I really liked all the effects of my Caturday Art last week, but the only problem is that most phone apps — and phone photos — are limited in size. They look fine on a computer screen and a website, and you can make cards with them or stick them on a mug, but you can’t print out anything larger than a 5″x7″ image and have it look good. So I sent my human on a search to find software that at least replicates the gouache effect with photos from the camera. That way I could make T-shirts, larger prints and canvases, if I wanted.
She came back with something called AKVIS ArtWork that had a free 10-day, full-feature demo so we are giving it a spin!
I picked the following image for some experimentation. Incidentally, it is on a card at my Zazzle shop!
My human opened it up in the program and she had a lot of options and adjustments she could make. There is a small square that you can move over any part of the photo you think is important (in this case, my face), and the adjustments are previewed there.
Once you’ve made your choices, the program “draws” the image for you! It’s really interesting to watch. My human tried to shoot a video but couldn’t quite make it work. Anyhow, this was the result:
There are more painting effects than just the gouache. It has oil, watercolor, comics, pen and ink, linocut, and pastel. My human did not like the pen and ink effect (she has yet to find a program that will do pen and ink and sketch effects as well as the phone apps she has), and the linocut is pretty much useless for kitties — but it would probably work well on buildings and things like that. She did try one more experiment with the pastel effect, and she added a canvas texture when she was done.
The whole goal here is to try to make the images look like they weren’t generated from a photograph, and I think they work pretty well. So far, we are really enjoying this software! It is not cheap, but it’s not horribly expensive either (for fancy software, at least). And we have nine more days to play around with it.
See all of Summer’s merch at her Designercat Shop, available on Zazzle.