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Tutorial – Etchings – Mixing Etchings With Popsicolor

We are delighted to publish the second of many tutorials that we’re planning with the app, Etchings. In this tutorial, our Head of Technical Tutorials, David Hayes, mixes Etchings with another popular app, Popsicolor, with some very interesting results. Don’t miss this (foreword by Joanne Carter). Over to you David…

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“In my previous tutorial, I covered many of the features offered by Etchings. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how I used the app, Popsicolor along with Etchings to create something new…using the same source image!




Just as a bit of a revisit, here’s the source image I used before – the old elephant house at the Cincinnati Zoo.



Opening my source image in Popsicolor, I first went for the paint colors (A) picking an orange for my bottom colors (B) and a blue for the top colors. (C).



I then moved over and clicked on the “dartboard” icon (A) and then picked the “Duotone” effect (B) to finish my Popsicolor version.



In this screen shot, I’ve opened the Popsicolor version in Etchings, clicked on the fx tab (A)…and then picked the “Lumen” filter (B).



Going to the line weight tab (A), I chose “Regular” (B).



And…to finish the image, I chose the darkest setting (B) after clicking on the Exposure tab (A).



I saved this image straight to my camera roll keeping the cropping and borders in place.



I also used Etchings’ Advanced Export function, which gave me this version of the same image…with its source cropping and no borders. Perfect if I wanted to do more processing.



So there you have it, another way to use Etchings. I am finding that this app does play well with others and in my next tutorial; I’ll show another way”.

David is Head of Technical Tutorials here at and this role adds to the many things David has done in his life…some of which he considers more significant than others. Yet, he feels all have made him the artist he is today. He’s been a cook at a truck stop, a janitor at a military base, worked in advertising, been a banker managing other people’s money, and an elementary school teacher. Trained as a photographer as an undergrad, he’s recently returned to these roots and now considers himself foremost a photographer and secondly a mixed media artist. You can find David’s work on many other popular websites including his own:


  • Catherine

    Great tutorial David! I wouldn’t have thought to combine those two apps, and I like the results you get. 🙂

  • Dave

    Thanks Catherine! Part of my “mission” with Etchings is to explore possible combos like this one. Glad you like what came about from this combination!! Stay tuned for what I come up with next!!

  • Carol

    Excellent Dave, love that combination, which would never have occurred to me.