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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 🙂

Favorite Vacation Shot

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.

Tiny Jesus 1

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 🙂

Tiny Jesus 2

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!).

PictureShow Updated. Polaroid Look Returns.

PictureShow for the iPhone has been updated with several new style, noise, and frame presets, as well as a few other things:

– ‘Lens kit’ support on iPod4 over iOS4.3.1
– ‘Reset All’ button added.
– ‘High Quality Preview’ option added in ‘Settings’
– 8 new preset effects are added.
– some removed frames & noises are back.
– Minor bugs fixed.

This is definitely one of my must-have apps and it is currently just $0.99. You can download PictureShow from iTunes.

I used several of the new settings to create this photo (click for full view).

Train!

PictureShow: A Must Have App for the iPhone

PictureShow is an app you need on your iPhone. As this blog expands I’ll start doing reviews of new/updated apps, and I’ll also start compiling a list of apps that I can’t live without. For now I’ll just start posting one every now and then. This is the first…and PictureShow is my choice.

Cost is currently $1.99 in US. It supports full resolution on the iPhone 4.

  • Homepage: PictureShow App.
  • iTunes: PictureShow.
  • Flickr Group for PictureShow. I throw some of mine in this group, but am blown away by the shots from others that are created with this app.

Here is a rather silly image created with PictureShow as I sat in a coffee shop.

Morning Drink

And one that I shot while walking home.

Mr. Pibb