Mobile Photography & Art – The Recipe I Can’t Live Without with Margaret Waage from the United States

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We have a new section at TheAppWhisperer.com and it’s called ‘The Recipe I Can’t Live Without’, within that we are asking highly successful mobile artists to give us their one recipe (tutorial) they can’t live without in relation to editing their images. Kicking us off today, is Margaret Waage from the United States. She has created an brilliant still life family recipe . To read the others in this new series, please go here. (foreword by Joanne Carter)

 

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DistressedFX+: a surprisingly worthwhile upgrade

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Five years ago I wrote a tutorial on DistressedFX, a texture app to go alongside Stackable’s and Mextures in my library of apps. I couldn’t help but compare it to those giants in texture apps, and although I loved the textures, I found the interface clunky without the versatility of Stackable’s or Mextures.

In the intervening years DistressedFX has soldiered on, occasionally releasing new texture packs. But we have recently discovered that Stackable’s has ceased updates, and it is only a matter of time before that app crashes and burns. So I have revisited DistressedFX over the last few weeks, buying several packs that I had bypassed earlier.

So, having spent money on the app, what should happen except a new version of DistressedFX – one that is not upwardly compatible? DistressedFX+ costs a relatively steep $/£9.99, but it does include all present and future packs. Is it worth it?

I’ve got to admit, I initially thought that DistressedFX+ would be going to a subscription model, which would make it a definite “NO” for me. I have too many apps that will do everything I need that I don’t have to pay additional charges every month. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only are all packs included, but significant changes to the clunky interface have been made – enough to make me glad to support the developer with the additional upfront price. A developer has to eat, after all. I’m glad to pay for additional value.

So the new version has a colourful new splash screen.

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Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – Manipulating Sort in iColorama with Jerry Jobe

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We are so delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure.  Read Jobe’s thoughts about manipulating Sort in the hugely popular iOS app, iColorama. Take it away Jerry…..

(foreword by Joanne Carter)

“It’s been a while since I’ve covered any new features in iColorama, the premier mobile art app. The feature I will cover today, Form>Sort, was added a few years ago, and has been used repeatedly in brilliant works by many mobile artists. There aren’t a lot of modifications to the effect that can be accomplished in the Sort command itself, but I’ve discovered that you can make subtler, beautiful effects by modifying the image before applying sort, and I’d like to show you how to do that”.

My first image here used Sort on the background, and I added the flower, dog, and painted elements after.

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Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – Creating and Using Reusable Elements with Jerry Jobe

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure.  Read Jobe’s thoughts about creating and reusing elements in your artwork (foreword by Joanne Carter). Take it away Jerry… Some artists who use photos as a base for their art are capable of capturing everything they want in … Read moreMobile Photography / Art Tutorial – Creating and Using Reusable Elements with Jerry Jobe

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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Mobile Art – Creative Tutorial – ‘A Friend Feels What You Feel’

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We are hugely delighted to publish this absolutely fantastic creative mobile photography tutorial by Carol Wiebe a highly talented mobile artist. We are sure you will love this!  Over to you (foreword by Joanne Carter).   ‘A Friend Feels What You Feel’ ©Carol Wiebe   Looking for Images I usually use my own images, but I … Read moreMobile Art – Creative Tutorial – ‘A Friend Feels What You Feel’

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 it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter). “Life does go on, and people still have questions … Read moreMobile Photography / Art Tutorial – A Return With Tips on iColorama’s Text on a Curve

Mobile Videography – Five Tips for More Reliable Shooting with FiLMiC Pro App

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In this epic FiLMiC Pro v6 tutorial you’ll learn five simple techniques you can use before hitting record for increased reliability when shooting with Filmic Pro or any other video app on iPhone & iPad.

Click here to download FiLMiC Pro

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Viral Smartphone Photography & Video Techniques – Lightroom for Mobile – 18 Free Videos

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As we reported yesterday Adobe updated Lightroom for iOS to version 2.6 and Lightroom for Android to 2.2.2 with a host of new and very useful features (see here).

We have published this link (below) to a series of videos created by Adobe’s own Julieanne Kost as host. She has covered Lightroom for Mobile (iOS) from end to end, including these new features.

Enjoy!

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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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