Mobile Art – Creative Tutorial – iColorama Procedural: Spinning Vinyl

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We are delighted to publish this creative tutorial using the app, iColorama to create a spinning vinyl record cover by Jerry Jobe, take a look…

 

“iColorama can do amazing things, with a little patience. I posted the image below in several iColorama Facebook groups, and it got a lot of response, so I’ll show you how to create a 45 RPM single, from scratch, in this great app.

This image used the app Over for text and Leonardo for placement onto a background and adding a shadow. Those tasks can be done in iColorama, but they are easier in other, specialised apps. While I don’t add text in the video, I do show you how to mask the disc onto a new background and create a drop shadow”.

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Weekend of Mobile Photography/Art with Jerry Jobe

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Call me nosy, call me curious, call me innovative, call me stimulating, my husband calls me se.., ok let’s not go there 😉 As a Journalist I have an incredibly enquiring mind, I want to know everything and there’s never enough hours in the day to fulfill all of my desires, that’s how most days feel to me. However, the weekends are about to become even more fulfilling because we have a new section opening up here at TheAppWhisperer.com, called ‘Weekends of Mobile Photography and Art’. I want to know what you all get up to at the weekends, in respect of our favourite subject. Kicking us off this week is the one and only Jerry Jobe! Take a look…

All images ©Jerry Jobe

“Joanne Carter asked me to put together an article to outline what I do in mobile art on the weekend. I’m rather a strange choice, since I am retired, and weekends are not much different from weekdays. When I was writing weekly tutorials, I would gather my screenshots or rehearse a video prior to putting the article together on Monday. Since I no longer do that, my schedule is not limited to weekend/weekday work.

So, in order to get into the spirit of a weekend, I’m writing about what artwork helps me relax. For me, it’s starting with a blank canvas and creating abstracts. Playing with shape, color and texture appeals to me, and learning to use my apps in new and surprising ways is always a blast.

 

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Mobile Photography & Art – ‘My Top Five Apps’ by Jerry Jobe from Georgia, United States

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We are revitalising our Top Five Apps section to our Photo App Lounge column. This a section within TheAppWhisperer where we ask highly accomplished mobile photographers and artists to list their top five apps and to explain why they have … Read more

Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – A Return With Tips on iColorama’s Text on a Curve

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe features some tips using the uber popular mobile art app iColorama to help you get to know it a little better.  Take … Read more

Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – Four years of Tutorials: iColorama Basic Photo Enhancement

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look a back at the past year and the 37 app tutorials he has created (we have linked to them below). He also takes a look at the highly accomplished app – iColorama to help you get to know it a little better.  Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).

“Well, another year has gone by. Four years ago, the day after the last US presidential elections, I started posting tutorials on iPhoneography apps. A lot has changed in those four years. I’ve covered over 150 apps, and learned a lot about how to manipulate images on your iPhone or iPad. Some consider me an expert, but all I really want to do is to make sure the average person who finds a love for digital artistry can use the tools they pick up, and perhaps let them know which tools to pick up in the first place.

If you’re interested in which 37 apps I covered in the last year, I will list them at the end of this article. But for now, let’s move forward!

Last week I covered Microsoft Selfie, an app that does noise reduction and skin smoothing on the fly on those selfies you grab. I was going to turn to Microsoft Pix, which does the same sort of thing for images you capture with the back camera. However, it’s a little more complicated than it should be and the results are mediocre. Also, it does not capture at full resolution. Quite frankly, I am getting tired of these kinds of apps that tout themselves as quick and wonderful and yet deliver below-par results. We deserve better. The technology is there, but the instant profit is not, so we get stuck with low-res images from a huge company like Microsoft.

Can I get results as good with apps I already have? Well, sure. I can even do more, in just a couple of minutes, using an app like iColorama. In order to prove that I could get good results through iColorama using a low-res original, I took a shot with the front camera on my iPad. These cameras are known for not producing very nice images, and this one had a lot of noise and blockiness. Nevertheless, I wasn’t happy with the after image since it wasn’t that good an image to start with. The lower the resolution, and the more noise you have, the less likely you are to recover dark areas, such as the ones surrounding my eyes”.

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Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – Microsoft Selfie and Prisma: A Couple of Tips

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at two apps, Microsoft Selfie and Prisma.  Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).

Some apps, quite frankly, don’t need a whole lot of explanation. A tap, a choice made, a slider, and you’re done. However, just because they are simple and popular doesn’t mean that you can’t get more out of them with a couple of tips about them. That’s why I am covering a couple of very simple apps today: Microsoft Selfie and Prisma. (One other commonality between the apps is that they are available for Android as well as iOS devices).”

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Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – Good Hydrations: How Much Water Do You Need?

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look a new watercolour app – Paint Logue and compares it to some of the other current popular watercolour apps.  Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).

"How many hammers do you need? Given my ability to bend any nail, I definitely need a claw hammer. I’ve got a pipe wrench with a hammer head on the back, for those frustrating moments when the pipe fitting WON’T BUDGE. But since I’m not pounding dents into or out of metal, I have no real need for a ball-peen hammer. (Besides the fact that I love the phrase “ball peen hammer”. It’s fun! Say it with me: Ball Peen Hammer.)

Why am I talking about hammers when I should be talking about iPhoneography apps? It just came to mind when I saw that another watercolour app was available for free this past weekend. It’s called Paint Logue (yes, there is a space in the middle – it’s not Paintlogue) and it is by a company called Nine Curves. It was first released in September, but it’s already on release 3.1.

At first I wasn’t even going to bother downloading it, because watercolour effects are easily obtainable in many, many apps. To use my analogy, who needs another hammer? It would have to be very special, and Paint Logue is not a special hammer. So rather than go into depth with an app that isn’t that deep, I think I’ll compare it to other watercolour effects. In addition to Paint Logue, I’ll look at Waterlogue, Becasso, Aquarella, and my go-to app, iColorama.

I’ll be using this bicycle image that I captured last week at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom".

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Mobile Photography – Musings on Mobile Art

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This week our Mobile Photography Tutorial Writer, Jerry Jobe has decided to take an overall look at mobile art and questions whether it really is art. Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).

“I’m out of town for the week, so I thought I’d step outside my usual review/tutorial to give my own take on a topic that comes up repeatedly on various forums: is what I’m doing art? For that matter, is what you are doing art?”

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Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – TouchRetouch: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at the newly updated TouchRetouch app. Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).

TouchRetouch retails for $1.99 (or the respective amount in your country) and you can download it here.

“Back in January 2013 I covered TouchRetouch by AdvaSoft. It was an invaluable app then, with its ability to replace areas of your image with a fill based on the surrounding pixels. Recently they released an update that added new tools and changed the user interface, so I thought I’d show it to you all over again”.

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Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – BlackCam and Black: Dark Horse Monochrome Apps

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).

“There are many monochrome apps, and I’ve covered quite a few of them: Noir, Dramatic B&W, Ansel (now called Nova) and others. Some are merely editors, and some have shooting capabilities. Some vintage apps, like Vintage Scene, Lo-Mob and Superslides have some monochrome aids within them.

The two apps today (which, by the way, bring me to 150 different apps covered in tutorials since November 2012) are “dark horse’ monochrome apps in that they are not as fully-featured as some monochrome apps. However, each is surprising in its own ways. I am impressed with only one, however.

The first app is BlackCam by Pierre Gougelet, which is a shooter as well as editor. Gougelet is the author of Pixagram, covered last week. As I said then, his apps tend to fall well below the top tier of photographic apps. However, BlackCam is surprisingly good. It’s a universal app that sells for $1.99 on the App Store, and is also available for Android. (As a matter of fact, there seem to be some features, such as a grid, that are only available on Android).”

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