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Already Thursday? Time Flies. Updates Arrive!

This week is flying by. I keep wanting to do a post about this, that, or the other thing, but the real world seems to keep me far too busy. If anyone ever wants to do one (or more) guest posts, feel free to drop me a line. No need to be a professional…just someone that feels like posting about most anything. I pay a total sum of $0. πŸ™‚

Anyway, here are a few updates from the past week that are worth noticing.

FX Photo Studio for the iPhone is free for about the next 12 hours or so. A nice photo effects app that is usually $2. It was also updated earlier today with lots of enhancements – including full resolution on iPhone 5. My iPhone 5 is purring like a kitten.

Percolator, a very unique Universal app, is on sale for $2. It’s usually $3. Several new features were added in the recent update. I really like the new Tripstamatic and Charmed settings. I wish Charmed could be even wobblier!

Brewed in Percolator

Brewed in Percolator using the new tripstamatic circles.

Popsicolor is another unique (and Universal) app that lets you create a variety of ink/watercolor effects. Several new settings have been added to this release that allow you to get a bit more artistic with the drips and intensity of the image. It’s Thursday and the entire week has been odd, but I noticed the entire description of the app in iTunes is currently in Chinese! Guess a switch got flipped somewhere. In any event, you may not be able to read the description, but it’s a great app. I’m no Picasso, but I created this flower. Perhaps I should have added some hands – then it would probably be worth more!

Yellow

Created with the recently updated Popsicolor.

What a crazy day.

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.

Aware

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. πŸ™‚

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]

Description

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

Watch the video at www.popsicolorapp.com!

FEATURES:

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

Coffee’s On! Percolator 2.0 is Ready.

Percolator is one of those unique apps that I’ve always enjoyed, and version 2.0 is now available. It’s taken awhile for this major update, but it seems worth the wait.

Morning Train, created with Percolator

Just some of the new features include:

  • Percolator is now a Universal app that works on iPhone and iPad.
  • Bolder! Enhance contrast, detail, and color with new Grind settings.
  • Hotter! Finer controls, more settings, and exciting new effects.
  • Fresher! Faster percolation means more peeper-popping action.
  • Watch it Work! Percolator’s five animated effects will dazzle the senses.

Percolator 2 is a free upgrade for current users. It will soon be $2.99 USD, but to celebrate this launch Percolator will remain $1.99 USD for a limited time.

A great buy. Once I’ve had more time to play around with it I’ll let you know what else I find. But for now…I must run off to work πŸ˜‰

Umbrella to Abstract in Ten Easy Steps

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.

Original Shot of Umbrella

Original Shot of Umbrella

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.

After Using Tiny Planet

After Using Tiny Planet

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).

Image Flipped and Brightend

Image Flipped and Brightend

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.

Used Filter in PhotoToaster

Used Filter in PhotoToaster

5) Using the image above, I made use of Percolator to create this image.

Created with Percolator

Created with Percolator

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.

Used ToonPaint

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.

Used Image Blender w/ PhotoToaster and ToonPaint Images

Used Image Blender w/ PhotoToaster and ToonPaint Images

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.

Used Image Blender w/ Prior Shot and Percolator Images

Used Image Blender w/ Prior Shot and Percolator Images

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.

Used PhotoFactory

Used PhotoFactory

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.

Circulation

Final Image

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 πŸ™‚