Photo App Focus: Glaze – Painterly effects for iPhone and iPad
For iPhone artists who like to recreate the look of paint on canvas, Glaze is a photo app that adds a variety of painterly effects and styles to your photos. It’s an easy to use app that applies high-quality, real-looking effects that let your photos look like they were created on natural media.
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Rather than try to duplicate the look of various periods in art, Glaze recreates the look of several artistic styles with one-touch ease. There are 30 presets, each with different artistic “techniques” that you can easily apply to an image and watch it render in seconds. You can also create your own presets where you can stack effects, save them, and easily apply the action later.
No camera. All images load from your device’s photo library. In its Standard Studio mode, Glaze can be as simple to use as applying a preset and saving. You can also apply, stack and save your own effect presets. Setting up the Glaze Workshop was a little more tricky and at first was more experimentation rather than actually knowing intuitively how it worked. There’s a help screen, but I would also suggest taking the video tour for a quick look at using the app’s more advanced functions.
Feeling lucky? In the Glaze Workshop mode, swiping the screen to the left generates random effects for you to explore. It’s a good way to quickly browse the more advanced possibilities of the app.
The effects are all well done and look very close to natural media techniques. Glaze does a great job of recreating the look of various brush strokes, the texture of the medium, even the look of the “goo” on canvas or paper. Glaze is one of the more authentic looking “paint” apps available.
For me, natural media apps beg for print enlargements, oversize output and especially print to canvas. The latest version of Glaze saves up to 2048×2048 pixels. That’s high resolution, but not full res. You can still easily make good to great quality oversize prints up to 12″ (probably larger as both the canvas and the effects will hide a lot of the pixelization of printing even larger). Higher resolutions are planned for future updates. Read more about printing enlargements from iPhone photography here.
Works filtered by Glaze look great on an iPhone, but they would look stunning on the larger screen real estate of an iPad. For natural media effects, Glaze doesn’t mimic the look of Monet or Renoir, et al. It let’s you add your own painterly style and does it with a good starting palette of well-rendered effects.
Glaze is on sale today only, August 22, 2012 for $1.99. It normally sells for $2.99 in the App Store. It’s a Universal app and is designed for both iPhone and iPad. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.