Sunday, January 4, 2015

Creating Watercolor Art from Photos

I've been having a lot of fun playing around with this great iPhone app that allows you to create a watercolor rendering of your photos-- its called Waterlogue.  I initially discovered it at Eclectically Vintage (click here to visit this blog post).  Click here to go directly to the app (and of course it's available on your iPhone in the App Store for $2.99).




Very simple and easy to use.  The hardest part for me was trying to remember my iTunes password; after surmounting that hurdle, it took less than a minute to purchase, download, and start using this very fun and handy app.




The easiest way to use this app is to take photos with your phone. You can also take photos with a regular camera, email them to yourself, and then open them on your phone and save them there. Once the photo is on your camera, click on the photo icon on the left hand side of the app page, open Photo Library, find the photo you want to use and click on it, and then choose from several rendering styles and treatments.  There are 14 settings that allow you to control the color, wetness, and pen lines.  You can also choose resolution level, lightness/darkness levels, and whether to use a border.

You then have several options for what you can do with the finished product. Selecting the heart icon on the right hand side of the app page gives you the choice of emailing the photo;  saving to your phone; sending to your Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr account; and creating and sending a postcard to whomever you choose.

I thought I would share several before and after examples of how this app can be used to create unique, personalized art that can be used for all kinds of projects.

Using a recent photo of a Christmas vignette on my stairs....



.....I chose the Bold, Color Bloom, and Luminous treatments.  I especially like the way the Bold version turned out, with its blurry but bright colors and the nice detail on the picture frame, boxes, dog figurines, and the greens in the foreground... although some detail is lost on a couple of the smaller dog figurines.  Plus, the flat, white of the stairs in the background gets washed out and lost.....


Using Bold


Using Color Bloom


Using Luminous

By choosing the Darker light setting with a Luminous treatment I was able to pull out more detail and definition in all the items in the foreground as well as the stairs in the background.


Using Luminous at a Darker setting, and no border


I found that I liked the end results best when I used photos with a high level of contrasting light and shadows, demonstrated in the next few before/after examples.  



The high contrast between the dark entryway and deep, shaded porch of the building and the shadows underneath the trees translates very effectively using the Travelogue treatment.  I especially like the vintage, old-painting effect of Travelogue....

Using Travelogue


The bright sunlight and deep shadows of early morning.......


...transform beautifully here using the Luminous setting. A background in deep shade really makes the bright foreground pop...

Using Luminous



The dark green of the foliage in the background creates a strong backdrop for my two dogs...



...although I'm not a fan of the results using Bold... this veers too much towards Andy Warhol for my taste....


Using Bold



 I prefer the softer effects of Bloom and Travelogue.

Using Bloom


Using Travelogue


When using photos of vignettes with lots of detail, play around with the different treatments and settings to see what works best. Again, contrasting light and shadow yields the best results.



Using the It's Technical and Illustration treatment does the best job of picking out the details on the transferware serving platter and the flowers.

Using It's Technical


Using Illustration


I still get fairly nice detail using Color Bloom and Travelogue... 

Using Color Bloom


Using Travelogue


Less detail with Vibrant, but I love the blurry, Impressionistic effect of this treatment.

Using Vibrant


Lots of detail here in this photo to play around with...



The silvery gleam of the pitcher and votive holders look good here using Bold....

Using Bold


But I prefer the way the detail in the tray and plates are rendered when using Color Bloom.


Using Color Bloom



Using Illustration



Using It's Technical



Photos of landscapes work especially well in Waterlogue.



Using Luminous


Using Color Bloom




Using Color Bloom


Using Illustration


Using Vibrant


Have fun with this great app! For myself, I see many projects in the near future, especially once I get to the decorating stage of our cabin project.

Linking to 
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
The Scoop #152 at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Wow Us Wednesdays #203 at Savvy Southern Style

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