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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 🙂

Creating ‘Tiny Planet’ Artwork Using Several Apps

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).

Original Shot

Original Shot

I trimmed the image a bit so that when using Tiny Planet the cross would not get chopped off on the top.

Initial Crop

Initial Crop

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.

Removed wire near cross.

Removed wire near cross.

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.

Used Tiny Planet Photos App

Used Tiny Planet Photos App

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.

Option in PhotoFactory

Option in PhotoFactory


Output from PhotoFactory

Output from PhotoFactory

I used TouchRetouch once again to get rid of the extra cross at the top.

After using TouchRetouch

After using TouchRetouch

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.

Result from ToonPaint

Result from ToonPaint

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.

After using Image Blender

After using Image Blender

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.

Tiny Jesus 1

Fun! I also did a version where I used PictureShow to apply some noise and filter. That one is also on Flickr.

Tiny Jesus 2

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 🙂