It’s always fun to use multiple apps to create a certain look, and I often enjoy creating some interesting art (at least I like it!) using Tiny Planet Photos and a few other apps. I’ll run through how I created an interesting image from a very mundane shot.
My first shot was simply a picture of a book sitting on a red table. The book is Pattern Recognition by William Gibson (no spoilers please…I’m only at the start).
I then used Tiny Planet Photos to spin the image into a nice patterned circle. Although hard to see, I like the small profile of a person at the center of the image.
Using Camera+ I cropped the image, added the Light Grit border, and made use of the new Caption feature to add the text to the image. I opened that image in Grungetastic and saved a version that I liked.
At this point I used Image Blender on the two images above to create a slightly more textured version of the shot.
I was almost done, but I figured I’d add just a bit more using one of my favorite helper apps, ToonPaint. I adjusted the settings a bit and created this image.
Using Image Blender once again I blended the two previous images, and ended up with something I liked. Click to see the larger version of this on Flickr.
Every now and then I enjoy taking a photo and playing with it to create something abstracty (not a word, but I’ll stick with it). In this particular case I started with the picture of an umbrella, and ended up with something that looks like a mix of blood, arteries, and veins – and maybe it could even be found on an album cover of a local band.
I’ll walk you through this one from start to finish. Feel free to click on any image to get a larger view.
1) While sitting outside during happy hour I enjoyed the sun coming through the umbrella of the table so took a shot with the basic Camera app.
2) I then used Tiny Planet Planet Photos to warp the umbrella. I have the full resolution in-app purchase, so I was able to save the image at the maximum 2000×2000 pixels.
3) I then opened that image in Camera+ just to flip it and brighten it using a scene selection (might have been cloudy or auto, not positive about this).
4) I took that image into PhotoToaster. I really enjoy a few of the quick and easy presets in that app. I used the Color Burst preset so that the center kept its color. I ended up with this image.
5) Using the image above, I made use of Percolator to create this image.
6) With one of my favorite apps for creating abstracty (there goes that word again) images, I took the image from PhotoToaster and used ToonPaint.
7) I now have a few shots that I want to blend. I enjoy Image Blender since it does just that and nothing more. I first blended the PhotoToaster and ToonPaint images (I think I used Overlay) to get this one.
8 ) I took that image and then blended it with the one I created in Percolator, but I wanted to offset the “blobs” from the main image to get a corpuscular look. The Percolator image was the upper layer in Image Blender, so I double tapped it. I could now drag, rotate, and expand that upper layer. I expanded it a bit so the blobs all got pushed outward. I used Darken for the blend mode.
9) I’m getting really close now, but I wanted to make a few changes to the frame which had gotten put on in the PhotoToaster step (in retrospect I probably should have excluded the frame at that point). You can see in the image above that there were excess blobs around the edge since I’d expanded the Percolator layer.
I opened the image in PhotoFactory and used the Frame feature to cover the outer edge with white just until I covered the blobs plus the black border. I now have just a big white border around the image. I could have just done a crop in another program, but in PhotoFactory it is easy to know you won’t be offset with a crop.
10) We are almost there! I opened the shot in Camera+ and used the Auto scene and the Vibrant filter. Using the latest Camera+ I added the Light Grit filter and tried out the new caption option with the word Circulation on it.
I really like it!
There are quite a few apps that could be used for various steps in this process, but ToonPaint, Percolator, and Tiny Planet Photos are all rather unique and were key elements. Image Blender and Camera+ are also two that I personally can’t live without (even though there are alternative apps).
If you want to use it for your album cover, just let me know 🙂
I’ve said this a few times, but sometimes a simple app is superb. Image Blender is one of those. It does one thing, blend images. You can choose the upper and lower images, and then select the blending mode you want to use out of the 18 available (darken, lighten, multiply, dodge, etc.)
The latest update to version (1.3.1) includes these things.
New blend-choser (iPhone/iPod)
Blend previews in mode list (iPad)
Full png support (Blend, Import & Export)
Copy to pasteboard by tap & hold preview
Faster workflow with gestures
Better support for REALLY BIG images
Overall improvements on animations and interface
Fixes rotation bug with images from the camera.
The GUI is really nice on the iPhone and the iPad. Both give you nice little previews of how the image would look with the selected blend mode.
I’m not sure how large the files can be in this app, but I used two 20 meg JPEG files with no problem on my iPad 2.
The rotation feature is a great addition to the app! When blending some graffiti shots I often just want to tweak the rotation a bit to get some things to align. Now I no longer have to do that in a separate app. Several months ago I’d written about the addition of shifting and scaling of the upper image, and I’m just as happy about the rotation.
I enjoy using Image Blender to blend an original image with an image created in ToonPaint. Here is one shot I took (for an Appysnap challenge). I used ToonPaint to create the B&W sketch, and then selected Luminosity for the blending mode.
One tip for the iPhone (not iPad). After selecting the “Blend” button in the upper left corner (see GUI image above, circled in red) the selection of modes will appear along the bottom of the screen. After you choose the blend mode you want, click on the Blend button once again to make the selection option go away once again (so that you can once again adjust the blend with the slider). It took me a bit to figure it out with a few pokes of my finger, so maybe someone else will find it a useful tip.
I’m a big fan of this app and highly recommend it. Image Blender is a Universal app that is currently $1.99 on iTunes.
The shot below also made use of Image Blender, ProHDR, and ToonPaint. Some like the look, some don’t. You know who you are 🙂
And if anyone made it to the end…the Appysnap challenge was to get two people looking like mimes stuck behind a glass wall. Thoughts?
I recently posted a shot over on Flickr (Tiny Jesus 1) that used several apps to create something interesting (at least in my own private world). I’ll walk you through that process for anyone that may be interested.
The first thing is that I was taking a few shots for possible use with the Tiny Planet Photos App. One thing that helps to get interesting shots with that app is to have matches on the left and right side of the image. When the spherical filter is applied in the app the even edges allow for a smooth connection in the image.
Here was the original shot I took (using Pro HDR).
I trimmed the image a bit so that when using Tiny Planet the cross would not get chopped off on the top.
I used Photogene to tweak the levels a bit. Then, since there was a chuck of wire in the image near the cross (click on image above to see it clearly), I used TouchRetouch to remove the distraction (TouchRetouch is a rather amazing app!). The touched up image is shown below.
You can see that the left and right sides of the image are lined up. I then put the image through Tiny Planet and got this output.
At this point I wanted to increase the “space” above the cross, since I didn’t want that to be directly next to the edge of the image. I used one of the MANY transformations in PhotoFactory to increase the image size. That feature begins to mirror the image on every side. This image shows the control for that feature, and the other image shows the output from PhotoFactory.
I used TouchRetouch once again to get rid of the extra cross at the top.
Then I cropped the image a bit on the left/bottom to center the church with Photogene.
At this point I used ToonPaint to create a new black & white version of the image. In ToonPaint I use the Size controls with settings of L, S, and S for the three parameters. I then tweaked the Shading a bit to create this image.
At this point I fired up Image Blender (another superb app). I placed the colored image on the bottom and the B&W on the top and selected Luminosity for ink. I then tweaked the slider until I was happy with the image.
And finally, I pulled the image into Camera+ and selected the frame option, and applied an effect that I liked (I actually saved multiple versions using different effects since I liked a few of them). And after all those apps I ended up with the image I put on Flickr.
Fun! I also did a version where I used PictureShow to apply some noise and filter. That one is also on Flickr.
You can do a lot with a single app, but often a few are needed to get the shot you really want. Now…if only I had a bit more artistic talent. At least I’m having fun 🙂
I spent a bit more than a week out in Boulder, Colorado. The mountains were gorgeous. I did some hiking, some jogging, and even did a 5k race. Let me just say…running a 5k race at that altitude requires a bit of altitude adjustment. I hadn’t quite adjusted yet 🙂 My time was a decent 21 minutes, but the last mile was brutal and I couldn’t stop coughing afterwards for about 30 minutes.
I’m glad to be back to a more reasonable altitude.
On the plane I had time to play with Tiny Planet Photos, ToonPaint, Image Blender, and Camera+ to edit a shot I took of the front of a church. I really enjoyed the result.
On this other version I used PictureShow (and not ToonPaint) while getting the gritty look. Still haven’t decided which one I prefer. Both I guess 🙂
One of the more interesting features of editing on the iPhone is that you can’t really “step back” as you do with programs such as Photoshop or Lightroom so it is somewhat difficult to remember what you actually do in some cases (I think I do far too much tweaking when sitting on a plane).
This weekend I’ll do a post describing how I created this image using the various apps (all of which need to be on your iPhone!).