More people might be dabbling less and less with watercolor and paintbrushes these days but that has not lessened their fascination for the pictures that have been made by hand rather than snapped by a camera. Which is the reason for the popularity of a number of photo-to-picture conversion apps like Paper Camera and Cartoon Camera. However, the results of these worthies more often than not are simply scaled down versions of the photographs, making it very clear to most users that these are actual derivatives of photographs rather than freshly painted art.
Well, that’s what makes Waterlogue stand out from the photo-to-watercolor crowd. The app does come with a price tag (USD 2.99), but it delivers a lot of coloring and painting bang for those bucks. And unlike some apps of its kinds that are a bit complex to use, Waterlogue is simplicity itself. You launch the app, click on the camera icon to either take a new picture or select one that already exists on your device – one the picture has been selected, you just need to sit back and let the app weave its magic.
And it does look magical – you see your photograph being stripped down to an almost pencil sketch outline and then the app starts filling in colors. It is here that the difference between Waterlogue and other apps becomes clear – the color filling might seem ‘blobby’ to most amateurs but by the time the end result filters in,
Some critics will say that the app does not give them ‘live’ painted views before they take a picture, others will say that options to tweak images are limited (you cannot add a specific color to a part of the image for instance), and still others will claim that the app costs too much for what it delivers. We would however, beg to differ. Quite simply because its results are very good indeed, especially if you are looking at landscapes or stationary objects – pictures of people still look like photographs with paint chucked on them. In our book, Waterlogue literally bridges the gap between art and photography. Worth paying almost three dollars for? We would say yes, if you like your watercolors. And don’t have time to paint or sketch.
Available from: iTunes App Store
Price: USD 2.99