Hipstamatic on the PC
I’ve been a fan of the Hipstamatic photography App on the iPhone since it was first introduced and at the same time feeling left out of the fun because I did not at the time own an iPhone.
A bit of research on the Internet for Hipstamatic style image editing software, plugins and Apps I came across a number of references in Forums for an App called Photoscape. (See link to download at the bottom of the page)
Hipstamatic on the PC – In just a few minutes of downloading Photoscape I was cropping photos using the 1:1 setting creating that square photo look and then letting my imagination run wild using the Filters, Saturation, Brightness and Contrast to get that Hipstamatic look. The final touch was adding a frame from the huge list on offer to give a retro or vintage look.
For the picture of the boat which I think is a close approximation of the Hipstamatic Look I used the following settings:-
- Crop picture using the 1:1 setting which I then resized as 800 x 800 pixels for the internet.
- Using the ‘Bright Color’ tool I set the Hue to be +45, contrast to +100, darken to +80, saturation to +100 and finally ticked the grey tone option.
- I then added the Cali05 frame
- Finally I added backlight selecting the +200 setting which I applied twice.
What’s really great, is that for absolutely no outlay you can still have all this fun editing your photographs because Photoscape is absolutely FREE. Even better you also do not have to own or buy a iPhone (any camera or camera phone will do) to be up and running producing your own Hipstamatic styled photos in minutes.
The only problem I have now is being able to stop myself from going back through my old photos and giving them the Hipstamatic look. On the other hand it does breathe life back into old forgotten photographs.
Photoscape can be downloaded from CNET (download.com) or Brothersoft alternatively click this link Photoscape to go directly to Photoscape’s homepage.
I almost forgot to mention that Photoscape offers other features including Screen Capture, Animation among many others but one feature which I will look at in more depth in another post is Page, what this does is allow you to combine/position multiple images onto a page (Montage). My idea for this would be to create a Photo Album which you could then printout into maybe a book format – ideal for artists needing to produce a portfolio of work for a potential customer?
I’ve added a Gallery of the images that I’ve produced using the Photoscape App, which I’m adding to on an almost daily basis – so watch this space for updates.