iPhoneography tutorial – using Camera+

To create a version of this photo (which i created for the August Break mentioned in the previous post.) with your iPhone, the stages are:
1 – Open the ‘Camera+’ app

2 – Click on the image icon at the bottom left of the screen.

3 – Tap the + symbol at the top right of the screen.

3 – Choose a photo.

4 – Tap ‘import’

5 – Tap ‘edit’.

6 – I wanted to increase the contrast before I added a coloured filter, to keep the diagonals as clear as possible, so the first filter I used was ‘clarity’ using the ‘scenes’ option from the menu/choices at the bottom of the screen.

**DO NOT tap ‘Done’ in the top right of the screen until you’ve finished editing.**
That will be your penultimate step.

7 – Because I would be sharing the image on Instagram I cropped it into a square using ‘crops’ from the menu at the bottom of the screen.

8 – Next, I chose a filter from the ‘FX effects’ option at the bottom of the screen.

20130804-100543.jpg You can choose how much of an effect you want by tapping ‘advanced’ (bottom right after you’ve tapped the filter/effect you want to try.)

Use the slider that appears at the bottom of the screen, then tap the tick/check mark at the top right of the screen when you’re happy with how effect you’ve added.

9 – Next tap the ‘borders’ menu option, bottom right.

I chose a frame/border from the ‘Styled’ set.

10 – NOW you can tap the ‘Done’ option at the top right of the screen. (Or whenever you’re happy with the effect you’ve created.)
11 – Choose the ‘save’ option.

12 – Go to your photos and decide how you want to share your creation by tapping the arrow coming out of a box at the bottom left of the screen.


That’s it, all done. Hope you have fun – let me know how you got on either in the comments (post a link) or tweet me on twitter. I’m @sand625
…and yes I really do need to edit/sort/delete stuff from my camera roll…

Your name as a prompt

Today is National Name Yourself Day, (who decides this stuff?) I’m pretty much OK with Sand these days, so I went looking for an Elvish name generator type thing. I vaguely recalled this one, but Google also came up with this one. Here’s the screenshot of what it generated for me;

sand in elvish

I then spent some time sketching the pattern to get a feel for the shapes. I used the ‘Artrage’ app on my iPad for this. I used a large paintbrush tool and doodled with the shapes until I had something I quite liked. Here’s the doodle and what followed it;

Elvish name workflow

Then I opened the image in the ‘Percolator’ app – this converts an image into an abstract made up from circles. There are loads of tweak-able settings, so it’s an app with a lot of scope.

The next in the app recipe was ‘Glaze’. This is one of my favourite convert to a painting type apps. There are an almost infinite number of painting styles that you can try, or create yourself and it can save in HD quality. I went for a sketchy style to reflect the fact that it was a doodle based on something written.

I used ‘PhotoFX Ultra’ to convert the image to an infrared style blue. There are, as with the previous apps, lots and lots of filters and levels to choose from in PhotoFX and the UI is easy to navigate.

Step 5 – I used the felt tip option in ‘Auto Painter 2’ There’s no HD version of this app so the resulting image had been reduced in size. There are also only 4 effects to choose from in this app and not much customisation available either, so it is quite limited.

The last step was done using ‘Photoshop Express’. I rotated the image 90 degrees, saturated the colours and then tweaked them slightly using the slider options. This app used to be called Photoshop Mobile and there are some interesting effects in it, so don’t be put off by the name – it is easy to use. It also has one of the best tools of any photo app for removing noise from your photographs.

Here’s the final image;

mobile digital art abstract

The lovers.

Hope that this inspires you to investigate what your chosen name for the day would look like in runes or similar…and then doodle or paint or app something creative. Leave a link in the comments if you do 🙂

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