Tag Archives: Image Blender

This is a simple and clean application with a single purpose, blending together images. You can use multiple blending modes like Multiply, Overlay, Screen and many more.

Image Blender: Great App for the Toolbox

imageblender logoI’ve mentioned Image Blender a few times over the past few years and whenever I need to blend some images it is always the app I pull out from my toolbox. It’s simple enough and the name says it all – it blends images. From the description:

A simplistic and creative app for combining images with masks and different blend modes on your iPhone and iPad.

While the use and basic idea is very simple, there’s almost an endless list of things you can do with it. Some things worth highlighting are:
– Multi Exposure
– Choosing where and how much to apply of filter from other apps.
– Adding or replacing objects.
– Adding textures.
– Creating your own personalised filters with overlays

Image Blender outputs the full resolution without any limits to the size of your source image.

I often use Image Blender when creating ‘artistic’ images, but mine are nothing compared to some of the ones in the Image Blender Flickr Group. I found a nice tutorial on how to use the app, so you can see the capabilities of the app.

Image Blender is currently $2.99 on iTunes.

4/365 Afternoon Transit
Afternoon Transit, 2013. Image Blender was used.

Tin Man's Desire
Tin Man’s Desire, 2011. Image Blender was used.

pixelWakker. Funny Name, Whacked Pixels.

Although it has a funny name, pixelWakker, I gave it a try. It’s a Universal app where you can create one of four different effects on a photo: lots of copies of a small images over your image, big dots, ‘lines’ of color, and drops of color. The latter two were definitely my favorites.

pixelWakker effects

The interface to choose the small image in the first effect took a minute or so to figure out, but other than that it was straightforward. You can adjust the size of the ‘grid’ used to overlay the small image or the size of the dots. It ranges from a 2×2 layout to 256×256. Overall, the app does just a few things really well, so if you are looking for this unique effect you should check it out. [download link: pixelWakker]

Fall Leaves

I created this image using pixelWakker, Glaze, and Image Blender. Click on it if you want to see the larger version on Flickr.

Oh yeah, happy 2014. My first post of the year. Many more to come. Hopefully. 🙂

My Percolator Process

Percolator is one of those unique apps that let’s you get create some really interesting artwork. I really enjoy it. When I show some stuff to my friends they often think it would be difficult or take a long time. It doesn’t. It’s fun!

I was having one of those philosophical “thinking about myself” sort of days so I thought I’d see what I could come up with. The shot below is what I ended up with. I’ll walk you through the very quick and easy steps I used to get this one.


I started with an image from Picasso. I used Touch Retouch (mostly the clone tool) to remove the red region on the left side, and also the vertical line on the forehead. That left me with a simpler image to open with Percolator.

Initial image by Picasso

Initial image by Picasso

Modified with Touch Retouch

Modified with Touch Retouch

I then used Percolator to create this image using the Treble setting.

Image created with Percolator

Image created with Percolator

At this point I wanted to include some color/texture from a painting my sister did, so I snapped an image of that (which included some glare since it was a sunny afternoon in my living room!).

Snapshot of a painting done by Jala Pfaff

Snapshot of a painting done by Jala Pfaff

At this point I have the two images I want to use so I import them into Image Blender and use the Color Burn blending mode. This image that is very close to what I wanted.

Composite image from Image Blender

Composite image from Image Blender

I now used PhotoToaster to remove a bit of color, do a minor crop, and add a frame. If you look at a closeup of the image you can see the texture and some color from the original painting. Here is a small sample, or you can drop by Flickr and view the full size image.

Closeup of my image

Closeup of my image

I used several apps in the process and ended up with an image that I really like. Since I’m not a professional, that is all that matters to me. 🙂

Here are links to the apps that I used.

Percolator (Universal) [download]
Image Blender (Universal) [download]
PhotoToaster (Universal) [download]
TouchRetouch (iPhone) [download]
TouchRetouch HD (iPad) [download]

Popsicolor Pops With Color

Percolator is one of the most unique apps out there, and now the developer brings another interesting Universal app called Popsicolor. The GUI is very simple. You select a photo and the water color painting begins. You then have the option of choosing the colors at the top and bottom of the image, along with choosing the overall focus of the image (minimal, natural, or bold).

Popsicolor GUI

Popsicolor GUI

To see it in action the video on the Popsicolor Home Page gives you a good feel for exactly how it works – I even enjoyed the music that went with it.

A few interesting things about the app. Depending on how you hold it you will or will not get drippy paint on your image. Also, if you click just the same color again the drips will be different every time. I’m not entirely sure if that is due to phone motion or not…but it was fun to watch it. The names of the colors is fun (things such as Lime, Color, Bubble Gum, etc.) as are the pop up messages as the app is processing the image – very similar to the funny messages in Percolator.

This is a version 1.0, so there might still be a few bugs. It crashed on me once after about twenty images. And as with many apps, I wish it was a bit faster processing (guess I’ll have to wait for my iPhone 5!). The apps that deal with full resolution photos on the iPhone 4s really get to deal with a lot of pixels.

Here are a few shots that I created with Popsicolor. A few more in this set I put on Flickr.

Popsicolor 8 Popsicolor 3
Popsicolor 4 Popsicolor 2
Popsicolor 1 Popsicolor 6

This is definitely an app to grab if you like to create this sort of art. Using this app along with others such as Percolator, Image Blender, etc., will let you create some really nifty stuff.

Currently Popsicolor is just $0.99 on iTunes. [download]


★ Turn Your Photos Into Watercolors
★ Amazing Blendy Color Effects
★ Yes! Full Resolution Support
★ From the creator of Percolator for iOS
★ Universal App for iPhone & iPad

Watch the video at www.popsicolorapp.com!


★ Load photos from your Film Roll, Photo Stream, Clipboard or take a New Photo from within the app
★ Pick your top and bottom colors or let Popsicolor pick them for you
★ Choose between three levels of intensity: Minimum, Natural or Bold
★ Four size settings: 1024, 1536, 2048 or “Source” size
★ Save to Photos, Copy to Clipboard or Send by Email

Image Blender Adds Masks

Image Blender was updated two weeks ago and added a mask and flattening feature.

– Masking of foreground image, lets you chose what parts to include in your blend. (double tap and chose Mask)
– Flattening blend to background (tap and hold preview for this option)
– Updated and more logical menus
– Various speed improvements.

These features are a great improvement to already useful app. Here a few images that point out these new features.

In the images above I had a shot of a train and a shot of some stars. For these shots I basically wanted to add stars to the scene, but not have any covering the train. After importing the two images (tap on the small images to the left and right of the slider when you first open the app) I double clicked on the main preview image to get the mask and arrange option.

I edited the mask to erase everything in the train area and left the sky untouched. In the mask window you can control the amount of each image that is shown by clicking the contrast-looking button on the right side. On the left side you can control the type of brush you are using. You can draw or erase. The features here are very basic, but it works well enough for simple iPhone/iPad editing.

After editing the mask I arranged it just a bit to shift it up slightly from the train. After setting the blend style I then did a tap and hold on the main preview window and chose flatten. This will flatten your image and then leave the overlay window empty so that you can put a new image in there. This is great when you want to blend multiple images.

Here are a few tips/tricks for using Image Blender. You can tap/hold on the main preview window as well as the left/right small images to get options. You can double tap the preview window to get those options. You can single tap the left/right image to pull up the import dialog.

My favorite trick (that took me awhile to notice) is if you swipe your finger in an upward direction near the bottom of the screen the blend option window will appear. If you swipe down it will apply that blend. (Note: this only works on the iPhone version.)

My train with stars shot wasn’t very nice, but was good enough to show the new features of Image Blender, a great photo utility for iOS devices.

Image Blender (a Universal app) is currently $1.99 on iTunes.