I love the idea of taking a good photographic image and manipulating it so it looks like it was a painting. It follows then, that I quite enjoy experimenting and finding a cool ios filter app that facilitates this.
I like seeing how technically gifted people have created software to ‘see’ as a watercolour artist sees, or as an impressionist sees. Creativity. You can see some of my experiments on
my Flickr stream.
My latest exploration has been with
Brushstroke — a rather fully-featured iOS filter app. The Blue Jay image above is a render created with Brushstroke — almost has an illustration quality about it.
Yeah, it’s pretty powerful — handling both watercolour style as well as oil – and things in-between such as acrylics and gouache.
Unfortunately it doesn’t really label them all accordingly (Oil, Washed, Hatched, Simple, etc) but then again, it’s kinda fun to explore.
Currently $2.99 in the app store — a fair price for a pretty capable app!
Waterlogue is a very cool iPad / iPhone app that basically a watercolour filter for your images. And it works very very nicely!
I crawled through my image archive and grabbed a few good shots, and some OK shots, and I really like the way they turned out.
As well, I thought I’d just try taking a picture of the floor, and even it looked better.
I can see that I’ll be using Waterlogue more often in my images… not so much as a final filter but rather as one element I can apply as I fine-tune the shot. Another tool in the digital camera bag.
Waterlogue is $2.99 in the App Store.
Looks like there’s
a new version of the Photoshop app coming soon for iPad, with more of the actual quality you’d expect when using a Photoshop app — unlike what the apps like now.
I’m a big fan of Adobe’s
Photoshop Express as an online service.
Basically it’s a free online image organizer / storage box and a collection of robust image editing tools (Similar to Flickr and Picasa).
But where Adobe’s tried to differentiate Photoshop Express from the competition is by also releasing
a free and powerful Photoshop Express iOS image capture and editing app that ties into the Photoshop Express online service.
And now with this latest update, there’s more focus (sorry) on the camera workflow side of things, which includes an in-app purchase of the Adobe Camera Pack:
New Camera workflow for rapid in-app photo-taking
In-App Purchase of Adobe Camera Pack: Reduce Noise, Self Timer, and Auto Review
Full Retina Display Support
Nice to see some of these features bundled in, and optional — buy ’em if you need ’em — otherwise
you’ve still got access to a good set of image capture, editing and sharing tools, for free.
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Filterstorm 2, one of the universal image enhancement apps I’ve been watching for a while, just got a pretty good review over at MacLife:
With Filterstorm 2, universal for iPad and iPhone, you can “make” just about any photo your imagination conceives. It’s so good, in fact, that it may — for everyone but a true professional — obviate the need for desktop editing suites.
Well worth checking out.