App Review & Tutorial: Filters for iPhone and iPad

I am a serious app addict. I love finding new apps that I can incorporate into my work.  I thought I would share some of the apps I have discovered with all of you. I am not sponsored by any app company, just my own personal opinion. Today's app review is on the app Filters for iPhone and iPad by Tap Tap Tap LLC. It retails for $1.99. 

 

I bought Filters for iPhone and iPad a few months ago, and I am finding it quite useful. Filters is an app  that does exactly what it’s name implies-filters.  It has Film filters, color filters, texture layers, lighting and some adjustment tools.  The price isn’t bad either at only $1.99. In this short video I will go over how to use Filters for iPhone and iPad. 

I hope you enjoyed the video. All of the photos below photos with the exception of the flowers were edited ONLY with Filters. The flower image was edited with Snapseed, Brushstroke, and Repix before using Filters.
 

I hope everyone has a great week! 

XO,

 

Nature Inspires

Lately I have been working on a series of works revolving around botanicals, particularly leaves. We have two Bradford Pear trees whose leaves have very interesting patterns. I also look for fallen leaves that have strange shapes or spots on them.  Unfortunately, one of my Bradford Pear trees has a fungus, which we are treating. But the spots on the leaves are interesting, so I photographed them.

 

I love taking these leaf images into the iPad and/or Photoshop to change their colors. I will use app such as Tadda (iPhone app), Filterloop, iColorama, and PhotoStudio HD (an older app that still works). In Photoshop I use a third party plugin by Topaz Labs called Restyle. With Restyle, you can create your own custom presets, which I have many. I will then use these colorful versions in my work. I encourage all of you to photograph everything! Inspiration is all around us.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

XO,

 

New Ways To Create Multiple Versions of an Image

 

I have been experimenting with ways to turn previously created images into something new. Most times, this results in many different versions, all of them having a similar look to them. This could be a good thing, as this is a great way to start a series.

Most often when I work, there are versions of an image that aren’t exactly what I intended, and often get removed or deleted. I have started saving these steps and keep a few of them in a folder on my iPad to play with at another time.


I started out with these two images, both of them unfinished for one reason or another.  By working in numerous apps blending and layering, these different versions emerged. The apps I used included: Leonardo, Stackables, Fused, Snapseed, Photoshop Express, LightBrush, and BlendPic. 

The blending apps were Snapseed, BlendPic, Fused, and Leonardo’s Reflection effect. All of these blend a little differently, and you can spend hours just playing around. 


Working with these multiple versions is a great way to explore new apps, and discover new ways of blending.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful 4th of July Holiday!

Take Care,

XO,

 

 

 

 

Experimenting with LightBrush App

Hi Everyone!

I bought a new app the other day to play with-LightBrush. It works by brushing on certain effects and adjustments to your photos. If you want to lighten or darken an area, change it's color, and apply texture to just part of your image, this app will do it. I love experimenting, and I think this app will be useful in applying filters and adjustments to specific areas of your image. It is $3.99 in the app store. 

I took this black and white image into LightBrush and applied color effects. Below is a short video on the app.

I took this black and white image into LightBrush and applied color effects. Below is a short video on the app.

I hope you enjoyed the video! Have a great weekend!

XO,

 

New Prints!

Hi Everyone,

I just realized that I didn't have any prints of the "Whimsical Houses" series in my Etsy store. But now I do! These are printed on archival papers with archival dye inks, and are a limited edition of 75 each. Each is numbered and signed. Shop now on my Etsy store!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

XO,

 

Whimsical Houses

Hi Everyone!

 I am working on a new class on "Whimsical Houses". I plan on having about 4-5 projects in this class, and many apps and techniques will be covered. I have a projected start date sometime in August! This piece, "Whimsical Village" was created on the iPad using Leonardo, Superimpose, Procreate, Facetune, Filters, and Stackables. 

These are some of the potential projects for the class. More to come...

Take Care,

XO

 

***Early Bird Special Ending June 5th!***

Hi Everyone,

The early bird special for “It’s Elementary’ is ending on June 5th! Once the classroom opens on June 5th,  the price will go up to $47. Register now to take advantage of the special!

This class is for anyone who wants to create their own unique backgrounds, digital stamps, photomasks and elements for use in their digital art. No previous experience with painting is required! All you need is a willingness to explore something new with technology and experiment!

Experimentation

Experimenting with apps is one of my favorite things to do! Even some of the older apps I own and haven't worked with in a while can be useful in my work. This is a new leaf image done with photos I took with my iPhone last fall. I combined them with some handmade papers that were photographed and added to my iPad library. I played around with a lot of filter apps that I haven't used lately, Rookie Cam, Color Story. Revisiting older apps can lead you to new effects you have forgotten about. Hope everyone had a lovely holiday!

Take Care,

XO,

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