Monday, October 21, 2013
Iphoneography: Painterly Effect Apps
Rather paint the flying spirit of the bird than its feathers. ~Robert Henri
I've been on a real kick lately with my painterly apps when processing my iPhone photos...they are so much fun to use and I love how they completely change the look of my original phone image. I love altering the reality of my photos and making them look "unreal". I thought I'd share some of the photos I've processed in the last week or two. For the first image above, I used DistressedFX, Scratchcam, and then Repix. The "charcoal" effect in Repix is what gives it that lovely smudged appearance. You just rub your finger over the areas you want to smudge - too much fun!
For my pink house image below, I first put it in DistressedFX, and then moved it into PaintFX to get the "mostly black and white" effect (with the house remaining pink). I then finished it up in iColorama to give it the "sketch" effect.
I love how my starry moonlight image turned out - this photo was actually taken in broad daylight. I used Colorthief to alter the tones of the photo, and then moved it into CameraBag, which has a "night" filter I used to make it look like night time. I then moved it into Glaze to give it a painterly effect. Next, I put it into Percolator to create a separate star image. I finished by combining the painterly image and the star image in Blender. The two combined created this lovely starry night effect. So exciting!
Oh, how I love quotes...and I find that my compulsion to share quotes is invading my mobile photography. I captured this country driveway through my car window last weekend, and I edited it to look very old. The empty space at the top was just begging for a quote, so I found this lovely one by Tom Hennen. To alter my image, I first used Colorthief to change the tones, and then I moved into Vintique which aged it even further. Next, I used the Phonto app to add my text.
For my autumn leaf image, I again used Colorthief (a favorite!) to alter the colors a bit, then moved it into Glaze for the painterly effect. I think I combined a couple of different Glaze results together in Blender to achieve the final effect. Blender is a great app to use when you want to make your effects a bit more subtle.
I love my serene country scene below...I used iColorama to alter the tones, and then the painterly section to make it look so smooth and lovely. I then added a texture (also in iColorama).
For my "drip demolition" image, I used Colorthief and then moved it into Scratchcam to make the background more interesting. I finished it up in Repix, using the drip effect.
Most of these images were taken in or near Sperryville, VA on our day trip last week. If you haven't used painterly apps before, I encourage you to play - it's a thrill to watch your photos go through such a transformation. And there's no clean-up or spills involved!
Thanks for stopping by - I'm "sherribrannon" on Instagram. All of my Instagram photos are taken with my iPhone (and edited with my iPad).