We are revitalising our Top Five Apps section to our Photo App Lounge column. This a section within TheAppWhisperer where we ask highly accomplished mobile photographers and artists to list their top five apps and to explain why they have selected them.
Kicking us off today is highly accomplished mobile artist Fiona Christian from Heathfield, East Sussex, UK, enjoy! (foreword by Joanne Carter).
“When Joanne asked me to select my 5 favourite apps I was of course, delighted. However, as I pondered the question and waded through the many folders stuffed with dozens of options, I became less certain as to exactly what my favourites were.
There are some apps that I use regularly and consider essential tools. Hipstamatic is the app that forged my love of digital art. Nearly every image I’ve ever created has had some element of Hipstamatic in it and it will always have a special place in my heart. Snapseed and ImageBlender are other essentials that I wouldn’t be without. I have hundreds of apps that each do something special and depending on what I’m trying to create, I’ll have different favourites.
However for this exercise, I’ve selected my favourites for creating still life. I thought i’d take a random snap of some flowers that’s been on the camera roll for ages and see what could be done with it using my five chosen apps…”
Repix is my absolute favourite. All of my adventures appland start here.
It has such a broad spectrum of effects and is so easy to use. There are dozens of different brushes to play with. I often use it to create a softer background, removing unwanted objects in the process, but there is so much more to this app. it’s a must-have!
Aquarella is another of my go-to apps that’s great for unifying a previous edit and giving a lovely watercolour feel. There are a huge variety of pre-sets and a fabulous random function but also an infinite number of tweaks available too. Fully adjustable colours, wet into wet effects, paper types and much more, making every use a new experience.
After blending with the original to bring some detail back, I moved on to another favourite:
Again, it has such a wide variety of options, all fully adjustable. A range of filters are each named after a famous artist, allowing you to recreate the colouring of brushwork of the great masters.
Facetune is great for bringing out details just where you need them. Originally designed to enhance facial features and optimise portraits, it can be used on any image quickly and simply.
It also has some great filters and frames, cloning tool, soften, whiten, distortion and a bunch of other great options.
Juxtaposer enables you to superimpose one image over another. You can save all of your layer images as stamps, which can come in very handy for a wide variety of future uses. Here I thought I’d add a fallen petal.
A minor tweak in Repix to soften the edges and all done!
Now if I’d chosen to create an abstract image, it would be a completely different set of apps. Ok, I’d still use Repix!
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