All praise the digital overlords. Fear that they may remove our basic instincts to be replaced by point and click.
Mac users can choose from many apps that add and endless array of filters and effects to our digital photos. They’re easy. Point and click. Even easier is a Mac app that takes a photo and repaints it in the style of Cezanne, Van Gogh and others. It’s eerily cool. And cheap.
A Classic Painting With A Click
AutoPainter Express is the app that foregoes the common photo filters. It dispenses with the average photo effects. Instead, it actually paints an image by using your photo as inspiration.
Yes, Virginia, Frank Benson is alive and well, his sunny pallet and Mediterranean tones come alive on your photo in minutes.
Or, with a mere click, another painting appears on screen using vibrant and warm yellows and chalk details to your still life photos, ala Paul Cezanne.
Still not impressed? Take of vacation photo and let Van Gogh recreate the scene with his signature swirls of blended reality. Well, that’s what AutoPainter Express does.
Recreate From The Masters
It takes your photos and, with a click, repaints them in the style of Benson, Cezanne, and Van Gogh. Or, choose an Aquarell of running colors on landscapes, buildings and portraits of people you don’t like (Aquarell is scratchy looking).
Here are a couple of examples:
One digital photo becomes an instant Cezanne-like classic. Except that you did it with a click.
I’m pretty sure that if he were alive today, Vincent Van Gogh would be a Mac user.
He may only use half the headphones while listening to iTunes, but he’d be a Mac user.
The thing to understand about AutoPainter Express is that it’s not a filter or an effect.
It actually uses the styles from the artists above and re-creates your photo as an image on your Mac and in real time.
That also means you can adjust the settings and get a different painting even using the same artist’s styles. The negative is that not every photo you give it becomes a masterpiece. Some may look wonderful. Others may look downright clumsy, crude, and crummy.
Still, it’s fun to watch the recreation take place onscreen and it all comes at the price of a trip to Starbucks.