Moku Hanga. Hmm…What Is That?

I’d never heard of Moku Hanga, but I had heard of JixiPix Software since they make some really nice apps such as Grungetastic and PhotoArtista. I figured I would give it a try since they are having a sale on the product today.

It turns out that Moku Hanga is a technique of woodblock printing from Japan that was used for some classic artwork. As is so often the case, Wikipedia knows a lot more about the topic.

Here are a few shots I created with the app. You can see a larger version on Flickr by clicking on them.

Self Block Bucket of Apples

Woodblock Hoops

In the app you can select from a large number of presets and then adjust a variety of parameters to create your final image. There is also a randomize button. The app is very easy to use and creates some really nice artwork.

Marco Polo Night @ Tavola

Right now the iPhone version is on sale for just $0.99. The iPad has a separate version and is also $0.99. If you like this type of art you’ll love the app. I’m a fan.

Moku Hanga for iPhone
Moku Hanga HD for iPad


You’ve discovered the fascinating art of Moku Hanga, the Japanese method of wood-block printing. Breathtaking landscapes, beautiful women, and busy cityscapes can be transformed into this exotic art known for flowing hand-chiseled outlines and brushed on color.

The Moku Hanga app, Moku the Japanese word for “wood” while hanga is known as “print”, allows you to create an artistic wood-block print from any picture or snapshot — no need for time consuming carving — the artists from JixiPix do all the work for you! With the power to fully customize your Moku Hanga, you can create a masterpiece artistic enough be part of printmaking history!

The outlines in Moku Hanga are extremely eye catching, replicating a hand chiseled relief-art. Using sliders found on the adjust tab you can control the smoothness, width and strength of the chiseled outline to fit your composition.

Presets are also available to give your project a quick start. Choose from a range of bold chisled outlines, and bright to subtle color combinations. If the preset colors chosen for your work are not to your liking, there is the option to alter your palette colors. Once the desired color is achieved complete your artwork with an artistic edge or paper. In printmaking the final image does rely on the choice of paper; whether it is kozo fibers or rice paper — this will add an artistic quaility to your print and complete your Moku Hanga.

Moku Hanga Features:
• Automatically create a work of art with the look of hand chiseled outlines and brushed on color, fully adjustable with simple sliders.

• Adjust the outline width, strength and how smooth or fluid your chiseled outline appears.

• Control the color in your artwork with saturation, strength and image color sliders.

• Choose between two printing styles: “Multi-Color” or “Multi-Block”.

• The Multi-Color style uses all the original colors in your photo. By adjusting the “Image Color” slider you can reduce or add colors to your artwork giving it a variety of printed-styles, from a full-color block process to spot-color ones.

•The Multi-Block style uses 5 blocks of color pulled from your original image then divides the colors across your artwork giving the look of carving a separate woodblock for every color. The cool thing about this style is the ability to “Randomize Colors” throughout your artwork and the ability to replace any or all of these colors, using the full-spectrum color picker. You can achieve simple to exaggerated color results using this process.

• Works with Hi-Res images and saves Hi-Res for top-quality results

• Gets you started fast with a variety of presets

• Creates personal-favorite custom presets using the “Save Preset” menu

• Has the addictive JixiPix Randomizer – so much fun!

• Superior customer support and updates – we’re committed to your long-term satisfaction

2 Replies to “Moku Hanga. Hmm…What Is That?”

  1. The process and results remind me of ToonPAINT. Does anyone else see the similarity? Has anyone compared the two?

    1. I noticed that as well. I used both apps on a few shots, but with the various adjustment options in the two apps it is easy to get some distinctive looks. I still wanted to play a bit more when I get some free time 🙂

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