What is Waterlogue?
Waterlogue is an iPhone and iPad app from Tinrocket. It turns your photos into watercolor paintings with a variety of styles, brush sizes, and frames.
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The app is optimized for iPhone 5.
- Beautiful finished results when viewed at full size
- Descriptive titles for presets
- Simple and intuitive controls
- Realistic paper texture and paint bleeds
- Ability to export photos in Jpeg or PNG and adjust compression
- Can send (at additional cost) edited photos as real life postcards through Sincerely.
- Extremely slow on even the iPhone 4. iPad and iPhone 5 handle it a little better.
- Very limited ability to tweak results
- No tutorials or trouble-shooting files available
- Waterlogue creates a number of different watercolor painting effects from your photographs
- Optimized for iPhone 5 but works with the iPad, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch running iOS 7 or later
- Asks for permission to access your photos
- Supports Jpeg and PNG file export
- Includes ability to easily share to Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr
- Includes an “open in” feature that allows you to quickly pull your creations into other photo apps such as PS Express or SketchBookX for further editing
Hands on with Waterlogue
I tried out Waterlogue on both an iPhone 4 and an iPad. If found it to be so slow as to be completely pointless on the iPhone 4. Each and every adjustment took between 1 minute 30 seconds and 2 minutes to process (yes, I counted). Once I moved to the iPad the process, although not speedy, was certainly tolerable.
Like most apps of this type, the interface is a simple thumbnail list to choose from to select your desired style of watercolor. Once this is done, brush size, and lightness or darkness of the image can be edited through equally simple controls. There is also an option of simple border or no border.
I found that photos with few small details seemed to result in better results than more complicated photographs. Even a photo as simple as a running horse lost almost all face detail in the conversion unless you selected a preset with a lot of dark lines included. The paper texture and paint bleed were rendered superbly though and were very believable.
Adjustments to the photo beyond presets are limited to border on or off, brush size, and how light or dark the resulting painting will be at the end of editing. I liked the overall effect but really would like to see an option to adjust the amount of lines and their strength. I found that overall I was rarely completely happy with the result of any of the images.
Waterlogue does allow you to easily export your creations into other photo editor apps however, so that makes it possible to tweak color intensity and other features within those secondary apps.
Overall, Waterlogue’s strength is in its color bleed and paper textures. The way the app processes details of images and selects colors is rather wanting. Watercolor painting in general is, of course, less than detailed but the Waterlogue app loses details without any apparent logic to what is lost. If you have another editing program, where you can finish your work or prefer the mostly abstract side of watercolor then Waterlogue will be a great app for you. If however, you prefer more control over your work, you’ll mostly likely prefer an app with more options for refining the resulting image.