DXP Tutorial for art effect

The essential app for this is DXP, a double exposure app with a wide variety of algorithms to combine two images. The version of DXP I use is the free one which seems quite good enough!

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The technique which I’ve used a lot recently is to layer two version of the same image. One version might have a texture or be blurred, or be a slightly different size. Or each image may have a different texture. It’s all about experimentation!


The photo I’m starting with (Original) is a pretty ordinary shot looking up a river, and with nothing eye catching about it. I’ve got in mind an effect using some vertical texture, so first of all I rotate the image in Cropulator, my personal favourite for this sort of thing – but lots of apps would do this. The image needs to be sideways because the next effect, motion blur in BlurFX, is applied horizontally.



Below, you can see the screenshot of the image in BlurFX, with the motion blur applied. There are other blur options you can choose from, and you can vary the strengths and be selective where you work by creating a mask; also you can apply some colour filters. BlurFX is a great app! Having saved the blurred image I then rotate it back the right way in Cropulator (below, right).



Now I’m thinking how to inject some excitement into the scene, and as often is the case I fall back on one of the first iPhone photo apps, CameraBag. I’ve got a real soft spot for this app, it goes back to 2009 when the iPhone photography scene was taking off and I was a newbie! Nowadays it’s got some extra filters and the ability to randomise each filter a little. The Plastic filter really pushes the colours about, and after a few tries I find a version which looks pretty hot! I save this and now have something interesting to combine with the original.



Just for a bit of extra fun I decide to run the original through an app called Iris Photo Suite, which has a huge range of textures and other photo effects, and create a version with a little vintage texture on it (Iris Photo Suite, below left). 


Now it’s time to have fun in DXP! In DXP, I load up the colourful blur (DXP First Layer, below right).


Next, add the vintage texture you made in Iris Photo Suite. I play with a number of Settings (DXP Settings) before choosing one called Darken. This process isn’t very predictable – that’s part of the fun wondering whether something really unusual will be created!




You can see the result in DXP (DXP CombinedLayers), the colourful blurred background combined with the outlines of the trees. Well it’s different to what we started with, and will certainly do for training purposes! I save this and decide to crop into a square format. Finally I want to add a simple border, and for this I load the image into Photogene, a nice app for general-purpose editing of images. There are various preset frames or you can customise your own, and I choose a simple white one (Photogene) which is then saved, and there we are!(Framed Result) It’s a good illustration of the technique, though the finished image isn’t quite to my liking, hmmm perhaps I should run it through another app or two …..


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