What programs are good for making my photos more 'arty'?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by ss957916, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

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    A friend of mine had some App for his iPhone which took arty photos so I've been fiddling with iPhoto and Photoshop Elements to make my photos a bit more contrasty/tinted etc. and generally a bit more 'interesting' but don't really like the results I'm getting.

    Are there any photography applications that offer some semi-automated photo touching?
     
  2. Edge100 macrumors 68000

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    www.hdrsoft.com

    I suggest maxing out all the sliders; that will give you the most 'arty' look possible.
     
  3. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

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    lol

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    +a million points to edge100

    I just had to see this thread when I read the title.

    your photoshop is probably too old. Get CS4, its is alot more artier.
     
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  5. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    Really? On a Mac forum? :p





    Ah god, I think that is one of the programs I miss from Windows, always so much fun. Was so disappointed when I turned on my Mac and found no app like it :(
     
  6. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Try making a soluble emulsion with some water color paint added. Then make your own paper by coating rag stock with it. Expose it to a Kodalith negative in a high-power light source and rinse it gently with water. At least it worked for me in the '70s.

    Kidding set aside, I suggest first learning to take photos that stand on their own, then play with editing in something like PhotoShop or GIMP. The later is free.

    Dale
     
  7. NathanCH macrumors 65816

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    If you REALLY want something simple, check out Picnik. My mom uses it all the time.
     
  8. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    Nathan: Photo editing in the cloud??

    If you really want to grill your brain with creative stuff, look below.

    http://www.pxleyes.com/

    Dale
     
  9. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok. Thanks everyone. I think.

    What I meant is, is there a more effective version of the 'effects' in iPhoto which are all a bit crap.

    I've attached something I could personally do in CS4 (and yes, I do have CS4) but can't be bothered. I was wondering if there's a program where I can chuck a load of photos in and it'll apply various, random effects which don't require much of my time.

    Much like the iPhone app I mentioned in my first post.
     

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  10. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

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    I'm not sure about random effects like you want. You can set up Actions in PhotoShop, but that only applies pre-set changes to a batch of photos.

    Please take our kidding at face value. We mean no harm..usually ;)

    Dale
     
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  12. JNB macrumors 604

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    Then you haven't been around nearly long enough.

    MacPaint, anyone? :D
     
  13. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    The iPhone app is likely PS Mobile. Adobe released PS Mobile for the iPhone and iPod touch that can apply filters like the picture you showed. I don't think it batch processes well though.

    To create semi-random effects, you could make a few scripts (actions?) for CS4 and by applying them in different orders you will get different effects. I can't see random effects having a positive effect on your photographs, but if that's what you like, this should create something quickly.

    If you have Lightroom, you may be able to mess with the sidecar files to change the pictures. I have never looked in them to see what the formatting is like, but if it is text based, just change a few numbers in the file and see what you get out.
     
  14. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    Judging how the last version was released before I was born, I highly doubt I have been around long enough :p
     
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    Make some prints and leave them out in the rain?
     
  17. blockburner28 macrumors 6502

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    lol
     
  18. Jett0516 macrumors 6502a

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    action brush in photoshop is the perfect tool for this. :)
     

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