With a camera in the iPad worth using for picture-taking, apps that let you manipulate the resulting images keep popping up and Pencil Camera HD is one that you may want to take a look at. The idea is simple: turn photographs and videos (whether taken from your camera roll or recorded from directly within the app) into sketches automatically. Of course, there are filters aplenty and a few other settings like brightness, contrast and contour that let you customize just how your artwork looks in the end.
A selection of filters inside the app let you take creative control, adding effects like: water colors, life on mars, pink glasses, dirty sketch, frozen, crayon ‘o’ matic, rumpled paper, soft pencil, wooden floor, hipster culture, black pencil, canvas, oil paint, jungle and marble. When you have your favorite effect applied, save the edited photograph to you camera roll and share it with anyone and everyone!
Need inspiration? Let the app take you on a slideshow tour of your camera roll, demonstrating all of the various effects!
What I liked: Descriptive and helpful on-screen instructions greet you when the app first loads, making it easy to jump right into use it without having to seek out any other details.
What I didn’t like: Some of the effects seem to pick up shadows in an unusual way, making it seem like my toddlers have bears or my carpets are filthy (also known as pictures I don’t care to share).
To buy or not to buy: If you like the look of pencil sketches and you think it might be fun to play around with your photographs, this app is very easy to use –even if you just want to have some laughs altering photographs with your children.
- App Name: Pencil Camera HD
- Version Reviewed: 1.1
- Category: Photo & Video
- Developer: ljezny
- Price: $0.99