Popsicolor is one of those must have photo apps that does something no other app in the App Store accomplishes. It is unique in a lot of ways, morphing your photos into gorgeous illustrations with high quality watercolor and ink effects.
It may not be a new app, having been released in June of 2012, but Popsicolor is a photo app that I’ve been using faithfully since it first came out, and I wanted to share it with those of you who may not have seen it before. Popsicolor also received a recent update, adding a whole slew of new colors, enhancements, and focus options, making it better than ever.
You can use Popsicolor to take photographs, or alter photos that you have already taken. One of my favorite ways to use it is to import my DSLR photos because it creates effects that I can’t easily emulate with more robust computer programs like Photoshop.
As with most photo editing apps, it takes just a few moments to turn your photos from ordinary to extraordinary. Simply import a photo and you can begin applying fun effects. Popsicolor works best with portraits and close up photos, though it can do wonders for landscapes as well.
Popsicolor will automatically morph your photos into watercolors, and from there, you can alter the final result by changing the color scheme. There are two color pickers at the top and the bottom of the screen, which you can combine in hundreds of different combinations to get a unique gradient effect on your photos. For example, check out a few different color combinations that I used on this photo of a butterfly:
In addition to adding an array of colors, you can also change the focus of the watercolor. Each option in this section will change what areas of the photo are highlighted, altering the end result of the effect. Some focus filters create a more pronounced image, while others are for muted, subtle watercolor images. Add in some ink with the ink option to highlight specific areas, for a more pronounced look.
You can also change the location of the gradient with an included tool, moving it from the classic horizontal style to more bold styles like radial, rake, and novelty. A lot of these gradient options are new to the app, and they can create some impressive results. The shuffle tool is great for discovering some of the random choices, and the duotone effect is my absolute favorite.
Your finished photos can be shared on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or turned into a postcard. They can also be sent via email, and you can use the settings image to determine the size of the finished product. Choose small for email, or go with the full resolution if you want to print a large photo.
As you can see, Popsicolor is a simple photo editing app focused solely on creating watercolor style images, but it is excellent at what it does. There’s no better watercolor app in the App Store, making Popsicolor a must have (and affordable!) part of your photo arsenal.
Popsicolor can be downloaded from the App Store for $1.99.