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Pointillist? Or Posterized?

There is a new iPhone app called Pointillist which allows you to “render the photo into pointillism,” but I think what this really does is posterize images. Pointillist will reduce your image to two colors, a foreground and background which you can adjust, as well as the contrast.

Here are a few images I created with the app. Click on them to see larger size on Flickr.

Pointy Sunset Pointy Afternoon Pointy Cup

There are a number of apps that allows you to do this with images (I previously reviewed Posterize.

When saving the image you can save it to your camera roll or share it on Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter. When saving the image you can choose the size you want, but the size is a bit odd. The shorter side ranges from 500 to 2500 pixels, so your image can range from 500×665 to 2500×3329 (larger than the photos taken on my iPhone 4s).

Overall the app does a good job creating two tone images very quickly.

Pointillist is free for a limited time. Regular price is $0.99.

And for those that enjoy words, here are the wikipedia entries for pointillism and posterization.

As you may know,pointillism is a form of painting developed in the late 19th century,in which small dots are applied in patterns to form a picture, and a pointillist, who paints with pointillism,usually needs to spend months to paint the hundreds of thousands of tiny dots, but now with the Pointillist app, you can “paint” your photo into a work of pointillism art just in seconds.

Pointillist iPhone App

Pointillist iPhone App

With it, you can select a photo from the album or the camera, and the pointillist will render the photo into pointillism for you,zoom in or out by pinching to view your artwork and adjust the contrast or the color according to your flavor, when finished, you can save,mail,print,or share your masterpiece via facebook,flickr or tumblr.

Make your iPhone/iPod touch a pointillism art master!

Weekend Sale: Mr. B Ware’s Apps

For those looking for a great weekend sale there are three fun Universal apps you can grab for free right now: Simply B&W, Pixel It, and Posterize. I’ve used all three to create some nifty images in the past. See my earlier reviews: Simply B&W, Pixel It, and Posterize.

8 Grapes

Pixel Stadium

You can download these apps on iTunes:
Pixel It, Simply B&W, Posterize

Posterize – Make Posters Quickly

Posterize was recently updated to be a Universal app for your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It is a really simple app for converting your images to just two or three colors.

From the iTunes description: Create awesome, posterized photos with ease. With Posterize you can:

  • Edit photos to create unique two or three color images.
  • Set thresholds for shadows, mid-tones and highlights.
  • Pick custom colors for shadows, mid-tones and highlights.
  • Save in the image in low resolution (up to 1024×1024) or at a higher resolution (up to 2592×2592)
  • Share the image via email or Facebook from within Posterize.

To use the app you simply select a photo (or take a new one) and then you get to apply threshold levels. If you want to choose new colors you simply select the Shadow, Mid, or Highlight color splotch and then drag the indicator around in the big color square (what is the name for that – I never really thought about that).

Posterize Threshold Controls

Posterize Threshold Controls

Posterize Color Controls

Posterize Color Controls

Pros: Does a fine job in a very quick/simple way. Enables creation of really nice posters in just a few moments when you have a good initial image (that is key!). The output images can also be very helpful when composing multiple images or using it in another program.

Cons: The sliders on the Threshold screen are sometimes a bit unresponsive on the iPhone. Maybe placing that slider at the top of the screen (away from the selection options at the bottom) would help out (or make my fingers smaller). On the color selection screen I would like an RGB slider option, and having some “good” color combination presets would also help out (quick sketch below). As you can tell, I’m no expert about color 🙂 Allowing the user to save their own favorites would also be a nice addition.

Possible Improvement?

Possible Improvement?

Overall this app is worth it if you like to quickly achieve this look on your images. For those interested I started a Flickr Group for this app. Feel free to join and post a few shots.

Current cost is $0.99 on iTunes. [Download]

Here are a few promo codes. Grab while you can!