Water­logue

Ever won­dered what your dig­i­tal paint­ings would look like in wa­ter­colour? Won­der no more!

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water­logue aims to be a fast way to cre­ate wa­ter­colour prints by en­abling you to make broad aes­thetic de­ci­sions with­out hav­ing to do the hard graft of ac­tu­ally paint­ing.

The app works by se­lec­tively re­mov­ing in­for­ma­tion from an im­age, then work­ing it up again us­ing coloured paints based on the fil­ter and set­tings you ap­ply. There are 14 pre-set styles you can se­lect from an easy-to-use con­trol rib­bon. The styles are Instagram-like fil­ters of dif­fer­ent tone and hue, but they also ap­ply vari­a­tions in white spots and un­painted ar­eas, to re­flect the way watercolours are tra­di­tion­ally laid down in a sin­gle wet pass.

The app was de­signed for use with pho­tos, but we’ve seen artists hav­ing a lot of fun turn­ing their well-ren­dered dig­i­tal paint­ings into softer, wa­ter­colour images. There are light­ness, bor­der and de­tail op­tions; the lat­ter is a ruler for chang­ing the pixel num­ber set­ting, so se­lect­ing Gi­ant in­creases the pixel count and re­sults in finer de­tail, for ex­am­ple. This brings out def­i­ni­tion in close-up shots, while the Small set­ting cre­ates a more im­pres­sion­is­tic can­vas that works bet­ter on land­scapes. Ap­plied fil­ters of a photo stand in an al­bum-like Cov­er­Flow ar­range­ment, mak­ing it easy to swipe be­tween passes and 'heart' ones you want to save, copy or share.

The one down­side is that faces don't turn out so well, but re­sults look au­then­tic and you can cre­ate a va­ri­ety of ef­fects with vec­tor and 3D ren­dered images. The new art may lack the depth of a Turner or Hop­per, but don't look half bad for an al­go­rithm.

Fil­ters can be pre­viewed in a smaller frame along­side the orig­i­nal or cur­rently ap­plied fil­ter. High-res­o­lu­tion ex­ports are just a tap away in Water­logue’s con­trol rib­bon in­ter­face.

You can cre­ate watercolours from your pho­tos or dig­i­tal art cre­ations.

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