Mo­bileMonet

This photo-to-paint­ing con­ver­sion app has a neat pro­duc­tiv­ity trick up its sleeve

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This photo-to-paint­ing con­ver­sion app has a neat pro­duc­tiv­ity trick up its sleeve. Plus it’s just be­come free.

Price Free Com­pany East Coast Pix­els Web www.east­coast­pix­els.com

There are nu­mer­ous iPhone apps that turn your pho­tos into some­thing re­sem­bling a paint­ing – Su­perPhoto Free is just one of them. So what’s so spe­cial about Mo­bileMonet?

Well for a start, the app, which has been around since 2010, has now gone free. But more im­por­tantly, rather than just ap­ply­ing a fil­ter over the whole photo, it en­ables you to ap­ply paint-like colour across spe­cific sec­tions of it.

In prac­tice, this means it’s easy to cre­ate orig­i­nal and eye-catch­ing (al­beit un­re­fined) vi­su­als with just a few min­utes of ef­fort. You start by tak­ing a photo with your iPhone, or im­port­ing one from your phone’s li­brary. Mo­bileMonet then ren­ders it as a black and white line draw­ing, and you can use a spray-can tool to add paint-like ef­fects to the im­age.

You can choose from pre­set set­tings or ad­just the con­trols for fac­tors such as Brush Size, Grain, Colour range and Line In­ten­sity. There’s also a Sponge tool, and you can play around with Vi­brancy, Bright­ness and Con­trast. (Al­though given this app is all about do­ing some­thing quick and easy, you’re prob­a­bly won’t want to spend too much time on that.) As you’re edit­ing, your cre­ations are saved in a re­cent edit list. Then once you’re happy with your vis­ual, you can print a high­res­o­lu­tion ver­sion from the app, or share it on In­sta­gram.

A nice app, then, that does one sim­ple task well. But what use is it to a dig­i­tal artist? Well, if you like to take pho­tos for ref­er­ence – and they spark new ideas for art as you take them – this might help you get those ideas down in mem­o­rable form while you’re still in the mo­ment. Al­ter­na­tively, if you wanted to con­vey an idea to a client, this could be a quick way to cre­ate a vis­ual that’s a bit more re­lat­able than a note­book sketch.

The app en­ables you fine-tweak set­tings such as line width, colour and line in­ten­sity.

The abil­ity to ap­ply ef­fects to spe­cific sec­tions of an im­age is the killer fea­ture of Mo­bileMonet.

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