April 7, 2014

Creating Beautiful Watercolor Reproductions of Your Favorite Photos Right on Your iPhone

I really want to use my iPhone more.  I mean, it's great for so many things other than the obvious "phone" thing, right?

No one was happier than I was when I finally got an iPhone about a year and a half ago.  Prior to that, my kids loved to point out that my phone was actually on display at the Museum of Science and Industry here in Chicago serving as an example of OUTDATED technology.  I kid you not.  Ok, so it was a flip phone.  And I didn't even know how to text.  But that was then.  And this is now!

As far as apps go, I've never been one to pay for them.  There are just so many free ones!   However, every once in a while I'll see an app that isn't free but looks kind of good and I start to wonder.  That's what happened when I saw an app called Waterlogue.  It said it could turn your iPhone pictures into watercolor art.  I read a few decent reviews of it and, as a Photoshop-phobe, I thought I'd give it a whirl. Here's a before picture taken from my last blog post:



I thought it was a particularly pretty photo to try Waterlogue out on.

And here's what I got.
  Since spring has nearly sprung in these parts, I thought this might make for some great framed seasonal wall art.  

I tried it out on a few other photos just to be able to show you how it works.

Here's another photo from a recent post of mine.


Now here's the Waterlogue version.


I really love how the Madonna and Child turned out.

The textures are amazing.


This apples-and-cinnamon shot is one of my all-time favorite
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And I love how this one turned out, too.

You can buy the app in the iTunes store for $2.99, and it's compatible with your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (with iOS7).

I didn't like how some portrait-like photos of my family turned out.  But in all honesty I haven't used all their "filters" yet (there are 12).  I've stuck to the first option called "Natural."  But there are 11 more you can choose from and play around with to your heart's content. 

Photoshop can do this, and I believe there are other apps out there that can, too.  But Waterlogue has gotten the best reviews I've found.  And even though I have Photoshop, I'm sad to say that I was so intimidated by it that I never figured out how to use it!  This is, by far, the easier option.    

Have you tried it yet?  If you have, I'd love to hear about it.

 {This was not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share a great find with you all.}


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11 comments:

Patricia Hinkel said...

Kathleen,
Love the look of them. They look like water color pictures. I'm thinking I need a phone like that one. Lol...

NanaDiana said...

Kathleen- How very, very cool. I really love the hydrangea one! xo Diana

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

I keep meaning to look into this, so I'm glad you reminded me!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I love what this app can do. I have an android and not sure if this app or something similar is available yet. Also waiting for PicMonkey to have it. Hmm, maybe they do by now. Thanks for sharing Kathleen. Love your pretty watercolors.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Your photos are so lovely Kathleen and I love the look of the watercolors! Thanks for the tip on the app!

The Charm of Home said...

I have seen this app and it does create really pretty images. I love the Madonna!
Sherry

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

I love this app! I have had a blast using it too. Your florals look stunning!I think my choices have been too busy- yours look much better!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I have not tried it, but I have seen it, just amazing!!! PS: I just got an Iphone about 6 months ago....Yep, I had myself one fabulous flip phone lol!

Carol

20 North Ora said...

Hi Kathleen - I love the watercolor of the hydrangeas! That is a neat app. I haven't gotten it yet but am going to. I am your newest follower.

Judy

Ann Huffman said...

I can see why the apples and cinnamon photo is one of your favorites, it's a great shot! Thanks for the good info!

I would like to invite you to my very first link up, it's live right now ~ it's a swap! I would love to have you come by and join in. ~Ann

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Privet and Holly said...

This app seems to be
popping up on my favorite
blogs, so I guess it's a
sign for me to check it out!
I don't have an i-phone, but
perhaps its available for
androids, too. I love each
of the examples that you
chose--you have a really
beautiful eye for composition
and that translated so well
from your photos to your
"watercolors!"

Happy Friday, Kathleen!

xo Suzanne

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