I’ve got a lot of photos sitting on my phone, waiting for the right app to come along and make them useful. Artista Impresso has done a really good job at making some nice snapshots look more interesting.
I have to say that sometimes, its hard to see much effect on the iPhone screen. I ran a couple of images through the app twice, to see if doubling the process made it more impressionistic. I like the results so far.
I felt like there was still too much detail in the first image of the pony, so I imported that version into Artista Impresso, and tried adding another layer of the effect, but this time, with a larger brush setting. I also used the center detail on the face, to make the app use smaller brushstrokes there, keeping more detail.
Lets look at another example of running an image through the ringer twice.
And, the second time, with a larger brush setting.
My first impressions of Artista Impresso are:
My one word to describe it is “clunky.”
I’m still not a fan of JixiPix’s user interface in their apps. I shouldn’t have to access another panel, just to compare the original image with the current edit.
I hate how every tiny adjustment causes the entire image to be reprocessed. It takes about 3-4 seconds each time I make an adjustment on my iPhone 5s. Way to kill an artist’s creative flow! This creates a time consuming workflow in this app. JixiPix needs to do something about this ASAP.
The overlays are not adding to this impressionist effect, in my opinion. They’re good at messing up your colors.
I don’t like how, upon importing an image, the view is zoomed in on the image. I want to see my image fit to the screen at the beginning. Forcing the user to zoom out before doing any kind of edits is silly, and again, slows down the workflow in this app.
Having said all that, the effect is still quite nice. Just be prepared to have a little patience.