iColorama Guest Column – Compose – Heide Hoffman

This is the last of the guest columns that I have right now. Heide gives her own take on Compose. I am also including a “rerun” of my own video on Compose.

First, Heide.  (Time for you to make a new one!)


Then, in case you haven’t had enough, here’s mine. It also has some hints about textures.

iPhoneography Apps – iColorama Procedural: Bottled

iColorama is an app that thrives on experimentation. You see an effect and think to yourself. “How can I do that in iColorama?” Or you stumble upon an effect you haven’t tried before and think, “How can I use that?”  It was a combination of those two questions that led to the image I will be recreating in the video tutorial today. The image is called “Bottled”.


The resulting video, which uses in the neighborhood of twenty different options, runs just over 17 minutes. I realize that will be too long for many of you, but believe me – there’s a lot going on and I fly through it.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the techniques used. Enjoy!

iColorama Guest Column – Chroma – Heide Hoffman

Here’s a feature that is familiar to everyone who watched a weatherman wave at a blank wall as if there was something projected on it – Chroma. It can make for some interesting blends when you use it in your artwork, as shown by Heide Hoffman.

iColorama Guest Column – Stamped Brushes – Heide Hoffman

Another guest video from Heide. This one is on Stamped brushes, and has many tips for all brush types. Over to Heide:

iColorama Guest Column – Blur – Heide Hoffman

Here is Heide’s third video. This one covers patterned blurs, which are fascinating.


How would you use them? Often they can be used in abstracts. But consider, also, that what are textures but abstracts? Usually low contrast abstracts with no huge color changes, but abstracts none the less. Just as an example of an abstract, I made a few brush strokes in Paint mode with some Water brushes.


Next I applied Blur 28, and fiddled with the Direction and Radius sliders.


Next I used Style>Painterly>Painter 2, Style>Tensor, Effects>Sharpen>2 and Effects>Raise>2.


Finally, I built a background using Blur again: Preset>Gradient, a couple of Textures, Blur, and Water-B (in the soon-to-be-released beta). I used Effects>Blend to bring in the brushstrokes, then Tone>Enhance 4.


Kinda nice for a couple of minutes’ work. Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to abstracts. How about a surreal background blur?

HBlur_05Just experiment!

iColorama Guest Column – Stamp – Heide Hoffman

Second in a series of guest articles by Heide Hoffman. This is the first video Heide produced, and it covers a feature I covered in June of 2013. Seeing it at work in a video might be helpful to you, so check it out!

iColorama Guest Column – Tritone – Heide Hoffman

About six weeks ago I mentioned that I would be throwing enthusiasm noted open to guest columnists for iColorama tips and tutorials. This is my first guest column, from Heide Hoffman. She creates video tutorials that emphasize the value of playing with settings and sliders to get familiar with the capabilities of iColorama. She started with an entry on Preset>Tritone. I’ll be adding her videos here over the next several days. Enjoy!

iPhoneography Apps – iColorama 3.85: Lots of goodies

While I was off talking about Pixelmator, there was (as usual) a lot going on with iColorama (and the sister program for iPhone, iColorama S). So much that it becomes difficult to cover everything in much detail.

Taking that into consideration, I have opened my website, enthusiasm noted, to guest posts on iColorama. It will become a repository of iColorma tutorials, with videos, procedurals and tips, all searchable through the WordPress software. These guest posts will not be cross posted on The App Whisperer, just as this paragraph will not. Look for them soon!

This will cover many of the new features of iColorama 3.85 and iColorama S 3.85. The two apps, for iPad and iPhone respectively, have (for the most part) matched capabilities as the release numbers have come into sync. I’ll try to note any differences.


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iPhoneography Apps: iColorama from the beginning – Part 2

Well, I’m back. So says Samwise the hobbit in the seventy-third ending of The Lord of the Rings. Just when you think the movie is finally done, there’s another ten minutes of farewells. Another literary comparison of my returning to the beginner tutorial for iColorama would be Columbo – I’m turning to you as I go and say “Just one thing…”

Last time I took you through the basics of menu navigation; the help file; the differences between iColorama (the iPad version) and iColorama S (the iPhone version); and the all-important Apply button, and how it relates to Steps, the History function. Let’s turn now to a subject that is very dear to me – masking. This is what makes iColorama more than a filter app – the ability to make changes to only part of an image.

I’ve written quite a bit about masking in iColorama, and also recorded a couple of videos that discuss masking technique in this app. But I’m going to revisit it here, in brief. Below you’ll see the help for the masking buttons and the Zoom button. Remember: If the Brush Mask or the brushes found in the Brush menu are active, any touch to the screen will make a stroke. If you wish to move around the screen while a brush is active, you will need to tap Zoom Move.


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iPhoneography Apps: iColorama from the beginning – Part 1

iColorama is a full-featured art app. Do you want to base your art on an image? iColorama allows you to change the tone, the colors, the grain, the noise, the size of the image before creating art with it. Do you want to distort the image? Well, it’s got Distort and Glass to help you do that. How about combining images to make a composite or collage? Blend has got you covered. Artistic treatments? iColorama’s effects run from oil to water and many, many in between. Add text? Yes.

What about if you want to start from scratch? Create something totally new? Well, iColorama can handle that as well, with gradients, hundreds of built-in brushes and the ability to import your own.

With all that iColorama can do, there are two things it just can’t be. Those two things make it necessary for me to write a beginner’s tutorial for this app that I’ve covered so often before. One, it cannot be a simple app. Although it’s possible to slap on a filter and export the saved image to Instagram, that is using less than 1% of its capabilities. Two, it is not a layering app. For those who were introduced to digital imaging with desktop behemoths like Photoshop, this means that you will have to rethink the way you do things. This tutorial will help you make the first steps towards using this feature-laden app efficiently, yet playfully. Yet it’s long; too long, I fear, to be contained in a single article as I would have liked.

iColorama’s splash screen is artwork created in iColorama by various talented artists. The splash screens stay in place for several months, then are replaced as part of a new release that adds multiple additional capabilities to the app.


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