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Mobile Photography/Art – Tip Of The Day – Number 2 – The App Whisperer

Welcome to another brand new section from your favourite mobile photography website and one of the most popular in the world. Today, we’re publishing our second Mobile Photography/Art Tip Of The Day to our brand new section of the site.

Every day we will publish a short quick tip to help you with your mobile photography, this may be related to editing your image, capturing your image, printing your image, all manner of things, across the complete photographic and art mobile genre – we’ll be featuring great mobile street photography tips, great blending tips, great cloning tips, we will cover it all from some of the greatest mobile photographers and artists in the world.

We’ll also have a widget in our right hand column, displaying the Tip of The Day every day, just click on that and you will be taken to our tip of that particular day’s page and can read the whole piece.

We are delighted to publish our second Tip Of The Day article today with a great tip from our newest staff member and tutorial writer, Jerry Jobe. We have published several of Jerry’s tutorials already and if you have missed those, please go here.

Over to you Jerry (foreword by Joanne Carter)…


Seeing the tip published yesterday, I was reminded of another blending tip I found years ago to use in Photoshop – how to make a dreamy, soft-focus glow. Once again, there are many fine products to allow you to blend photos, but today I’m using iColorama.




The technique involves blending a blurred version of the original over the original in screen mode. iColorama does have a blur function, but it is not extreme enough for this purpose. Below you’ll see I use Blur FX, Gaussian, at about 55%. That’s REALLY out of focus.




Next I load the blurred version on top of the original using Effects>Blend.




Then I just change the blend mode to screen, and I have a nice glow. If it’s too much, I can just fade back the opacity.




If it’s too bright, I can go back and lower the exposure of the original.




Then I get a glow that’s not as bright. This glow works especially well with portraits. Give it a try!





Never content with just scratching the surface of what an app can do, Jerry Jobe decided to pass on what he learned about imaging apps to others. He’s constantly trying to figure out just what tools other artists have used, and trying to incorporate them into his own work, in an attempt to find his style. He’s written tutorials on over 145 apps so far, which you can find (along with his Song of the Day entries) at He lives near Atlanta, Georgia, where he also finds a creative outlet in acting and directing in community theater.