Paper Artist – create something fun & unique with your photos
Jul 17, 2013 11:42 AM –
Paper Artist is the new app from JFDP Labs, the developers behind the popular Paper Camera and Camera 2. It offers a new opportunity to heavily tweak your images with exciting filters; this time with more of an artistic bent; choose from effects that resemble paper and pen, marker pens, newsprint, oil painting, comic book and loads more. In many ways, it feels like an extension of Paper Camera, with additional features and an interface that supports both portrait and landscape modes. Once exclusive to Samsung devices, the app is now available to all in Google Play!
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- 30+ artistic filters!
- Add free brush and pencil edits!
- Easy undo feature!
- Loads of frames to choose from!
- Choose from gallery or take fresh pic!
- Would be nice to see the ability to adjust levels of each effect.
Paper Artist is a plush photo editing application that lets you add deep effects to your pictures. Much like its predecessor, Paper Camera, there are plenty of cool filters to try out, each with a particularly artistic flavour. There’s the likes of felt pen and mosaic filters through to more traditional oil painting and even marker pen effects. There are some 30 or more to choose from, so more than enough to tinker with. You also get a load of cool frames to add to your images now, to really finish the effect off.
There’s an option to add brush and pencil drawing effects yourself, which are probably better suited to phablets than phones, but it’s a nice feature to see. Also welcome is the undo tab at the bottom of the screen which lets you remove additions made previously. You can either use images already in your gallery or take new ones using the effects directly. One element that is lacking is the ability to tweak the level of the effect. With many effects apps nowadays, for example with Snapseed, you can adjust how much the effect is applied on a sliding scale. With such strong effects as you see in Paper Artist, it might be be good to taper the effects and make them more subtle.
The user interface will seem very familiar if you’ve used Paper Camera, with hand drawn icons and scrunched paper design. It works really well too; very responsive and extremely easy to navigate. I tend to think the design novelises the app somewhat, making it ‘fun’ rather than the more professional interfaces you see with the likes of PicShop Pro or even Camera 2. That said, the app is definitely fun to use and offers a number of striking filters we’ve not seen before elsewhere.
Paper Artist – First screen
Paper Artist – Add all kinds of filters
Paper Artist – Loading
Paper Artist – Load images from gallery
Paper Artist – Brush menu
Paper Artist – Mosaic filter is great
Paper Artist – Filter options
Paper Artist – Pencil menu
Paper Artist – Camera view
Paper Artist – Tutorial setting
Paper Artist – Frames look good
Paper Artist – Share
If you want to add artistic filters to your images to make them more personalised, Paper Artist is an app that provides this with aplomb. It’s one of very many photo editing applications available in the Google Play Store and while the concept isn’t original, some of the filters are unique to the app. I’m an absolute sucker for photo editing apps and always want to try new solutions. I found Paper Artist to be like a significant extension of the developers original hit ‘Paper Camera’.
Ease of Use:
The app is very easy to use, despite the fact there is little in the way of tutorial when you first open the app up. Tabs along the left include: take pic from gallery, take pic, add paint effect, add pencil effect, frames, save and share. Along the right are the effects themselves and you scroll through all of these smoothly.
This will ultimately depend on the user and how often you like to play with your images in this way. I generally have three or more editing apps installed on my phone at any one time. If I want to make subtle changes, I use Snapseed. If I need more tools, I go with PicShop Pro. Pixlr Express is great for adding a wide variety of filters then there are more novel apps like Camera 2 and Paper Artist for more specific tweaks. Paper Artist is unlikely to become your ‘go-to’ photo editing app, but it’s a nice tool to have.
As discussed, the UI is similar to the Paper Camera design; hand drawn icons on scrunched paper. The app is remarkably fluid though with nice animations and very responsive touches.
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