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February 19th, 2014

Waterlogue app

I’m totally obsessed with a new iPhone app and it’s not even Flappy Bird. For a few weeks I’ve seen people tweeting about an app called Waterlogue, which turns your phone photos into watercolour masterpieces. I thought “hmm, ok, that probably looks terrible” and scrolled on. Yet I kept seeing people with really good taste going on about it, so last night I caved in and downloaded it. Joke’s on me, because it’s incredibly well done. They’ve done a much better job of imitating watercolour than any filter Photoshop has managed, which is hugely impressive for a phone app. It’s super simple to use, you just choose the image from your camera roll and a filter from a small selection. There’s a nice transition while the watercolour is being made, it shows the colour being applied in layers (in fact, it would be cool to be able to stop during the creation process, because some images  work quite nicely with limited colour). It’s weirdly addictive seeing the “painting” happen though, you’ll definitely want to try it with lots of your photos. I find that it works best with well exposed landscapes, while results are mixed with human faces (they have a legit explanation for this on their site) so put those selfies away for a minute. Don’t worry, cats work just fine though!

Anyway, here are some that I made earlier.  What do you think?

Waterlogue is available in the ios app store and costs $2.99 / £1.99.  Sorry Android users (and um, Windows phone users, I’m really sorry you’re using a Windows phone in general) it’s only ios devices right now.

Waterlogue app

Waterlogue app

Waterlogue app

Waterlogue app

Waterlogue app

Waterlogue app

Waterlogue app

Waterlogue app

15 Comments

  1. Sophie says:

    Wow! That really is nice! I absolutely love it; like you I’m surprised they’ve turned out so well… I may even have to download!

    Sophie x

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  2. Christine says:

    YES! Amazing app. Love your post. Cheers x

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  3. Ruth says:

    You always manage to make me wish I had an iPhone when I read your app posts. I don’t even really like iPhones, I just don’t, this app looks wicked, will have to persuade my sister to give it a spin so I can have a proper look-see.

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  4. Michelle says:

    I am also totally addicted after I saw a couple people post images on instagram. I am keen for printing out some products to see how it prints! I also blogged about it (linked with my name above). Have fun!

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  5. Rachelle says:

    This is absolutely amazing I just got a samsung and now I wish I had an iPhone again!!! These are beautiful images and it is an amazing app!!

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  6. Diane says:

    Wow, this app looks amazing. Great results! Will definitely be checking this out. :) x

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  7. Lily Deer says:

    Oh my god, the black cat one is to die for !

    Lily

    http://blacknsparkle.com/

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  8. floyd says:

    OK human watercolorists, you can stop painting now. The machines have won.

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  9. Michelle says:

    I’ve just downloaded the app. I need never pick up a paintbrush again.
    (the art world breathes a sigh of relief).

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  10. Sher says:

    Ooh love your landscapes with the app! I downloaded waterlogue recently and agree, it’s a hit or miss depending on the image, but when it works, it looks awesome!! :)

    -Sher
    http://www.shershegoes.com

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  11. Orjen says:

    Wow, these look gorgeous. At first glance, I thought you might have done these yourself :) My favourites are the cat photo and the one with boats and water.

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  12. Angelina says:

    Thanks for the recommendations and these look great! Finally, I can draw (sort of) :)

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  13. Julie says:

    Hi Kristina! Just found your blog and love it! I have not heard of the app – actually thought you drew those images :) They look awesome. I think I will give it a try! Thanks so much

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