Tag Archives: Apple iPad

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.

iPad2 Announced. More Power.

Though it appears that the screen res­o­lu­tion of our favourite iOS device won’t change, the horse­pow­er behind the screen sure will.

Accord­ing to the images pre­sent­ed by Steve Jobs in today’s iPad2 announce­ment, the unit will fea­ture:

  • Dual-core proces­sors
  • Up to 2x faster CPU
  • Up to 9x faster graph­ics
  • New A5 chip
  • Same low pow­er as A4 chip
  • First dual core tablet to ship in vol­ume

As well, it’ll be thin­ner, lighter, and avail­able in white. Oh, and it has cam­eras. 2 of them. No excuse for miss­ing that shot if you have your iPad2 with you then.

What this means for many iPad Dark­room apps and users is that what­ev­er apps you use in your dig­i­tal dark­room, expect them to get enhance­ments soon to take advan­tage of the new horse­pow­er in the new hard­ware. Not sure how this will impact upgrad­ed apps on iPad1 hard­ware. Time will tell.