I wanted to share with you my favorite holiday project this season. It’s a new twist on calendar making that’s simple, really inexpensive, and will knock the socks off anyone you gift it to. (Even my husband was impressed!)
I discovered this outstanding new new iPhone app called Waterlogue. Waterlogue converts any photo into a water painting. Let me rephrase – a stunning water painting! For $20, I bought the app on the iTunes App Store, bought and downloaded the PhotoShop template from Paislee Press 2014 4×6 calendar template, and printed 6 sets at Costco. I can’t wait to share this with my family and see their reactions.
- Waterlogue has different filters you can use for different effects. I stuck to the Natural and Bold filters for the more natural looks.
- Like traditional water color paintings, images with fine details like faces won’t work as well as landscapes. I found pictures where the kids were not staring directly at the camera worked the best.
- Don’t be afraid to repurpose those blurred pictures! As you can see from my sample picture, Waterlogue captures emotions not details.
- You can also use Waterlogue with some of your traditional images taken with cameras other than your iPhone. Here was the workflow I used:
- From Lightroom, resize (5×7) and export to JPG image
- Email image to myself
- On iPhone download the image to Photostream
- Import into Waterlogue from Photostream
- To create the calendar images I used the Paislee Press 4×6 calendar template in Photoshop, imported my Waterlogue images from my Photostream into Lightroom, and brought the images into Photoshop. The whole project took me about 2 hours.
- Ideally I wanted to print the calendar files onto watercolor paper but I haven’t found 4×6 precut stock (I’m not very good with a paper trimmer). I ended up printed the photos on Lustre paper at Costco to try to capture the same look. If anyone knows where I can find watercolor paper that I can put through the inkjet printer please let me know.