AMITIAE - Monday 1 February 2016
Popsicolor: Interesting Photo Editor from the Developers of Waterlogue
By Graham K. Rogers
One of the apps that I looked at in "Artistic Output from Photographs on iOS Devices" (20 January), which like all my eXtensions columns for the Bangkok Post is available on my site, was Waterlogue. This produces output in the style of watercolor paintings and has been one of my favourites since it appeared.
While looking at the app in the iTunes store, I also found that the developers, Tinrocket, have two other apps shown: Percolator, which did not appeal to me; and Popsicolor, that most certainly did. All of the apps are $2.99.
PopsicolorLike Waterlogue, the app takes images from the Photos Library on an iOS device and adds a particular style of coloring to the image. The app uses the visual metaphor of a popsicle (ice lolly for us Brits) for coloring: each selection has a different color. There are selections of colored popsicles for the top and bottom halves of the image. As each effect, filter or tool is applied, a panel appears on screen, with the words, "Making a Mess": enthusiastic Art.
The app allows images to be imported from the Photo Library, from the camera, or by Pasting from another app. Above the import icons are 12 image types, including Duotone, White Ink and Ripple. With 16 color selections, the number of image and color combinations possible is in the hundreds. The color selector also has a number of tools that allow further subtle changes, including swap and shuffle tools (e.g. top color to the bottom) and tools to add or reduce ink.
The image format types are adjusted in Settings, with JPG and PNG files possible. Sizes are Small, Medium, Large and Original. This may be up to 3584 pixels, although a warning tells us that smaller images will not be upsized.
This app is highly recommended.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. 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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