before & after

Before and After: A Vintage Record Cover

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I'd just updated my profile picture and wanted to see if I could do something creative with it. I thought I'd take the opportunity to create a vintage record cover with VinilyzeMe!, one of the apps featured in Apps for Design and Visual Story Telling. This is a fun app that taps into our nostalgia for retro artwork and music on LPs. 

My original self portrait was rather small in size, since I'd taken it with my iPhone's front facing camera. Because of that, my selfie became jagged and pixelated when I brought it into VinylizeMe!. With Big Photo I could resample my original image, resizing it without losing quality.  

Next I flipped my photo with Leonardo to create more variation to my album cover. 

Putting together your album cover in VinilyzeMe! is an easy process where you start by selecting one of the beautifully designed templates and add your own images and words. You can create your own record label, and as you can see I founded Moontone Records! Optionally you can also add scratches and wear and tear to your album cover. 

This was a fun and charming project. Lighthearted. 

Before & After - Vintique

By Jennifer Lynn Bishop of Rainy Day Doodle

Recently I talked about some of the awesome features of Vintique, and promised you a more detailed “Before & After” post. While you may not be able to make every drab photo beautiful, I consider it a personal challenge to take one of my “okay” photos and transform it into something I would be proud to post on my blog.

Below is a photo I snapped on a walk one day in my neighborhood. It’s one that I thought would be really pretty at the time, but later I noticed the colors weren’t as bright as I saw them, and then there is a pesky ladder on the left that doesn’t quite capture the mood I was hoping for.

Original Photo - Unedited

My Process

I start out by cropping out the parts that I don’t want, while still framing the photo with that wonderful old tree. I also felt that the metal grill in front of the picnic table was a little distracting. I chose rather to focus on the lovely landscape behind these items. You do need to be careful not to zoom in too much, as you may lose quality, but here is my final crop, along with the rest of my creative process:


As you can see, you don't have to do a lot to a photo to make it sparkle a bit more. Also, you don't have to use a ton of apps to do it, especially when you've got an app as great as Vintique!

About the Author: Jennifer Lynn Bishop is a freelance graphic designer, artist, and iPhoneographer. Follow her artistic journey at Rainy Day Doodle.

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Before & After: Winter Landscape

mobile photo: winter landscape

mobile photo: winter landscape

A quick experiment with Aquarella, the latest professional artistic app from Jixi Pix

Aquarella transforms your images into ‘liquid pools of colour blended fluidly on paper’ through a revolutionary new ”wet” algorithm that simulates overlapping strokes of pigment dried dark along the edges, delicate blooms and colour washes to achieve a truly wet, luminous, natural watercolour impression. 

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Before & After: Untitled Blue

mobile art: untitled blue

mobile art: untitled blue

Before & After, a series that offers a peek into the creative process of creating mobile art and photography.

mobile photography: footsteps in snow

This image emerged when I participated in a prompt at Breaking New Ground hosted at iPhoneArt. The challenge was to use Percolator, a fun and beautifully animated app that helps you create images in a neo-pointillist style, with a graphic twist. 

This piece started as photo of footsteps in the snow. Below you can follow my creative process, and after that a list of the apps I used to create this piece. There were a lot of steps to this piece, below are about half of them. Each variation was blended in with the piece. I hope you enjoy the creative journey! 

Apps I used to create this image:

  • Camera app Hipstamatic
  • Snapseed. Essential photo editor. 
  • Percolator. Create photo mosaics.  
  • Glaze. Turns your photo into a painting with a stroke-based, non-photorealistic rendering algorithm.
  • Image Blender to blend my different variations into one image. 

Before & After: Street View

Street View

Street View

Before & After, a series that brings a peek into the creative process of creating mobile art and photography.

This piece started as street photography, an iPhoneography shot of a mannequin in a shop window. A few months later this image took new shape, through my participation in a prompt at Breaking New Ground hosted at iPhoneArt. The theme was to use Pop Dot Comics HD, an app that helps you "create comic-book style illustrations". I picked this image as my starting point because a mannequin is reminds me of the stylised characters of many comic books. 

Browse the slideshow below to see my creative process, and after that a list of the apps I used to create this piece. I hope you enjoy the creative journey! 

Apps I used to create this photomontage:

  • Camera app Hipstamatic
  • Pop Dot Comics HD (comic book, halftone style)
  • Part™ create geometric art work in a simple, intuitive interface
  • Decim8. "a digital tool for photographic destruction"
  • Layover to create the photomontage. "a fun photography app that lets you blend the colors and textures of up to five pictures to create a single image" 

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