PhotoViva is an app that allows you to turn your images into paintings with total control. Instead of selecting a filter to achieve a certain look, you choose brushes and paint each stroke. This allows for endless creative possibilities. Not only can you use this app to turn your photos into paintings, but you can also use it just for painting in general.
There is a good selection of brushes to choose from allowing for different looks. You can also change the angle and size of the brush. Choosing set will keep the angle to however you set it. Choose follow, and the angle changes when your finger changes direction. In other words, it follows your finger. Use clone to paint back the original image. To do this, make sure you tap on image and set your brush to clone instead of paint.
The tools offered in PhotoViva add even more control over your painting at any point during the process. The developer told me I had to try out the HDR correct tool, so I did. It does make for a more dynamic painting, but be careful not to overdo it. It can blow the highlights very easily. I’d wait until you’re done painting to make this adjustment. A few other tools that I really like are the shadows, midtones, and blend away tools. Using blend away allows you to bring back the original image to a degree, making for an interesting effect..
- Its fun to use and allows for a lot of creativity.
- This is an app for photographers and painters.
- The tools are good at enhancing your painting.
- It took a while to get the hang of it.
A couple of my examples are below. See http://photovivaapp.com/ for more examples and a video. If you grabbed this app the other day when it was free, please share anything you’ve created with it in the comments.
This app is actually a lot of fun to play with once you get the hang of it. As much as I like this for the iPhone, I imagine its even better on the larger display of the iPad. This app is more expensive than others, but its definitely worth the price if you’re looking for something like this.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 3.0 or later
*Full disclosure. I did not pay for this app. The developer reimbursed me through paypal because they were out of promo codes.