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Saturday, August 4, 2012

File SIze ~ App Value ~ Your Call!

Resolution 2592 x 2592 6.7mp
I recommended the new App I like called "Glaze" in one of my e-mail newsletters to my mailing list and received back a comment from one client that they were going to buy the app until they read the online reviews, where someone had left a derogatory comment on the web developers site regarding the resolution. They then said it was too small a resolution to buy and small resolution apps should be banned, therefore they were not buying it. OK well that's fine I don't get any money from recommending an app, but in my workflow I often use an app not for the absolute file that app produces but for the effects it might generate for blending. The largest file size that "Glaze" delivers for a rectangular image was detailed in my original post.
The square file size "Glaze" delivers is 2048 x 2048 or 4.1mp.
The image above began as a 6x6 App shot with a file  size of 1936 x1936, so Glaze actually upsized the original file by choosing the save as menu and "Print" as a size choice. (I still shoot with a iP4 5mp cam, anxiously awaiting the iP5 release)
Here is the orignal file image:
Image 1
Image 2
Here is the version of the "Glaze" rendered file I chose to use as the beginning of my "new" image. 
The next step in the process was a run through Modern Grunge which maintained the 2048 x 2048 resolution.
Image 3
Now that I had this file saved I wanted to go back into Modern Grunge and make further adjustments to the image, which are below, maintaining the 2048 x 2048 file size.
Image 4
The next thing I wanted to do before going any further was to remove the black lower right hand corner, so I used the Touch Retouch lasso tool, to add back color into the corner, again maintaining the current file size of 2048 x 2048.
Image 5
My next idea was to minimize the ripped white edge achieved in Modern Grunge so I opened Juxtaposer and masked out and blended down the file with Image 3, maintaining the 2048 x 2048 resolution. 
Image 6
Then I wanted to run it through Snapseed and recolor the image with the Grunge Filter. The image then developed into the one below maintaining the 2048 x 2048 resolution.
Image 7
 Now I was getting where I wanted with the tones of old Asian Paper or Tapestry, but it needed some Chinese letters. So I opened the App "Custom Kanji Wallpapers" and decided to apply the Chinese letters for "Life" "Love" and "Wisdom". Which the downsized my file to 640 x 960, as this app is truly a "SMALL RES" app. But it has Chinese letters! And I only wanted the letters so I rendered files with the letters on them, knowing I was going to blend them back with another APP of larger file size.
Image 8

So now that I had my Chinese letter files to work with I opened up ImageBlender and used image 7 with a resolution of 2048 x 2048 as my base image ( the left hand image selection ) and image 8 as my top image then masked out the top image except for the Chinese Letters, Voila now I had my 2048 x 2048 image file back with the Chinese letters on it.
Image 9

But I wanted more texture and more interest, so I ran this file through "Glaze" and used the file below for texture.
Image 10
Once again I used ImageBlender to blend and mask image 9 with image 10 selectively.
Image 11
But I wanted more......texture color so I went into Pic Grunger...and added texture Pic Grunger has resolution options up to 8mp or 3264 x 2448. So I saved the file at a largest resolution possible delivering a square image file of 3264 x 3264 or 10.6 mp which would make a nice print sized 10" x 10".
I lost file size again when adding the frame on it in Crop'n'Frame for purposes of displaying on the web, but ended with a file sized 2592 x 2592. So don't throw out an app because it has a small file size unless that's all you want is a straight file delivered from the app in which case I would say 3mp is a pretty small file, but its still bigger than the first iPhone camera which started this whole photography ~ art movement! Can you believe this started with a straight shot of a beautiful lotus? ;-) Sign up for one of my iPhone workshops and gain more insight into the art of iPhoneography! I am very excited to be offering a six week course at Johns Hopkins University in the fall. The app I use to check file size through my workflow is called "Photosize" it makes it easy to keep track of whats happening during the process.
Image 12



 

6 comments:

  1. Karen, thank you for the detailed information re your use of the different apps. I know I've said this before, but do hope you'll get out to the West Coast (San Diego area) as I'd love to take a class from you! Meanwhile, I'm enjoying all your blog posts.

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  2. Hi Judy, Thanks for your comments! I might have the opportunity through JHU next spring to do an online class, so stay tuned...I am hoping the on campus class this year fills so I can convince them to go live with an online offering. I love San Diego and would like to get out there again!

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  3. A very nice edit. Thanks for the tutorial. I just purchased Glaze and Kanji. Does this mean I'll create art as lovely as yours?

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    1. Hi Lynne, well it will be something new for you to experiment with :-)
      ..and thanks for the compliments!

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  4. This is so interesting! great job of showing us the possibilities of what can be. Thanks.

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  5. Hi Karen - thanks for showing your workflow. I agree that an app can be useful just for the effect, regardless of the file size. I'm off to buy PhotoSize now as I think that would be a very useful app to add to my every growing library (over 100! - yikes!)

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