I’ve really got into creating surreal and fantasy fine-art images on my iPhone recently. I thought it would be good to share with you just how I’ve been making them using some of the fabby apps out there. This is a first for me, so here goes.
This tutorial is for my image Time Flies.
I’ve been collecting images on my phone, lots are mine and some are stock images. This is how Time Flies was created.
I like to use an app called Union by Pixite and yes, you’ve guessed it unites images to create another image.
The first thing I did was to cut out my pocket watch onto a clear background using the Masking Tools. This can sometimes be quite tricky and takes a little getting used to but once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s like riding a bike; you don’t look back. After I masked my watch image, I saved it to my photo library with the clear background intact.
After saving my cut out pocket watch to my photo library, I then selected a nice cloud photograph from my iPhone library to be my background image. The next step is to open my pocket watch image again and start to place it where I think it should go.
Once I am happy with the position of the pocket watch, I flatten the image. This allows me to import another pocket watch photo into the image.
After I had placed several pocket watches onto my image, I decided some crows were needed and a little flock of birds. These were selected and added in the same way as the pocket watches.
Once I was happy with the look of the image, I saved it to the photo library, ready for the next step.
With my image saved, I then open it in the next and possibly one of my favourite apps, Mextures. This is where I add the colour and texture overlay to give the image a particular look. I’ll take you through some of the settings I chose for this image, to show you how each layer changes the look of the image.
The first overlay I chose was 1960, from the Vintage Gradients section. As you can see, there is a subtle change already.
The overlay can be adjusted to suit your own tastes using controls such as blend modes, opacity and also ‘film camera’ presets within the app.
If you’re particularly happy with a set of presets you’ve created (referred to as a Formula), you can save to use again, alongside those that come with the app.
As well as saving the formula for your own use, you can also share it with others using the export feature. Here you can see the formula code for the look I just created. When you input the code into Mextures it will add the formula exactly as it was saved, showing you the layers and settings that I have used in my image.
I hope you like the image I’ve created, was this easy to follow?
Have a lovely week!