Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – Abstract Painting: It’s Time to Play

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at the app Abstract Painting. Read his thoughts as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter).

Abstract Painting is free and you can download it here.

“Some apps I’ve discussed over the years are very serious photo editing apps, giving you’re the ability to manipulate curves or eliminate color casts. Some have given users serious painting tools, such as iColorama and Pixelmator.

Some apps, though, are not serious and give users tools to experiment with or to have fun with. These tools may take the form of stickers (which I loathe) or stock-figure cutouts (not much better). Most of these fun apps are not meant to be robust editing or painting apps, and have drawbacks in the user interface that reflect their simple nature.

Today’s app, Abstract Painting by Javier Casares Villaverde, is a free app that has the look of being as much an experiment for the developer as it is for the user. It has some very nice tools for creating abstracts, but the user interface has two minor and one major drawback that may keep it from being an essential app.

The first minor (in my eyes) drawback is that it is built exclusively for the iPad, and exclusively in portrait mode. There does not seem to be any real reason why this app could not be used on the iPhone. That is in keeping with the impression that the developer was learning as he wrote this”.

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Mobile Photography / Art Tutorial – ‘Over’ Release 3.0: Does it Add the Right Features?

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure. This week Jobe takes a look at the new the update to the app ‘Over’. Read his thoughts as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter).

Over retails for $3.99/£2.99 – click here to download

“Over is a type-and-clipart app that has been around for a few years. I hadn’t covered it up to now, and I’m glad I didn’t. The newest release of Over (3.0), which arrived last week, is a major rewrite of this app with multiple new features. I hate writing articles that are out of date within weeks, so now that the rewrite is done it should be fairly stable for a while.

The new features include: Masking, Drop shadows, Color picker, Undo button, and a Font Manager. This is a significant number of new features. Does that mean that the app, up to now, has not been a value? Unfortunately, I would say that without these features, Over was an also-ran app. Did they add the right new features to make Over stand out in a crowded field of typography apps? Let’s find out”.

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Mobile Photography Tutorial – Ansel: Channeling a Master or Taking his Name in Vain?

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We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure. This week Jobe takes a look at the mobile photography app, Ansel. Read his thoughts as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter).

Ansel retails for $0.99/£0.79 and you can download it here.

“As you might guess from the title of this article, I think it’s a gutsy move to name your app after one of the greats in black and white photography, Ansel Adams. His name and several of his images are familiar to anyone who takes even a passing interest in photography. He’s known for his painstaking attention to detail, so I don’t think it’s too much to ask to have an app named after him have the same focus. While Ansel is a nice app, I don’t think it lives up to the high expectations”.

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Mextures – iPhone Photography App Tutorial – Part 2 – By Jerry Jobe

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We’re delighted to publish the second of a three part special series of iPhone Photography Tutorials with the app Mextures by our incredibly talented Contributor to our Tutorials section, Jerry Jobe. If you missed Part 1 of this series, please … Read more

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