whip up super-cool art objects with ImageChef

Want to soup up your Facebook profile picture? Create some custom artwork to go with, say, a party invitation? How about generating some fun and eye-catching photo art for your blog?

For all this and more, head to ImageChef, where you can whip up cool images in a matter of minutes.

The site offers four main categories. In Sketchpad you can assemble a collection of images and symbols from a sizable, searchable library.

Simple tools let you add text, upload photos, and change the colour and fill pattern of each object. When you're done, you can save or share the finished product.

Poetry Blender overlays text, symbols, and/or photos on your choice of about a dozen animated backgrounds, which you can likewise save, share, or embed.

These are great for sprucing up, say, a blog or MySpace page.

I'm particularly fond of Word Mosaic, which turns your text into a mosaic in the shape of any of ImageChef's aforementioned symbols.

Or you can form your mosaic from initials, which would be neat for a party invitation or the like.

Finally, ImageChef offers several dozen kitschy, cute photo frames. Just upload your photo and center/resize it inside, say, a pendant or record-album cover.

The same sharing options apply. Fun stuff.

ImageChef is free to use, though you get a bit more functionality by registering (also free).

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