Day 20: Fun Photo Apps 📸

While the iPad app Procreate has become my go-to app for my art, there are dozens of fun, free (mostly) apps for your phone and tablet! Playing with these is a perfect way to pass a few moments (or a lot more) waiting in line for those errands. Here’s a quick survey of some of my faves, using a photo of my Christmas tree as the example:

Original photo


1- MobileMonet was the first app I discovered which turns photos into illustrations – key if you would like to trace shapes in an image for fusible appliqué as photos often had too much detail to easily be traced.



2- Prisma is just pure fun, changing your photos into altered images…my favorite effect is called “Dallas.” This could be fun for notecards…I even used it one year to play with a photo of my cat, then had it printed on fabric by Spoonflower.


MegaPhoto, filter #143

3- MegaPhoto is my go-to app to turn photos into my favorite neon palette (use filter # 143 for this). It las lots of other filters…for instance-

Also MegaPhoto 😉



4- Popsicolor is awesome for turning photos into images for my ink-and-thread portraits! Perhaps more effective for feline subjects than Christmas trees ;)…but above you see the controls – you can change the colors on top and bottom, intensify/lessen the amount of ‘ink’ and so on. Here is one of my ink and thread portraits to give you the idea – I trace the image with fabric ink into white batik, then stitch –

Example of using Popsicolor



5- PORTRA does some serious alteration of your photos! I put this in the pure-fun category, not really useful for my process. But very cool!



6- C4LA. I am always on the hunt for apps that might turn my photos into line drawings…which can then be printed and colored in with fabric ink, as I described in an article for Quilting Arts. There are not many easy ones…and this one can be buggy depending on which upgrade just took place 🙄…but is very simple to use. The controls allow you to add/subtract amount of detail and adjust the width of the lines, which is really handy.



7- GridaPic is my app for tiling the image so that I can enlarge it…choose the number of cells you need, then print each on regular paper and tape together to avoid a trip to the professional printer ;).

As with all apps…expect some bugs and a bit of a learning curve…but you might find, ad I did, that some become indispensable tools ⚒️ in your 🧰 !

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Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits though a technique she calls "Pet-lique." A frequent teacher at IQF's Open Studios and The City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston and the National Juried Show of the CQA. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Laurie lives in NYC and Connecticut with her husband, their two angelic German Shepherds and three mischievous felines.

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