The Best Ways To Pimp Out Your Flickr


Photography: ario_j

Flickr lets you choose any background color you want for your images, as long as it’s white. That means the images are always more important than the design,and that photographers who know how to shoot stand out more than photographers who know HTML.

And it means you can’t get to show off your photos in exactly the way you want. Unless, of course, you use one of the APIs created by the host of Flick-friendly programmers.

Here are some of the tools we like best:



Photography: Pesky Library

Probably the most active API-maker is John Watson, who goes by the name fd, and has a long list of Flickr tools ( . Some of those tools, such as Favorite Finder, help users search for photos, while others such as this very neat program, let you tile your image, play with the colors, and pose as Andy Warhol himself.

Mosaic Maker


Photography: clickykbd

Warholizer is fun, but it only works with one photo and does something very specific with them. Mosaic Maker (, on the other hand, (also by John Watson) lets you arrange different photos within one image, and create beautiful mosaics.

Flickr Shades


Screenshot from Flickr

Steeev, another over-achieving Flickr improver with a long list of
Greasemonkey scripts is the man to thank for Flickr Shades (flickr.shades.user.js). Flickr Shades lets you view Flickr pages on a black background… or with a bit of tweaking against any color you want, but rather than affecting the page, it affects the viewing instead.

Flickr Multi Group Sender


Image: pequena lulein

Being active in groups is one of the best ways to network, chat with other Flickr members and get your photos seen. Many people join hundreds of them, but sending the same image to multiple groups can take forever… unless you use the Multi Group Sender ( script by Steeev.



Photography: wetwebwork

Getting your photos on the walls of an art museum would be the ultimate accolade. Dumpr’s Museumr overlays your photo with an image of people admiring your work in a gallery, and gets you one step closer to that experience. It might not be as fun as the real thing, but who knows, maybe it will give a viewer with influence an idea.

Improve Your Text


Image: jrhyley

Okay, this isn’t strictly speaking a way to pimp up your own site but networking on Flickr is such an important way of getting your photos seen — and sold — and being able to jazz up your text when commenting on other photos can be a huge help. Created by Jason Rhyley and available here. Just install, then bold and italicize away.

[tags] flickr photos [/tags]

8 comments for this post.

  1. bob Said:

    is it my browser -- safari -- or is anyone else finding that the left side of this site consistently clips losing about 20% of the site?

  2. Sergei Said:

    That’s a really useful post on Flickr, thanks.

  3. Jordan McClements Said:

    Great Post!

  4. Garry Said:

    bob - all ok on Firefox on the PC

    Handy post on flickr tools, the multi group thingy will be very useful!

  5. Cliff Spicer Said:

    This is a great post about Flickr resources. I have only been uploading my images to flickr for the past few months and I am blown away by the quality of work on there.

    Thanks again for the excellent post,


    Cliff Spicer Photography are Wedding Photographers in Toronto and Durham as well as a group of PR Photographers in the Greater Toronto Area

  6. Gaary Konowitz Said:

    I an "new" to photography, hoping to return to
    it after many, many years.

    Initially, I loved taking pictures and going to
    endless galleries while I lived in New York City. I am having great difficulty buying and using a new camera, having no information concerning digital photography. In New York, it
    was much easier to stay with photography, given the almost unbelievable diversity of people and things to shoot. I now live in a
    wonderful area just north of San Francisco, but
    I still cannot find the necessary inspiration to first come up with the necessary inspiration
    and enthusiasm to spend not an incredible outlay of funds that I would be more than happy
    to do if I knew I could "jump start" to finding the inspiration that I know I needed
    in order the find the continuing momentum(so
    that I don't get stuck").

    Any help anyone can advise me would be greatly

    Thanks alot
    Gary Konowitz

  7. Photography Workshops Said:

    Great post gonna try and pimp my flickr now!

  8. Fotocourses Said:

    Been looking for something on flickr and will be making changes based on this article. I like the museumr script and will incorporate that in my flickr site.


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