My iPhoneography image ‘Encore’ is a jigsaw of a picture. Its inspiration stems from the interaction between my daughter and my Nan at my Nan’s 92nd Birthday recently. My Nan has one of those old fashioned photographs of her sisters and her that have been manually recoloured and I wanted to try to simulate that on iPhone.

iPhone photography apps used:

iPhoneography - encore

{ encore }


This was an image that couldn’t be rushed. In order to simulate the manual recoloured effect as faithfully as possible I decided to create individual masks of specific image elements. This meant that I could apply bespoke levels and blending methods to digitally recreate elements being hand applied. The key iPhoneography app making that aspect of this image possible was Superimpose and the blog already contains a couple of video tutorials on this excellent app:


Process and apps used

ProCamera ~ to capture:

iPhoneography - ProCamera

Snapseed ~ crop 1:1 ratio (image one):

Snapseed - crop

PS Express ~ boost exposure twice (image two):

PS Express - exposure x2

Pro HDR ~ import images one and two and create a ‘fake’ HDR. Contrast slider moved all the way to the left to produce even colours – gives a vintage painted feel (image three):

Pro HDR - low contrast

Snapseed ~ Grunge (minimal texture at around 10) and Retrolux filters applied – desaturates and adds aged / vintage effects and textures (image four):

Snapseed - grunge / retrolux filters

Superimpose ~ with image four as the background, image three imported and three foreground masks created to reintroduce the painted colours but in varying ways. 3 masks enables the 3 elements to be added and levels controlled individually. The 3 foreground masks were:

  • Violin – full opacity ‘overlay’ blend with interior and exterior blurred by around 10%.
  • Skin areas and hair – full opacity ‘color’ blend with edges blurred 10%. The mask was applied a second time with some additional masking this time full opacity ‘hard light’, reduced contrast and saturation boosted to 100%.
  • Dress and Shoes – 40% ‘normal’ blend with edges blurred 10%. Mask applied a second time with the dress masked to leave just the shoes which were blended as full opacity ‘normal’ with a small edge blur. Saved.

Superimpose - masks / blend / layers

This was such a significant part of the process and one that I will almost certainly adopt in future images. The following images show the 3 individual masks and how they appear combined without any effects or blurring. Very much like a jigsaw. I’ve omitted the underlying layer to show the masks in full detail.

You will note that the masks are not absolutely complete but are reasonably accurate. Creating these masks with absolute precision would have been more time consuming and in any event for my purposes was not necessary. The ‘hand finished’ effect I was looking for together with the blurring of edges meant the masks were ideal for this image.

Note: Click thumbs to enlarge if necessary.

LensLight ~ introduce the light effect enhancing the light already entering the image from the right (Cloud Rays 2):

iPhoneography - LensLight

PhotoToaster ~ Serenity filter applied:

PhotoToaster - serenity filter

Modern Grunge ~ one of my own pre-sets applied:

Modern Grunge


Note: I was honoured to be invited to contribute an image to mobile artistry and this image was created specifically for that purpose. Please see the related blog post iPhoneography feature { ‘encore’ featured by mobile artistry }.


I am delighted that ‘Encore’ has been featured by these great mobile photography blogs and organisations:

We Are Juxt

See the feature together with other featured images at We are Juxt.

Big thanks for contributing to our Flickr group, 1000 Words. We hope to showcase the great diversity and beauty of the work shown to continue to inspire other mobile (connected) photographers/ artists within our community. 1000 Words is titled under the premise that “a photograph says a 1000 words.” We Are Juxt believes that mobile photographers/ artists tell stories through the photographs/ images and art that represents their families, their environment, themselves. This is important because of the level of communication that is portrayed in imaging today. We look forward to you and your art. We thank you for your contribution to the mobile photography/ arts community.

Ryan ~ We Are Juxt



See the feature together with other featured images at iART CHRONiCLES.

As part of an ongoing series, I will be featuring painterly edits created entirely with mobile devices from members of the Flickr Group Painterly Mobile Art. If you love creating painterly images, please be sure to join today. After several years as a Sci-Fi sketch card artist, I was bitten by the iPhoneography bug. I’ve discarded my Copic markers to pursue this evolving art form. Sharing through social sites like EyeEm fueled this new passion. With just one device I can shoot, edit and post in just minutes. I’m passionate about sharing what I learn. My blog, iART CHRONiCLES features artist interviews, FREE app links, tutorials and the latest news in the mobile art community.



The App Whisperer

See the feature together with other featured images at The App Whisperer.

We have put together another very special Flickr group showcase , our twenty seventh of 2013 with some of our favorite images and some great new talent that have been uploaded to our Flickr group – Mobile Photography & Imagery, this week. The quality of submissions continues to rise, so we have decided to make our showcases that much bigger to incorporate as much of this stunning mobile art and photography as we can and to get it out to a wider audience.

Joanne Carter ~ The App Whisperer


I am delighted that ‘Take a bow’ has been featured by these great mobile photography blogs and organisations:

Take a bow is another crop / edit of ‘Encore’ processed in very much the same way.

Take a bow

{ take a bow }


iPhoneography Central

See the showcase here.

This weekly gallery features 12 of the most outstanding iPhoneography submitted to the iPC Flickr group and elsewhere on the internet. The aim of the gallery is to show the very best of the wide variety of iPhone, iPad and iTouch art and photography. The artists are also asked to reveal the apps and workflows used in creating their amazing iPhone photographs and art which is detailed beneath each image… For a chance to be included in this weekly gallery, please join the iPC Flickr group and remember to add the process/Apps you used in order to be considered. Thank you.

iPhoneography Central


Mortal Muses

See ‘Mortal Muses Mobile Monday, Mosaic, Our Picks NOSTALGIC AND DREAMY‘.

…I was really drawn to the dreamy, nostalgic, vintage-y photos that have been in the pool lately. These are some of my recent favorites — I hope you enjoy them, too!

Mortal Muses


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  1. abhishek chamaria says:

    Loved your work as usual and the workflow even more. Awesome site and great work deconstructing the image for us. Cant wait to try my hand at some of these apps as well.

  2. Catherine Restivo says:

    What a great look into the process behind this gorgeous image. Thanks for sharing this, and congrats Paul!

  3. Thanks again for sharing your workflow.. as always impressive congratulations.

  4. Marianne says:

    Thanks so much for your generosity! Always very inspiring. Your accolades are well deserved -)

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