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Brushstroke — a rather cool iOS filter app

Blue JayI 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!

 

Waterlogued makes art from your art

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.

Curent­ly Water­logue is $2.99 in the App Store.

Fast and free Photoshop Express app gets an update

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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.

Image 2011316123917.jpgAnd 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
  • Mul­ti-Task­ing 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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Review: Filterstorm — Ansel Adams said what?

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.