Tutorials

  • Tutorial 9. “Waves of Change”

    19122012
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    First of all I must warn you, I am not sure that this tutorial will be so interesting and really useful for all readers…At least, this work is one of narrowly focused style,as well as, it is the result of manipulation and the imagination of a mad scientist))
    However, I received several inquiries for clarification on creating this work and I hope that this lesson will inspire you to create your personal -vibration (abstractions).
    Accordingly, below will be presented just technical explanation.
    If you’re still here, let’s start ;)

    1. First things first, I processed one pic from my archive using one of my favorite apps Decim8. So, I got the next image.

    I must say that I love this playing with forms and colors and I want to run with it anymore!

    2. Considering the initial capabilities of the resulting image I would like to run it through the TinyPlanet app.

    This is what I need!

    3. I want to make it look more artistic, so I run it through the Glaze app.
    So I got next pic.

    4. Thinking of the waves, I would like to see more motion and blue/cyan colors. Further, I used another image from my archives, that I also processed using Tiny Planet app. So, I merge them both, using Blender app., playing with application settings “Blending Mode

    Finally I got the foundation of my final image

    5. However, this is not all. Further I process my images using the Tiled app.
    I have to confess that quite often I use it in the creation of my art- works.

    6. Finally, to complete my work I used ScratchCam app.

    That’s all!
    As always – ”Let your imagination works on you!” ;)

    All the Apps Used In This Tutorial:

    Decim 8
    Tiny Planet
    Glaze
    Tiny Planet
    Blender
    Tiled
    Scratchcam

  • Tutorial 8. “Ghosts of crimes against humanity”

    10122012
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    I may say, I don’t know the way to start this tutorial…
    This is quite dangerous dancing with fire and ashes … I would say so.
    This work, which I would like to consider today, concerns a very complex subject … I had been thinking for a long time before I decided to write the tutorial on it.
    However, this work does exist.
    Crimes against humanity were lived out in World War 2. Genocide, murder, torture, starvation, exposure to disease on purpose, intentional bombing or shooting that has no military purpose or authorization (also considered a war crime) and mass arson of people and their homes or in buildings. I have probably missed some types of crimes but it is pretty gruesome what some people have done to others. It was atrocious.
    I wont concern everything that is behind this work.
    So, let us turn to the discussion of the process of creating, as well as explore some applications that I have used here.

    1. I took this picture with Hipstamatic (BlackKeys super grain film, John S lens) last winter in the subway. This capture reminded me of this slippery subject immediately..

    2. So, to complete this work I had to enhance the feelings and emotions with some applications.
    First of all, I added some texture, using Textures+ app.

    I love this app and use it quite often in creating my works or to create my own textures.
    Keep in mind you can always clean up necessary area, using “eraser”. So I cleaned the area of ​​the face.

    3. Further I run it through Horror Cam app. and a bit improve it by Snapseed using apps settings (adjust Brightness, Ambiance, Contrast, Saturation etc.)
    So I got this pic.

    4. Then, I add some text using the Phonto app. It is simple in use and I like a fairly large selection of the fonts that they have, as well as the resulting images have a good resolution…
    Generally I use different apps to adding texts.

    5. Finally I add the last element using ArtSet app. I may to confess, I’m not a big master in this application, so, all my tests in its use is still very meager…=) However, that’s all what I need here.

    That’s all!

    All the Apps Used In This Tutorial:
    Hipstamatic
    Textures+
    HorrorCam
    Snapseed

    Phonto
    ArtSet

    Despite the story behind this image I love it ….

  • Tutorial 7. Turn on your imagination! Again and again ;)

    05122012
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    Going back again to the issue of how you can use your personal imagination and creative fantasy))

    Before starting this tutorial…
    Well, I was looking for handwriting (like my business card) in my works for a long time. It was hard and I was really upset about it … Recently I have revised my works over the last couple of years… Finally, I got it! I have two major direction!! =)
    On the one hand – it’s something vintage, antique and so often little bit scared and whimsical works (mostly portraits and images with human forms). On the other hand – I really love the color! Such a kind of explosion of the moods and feelings. As usually too bright colors are present in my graphic works.

    So, I decided to consider one of my personal favorite of my graphic works of this summer.
    I really wanted to choose an interesting work, processed using a variety of apps and show how you can use your personal imagination and creative fantasy))

    “The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.” Charles Dickens

    I tried to be detailed and clear. I hope this will be useful and interesting stuff.
    As usual - When you begin to create your work, you must have the main idea in your head!

    1) OK, the main images included in the final version  were two pictures taken with my long focal lens for , using “ClassicPan” app. Nothing special, just not so good quality pictures with awesome workers in the sky.  They were establishing some decoration for the street scene.  I must say that I loved how they looks,  this is what I need!

    Images were captured on a rainy and overcast day. I little bit cleared my pictures from the gray clouds and flipped one of them, so that they looked at each other, using “Camera+

    2) I love the geometry and I really love the “poster”-images!

    With the clean (almost white) image, I created some different graphic images using “addLib” app

    Further I proceed to the fun – blending!  Here I used “Blender” app, playing with application settings “Blending Mode“. So I got this pic

    Looks not bad, but it is too little for me! I want even more colors and geometry!

    3) Further I turn to my archives and I remember that I want to see more colors at least…

    I picked a pair of bright colored textures.

    4) Step – 2. Gone back to the “Blender” app, and playing again with settings “Blending Mode” one by one I added my colors textures at the previous picture.

    5) So I got next pic.

    For the base it looks good. I like the color and graphic design. But still there is no real life ..

    I gone back to my “workers” and I add them in sequence at my previous picture, using the “Blender” app.

    Finally I got this image

    6) Well, I really love it, but I would like to add some light without changing the exposure and contrast. Perhaps it will be glares or something like this. However it’s the graphic art, so I guess that an ordinary glares will spoil the mood and structure of whole work.

    So I created the image next image, using “Flowpaper” app.

    7) Gone back to the “Blender” app. and merge layers, playing with application settings “Blending Mode

    Finally I got the FIN.pic

    THAT’S ALL!

    Let your imagination works on you! ;)

    All the Apps Used In This Tutorial:
    ClassicPan
    Camera+
    addLib
    
Blender

    Flowpaper

  • Tutorial 6. “Going on a trip” (collaboration test work)

    26112012
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    Recently one of my iFriends, Roger Guetta, one of the most talented artists, whose work never cease to amaze and inspire me, gave a task.. a very challenging favour… =) He gave some original photos of some of his students, and asked to process on your own taste… and here we go!
    What looked as a challenge before became a superb interesting project & i truly enjoyed it.
    Well, for some reason I’ll keep silence with others details of this challenge and move on to my tutorial ;)

    1) So, here is the original image.

    2) First of all I decided to give more fun for this pic =) & I ran it through the FunnyFace app.
    I should mention, that I really loved her great yellow scarf and her stylish glasses =)
    OK, I think you can understand the reason why I did it twice in a row =)

    3)

    This picture I got by Pencil Camera app, using Canvas effect and I like the way it looks now but I would like to improve it by Snapseed using apps settings (adjust Brightness, Ambiance, Contrast, Saturation etc.)
    resulting image

    4) So far I do not see something special in it …
    I’ve mentioned that I liked her scarf! You know, it reminds me about some travelers …..
    Excellent! So, I decided to direct her to a fascinating journey and I mark it with the old/vintage atlas ;) As well as I little bit decorate her yellow scarf in a common style.

    These textures I combine with resulting pic. using Blender app.
    Several times before, I explained in detail Blender app. and its settings.
    You can find it in my previous
    for example: Tutorial1

    That’s all!  As always - ”Let your imagination works on you!” ;)

    All the Apps Used In This Tutorial:
    FunnyFace+
    Pencil Camera HD

    Snapseed
    
Blender

  • Tutorial 5. Photo to Painting

    14112012
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    In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to turn a photograph into a painting.
    Honestly,  this work is not entirely out of my arsenal. Of course, I mean, that such works (which look like painting) are eye-catching… However, after the reach a successful result, I lose my interest in creating of such works. (with flowers, pets, etc.)
    I bet, it will be hard to find more then couple of such works in my gallery.
    I hope you will enjoy this tutorial. It help you turn your ordinary image into the beautiful work of painting look in a few simple steps. (for your experiment)

    1. Well, few days ago I shot this pic, using the Slow Shutter app, lazily lounging on the couch.
    I should mention that was pretty dark in my room and I had no light, except for the light from the screen of my iMAC =)

    Hm… Not so good an image, but it did have potential for a painterly edit and I like a barely visible volume as the result of micro motion.

    Hm… Not so good an image, but it did have potential for a painterly edit and I like a barely visible volume as the result of micro motion.

    2. I little bit improve my image using Snapseed (exposure, contrast, levels, etc.) and went into AutoPainter3 , I chose the app settings Monet.

    You can see my result above, but it’s still so boring….I mean, Nothing special.
    I mean, using this application for the first time, it looks great, but I do not want to produce clones! (this is not my first experience) =) Actually, I use AutoPainter3 as only one of the steps in my image processing, as well, as all other apps.

    3. Further, go back into the Snapseed and improve result pic, using apps settings (adjust Brightness, Ambiance, Contrast, Saturation etc.) for your taste.

    Gradually this image gets forms and colors …But I’ve done it before.  So, I want to get something new.

    4. I dug into my treasures of hundreds of applications =) and discovered the Pencil Camera app. It’s what I need! I created some images using this app before… but now I run it with treated in previous steps image.
    Let’s see what happens!
    Pencil Camera app allows you to turn your pics to amazing pencil sketches. You can shoot a pictures directly from the app or or apply it to photos from your gallery.
    It has 15 funny effects with realtime preview: water colors, life on mars, pink glasses, dirty sketch, frozen, crayon’o'matic, rumpled paper, soft pencil, wooden floor, hipster culture, black pencil, canvas, oil paint, jungle and marble. Just try to be an artist for a while. As well as you can change brightness, contrast and contour in real time for endless possibilities. It supports both and iPad devices.

    So this picture I got using PencilCamera app, using Water Colors effect and I like the way it looks now, but I want to add a bit colors by combining it with this texture using Blender app.

    And a bit improve it using Snapseed once again (exposure, contrast, saturation, levels, etc.)

    That’s all! =)

    All the Apps Used In This Tutorial:

    SlowShutter
    Snapseed
    AutoPainter3
    Pencil Camera
    Blender

  • Personal iPhoneography Training

    10112012
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    Personal Training
    : with your

    The modern mobile cell phones have long ceased to be just cell phones. So, most of all are powerful multi-functional mobile computers, which can solve variety of tasks using the appropriate applications.
    To become the iArtist you would need at least to be an enthusiast. A lot of people shoot pictures using their iPhones, but not all of them got really good images, especially the great works! You have need a huge passion for photography, creative mind (I mean an extraordinary thinking for all things), a persistence and a really great desire to reach the goal (btw, it’s not bad if you can put it for yourself still on the shore) and iPhone, for sure!
    During the training you will get an exclusive knowledge, some basic skills and the starter experience with your new camera (it’s your iPhone).
    Now you don’t need any expensive equipment to create really beautiful pictures. This point consists not only in technology, but more in the ability to express your vision graphically, be sure, you have need to do it really good!
    The official online Apple App Store has a variety of specialized applications for photos and , but not all of them had been done on a qualitative level. The issue of choosing the correct and useful applications will also be considered during the teaching process of the course.
    IPhoneography is a modern and democratic trend in the of photography, which gives a terrific opportunity to express your personal world view and show it in the way you see it, expressing your thoughts and emotions using the artistic language.
    The main principle of iPhoneography is that you have to shoot and process your images ONLY with the iPhone!
    A lot of happy owners of iPhone do not have even the slightest understanding of how to use the iPhone camera! However, if you have the basic knowledge and skills, creative mind, and the “right” applications, the iPhone can be a powerful and creative tool in the right hands! (Although you would have to spend around $50 to buy Apps)
    This course has been designed for people who have decided to learn the iPhoneography from scratch, as well as for those, who really want to organize their own basic knowledge of digital photography.
    During the training you will see that your pictures captured on your phone may become the full and finished works. Be sure that all of the others will also notice these great changes of your skills.
    Within the frames of the course I will discuss the history and genres of photography, the principles of building a frame and other basics. We would also talk in length about issues related to the search of the new languages and Artistic Expressions in mobile photography as well as the impact of modern painting on visual language of photography.
    As in any other science, the photography has its own wide-spread laws, trends and regulations. So, knowing them and being able to apply them in practice, you can jump even higher than your head.
    There are different of learning available, such as the group classes (courses), individual (exclusive) training,  master classes (they all are useful for those who already know something, achieved something, etc.)

    Master class cannot include both lessons on the general theory and practice and narrowly focused questions. Typically it is focused on one or two general topics, interesting and suitable not for everyone. It is rather a specialization after you finished your education (self-education for example). BTW, the self-education, probably is the most effective way to get additional knowledge, because it is suitable for your personal needs.
    In any case, one of these does not exclude the other, and, finally, the choice is yours! ;)

     

  • Tutorial 4.Weird Scary Portrait. “Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing”

    08112012
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    In my last tutorial Vintage And Aging Photo Effect I discussed one of many different ways of creation a vintage look .

    Today I am going to continue the same theme , but I try to concentrate on creating of weird and scary . Unique and Fun/or not So ;)
    You know, my completed work reminded me of the terrible “Book of the Dead” …
    Ok, I go deep into the historical background.
    Pictures of dead people…Hm…I guess, that normal person will never think about such things.
    Today, it is wild, but 50 years ago it was a common thing. And now, we can follow the evolution of the relationship of man to death looking at these dark images.
    Shooting of dead people was born in Europe and then, in the mid-nineteenth century it came to Russia. Weird and really terrible custom…
    People started take pictures of their deceased relatives. In fact, it was a new manifestation of the tradition of writing posthumous portraits of loved ones and doing plaster masks from the faces of the dead. However, portraits and masks were too expensive, while picture was getting more and more available to all people.
    Deceased children in the pictures looked like alive. On these pictures, they were with their favorite toys, or seated on the chair. were dressed in the most elegant dresses and decorated with flowers.
    So often the deceased were captured with pets. Particularly striking that the living and the dead sons and daughters were shooting together.
    In the 20-30 years of XX century, scientists began to explore the phenomenon of post-mortem photographs.
    Then came the expression “Photographs of the Little Death” One click of the camera have killed a moment and at the same time it gave eternal life.
    Thus the deceased stay alive forever at pictures on which they were filmed in their familiar surroundings. For example, reading the newspapers or in favorite armchair, with friends and family.
    The “Book of the dead” consisted of such series.
    However, I’ll hurry calm you with my mental health! =)))
    Be sure, I’m crazy, but not so much! So, on my original image you can see the real and alive guy! ;)

    1) Select original image. I used a photo that I shot with Pudding Cam.

    2)  Next, I ran it through the Decim8,  using the wonderful FOLD4RAP5 effect

    Gradually my picture becomes the really scary! This is what I need! ;)

    3) Further, I run it it through the Vintage app.
    Vintage Scene app
     is one of great vintage effects app, turning a modern photo into an old photo, one that looks like it was taken many years ago.This application is easy to use but gives the user control to change each component for a unique look on each photo.
    I really love this app. and use it quite often, but I’ve never use it to finish processing the image!!! I mean, it’s too little for me to complete my work.

    Well it looks pretty good for the intermediate steps and I must say – I love it ;)

    5) So, go to the Blender app. and merge in sequence with different textures, which have a vintage – oldie look,  using the application settings “Arrange” and  “Mask”

    I should mention that using this texture I’m going to stitch the mouth to one of those…(I will never deny my madness) ;)

    Further, to enhance the aging effect, I added the canvas texture, using  the Pixlromatic+

    It looks good for me and I really love it! So, this is one of my two possible final works.
    However, I would like to complicate the one of them…

    6) So, go back to the Blender app. and merge with next texture, using the application settings at my taste

    I don’t want to see the strange pink/magenta color (it’s an important for me)

    Finally, to complete my  work I used ScratchCam app.

    That’s all!  These weird things put an imaginative twist on my portrait , making my  subjects seem both fanciful and mysterious.

    All the Apps Used In This Tutorial:

    Pudding Cam
    Decim8
    Vintage
    Blender

    Pixlromatic+
    ScratchCam

  • Tutorial 3. Vintage And Aging Photo Effect (For Beginner Level )

    31102012
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    If  you really love the vintage look pictures You can create it in a few easy steps, using  different ways, fortunately there are too much! While the word vintage means old, old and vintage are relative terms. For one person, a vintage could mean one specific era, at the same time for other it means another. Sure, this is a huge and broad topic, so I’ll go back to it again and again, every time I’ll try to present the different applications.

    Old and vintage photographs always give you that sense of history and all the great memories that come along with it. Sometimes a photo looks soooo boring, but when you run it in the right applications and apply the right filters and adjustments, finally you can get a great final output.

    Today I am going to explain/clarify how to create a vintage effect for your ,  going in two different ways at once.

    1)Select original image. I used a photo that I shot with 645 PRO app. (selected T3  Color Settings).
    If you select a color photo, then you get rid of the color and turn it into a BW.

    2) To remove some (background) details that would go against the vintage photo style, to soften up the photo and give it just a little blur which will add to the old photo effect I have several different apps, but here I used the BigLens app. It has a great settings:
    Basic mode to work with template mask or Advanced mode to manually define your Focus area, define Focus area using  Brush, Eraser or Lasso to roughly define your focus area or advanced, using Auto to autofocus the target.  Also you can apply effects (Adjust Aperture to increase the background blur, Filter Effects to apply special tones and atmospheres and Special Lenses to change out-of-focus light points into blurred shapes, add instant Focus and Blur to fine-tune your target area.) Note, that you can choose shared Image size using settings! (be sure, selecting Full size;)
    I created two images, using different settings specially

    3) As well as in the previous step I process my two images using the Strut Type app. that develops the effects of turn-of-the-century Strut folding camera. Renders authentic Edwardian-era portraiture and landscape shots. Recreate images with the look of the first dry-plate that emerged from 1875 to 1920.
    I must say, pretty good app… though it has some bugs … while saving your picture with high resolution, it crashes (that certainly is annoying) :/

    4) Further, I choose different ways for each of these images:
    a) Go in Iris app. and play around with it a bit until you get the look you are going for.
    Here is my result:

    b) Go to the Blender app. and merge with texture, which has a vintage – oldie look, using the application settings

    …result of merging

    …finally, to complete my  work I use ScratchCam app, …chosen the app settings for my taste
    So, here is my result:

    That’s all! Just try making your photo looks old and vintage.

    All the Apps Used In This Tutorial:

    Big Lens
    Strut Type
    Iris
    Blender
    ScratchCam

  • Tutorial 2. Eternal Mystery series

    25102012
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    Today I wanted to create a grand tutorial =) on one of my recent series that I have titled  “Eternal Mystery”.
    These 3 final images are included in it and, of course, they all are complex and  made up of several images, so I have detailed the processes below and show you how to create

    Basic applications: Decim8, Juxtaposer, 3DPhoto

    First things first, I’ll detailed in the creation of the first (base) image.
    I shot the original image with the Pudding Cam.

    Next, I ran it through the Decim8  using FOLD4RAP5 effect

    Next, I ran it through the Juxtaposer. So, I get rid of excess. I should mention that I merge basic image with my “clean” paper texture

    Further, I add new top image, to wit load previously saved stamp ( Skull). Quite often you can meet “HIM” in my works ;)

    Finally, I play with filters, using Iris app.

    And at this point I think that I’m somewhat happy with what I’ve created ;)

    2)  So, we go to the creation of the second image
    Do you remember, that I told you – Shoot more! Well, I turn to my archives…This is what I need!

    Once again I’m going to use Decim8! (FOLD4RAP5 effect).  Yes, shure,  I’m a big fan of the geometry! =)

    Once again I back in Juxtaposer and add new top image, I mean, I load previously saved stamp ( Skull2). By the way, this is another of my favorite main characters (Skull 2)

    I am a mad scientist, so I clone them one by one and add them in sequence.=) Actually, I would like to see an “otherworldly triumvirate”.

    Finally, I add some texture and revert to gloomy colors, using Iris app.(here)

    Thats all!

    3) Just for fun, I complicate the task, by adding more geometry and freakish mood ;)

    My lovely “poster”-images… =)

    With clean (almost white) image, I create the graphic image, using “addLib” app

    Not bad…. BUT! I was talking about the complication!

    So, I ran it through the 3D Photo

    Well, it’s better, but I really want to add some texture and make all colors intense, so I go to the Pixlromatic app.

    Next, I go back  in Juxtaposer app. and add there some familiar characters..I think it is too bright, so I make all colors more muted, using the Blender app.(merging with colors texture)

    Further I add some graphic arrows, using the Blender app once again

    That’s all!  As always, ”Let your imagination works on you!” ;)

    All the Apps Used In This Tutorial:
    Pudding Cam
    Decim8
    Juxtaposer
    Iris
    Native Cam
    addLib
    3D Photo
    Pixlromatic
    Blender

  • Tutorial 1. “Turn on your imagination!”

    23102012
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    Recently I decided to launch a new section in my blog. I hope it will be interesting and useful stuff!
    So, this is my first tutorial in this section.
    I really wanted to choose an interesting work, processed using a variety of apps and show how you can use your personal imagination and creative fantasy ;)
    “What’s his deal?/City Slickers Dog walking” 
    Earlier it was published at Pixels and I shared it in different photo groups. I was surprised to receive so many comments, kind words and one of all comments was repeated several times – “How did you do this??”
    Well, I tried to be detailed and clear =)
    One of my fav tips for the beginners – when you begin to create your work, you must have the main idea in your head!
    Not having any, just playing with different apps, you can hope to get “something interesting” are less likely succeed…
    I really love street pictures! I love to spy on people;)
    So I try to shoot a lot of street pictures (at least in the warmer months) ;) I shoot b&w pictures as well as I like to experiment =)
    1) OK, one of the four main images included in the final version was picture taken using Slow Shuterr app.
    Nothing special, just not so good picture with a passer-guy (but I must say that I loved how he looks;)) this is what I need!

    2) I do not want to receive unexpected play of color during further processing, so I am revert my image into the b&w, using Camera +

    3) I love the geometry and I really love the “poster”-images ;)

    So this picture I got using addLib app. Looks not bad, isn’t it? ;) but it is too little! I want even more geometry!

    4) the second of my favorite tips – shoot more!!! Not every picture will be released, but each of them can become an essential part of the finished work. They might be good as a texture, for example. Well, I turn to my archives and I remember that I want to see more geometry …

    Fine! I think I found a use for it!!! This picture was a little bit improved using Camera + app
    5) And now we proceed to the fun – blending! (Here I used Blender app)

    If it necessary we have turn the image, using the application settings “Arrange” (it was here)
    …and choose Blending Mode

    So, I got this image..
    …for base it looks good

    6)  Honestly,  I don’t really love pets’ pictures  (this is not my element)… but recently I took a couple shots of one beautiful and noble Dalmatians ….I think it would be nice to see it here….

    I got rid of the color and cut too much using Camera+ app.

    7)  I gone back to Blender app and added dogs in sequence ( using the application settings “Arrange” and  ”Mask”…and choose Blending Mode)

    I want to see both at once! I like that they have different positions.

    I should mention that the happy owners of iPad can use mask with ease!
    I process my works using , so I must be so careful and accurate . iPad is still in the top of my wishlist)))))

    8) Finally, to complete my  work I used ScratchCam app

    …chosen the app settings for my taste =)

    THAT’S ALL!
    Let your imagination works on you! ;)