App of the Week – Popsicolor

Nubble Lighthouse - Popsicolor version

Nubble Lighthouse – Popsicolor version

Nubble Lighthouse - original (infrared)

Nubble Lighthouse – original (infrared)

Saint Bridget's - Popsicolor version

Saint Bridget’s – Popsicolor version

Saint Bridget's - original version

Saint Bridget’s – original version

Korean War Memorial - Popsicolor version

Korean War Memorial – Popsicolor version

Korean War Memorial - original

Korean War Memorial – original

Coit Tower - Popsicolor version

Coit Tower – Popsicolor version

Coit Tower - original (infrared)

Coit Tower – original (infrared)

Show Me Your Tongue - Popsicolor version

Show Me Your Tongue – Popsicolor version

Show Me Your Tongue - original

Show Me Your Tongue – original

Horses of War - Popsicolor version

Horses of War – Popsicolor version

Horses of War - original

Horses of War – original

Christmas Portrait - Popsicolor version

Christmas Portrait – Popsicolor version

Christmas Portrait - original

Christmas Portrait – original

Saint John's Co-Cathedral - Popsicolor version

Saint John’s Co-Cathedral – Popsicolor version

Saint John's Co-Cathedral - original (infrared)

Saint John’s Co-Cathedral – original (infrared)

Jesus and Mary - Popsicolor version

Jesus and Mary – Popsicolor version

Jesus and Mary - original

Jesus and Mary – original

Elephant - Popsicolor version

Elephant – Popsicolor version

Elephant - original

Elephant – original

Palms - Popsicolor version

Palms – Popsicolor version

Palms - original (infrared)

Palms – original (infrared)

Ease of use: 4 (out of 5)
Fun factor: 5
Results: 3
Price: $2.99
In App Purchases: No
Application Type: Universal (works natively on iPhone and iPad)
App Store Link: Popsicolor

As soon as I saw the examples on the app store I wanted to try Popsicolor. I part just because I love the bright , happy colors. I part because I’m looking for an app that will convert photos into cartoon or comic style drawings. Popsicolor doesn’t do that, but what it does is a lot of fun.

I finished with my previous app a little early, so I’ve had a little extra time with Popsicolor, and I’m glad I did. At first I was afraid this was going to be too simple, and I’d get bored quickly, but that wasn’t the case. It reminds me of the old ad for the game Othello – “A minute to learn, a lifetime to master”. By that I mean that Popsicolor is very easy to start using, but there so many options that you can spend a good amount of time learning them all.

My favorite part of the app is all the methods they provide for mixing the colors – different angles, shapes and styles provide a great variety in what you can create. One other absolutely great thing it does is record the settings that were used to create each image in the meta data. That means you can see what you did later. If you’re like me and like to experiment, but hate to take notes, this is fantastic.

My one real disappointment with Popsicolor is that the final results are somewhat pixelated at larger sizes. The final images will look fine at sizes up to 600 pixels or printed as 4×6, but not much larger than that.

Here’s a few more examples of what I was able to create this week. Click on any image to see the larger size. Click on any image to see the larger size.