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.