Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Artist's Touch

Portrait of a Med student...
Artist's Touch is a simple but quite capable app for the iPad that makes artists out of the artistically goofiest of people.

Watch this video to see how it works. It started as an iPhone app but it's far better to use it on the iPad and its large real estate.

I used similar techniques of artistic cloning with other packages (like Corel Painter as an example) but I've never met the efficiency of this package before. Sure, you can do a lot more as a virtual painter working with Painter and a Wacom tablet, no doubt about it. But I find Artist's Touch quite efficient and surprisingly good. It's real value is far above the dollar price you pay at the App Store.

This example shown here took me, say, less than 5 minutes to do. I actually spent more time to frame it and color-correct it on Adobe Lightroom. The kid on the portrait is Seb, a med student and one of the two kids who unboxed my iPad two weeks ago. The original picture upon which the Artist's touch portrait rendering was based is shot by Seb's co-student and best pal, Bram, a Med student himself (the other kid of the unboxing event), and an excellent hobbyist photographer.

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