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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: O is for… (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2022 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, O is for Oilist.

So, this is a very new app to me, having been briefly introduced to it at my iPhone/iPad Artography class the other night.  But, man, it’s a cool one!  I don’t claim to have figured it all out yet, but here is what it can do in a nutshell:  “At its most basic, Oilist is a utility to make your photos look like oil paintings. But unlike similar art apps, this one cares as much about the process as the end result. Given a photo and a set of inputs, the app “paints” a composition right before your very eyes, stroke by stroke. It’s a living, breathing art filter.” Review: Oilist a virtual oil painter in your pocket.  And it really does work that way – you can watch the painting happen, and can “snap” a still of it at any stage.  In addition, there are presets and other editing features you can use to “drip” paint, or change the brushstroke angles – all things I still need to explore!

Now, I don’t necessarily advocate for making photos look like painting – perhaps you should take up painting for that.  But as a piece of a greater whole art work vision, running the painted version through other apps, it adds some neat effects.  In the end, you don’t necessarily know where you are going or where to end, so be quick to snap if you see something you like in the moment, because it will very quickly be gone.

There are many many styles to choose from, from Van Gogh, Escher, Manet, Monet, Kandinsky, Picasso, Hokusa, Klimt, Munch, Jennifer Bartlett, and many others.  Painters like Van Gogh and Monet even have several subsets of styles to choose from.  Once you choose a style, you select from a range of options from more to less abstract, then watch as the magic happens (and change presets and options as needed or wanted.)  It’s hard for me to describe, you really need to try it.  Here are some sites to review:

Here are some examples with snaps from start, middle, and “finish”

Original image

Van Gogh – Spirals less abstract

Hokusai Gold more abstract

Jennifer Bartlett Ovals neither less nor more abstract

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: N is for… (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2022 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, N is for Noir.

Noir is a pretty simple little app.  It turns pictures black and white, well monochrome anyway, with very few options, but some pretty stunning results.  There are 6 preset vignettes which you can fine tune by moving them around the image and pinching them in and out.  There is also a set of three control dials to control contrast, outer exposure, and inner exposure.  Finally you have four monochrome settings: sepia, silver, blue-gray, and chartreuse (green).

I like this app because it does little, but does it well, and you can use it before or after running photos through other apps.

And now some examples:

Original Photo

Preset Vignette 1 + sepia colour

Preset Vignette 2 (moved to right)+ silver

Preset Vignette 3 (on bottom) + blue gray

Preset Vignette 4 (at top) + chartreuse

Preset Vignette 5 (bottom right) + sepia

Preset Vignette 6 (top left) + blue gray

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: M is for… (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2022 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, M is for Mextures.

Mextures is what you think it is: texture overlays, along with filters and the ability to adjust the looks.  I do find it a bit confusing and hard to figure out how to get everything to work together, but it can create some pretty cool looks.

Textures (or layers) available include the collection of: radiance, grit and grain, light leaks (1, 2, 3), emulsion, grange, landscape enhance, and vintage gradients.  The Formulas (combinations of layers/textures) include the following sets:  landscape, black & white, destroyed film, spring, summer, fall, and winter.  Formulas are built in, but you can create your own fomulae and I believe can even share them.  You can apply a formula then personalize it.  So, start with textures and build up from there, or start from layers and build down.  And enhance both as you go.

Examples (all have been touched up)

Original Image

Grunge (equator) Texture

Light Leaks 2 (UFO) Texture

Combination of Grunge (concrete jungle), Emulsion (Jefferson), and Radiance (Solar) Textures

Destroyed Film (Parisian) Formula

Winter (walking dead) Formula

Destroyed Film (Parisian) Formula minus Roosevelt and Kansas layers

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: L is for… (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2022 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, L is for LightLeap.

LightLeap is a sibling app to ArtLeap, along with a whole bunch of apps by LightTricks, and is designed primarily for photo editing, but has a few cool little features that are fun.  What I like about LightLeap specifically is its ability to replace the sky, but it has several other features I’ll just describe briefly here.

  • Looks: Include types like winter, summer, vintage, fantasy, and night
  • Magic:  auto fix (with a slider for control)
  • Heal: Deletes things from the photo
  • Sky: Sky replacement with types like haze, sunny, sunrise, sunset, storm, night, and spooky
  • Filters: tons and tons of filters to choose from
  • Sparkle: Literally adding sparkles to the image
  • Overlay: Add bokeh, grunge, texture, light leaks, shadows, and other effects
  • Element: Add something new to the photo, like lens flare, clouds, birds, lightening, flames, etc.
  • Color: enhance specific colours in the image
  • Details: Enhance depth, sharpness, or grain
  • Adjust: Basic editing, including light, contrast, vignette, saturation, etc.

Website with information about LightLeap

And now, here are some examples of how I use this app:

Original Image

Sky Replacement

A Vintage Filter added

Sparkle added

Overlay added (rain)

Element – flames added

Vignette added

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: K is for… (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2022 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, K is for Kaleidacam.

There are several kaleidoscope apps out there, and some of the larger apps, like ArtLeap, have kaleidoscope features.  But most of the stand alone apps only work with the camera, and these posts are about post-production.  So, the app I am featuring here is Kaleidacam because it allows you to access pictures on your device and add the kaleidoscope effects to them.

There isn’t a lot to Kaleidacam.  You add your image, and then have four free kaleidoscope types (my reading revealed them to be called Pie, Squares, Hexagons, and Split), each with a slider to increase or decrease the effect.  You can purchase additional options if you like. I am keeping it free for now!

Kaleidacam.com

Kaleidacam Tutorial

Here are some examples:

Original image

Option 1 – low slider then high slider setting

Option 2 – low slider then high slider setting

Option 3 – low slider then high slider setting

Option 4 – (no slider options)

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: J is for… (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2022 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, J is for Juxtaposer.

Well, Juxtaposer is very similar to Image Blender, but from what I can tell it has a little bit more functionality in the personal flare department.

With Juxtaposer you select a bottom image and a top image, and you can “Crop” out the subject in the top image so it floats above the bottom layer.  And you can add multiple top images over the bottom.  And in addition, you can make some basic edits to both the top and bottom layers (brightness, contrast, shadows, saturation, colour temp, tint, opacity. and a number of blend modes).   Then you can use the eraser to clean up the “cropped” image of the top layer.  And you can save your sessions so you can go back and do more.

And now, here are some websites.

Juxtaposer

Juxtaposer review

And some examples of me playing without much effort.

Original images

Example 1

Example 2 (2 top images)

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: I is for… (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2022 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, I is for Image Blender.

Guess what today’s app does?  Bing bing bing. Yes!!  Blends images.  I am still trying to figure it all out, but basically you take or bring in one photo as a background, and one to overlay and then blend them together.  You can move them around, flip, and rotate to get the best placement, edit the masks, choose different filters, and save your projects so you can come back to them.

Image Blender

The Complete Guide To Image Blender Photo Editing App

Original images

A couple of blends (so much to figure out!)

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: C is for… (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2022 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Today, C is for Circular.

Circular is a pretty basic app.  It’s one purpose is to create circles out of your images, kind of like the Tiny Planet feature in ArtLeap, but it also allows you to take them one step further into abstraction.

Here’s some more about this app:

Brain Fever Media

Here are a few images I’ve created with this app (the first few are new).  I absolutely love this app and will be playing more with it!!

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: H is for… (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2022 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

 Today, H is for Hipstamatic.

I am sure many of you have heard of Hipstamatic. Another app that you can use with photos or your camera. Effects and filters, designed to look like old fashioned cameras and film and flash. One of the things I like best about this app is that it keeps track of everything you do to the image and tells you all the settings you’ve applied, and if you pull a saved image back it will remember.

Hipstamatic is another one of those apps which can be used with the camera or applied to photos after the fact.  There are SO many combinations in this app, and I haven’t played with it a lot, so I know I will be using it more in the future. You have filters, lenses, film types, flashes, and endless varieties of each if you are willing to pay for them.   But of course, this means you can create endless combinations of looks for your photos.

Hipstamatic.com

There’s a lot more you can do using Hipstamatic as a camera app rather than a photo editing app, but I haven’t given that a shot (hee hee hee) yet!

Original

Cinematic

Cinematic plus Jimmy lens, Ina’s 1969 film, Standard flash

Modern

Modern plus Florence lens, Cherry Shine flash

Vintage

Vintage plus Buckhorst H1 lens, Uchitel 20 film, Triple Crown flash

Music

Music plus Madalena lens, Love 81 film

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: G is for… (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2022 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

 Today, G is for GlitchArt.

Ok this one is pretty cool, although again just another effects app that also works when you are actually taking a picture. Designed for the iPhone, on the iPad the interface is small but it still works.

There are quite a few apps that you can use to create “glitch” art on your tablet or phone.  I happen to have GlitchArt, but had some trouble finding out more about it online.  What I can tell you is that there are about 40 different glitches on this app, and I have tried to showcase ones that are unlike effects I’ve seen in some of the other apps I’ve talked about so far.

First, let me say that this app is really built for use on the iPhone as a camera app, but works fine with already taken pictures, and on the iPad although the screen is small (the size of the iPhone screen).  And it has some refining features with sliders and filters for the various glitches.

So, what is a glitch and how is it used for photography? “Put simply – a glitch is an error that’s intentionally caused to create an effect. To achieve this result, a glitch interrupts the regular code and data that make up an image. The interruptions take the information that’s already there and changes it in some way.” Glitch Art Photography

And now, here are some examples from the GlitchArt app

Original image

Chnnls

Invert

Scene

Blur

ASCII

Fisheye

Shiny

NormalMap

Invert + Currency + Edges

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