Viva PhotoViva!

Every now and then I find an app that I’d never noticed before and I immediately wonder why. PhotoViva (a Universal app) is one of those.

Time/Blur by R. Pfaff. Created with PhotoViva.


PhotoViva is a powerful application for photo editing and freeform painting. It can help you transform your pictures into expressive and colorful works of art.

In addition to tools for enhancing your photos, there are paint brushes that let you make abstract painted interpretations of photos. You can select a brush and copy image features by cloning or painting. Brushes can track the direction of movement, or you can set the brush direction. You can also change the hue, saturation and blur of brush strokes as you go.

There aren’t any instructions included with the app itself, but watching this video shows you all the features of the app.

I put a few of my creations up on Flickr. Just click to see more 🙂
Link to Artwork Created With PhotoViva

There are a lot of features in this app. A really nice one is the Auto paint feature which is often a great place to start when using this app. Then you can begin to tweak things after that. Or you can skip that entirely and just start painting on your own. The output resolution is 1600×1200 on my new iPad (aka iPad 3) and my iPhone 4S. The developer says he is working on increasing the resolution.

The overall size of the brush can be adjusted, but it would be really nice if you could adjust a few more features in a future version of the app. Things such as the length and fade of the stroke might be tops on my list.

I certainly enjoyed creating artwork even though I can’t do a painting in the real world. On the other hand, my sister does actual paintings which you can see on her blog.

The app is a lot of fun and worth grabbing if you like making this type of artwork.

PhotoViva is currently $1.99 on iTunes.

You can learn a lot more on the PhotoViva Home Page, and see lots of other sample images. There is also a Flick PhotoViva group. Feel free to add your shots.