Here’s a very interesting video tutorial using the Apple Pencil in Procreate by proficient iPad artist James Julier. I think you will enjoy this.
We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look a back at the past year and the 37 app tutorials he has created (we have linked to them below). He also takes a look at the highly accomplished app – iColorama to help you get to know it a little better. Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).
“Well, another year has gone by. Four years ago, the day after the last US presidential elections, I started posting tutorials on iPhoneography apps. A lot has changed in those four years. I’ve covered over 150 apps, and learned a lot about how to manipulate images on your iPhone or iPad. Some consider me an expert, but all I really want to do is to make sure the average person who finds a love for digital artistry can use the tools they pick up, and perhaps let them know which tools to pick up in the first place.
If you’re interested in which 37 apps I covered in the last year, I will list them at the end of this article. But for now, let’s move forward!
Last week I covered Microsoft Selfie, an app that does noise reduction and skin smoothing on the fly on those selfies you grab. I was going to turn to Microsoft Pix, which does the same sort of thing for images you capture with the back camera. However, it’s a little more complicated than it should be and the results are mediocre. Also, it does not capture at full resolution. Quite frankly, I am getting tired of these kinds of apps that tout themselves as quick and wonderful and yet deliver below-par results. We deserve better. The technology is there, but the instant profit is not, so we get stuck with low-res images from a huge company like Microsoft.
Can I get results as good with apps I already have? Well, sure. I can even do more, in just a couple of minutes, using an app like iColorama. In order to prove that I could get good results through iColorama using a low-res original, I took a shot with the front camera on my iPad. These cameras are known for not producing very nice images, and this one had a lot of noise and blockiness. Nevertheless, I wasn’t happy with the after image since it wasn’t that good an image to start with. The lower the resolution, and the more noise you have, the less likely you are to recover dark areas, such as the ones surrounding my eyes”.
We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at two apps, Microsoft Selfie and Prisma. Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).
“Some apps, quite frankly, don’t need a whole lot of explanation. A tap, a choice made, a slider, and you’re done. However, just because they are simple and popular doesn’t mean that you can’t get more out of them with a couple of tips about them. That’s why I am covering a couple of very simple apps today: Microsoft Selfie and Prisma. (One other commonality between the apps is that they are available for Android as well as iOS devices).”
We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look a new watercolour app – Paint Logue and compares it to some of the other current popular watercolour apps. Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).
"How many hammers do you need? Given my ability to bend any nail, I definitely need a claw hammer. I’ve got a pipe wrench with a hammer head on the back, for those frustrating moments when the pipe fitting WON’T BUDGE. But since I’m not pounding dents into or out of metal, I have no real need for a ball-peen hammer. (Besides the fact that I love the phrase “ball peen hammer”. It’s fun! Say it with me: Ball Peen Hammer.)
Why am I talking about hammers when I should be talking about iPhoneography apps? It just came to mind when I saw that another watercolour app was available for free this past weekend. It’s called Paint Logue (yes, there is a space in the middle – it’s not Paintlogue) and it is by a company called Nine Curves. It was first released in September, but it’s already on release 3.1.
At first I wasn’t even going to bother downloading it, because watercolour effects are easily obtainable in many, many apps. To use my analogy, who needs another hammer? It would have to be very special, and Paint Logue is not a special hammer. So rather than go into depth with an app that isn’t that deep, I think I’ll compare it to other watercolour effects. In addition to Paint Logue, I’ll look at Waterlogue, Becasso, Aquarella, and my go-to app, iColorama.
I’ll be using this bicycle image that I captured last week at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom".
We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at the newly updated TouchRetouch app. Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).
“Back in January 2013 I covered TouchRetouch by AdvaSoft. It was an invaluable app then, with its ability to replace areas of your image with a fill based on the surrounding pixels. Recently they released an update that added new tools and changed the user interface, so I thought I’d show it to you all over again”.
We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).
“There are many monochrome apps, and I’ve covered quite a few of them: Noir, Dramatic B&W, Ansel (now called Nova) and others. Some are merely editors, and some have shooting capabilities. Some vintage apps, like Vintage Scene, Lo-Mob and Superslides have some monochrome aids within them.
The two apps today (which, by the way, bring me to 150 different apps covered in tutorials since November 2012) are “dark horse’ monochrome apps in that they are not as fully-featured as some monochrome apps. However, each is surprising in its own ways. I am impressed with only one, however.
The first app is BlackCam by Pierre Gougelet, which is a shooter as well as editor. Gougelet is the author of Pixagram, covered last week. As I said then, his apps tend to fall well below the top tier of photographic apps. However, BlackCam is surprisingly good. It’s a universal app that sells for $1.99 on the App Store, and is also available for Android. (As a matter of fact, there seem to be some features, such as a grid, that are only available on Android).”
We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at the app Pixagram. Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).
“I haven’t really become visible enough, even after writing articles about nearly 150 apps (more than 100 republished on the awesome and highly visible App Whisperer site), to have developers asking me to try out their apps for free. Therefore, I’m constantly on the lookout, like my readers, for free apps that give me value. Today’s app, Pixagram by Pierre Gougelet, has often been offered for free on the App Store.
A little over two years ago, I covered two other Gougelet apps, XnShape and XnRetro. There are a whole suite of “Xn” apps, each competent in their own way. Pixagram seems to be an attempt to step away from the Xn series. As it turns out, it’s not a very big step.
Pixagram is a filtering app, with a couple of nice effects that are somewhat modifiable. Whether that will be of value to you will probably be answered in this column”.
We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look two apps, Graffiti Me and Fotofiffi. Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).
"There are thousands of photography/art apps on the App Store, and some of them are extreme specialised. That’s the case with the two apps I’ll be covering this time: Graffiti Me by Bluebear Technologies Ltd and Fotoffiti by amioli. Each take your image, run a Threshold filter on it, and apply it to a wall as if you’ve stenciled it there. Each allow you to add extra paint and text. Each also run on both the iPhone and the iPad, but limit the iPad version to portrait orientation. And each will cost you about a dollar, if you don’t get them free on their frequent promotions.
Let’s start with a look at Graffiti Me".
We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography / art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe helps you to understand more about brushes and how greater knowledge can lead to greater mobile art. Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).
"Any time you try to learn a new skill, the first roadblock you encounter is the specialised terms associated with that skill. How are you going to play American football without knowing what a touchdown, punt or offsides penalty is? How are you going to operate a computer without knowing the difference between an icon and an operating system?
Art apps use a lot of terminology borrowed from physical painting with brushes and pencils, charcoals and pastels. However, since you are not actually using these physical tools, but a finger or stylus, then the app has ways to control the output of touching the screen to mimic the physical action. These brush controls are named in similar ways across most art apps.
In order to explain what some of these controls actually do, I am going to be using two apps: PaintHack and iColorama. PaintHack uses a brush engine similar to the one in Procreate, which is commonly seen as the industry standard among art apps. It undeniably gives you the most control over your software brushes. iColorama adds a control that also comes in handy for artists and is not an option in PaintHack or Procreate. It’s used in the example below; can you guess what it is?"
We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our viewing pleasure. This time Jobe takes a look at some crucial miscellaneous issues that help will you understand more about some technical aspects to mobile photography. Take it away Jerry…(foreword by Joanne Carter).
“While I generally write articles about how to operate an app, along with articles about how to achieve a certain look, I will sometimes get drawn into discussions of a more general nature. When Snapseed introduced the ability to Export images in the PNG format, as well as the ability to edit RAW files, it drew me into a discussion on file and image sizes that I thought would make a good article. I also wanted to talk about some added features of Snapseed and Over, and those will be discussed at the end.
First, let’s talk about the size of a file. This is how much space it takes up on your device. All image file formats (JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, GIF, all the RAW formats, etc.) compress the data in some way so that the files are not enormous. JPG, the most common file format, offers several levels of compression, but the act of compressing the files loses some of the information. JPG is a lossy format. Lossy compression means that if adjacent pixels are similar enough, they are considered to be the same. When recreating the image from the data, these similar pixels will now be identical. Smooth gradients become stripes through file compression.
PNG format can result in either a lossy or lossless compression. Snapseed’s new Export format is a lossless PNG. It means the PNG will be a large file, but there is none of that “striping”. However, a Save or Save As in Snapseed will not result in a PNG, but in a JPG as always. That is because Snapseed wants you to be able to modify the edits you’ve made after saving the file, so they save a JPG and a “sidecar” file, an additional file with edit information.
Some people can see the effects of compression easily, even without the destruction of large areas of smooth gradients. These people are very concerned with the file compression that takes place with the different formats, and are willing to sacrifice space on their device as long as they can avoid compression “artefacts”. I am not one of these people. Some visual destruction that I can see easily has to do not with file size, but with image size – the pixel dimensions of an image.
Each pixel in your image is a square. When you resize an image downward – say, a 3952×2960 to a 2048×1533 – then pixels have to be discarded. Detail is lost. When you resize an image upward, pixels have to be created. This results in the “jaggies” – a smooth line becomes jagged, like stair steps. Why is this? Imagine a single white pixel on a black background. To us, it looks like a dot – it has no shape. But it is actually a square. Now, imagine that we resize the dot from 1×1 to 2×2, an increase from 100% (original size) to 400%. Now that there are four square pixels grouped together, it becomes obvious to us, just by looking, that we have a square. At a lower size, that square could be a circle, a curve, a smooth edge – but as you make it larger its square quality becomes obvious.
There are computer algorithms that try to compensate for the “jaggies”. One of the best is on the desktop, in a program called Genuine Fractals (now bundled with On1 Software as Resize). There does not seem to be anything comparable on mobile devices. When I want to resize an image, I use Big Photo, an app I covered in part a few years ago. The interface has changed somewhat, so let’s cover the entire app now”.