Artistic Apps

December 1, 2009

As a fan of the iPhone (and to be honest, I don’t even have one yet), I cannot believe how many applications there are. I’m planning to get one as soon as my current plan needs renewing, and have decided to get a jump on researching these “apps” (which can also be used with your iPod Touch).

The choices are incredible. There are apps for blogging, for writing restaurant reviews, for listening to your cat purr and (if you really need to) listening to burps! Who are these people that download and pay for applications that make burping and other bodily noises? I think I’ll leave these apps alone. I am a creative person, so I looked up creative apps. Here are some interesting ones I found:

Brushes: Featuring an advanced colour picker, several realistic brushes, multiple layers, extreme zooming, and simple interface to create original artwork on your iPhone. Brushes allows you to choose any colour (including transparency) using the hue/saturation colour wheel. It records all of your actions when painting. In version 2.0, layers can be rearranged, deleted, merged, and copied between paintings. The opacity can also be adjusted.

The June edition of The New Yorker Magazine was all done with this application. Watch the Youtube video to see how Jorge Colombo drew it.

Here are some more examples artists, including David Hockney, who use this application as a medium:

TypeDrawing: Draw with letters. Type a sentence or word you want to say, set the background, choose the font and draw. (adding Erik’s thoughts). It’s pretty nifty. you can load an image as the back ground, trace it and then switch the background to something else (like the paper BG that comes with it) to see it. It also has a few different fonts to choose from and hue (white to black) and opacity control for the type.

Colorsplash: If you love creating b&w photos in Photoshop and having only one thing with colour, for example, one flower in a bunch, then this one is for you! Dramatically transform your photos by converting them to b&w while keeping selected details in colour.

Tiltshift: Transform a scene into a magical miniature world. This application simulates a tilt-shift lens that tricks your mind into viewing a photo as a miniature scene. To achieve this result, focus on a linear or elliptical region in the image with visual guides and interactively adjust the amount of blur, increase colour saturation, contrast or brightness to increase the toy model look. The lens blur works great with night shots. If you are familiar with photography, the same result occurs when you experiment with bellows.

If you do not have an iPhone or iTouch, you can also easily achieve this Tiltshift effect by visiting Simpy upload your image, select the area you wish to remain in focus and voila!

CameraBag: Enables you to apply 8 different filter effects to your photos, based on camera type. Choose from a fish-eye filter, or select ‘1962’ to turn your colour photo to b&w. The other filters enable you to give your images washed out highlights, or unique colouring such as a Polaroid. Images can also be cropped and blurred at the edges using the ‘Helga’ filter, much like a Holga or Diana camera does with 120 film.

Photogene: Improve your digital photos and have fun doing it! This application offers a comprehensive set of professional editing tools such as: Crop, Sharpen, Levels histogram, Gamma Correction (midtones), Saturation, Colour Temperature, Straighten, Rotate, Mirror, Special Effects (Sepia), Frames, Text Bubbles, and Multiple Undo-Redo and Reset buttons. This is pretty much like having Photoshop at your fingertips.

Panorama: Amaze everyone with seamless panorama images of fantastic landscapes or portraits. Simply select, or take a few consecutive photographs and then stitch them together.

Panoramic seamless images can also be achieved in the latest version of Adobe Photoshop.

Some of these apps are free, and others are $2.99. It’s not that expensive, but if you consider all the fun you can have for $2.99, I think it’s money well spent.

All of these apps can be found through iTunes, simply click on the App Store on your menu bar in iTunes and don’t forget to have FUN!