Original photo from Apple Camera App, iPhone 5S
The Retromatic wallpaper I created from the original image
Moving along to something just a bit too funky for me, but fun none-the-less. Today, we’re going to take a look at the Retromatic app. This app is designed to help you create really funky, retro creations. They aren’t really photos anymore when you’re done, but they could make for fun cards, flyers, etc.
I decided to take an image I thought was cute but maybe not really a wall-hanger and see if I could make it wall-worthy by turning it into some silly wallpaper. I can’t quite visualize what wall I would ever put this on, but I certainly had a good time playing with the capabilities of the Retromatic app.
The one challenge is highlighting just the parts of my subjects with my finger–this was especially tricky on my dog’s legs. A stylus would probably make this much more accurate.
Your Assignment: Try following these steps (an improvising) to create your own funky wallpaper:
Original image taken with Apple Camera App in iPhone 5S
Revised image using Con Tours effect in Paper Camera
Yesterday we used the Paper Camera app to create a sketch by taking a picture. Today we’re going to use Paper Camera to turn a “regular” photo into a line drawing.
Paper Camera not only acts as a live-view of effects, it also allows you to apply those effects to existing photos. This has the advantage that if you decide you don’t like the effect later, you still have the normal photo to work with.
However, you can’t create a “normal” photo using Paper Camera. You can use Camera Awesome, the Apple Camera App, or your favorite camera app to take the photo and then open it in Paper Camera to apply the effects.
This means you can use any photo you’ve got on your iPhone to play with the effects.
Start by opening the Paper Camera app. Next, follow these steps to open an existing photo from your Camera Roll and apply effects:
Your Assignment: Pick a photo that you want to play with. Follow the steps above to apply the effect of your choice. Did you turn someone you love into a comic superhero? Or maybe create a simple line drawing? Did you have fun?