Early morning with my Apps 

I don’t know if it’s my age, menapause , or just the fact that I haven’t recovered from my California jaunt ( we have been back over a week) but I am not sleeping well and was up at 6am wide awake playing with my iPhone ( again)  I only went to bed at 1am…..

Morning routine – tea, check face book, email and Instagram feed. 

If that hasn’t put me back to sleep , then I play with my apps .  


To day it was manipulating my TV doodle from last night  – which was ridiculously intricate 

I tried reflecting it but the shape was too round and the results too flat 

I wanted to add colour without any real effort – so I layered it with another set of doodles from this week using  Imageblender and finishing it off in Snapseed

It was still only about 6.30am 

I fancied layering this with a photo with good contrast- so I checked back with some of my California pictures ( I can’t quite believe I can say that) 


Oakland bridge 


Then I couldn’t resist reflecting it 

Still too early to get up …. 

I remembered my image from Sacremento airport – Imageblender and into Prisma



Layout 


And back into Reflection , using the invert colour filter , rotate and then layout in Instagram , finally  a yawn …… 

Messing about with my IPhone Apps 

I always wanted to know how to use Photoshop – but I don’t find it easy to use and some of the tools require you to use a lot of numbers. I play on my IPhone and have a great time manipulating and layering images. I thought I would show you an example of what I do. below is a finished piece I made recently. 


This started off with a poster I found on Brick lane in London 


I started off layering it in Image Blender 

You choose 2 images and can add filters and decide which image you want to be the most dominant by moving a slider 



I chose to keep the slider at 50/50 and I used the filter called difference 

Stage 2 – I like mixing images with manipulated versions of themselves – I decided to make a new version of the girl – mixing her with an other image from brick lane 


I added  the two images to Image Blender 


This time I used the mask tool that  allows you to rub out areas of one of the images 


This time I used the filter called ‘plus darker’ and I slid the dot between the images over to the left 

Stage 3 

I opened this image in the Reflection app by ‘Big Blue Chip’ 

This reflects images simply along an axis which you can choose , you save the image and then re open the App and choose the reflected image to get more complicated patterns 


My image reflected once 


My image reflected 3 times 

I decided that there was too much red in the middle so I used the editing tool and cropped the image and reflected it again 


I like to rotate images to get more kaleidoscopic effects. 


Rotated and reflected 


Reflected again 

Stage 3 – I put this image and the image from stage 1 back into Image Blender 


I used the mask tool again to remove parts of the pattern to show the face 


It’s quite a long winded process – but I like it because it’s intuitive and I just need to save and touch the screen to change things