I’m not usually a fan of apps that try to mimic natural media with your photos because usually, they just don’t do a very good job of it. Many of the apps just apply some rather crude filters that never look natural at all. For the most part, I’ve stayed away from those apps, that is until I came across an app called Waterlogue, by Tinrocket. Waterlogue is an app that can transform your photos into beautiful watercolored works of art. What sets this app apart from others is that Waterlogue actually does make your photos look like watercolors. I’ve been using the app for a couple of weeks now and it’s simply amazing just how right this app does things.
Like most photo editing apps, Waterlogue will let you choose between taking a photo from your camera roll or by snapping a photo right there. Once you choose a photo, you can pick between a variety of different watercolor styles for your photo as well as being able to manipulate some of the variables used for each. So far, it sounds like a typical “filter” style app but it’s what Waterlogue does with your photos that is truly amazing.
You see, Waterlogue actually “paints” the photo right before your eyes. Unlike other filter apps that do it instantaneously, Waterlogue does it in such a way that it shows you what it’s doing as if a real person were painting a watercolored version of your photo. It’s amazing to watch and the end product is a painting that really does look like a watercolor, not just a really bad filter. Even the texture of the paper looks real along with the way watercolors bleed into each other. I’ve never seen an app reproduce watercolors as realistically as Waterlogue does it.
Waterlogue is simply an amazing app. Even if you never save or post any of the creations that it generates for you from your photos, it’s just so entertaining to watch it work its magic. When you watch it, it’s seriously like watching an actual artist create a masterpiece. That’s just how realistic this app is to me. I have never come across an app that does watercolors as well as Waterlogue does and I don’t think I ever will.
App Store Link: Waterlogue
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
• Picked by Apple for inclusion in the App Store Best of 2014!
See the world like an artist! You don’t need to paint to create beautiful watercolor images—Waterlogue captures the essence of your photos in brilliant, liquid color.
• Waterlogue transforms your photos into luminous watercolors.
• Watch Waterlogue paint as it transforms your images.
• Save you watercolors and share them on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
• Use your watercolors to create an artist’s journal or notebook.
• Create beautiful, high res, framable art for your home.
• Universal App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
• From the creator of Percolator and Popsicolor for iOS.
• 14 pre-set styles to customize your watercolors by controlling wetness, pen outlines and color.
• Image export at high resolution.
• Support for AirPrint.
• Control of borders, lightness, and detail.
• Includes example images.
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 7 and greater. Maximum rendering detail and maximum export resolution depend on each device’s capability. Waterlogue runs advanced image processing software for the highest possible quality watercolor rendering. It produces wonderful images on any device that runs iOS 7, but your rendering times will be shorter on newer, faster devices.
[Source: App Store]