Today I’ll be talking about 2 apps Smoosh and Textures+ by developer Mike Valdez. His company is called Bazzbo and has made another app called Pixel Blend Pro (iPhone) and Pixel Blend HD (iPad). The photo up above was edit with both apps Textures+ and Smoosh.
I’m going to start off with the app Smoosh first and where the app idea came from. Smoosh come from the editing still from the Polaroid SX-70 where you can manipulate the actual Polaroid photo by smooshing them with tools, finger nails or anything with tip. This was big in the 1970s and famous for this type of processing was a man name Lucas Samaras. I highly recommend you look up his work and his amazing Polaroid Manipultaions. Most of Lucas work was taken in his apartment and they were self-portraits of him doing random things. he’s also naked in a lot of his Polaroid Manipulations. When I took a photo history class Lucas Samaras was one of the last photographers we talked about so that’s why I remembered him so well.
This is my maniputlated photo using Smoosh and this took some serious time to do this manipulation. Now if you’re going to use this app make sure you turn off all your app running the background. This app takes up a lot of battery juice and lots of processing. Another thing is after each saved photo you do with Smoosh, make sure your turn off the app in the background before starting a new manipulation. If you don’t the app will crash because it takes a lot of processing and it wears your battery down.
Here’s the final editing after I put it through Photoshop Express. I wanted to over sharpen and change the color to give it a more Impressionistic look to the photo after using Smoosh.
Textures+ is a camera/editing app you can buy for $.99 at the App Store. I’ve posted up screen shots of the app to give you an idea of how easy the app works. You can also purchase more textures to add to your collection.
The photo is the same demo photo from the Smoosh demo, it’s loaded and ready to go. As you can see the buttons are pretty straight forward. The buttons are Crop, Texture, Brightness, Hue and Border.
You can apply as many texture as you want on photo or erase some of the textures away from the photo. Which is really a cool way of editing. You can scroll through the textures and pick what type of texture you want to app on top of your photo. Tap on the Erase Button to erase away certain part of the texture you don’t want on your photo.
You can add a border to your photo too after you’re done editing. Just scroll through with your finger and pick the border you like and tap on apply at the top right hand corner.
Cropping is easy too. You can pick the preset of crop ratio types or do free cropping by sliding the corner of the photo to your liking…
Saving is easy too you can either have the app linked to your favorite share and social sites. I just like to save to my camera roll by tapping the “box with arrow down” button.
Here’s my beautiful Textures+ photo. Now if you have any questions about this blog please leave comments or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. If you noticed you can find my about.me on the sidebar and find everything I’m linked to. It’s all there on the sidebar now Facebook pages, Google+, Flickr, Twitter, Tumblr and ect…Have a good day and see you soon.
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