Combo Apps/Brushstroke

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Code Organa has put out a comprehensive painting app called Brushstroke. It’s a very detailed painting app that is more realistic when it comes to making your photos look like paintings from the old masters. Some of the best things I love about this app, the fact it’s stable, runs smoothly and high res output all rolled into one. The other thing I’m impressed with is it works so smoothly on my iPhone 4S. I don’t know what their secret is to making such a fine app but they did their homework and knew the imperfections of the iPhone 4S. For a 1.0 version app, that’s really impressive !!!

The top image up above was done by June Courtland-Burke. She used Brushstroke and this is what she had to say about it. “I liked both photos before, but they were somehow flat and just didn’t do the trick for me, but once I tried the Brushstroke app, it seemed to bring them both to life. In fact, it gave them a whole new dimension and life of their own !!! Almost forgot… The one thing I think that’s really unique; is that the app offers you a way to order your artwork on canvas! I think that’s a terrific idea !!!”

Demo Photo

Let’s get started with the blog post, so we start off with the normal demo photo that I took with my iPhone and ProCamera 7.

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Now when you start the app you get the option of taking a photo or loading a photo. You all know I load the photos up from my archive of photos and rarely take photos from the apps. After you have loaded your photo, you’re ready to paint it. There are 7 paint patterns or sets with sub section of variations of the different paint patterns or sets.

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The Paint Pallete Button is how you set the tones and hues for your painting. There are 8 different categories to decide what tones or hues you want on your painting. You can play with different tones and hues to find what you like. There are a lot to choose from and you will spend endless hours playing with the tones.

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The canvas button will let you choose what types of textures and backgrounds you want on your painting. What else is nice is you have a slider to control the opacity of the canvas, papers and colors to apply on top of your painting. You always start off with AUTO as the default. How you know what you picked is the button will be grayed or darkened out.

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You can see on the top of how it’s at 100+, all you have to do is slide across the screen. I kind of like that feature instead of a slide bar. It works well and there’s no dragging effect.

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There is the setting details, which is set more like a photo type editing but helps to enhance your painting. What I would like to see added in future updates is like an ink bottle button to define the lines and sharpness of the painting. Other than that, the setting work really well and just like the Canvas button. Just slide your finger across the screen to adjust brightness to temperature and find what you like in your painting.

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One of the buttons I used a lot in this section is Density. It like the tone mapping with HDR photos, to find your shadows and highlight. You can pinch your finger to zoom in so you can look at the details up closely.

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How when you save your painting you have a few options. One you can save your painting. Two you can load up your painting on Instgram. Three you can send your painting off to be sized, printed, framed and shipped all the cost of $117.00 to $146.00 based on the size of the prints. This is a really nice feature, if you want to get this done.

Brushstroke Results

This is my painting demo from Brushstroke. I really like the results and the painting effects.

Final Edit

Here is the same edit but I added clouds from another app called InstaShake. I wanted the clouds to make the image more mysterious and foggy like.

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The last thing I wanted to mention and forgot to write was the signature Letter A button at the end. You can put in your own signature on your painting with this app. All you have to do is write it in and it will put a layer signature on the right corner. You can change clear, change the color and hit done after you are happy with your signature.

Signed by TIna L Rice Demo

This is what your painting will look like with a signature on it. It’s really tiny and hard to see it. I don’t like to put watermarks or signature on my artwork or photographs because they take away from the image or photo. But I know there are people who like to put watermarks on their photographs and artwork and that’s ok.

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Overall Brushstroke is one of the best painter apps out there. You can save your paintings at high resolution, renders smoothly and doesn’t crash while you’re using the app. For a 1.0 version of this app, it’s really impressive with lots of room for updates and improvements. Brushstroke sells for $2.99 and is universal to the iPad. If you have an iPad, I recommend you buying this app with the larger screen you see better details and have better control over your paintings. I want to thank Mike at Code Organa for giving me a code for trying out and able to write a full review of Brustrokes. Also, I walk to to thanks for June Courtland-Burke for providing her images to be as demos for this blog post. If you have nay questions please leave comments or email me Have a good day and see you soon…

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15 Responses to Combo Apps/Brushstroke

  1. Jimmy says:

    Looks like a really cool app. Thanks for the review.

  2. Kimberly says:

    Love those painter apps! Thanks for the review Tina!

  3. eucalyptha says:

    Looks like a great app. Thanks for the blog. Loved reading it

  4. kimartino says:

    Reblogged this on kimartino and commented:
    Great Brushstroke tute!

  5. Danny says:

    Great review!

  6. stickyquote says:

    Awesome Tina! Thanks for sharing with us! Looks like a great app.

  7. ozkyocs says:

    It is a nice app. Thanks for the review!

  8. imapurrson says:

    Brushstrokes is definitely on my wish list. Your in depth review makes me bite at the bit to play with this new app. I’m waiting for a sale on it, or hopefully the developer will bestow codes to you for your faithful readers! Thanks for always bringing the cool new apps to our attention! I hope you’re doing well, Tina!
    Cheers, Denise

  9. lumafegu says:

    Thanks for the review, it’s so good that I bought the app. Beautiful and well done, nice interface BUT after spending several minutes and when I wanted to save there’s always a crash.
    I try the app in my iPhone (4s) and iPad (2d Gen) with and without the HD, I quitted all apps, restarted both to erase the cache and again crash when trying to save (to camera roll or mail).
    It’s a pity because it’s no cheap (compared with others) and probably I have to wait until next update.

  10. lumafegu says:

    I mailed my complain to Organa Support and they immediately got in contact with me.
    It seem the problem was with the installation of the app. I delete the app restarted the app and downloaded again from the App Store. Now everything is OK. Thank you Mike from Code Organa for you help which I appreciate for your prompt answer.

  11. rjllane says:

    Hello Ashcroft54.

    Haven’t been active for a little while – broke some bones in my hand and wrist – but recovering more comfortably now. I like these painterly apps – just for some fun. I saw this one and was SO PLEASED to see that you had reviewed it – a review from someone I trust ! Your statement that it saves at high resolution was the clincher, not to mention it is half price this week.

    Take care … MomentsForZen

  12. Did you say you had a promo code? I’d love! Maybe this will go through in time.

  13. Chris says:

    Am I too late? 😳

  14. imapurrson says:

    Awww shucks, would love love love a promo code for Brushstrokes! It looks awesome! Hope you’re enjoying your day Tina!
    Cheers, Denise

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