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Mobile Photography – Tip Of The Day – Number 16

Welcome to another brand new section from your favorite mobile photography website and one of the most popular in the world. Today, we’re publishing our fifteenth 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  the Day archive.

We are delighted to publish our sixteenth Tip Of The Day today with a wonderful one to help you create various styles of backgrounds, from Rudy Vogel. We’re lucky to count Rudy Vogel otherwise known as The Renaissance Man’ as one of our unique Columnists here and he runs the Appstrax Column, if you haven’t checked it out yet, please go here. We also previously interviewed Rudy in our Day in the Life interview section, if you missed that, please go here.

Over to you Rudy (foreword by Joanne Carter)…

Creating a Stylized Grunge Background From Scratch

‘With the style of work that I create, I have been often asked: “How did you do that?” Well, the vast majority of my pieces start with a cool background and then I build the piece from there. Here’s a neat little tip using three great apps that will allow you to create an infinite collection of cool, stylized grungified backgrounds.

Start with an app called GradientColorPro. This app allows you to create enumerable gradients in four different directions. You can either choose the hue for each section of the final gradient through a color wheel; through its hex number; or by table and chart mode. Below is one example:


Next, I bring the gradient into Glaze and apply presets to the gradient and let the app do what it does best creating infinite variations on the theme. I chose the one pictured below for this tip.


The final step is to open your Glazed image in Mextures, a fabulous texture and lighting manipulation app of the moment. I ran the Glazed piece through the Grunge & Emulsion options in the app utilizing a number of Presets and Blending Modes. The final output is viewed below.


This trick will allow you to create enumerable backgrounds of varying styles and appearance, which you can then save in a folder on your iOS device for use at some later point. Who needs to search for stock backgrounds or shoot a wall or sidewalk when you have the ability to create your own, customized version? Happy apping!’

Rudy has traveled the world on business and has thereby inculcated the exotic tastes, colors, and aromas of foreign lands from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe and the Caribbean into his work. Having grown and traveled with his father who was in the fashion business, Rudy learned some of his craft through osmosis and instinctually portrays some hints of textile, fabrics, lines and curves into his art. Rudy has had several private and public showings and his pieces have already worked their way into private collections. His work has been shown at various exhibitions and galleries around the world, including: The Annual Munson Massachusetts Spring Art Show; GaleriaZero, Barcelona, Spain & in Chelsea, London; The Forbes Galleries & The SOHO Gallery for Digital Art, New York, NY; The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art and, The Giorgi Gallery, in California; and, The Lunch Box Gallery, Miami Beach. Much of his recent work can be viewed at ‘the premiere iPhonegraphic Art Collective in the world’, Pixels At An Exhibition, with the url: