This is an abstract I made of my son, Lindsey, called "An Echo, a Stain" which started off as a simple Hipstamatic. I must confess that abstracts do not come easily to me and I wanted to set my mind free and experiment; mindlessly running his image through one app after the other to see what would happen. It quickly occurred to me that I was on the right track. I wanted the final result to look like ready to hang art, which was accomplished by layering borders from two separate apps.
For this image I used: Hipstamatic, BlurFX, (Iris Photo Suite to crop the image), Shock My Pic, ScratchCam, Diptic, Tiny Planets, King Camera and Camera+
Step 1: I started with a simple Hipstamatic of my son.
Step 2: At this early stage of the process I wasn’t quite sure which direction I wanted to take, but I figured putting the image through BlurFX seemed like a good place to start.
Step 3: I realized I didn’t want the Hipstamatic’s border so I put it in Iris Photo Suite and cropped the image (of course use your preferred app for cropping). I then ran the cropped image through Shock My Pic on the finest detail setting.
Step 4: I’m a ScratchCam junky. I started to run the Shocked imaged through ScratchCam saving several different variations.
Step 5: I chose my four favorite ScratchCam versions and created a 4 x 4 diptic in the Diptic app.
Step 6: Now here’s when it gets trippy. I ran the diptic through Tiny Planets on the first setting option
and got this result:
I saved the result (make sure you boost the resolution to the maximum amount!) and then reloaded it back into Tiny Planets, but this time I chose the second setting option, which resulted in this:
It was at this point I realized I was really onto something! I liked that white line extending to the top and wanted to give it a white border to run off into so I put this Tiny Planet version (remember to save at high res) into King Camera.
Step 7: While in King Camera I decided to play with their textures and really liked the splash effect on the image (you can find this under their texture setting):
I also remembered that I wanted to give the image a white border so while in King Camera I added the white border under their frames option. Although I was pretty happy overall at this point, I felt it needed more border, more of a mat to make it look “ready to hang”.
Step 8: In the Camera+ app I loaded the white bordered image and gave it a thick dark mat:
Viola! A “ready to hang” piece of abstract art.