The Wonder of Tech is delighted to welcome Kaarina Dillabough, a former Canadian Olympic coach, who shares with us one of her favorite apps, Waterlogue. When your reality seems harsh and you want to soften the rough edges of life, Waterlogue can bring beauty into your world.
I first found out about my friend Kaarina’s passion for Waterlogue when her stunning creations began appearing in my Facebook News Feed. As I marveled at her artistry I asked her how she was creating her amazing images. She explained that she created them using Waterlogue, an app for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.
Kaarina kindly shares her experience with Waterlogue:
When a friend of mine introduced me to the Waterlogue app, I was like a kid in a candy store! I could not believe that an app could transform my photos into magnificent watercolor renditions, but for a small price, I figured it was worth the try. After all, photography and watercolor painting are two of my favourite hobbies, so this seemed like a not-to-be-missed opportunity.
The Waterlogue app says “You don’t need to paint to create beautiful watercolor images – Waterlogue captures the essence of your photos in brilliant, liquid colour.”
Waterlogue takes photographs on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and turns them into images that look like watercolor paintings. When you open the app you’ll see a camera icon. Tap that to choose a picture already on your device or to take a picture with your camera. You can also copy and paste a photo into the app.
Choose a filter and have fun watching Waterlogue perform its magical transformation, step by step, as it “paints” your photo.
You have 12 options for watercolor filters for your photos and the app shows you thumbnail examples of each:
- “It’s Technical”
- Color Bloom
Although the thumbnails gave a general impression of what each filter would look like, you should give each one a whirl to see its effect on your photo.
To give you an idea of what each of the options looks like, from Bold to Blotted, this is how they turned out:
You also have the option of making the image normal, darker or lighter, with or without a border, and small, medium or large.
Over time, I’ve found my favorite filters, but just when I think a particular option won’t be suitable…voila! It turns out to be just the ticket. I rarely change the size, usually use the normal setting, with border.
Here are some before and after photos using the Waterlogue app:
After lots of experimenting, I tend to stick with just a few of the options, but it’s wise to experiment, because just when you think a particular choice won’t look good…it does!
Not all photos work well with Waterlogue though. Here is an example of a photo that wasn’t improved by using the app:
After you’ve finished your artwork, press the heart icon on the app to save your Waterlogue creation to your Photos app. You can also share your Waterlogue image from within the app to Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr. The app also lets you email the photo or turn it into a postcard that the app developers will print and ship to anywhere in the world!
If you want to share to Facebook, save your Waterlogue to your Photos app and share to Facebook from there.
Although I’ll never give up my watercolor painting, it’s a pure delight to use Waterlogue to transform my other passion – photography – into watercolors!
Waterlogue is an app for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch from the iTunes App Store, for $2.99.
[note]Also see, FotoSketcher – For the Artist in You! to learn about a similar software program for PC’s. [/note]
Do you enjoy watercolor art? Which Waterlogue effects do you like best? Do you like the idea of softening the harsh edges of your world? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below!
Kaarina is a business/life coach living in Ontario, Canada. For over 25 years her high-voltage energy, expertise and experience has inspired those she has worked with to reach beyond their grasp, to attain great things in business and in life. A former Olympic sports color commentator and coach, Kaarina parlayed her coaching skills from the gym floor to the boardroom, working with business owners to improve their profitability and prosperity. In doing so, she has seen people grow both personally and professionally. Kaarina is known as an inspiring motivational speaker in areas such as branding, marketing, business growth strategies, and personal growth and prosperity. She is a passionate, seasoned coach and accountability partner with a proven track record, who loves nothing more than helping people achieve their goals in business and in life. Check out her Blog or follow her on Facebook or Twitter. Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org