AMITIAE - Monday 8 June 2015
MobileMonet: Image Adjusting app with a good Range of Effects and some Interesting Tools
By Graham K. Rogers
I also have in my collection of apps a number that allow me to produce images that appear to be drawings from photo input. These range from the simple Cartoonatic, to the impressive, like Waterlogue, an app that I reviewed a while back and loved. An app I that I first downloaded when the iPhone 3G was current, called Art Camera produced output that emulated the styles of artists such as Picasso and others, including Monet. This was by MacPhun, who also produce Cartoonatic as well as a number of excellent applications for the Mac. Art Camera is no longer listed in the App Store.
This week I came across an app called MobileMonet with the subtitle - PhotoSketch, Watercolor and Oil Painting Effects. Despite the name Monet in the title, the app is more - and less - than this makes it appear.
MobileMonetThe app opens with a series of tutorial screens, which need to be dismissed before the app can be used. They have basic information and, if necessary, a user can return to them while using the app. As is common, the app offers access to the Camera or the Photo Library, but in addition, users can work on images from the Clipboard or (most useful) images previously edited in MobileMonet.
To the right are back and forward arrows - greyed out when no adjustments have been made - then a 3-bar Help icon. This allows access to the introductory screens; and there is also Photo Info. This shows similar data to what one might find in the Information in Photos on a Mac (including a map when GPS is available - see image below), but by tapping a text marked, "more info", a good range of metadata is provided.
At far right on the top bar is an icon that allows Export of images. I will examine this in more detail below.
EditingThe bottom of the screen shows tools that are used for editing. From left to right these are Toolbox, Presets, Line adjustments, Color adjuster, and image adjustments. As an image is brought into the app for adjustment, some painting takes place. The tools allow further adjustments to be made:
The end result, with initial painting, filter selection and the range of adjustments available allows users to produce a wide range of images from photographs with output like drawings.
Export and CommentsTo complement the range of image options, there is a wide range of ways in which the completed images may be exported or shared. As well as the normal Photo Library, email, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and Twitter, there is the ability to save to the Clipboard as well as Print and the Open in (depending on apps the user has). In addition, the user may send a postcard, order prints (I did not try these), or send directly to two apps: Photo Toaster or TitleFX, both from the same developer: East Coast Pixels Inc..
This is quite a good app to add to the collection, although in the main it does a similar task to a number of other apps available. However, there are a number of extras that this app includes which make it a valuable addition to my app collection: the Copy and Paste Settings (Lift & Stamp); the saving of images already edited, and the availability of metadata in particular.
MobileMonet is highly recommended.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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