By Carol H.
Your participation in the discussion of mobile photography during this series has been awesome! Many thanks for taking the time to stop by FOL and for sharing your favorite apps with everyone. Did you miss part 3? You can find it HERE. In the meantime…
App Stacking (also known as Apping) is where more than one app was used to process an image. When thoughtfully applied, this process can yield incredible results, and all from your mobile phone.
In this segment of the series, I'll share some things you might want to consider when app-stacking along with a few of my recipes for images I have done. So let's get started!
Recipe for the above: Original image into Touch Retouch app to remove switch plate, save. Retouched image into Haiku app, save. Retouched image added to Blender app as base image & Haiku image added to Blender as top layer & wiped Haiku effect from clock face using Blender's masking tool.
Image size – It is important to keep track of your image size as you take it through different apps. After all your work, if you end up with an image that’s only 450k, you won’t be able to do much with it except share it on IG (Instagram.) There’s an app called Lab that can provide you with info about the size of your image.
Recipe for above: Original image into Haiku, save. Haiku image into distressed effects, save. Original image into Blender as base image and Haiku image into Blender as top layer, blending & masking as desired. While still in Blender, flatten image, then add Distressed FX image as top layer, blend & mask as desired.
Set your base image first. If you want your final image cropped, lightened, sharpened, etc., do this first so that you are starting with an optimum image to work with.
Recipe: Original image into Tangled FX and used "fibers smooth" preset, save. Original image into Tangled FX and used "brush strokes" preset, save. "Fibers smooth" image into Blender as base image and "brush strokes" preset into Blender as top layer, then blended and masked, save. Brought Blender image into Distressed FX, save. Brought Distressed FX image into Blender as base image and a jpeg file of birds flying as top layer, save.
Take notes. Without a history or layers palette to refer to, it can be difficult to remember all the steps you took to create your amazing image. You may have created something you will want to duplicate on other images for your own signature style.
Recipe: Original image into MarbleCam, save. Original image into Blender as base image and a picture of a hand in Blender as top layer, blend, then flatten. Marbled image into Blender as top layer and using the adjust & masking tools, place the marble into the hand, save. Open Blender image in Lens Light and add highlight to the marble.
Delete! If you don’t like your end result, don’t feel bad about deleting it. Though you may not like the end result, going through the process refines your skill with your apps. Playtime is never a waste of time!
Do you use more than one app to process your images? What are your favorite combinations? Leave a comment to let us know and show us your wonderful creations on the Focusing OnLife Flickr group or on Instagram and tag #focusingonlife.
The 5th and final installment of iPhoneography, Sharing, other fun apps to explore, and continued education, will be posted on 4/24/13.