Ease of use: 4
Fun factor: 5
In app purchases: Yes, for additional styles
Application type: Universal (works natively on iPhone and iPad)
App Store Link: Glaze
I was digging through the iTunes App Store looking for some new editing apps when it occurred to me that not being able to see more examples of the results was a real weakness in the store. So I decided to start this new project. I’ll test drive an app for a week, then report on my results including a lot of examples. Let’s see how this goes.
The first app I chose is Glaze by The11ers.com. Glaze allows you to convert normal photos into paintings in dozens of different styles.
You can try Glaze for free with a couple dozen styles. You can also purchase additional sets of styles in the application. For $2.99 I purchased the complete set of 60.
The basic mode could not be easier to use. Just pick an image from your photo library then tap one of the styles to “glaze” the photo. It’s so easy that I’m sure even young kids would enjoy it.
Another option is to choose random combinations of styles. Lastly there’s a more advanced mode that allows you to make custom styles. Getting this to work takes a little practice, but the video tutorial in the app is a huge help.
The results are fantastic and can be saved at one of four resolutions, including the full resolution of the original.
I tried both the iPad and iPhone versions. The extra screen space on the iPad is really great, but the app is very well designed and editing on the iPhone is still very good. The one annoyance on the iPhone was the message that pops up each time you save an image. It’s fairly large and stays on screen for about ten seconds, blocking further work. On the iPad the same message pops up but takes up so much less of the screen that it doesn’t matter.
The one thing I wish was possible in the app is saving your custom styles permanently so you could reuse them anytime in the future.
I highly recommend this app. As the first app I’m test driving, it’s set a very high bar for all those that follow.
Here are bunch more examples I created this week. You can viewer a larger version by clicking on any image.