Chapter 7. Painting Looks

To some purists, converting a photo into what looks like a painting is considered cheating or tacky. I prefer to think of the process as photo illustration. Taking the energy of a photo and minimizing its reality sometimes maximizes its symbolic or emotional qualities. The low-res qualities of mobile photos can give just enough detail to render an effective painted look. By blending and layering different app effects you can come up with a unique hybrid of an image that feels honest and less like cheating.

Scan the tags next to the app icons and see a short video from the author explaining each app’s key concepts. In addition, you will have access to the iTunes download link and developer’s Web site. The tag urls are ...

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