A couple of days ago I posted a blog about a Mega-Cool Image Blender app for the iPad. As I said in that blog, at only $2.99 from the Apple app store this looked like a real bargain. Well, I've been playing with this little beauty and I have to say that it is a LOT of fun.
The app is very intuitive to use. The first thing you do is to tap the flashing button in the lower-left-hand corner, which prompts you to select your background image. Once you've done so, a button starts to flash in the bottom right-hand corner – when you tap this button, you are prompted to select your foreground image.
With both the background and foreground images loaded, you can do all sorts of things, including resizing the foreground image and moving it around; varying the amount of transparency associated with the foreground image (so you can "see through it" to the background image); applying different filters; and so forth.
Thus far I've only played with the simplest technique, which is to resize the foreground image, move it around the screen, and crop any portions I didn’t want. The results were surprisingly good (especially when you consider who was at the steering wheel :-)
Let me show you a couple of examples. The first thing I did was ask my son Joseph to take a couple of silly pictures of me using my iPhone as shown below (I emailed these images to my iPad and saved them in my Camera Roll):
Next I did a quick search on the Internet for some alien landscapes I could play with, and I selected the two shown below:
I loaded the first alien landscape as my background image and my first image of me as the foreground image, then I resized and relocated myself and chopped out the bits I didn’t want, resulting in the following:
Then I did the same thing for the other two images, resulting in the following:
As I say, this really is a lot of fun, so I started looking round for other images to play with. First I selected the following as a background image:
Next, I selected the following as a foreground image:
And then I merged them as follows:
I tell you -- I can see myself having hours and hours of fun with this, especially when I start playing with some of the more sophisticated effects. But first I need your help – below are two pictures of my friend Steve from England when he got a new car a couple of years ago:
What I need are a couple of silly background images I can use to merge with these images of Steve. Do you have any ideas? If so, please email them to me at email@example.com
and I'll post the results in a future blog.
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