I first want to truly apologize for being missing in action for the past few weeks. Apologize both to my readers who I hope missed me (hint, hint), and to developers to whom I had told I would write reviews. So, to make up for it today, I'm writing 3 blogs that are way overdue. Hopefully, they will all be published by midnight.
Okay, let's get on with this show. Popsicolor is currently featured in the App Store's New & Noteworthy category, which is weird, cause it's not that new. It is definitely noteworthy, however. And, it has recently overhauled basically the whole app to bring you more fun, more color, more style, and more features. Popsicolor is a universal app, meaning that you can buy it once and use it on any device.
To celebrate the feature in the App Store, Popsicolor, usually $1.99, is on sale for 99 cents. But, that's not all. I have 4 codes for 4 lucky readers to get Popsicolor completely FREE. The first 4 readers to either email me or leave a message on this story will get the codes. But, hurry! The codes expire in about a week.
A big thank you to the developers, Tinrocket, for their generous contribution! These are the same developers of the app Percolator, which is one of my all-time favorites. I reviewed Percolator in full here.
So, what does Popsicolor do you ask? Well, Popsicolor basically takes average pictures and makes them pop by creating or allowing you to create color combinations and watercolor and ink effects like you have never seen. Even already awesome pictures can get awesomer with some Popsicolor punch.
The minimalistic user interface is a relief to people dealing with cluttered photography apps that try to shove too much into too little space. Popsicolor manages to include just a ton of features now without making you feel overwhelmed.
Popsicolor is very easy to use. When you open the app, you are greeted by a blank white screen with a little wood bar at the bottom with 1 button. Guess what you do next? You push that button. That brings up the little pop up you see in the picture above.
From there, you can look at examples of work that has been created using Popsicolor, and you can bring in photos from your Camera Roll, take a picture in the app, or paste a picture from your clipboard.
Once you bring up a picture, you are left with a row of colors on the top and a row of colors on the bottom. To get to this screen from another screen in the app, just click on the paintbrush on the main menu.
The color you choose on the top is blended with the color you choose on the bottom in fun, unique, and unexpected ways. Want to swap the colors? Click the swap button at the far right of the bottom menu.
The color list is greatly expanded from what was initially offered. So much so, that they have broken down the colors into categories to let you know what to expect from specific colors. The color options are the same on both menus, except the bottom menu also has an ink option.
If you want to have a little fun without the stress of making a decision, just click the shuffle button at the far right of the bottom menu. It will randomly choose color combinations, which can be a lot of fun. Sometimes I just sit and press that button over and over to entertain myself.
The next button on the main menu (the sunglasses) is sort of the filter/intensity menu. It has options that let you enhance the color choices you made at the beginning. It too is broken down into categories. Everything from Bold to filters to Obscure parts of the photo. The final choices on this menu allow you to enhance, invert, add or remove the border, or shuffle the options on this menu for unexpected fun surprises. Sometimes the thing that really works with your picture is the one that you would least expect. So, try a little shuffling and try something that you usually would not.
The next button on the main menu (the circles) is where you go to change the way the paint, ink, and colors appear in your growing work of art. From swirls to the new duotone option, this is the menu that adds texture and motion to your work. These really allow you to change the way the colors are blended. The shuffle button makes another appearance on this menu in case you're having trouble deciding which one works best.
Once you have gone though all the menus and options as many times as you want (you can jump around and not go in order. just do what you want), it's time to save and share your new artwork.
Press the heart button on the main menu to bring up a pop up box. Popsicolor lets you easily post straight to Instagram, Tweet, post on Facebook, or just save to your photos so you can enjoy the piece all to yourself. You also can absolutely save in high resolution.
There is also the ever-growing in popularity button that allows you to “Open in” another app. That button will show you all of the other apps that you own that can open up your artwork and allow you to continue working on it in that app. This is good if you want to sharpen the image in a photo editor app or add a better frame in a framing app.
If you're still not sure about whether to get Popsicolor, watch a video of it in action at www.popsicolorapp.com.
I think you already know how I feel about the app. Just in case I wasn't clear enough, I think Popsicolor started out as an interesting but average app. However, the new Popsicolor is going to be one of my go-to apps when I need color, fun, and something unique.
That's it for me today. Until later, …