Ok, I’m going to show you my style of Rollage with a Tina Rice twist. Rollage is an app inspired by artist Jiri Kolar. Jiri is known for his poetry and visual works. If Jiri was alive today, he would be celebrating his 100th birthday this year. Rollage is *FREE* at the App Store and universal to the iPad. You can pay $.99 (in-app purchase) to open up more pattern templates. I did buy the in-app purchase to open up the app more. It’s worth it considering the app saves at high res, FREE to begin with and universal to the iPad. The top photo was taken with Hueless and edited with Rollage, Focal Lab, Photo Forge 2. I had to add some kind of pigment/color to the Hueless photo because most seem to crash when you open a photo taken with Hueless. The reason is Hueless is a one channel black and white app, when most apps recognize three channel color apps. This discovery was made by Marcin Jachmann developer of Tangled FX. I’m hoping that other app developer will fix this problem because I like taking photos with Hueless. This photo was edited with my iPad.
These are the two photos I’ll be using for the demo with Rollage. Top photo was edited with NIR Color, Simply HDR and DXP. The bottom photo was edited with Elasticam, Dynamic Light and DXP.
Let’s get started with Rollage, this is the layout of the app. It’s pretty self explanatory. If you’re still not sure how the app operates, you can tap on the gear button and scroll down to the help section. Ok, lets tap on the “create” button.
Now we are going to create our Rollage edit, by either taking a photo or loading from our photo albums. You can see the two button in the photo box. The other button are for after your load your photo and you need to adjust your photos. After you figure what photos you’re going to use or did your adjustments, then tap on “Create Rollage”.
This is the default Rollage edit after you’re done loading your photos. If you noticed the three patters that are locked down below, this is where you can pay to unlock the patterns. I wanted to add if you wanted to do vertical photos. You will have to do the following in order to make verticals work in this app. Save the 2 vertical photos in landscape/horizontal mode because if you have the verticals in portrait mode. The photos will automatically crop into square format ratio or 1:1. This is an extra step and a pain in the butt. Now if you don’t like doing these extra steps in turning your verticals into horizontals then write a review in the app store or contact the developer, make a suggestion that you would like a vertical ratio update.
If you’re unsure about the function of the buttons just tap on the “?” button and this will appear on the screen.
After I’m done picking my pattern, I will tap on the “Choose Filter” button.
There are 7 different filter to choose from, I like to pick the third or fourth filter. The slider bar is for opacity or intensity of how much filtration you want to apply to your Rollage Image. After you pick your filter, you can tap on the “Save” button on the top right hand corner.
Now you have your choices of sharing and/or saving your photo. You can load them up to the normal share sites or save on your camera roll. Now you see where it says “When saving to Camera Roll, “LARGE” is always used.” So you don’t have to put it on “LARGE” for high-res printing, but I do it anyways out of habit. Now the res is only 2592×1944 which is 5 MP and not 8 MP, even at 5 MP that’s still great !!!
Here’s my final edit after I run it through Photo Forge 2 for final touches. If you have any questions please leave comments or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. You can get Rollage and most of the app I used on the iPad, some of the iPad versions of the apps may have different names or have HD version.
Combo Apps: Mobileography Extreme Editing, a group on Flickr.