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 !!!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is my painting demo from Brushstroke. I really like the results and the painting effects.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a good day and see you soon…
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