Monday, October 14, 2013

Play with Images - iPad App, Moku Hanga

Play with Images - iPad App, Moku Hanga
by Susan Stephenson,

One thing I love about the iPad is the opportunities it offers children to learn and create. I have a personal reason for loving my own iPad too. Fooling around with images is one of my favourite things to do. I've downloaded quite a few apps that encourage users to edit an image. Today I'd like to tell you about Moku Hanga.

From the developers:
• Automatically create a work of art with the look of hand chiseled outlines and brushed on color, fully adjustable with simple sliders.

• Adjust the outline width, strength and how smooth or fluid your chiseled outline appears.

• Control the color in your artwork with saturation, strength and image color sliders.

• Choose between two printing styles: "Multi-Color" or "Multi-Block".

• The Multi-Color style uses all the original colors in your photo. By adjusting the "Image Color" slider you can reduce or add colors to your artwork giving it a variety of printed-styles, from a full-color block process to spot-color ones.

•The Multi-Block style uses 5 blocks of color pulled from your original image then divides the colors across your artwork giving the look of carving a separate woodblock for every color. The cool thing about this style is the ability to "Randomize Colors" throughout your artwork and the ability to replace any or all of these colors, using the full-spectrum color picker. You can achieve simple to exaggerated color results using this process.

• Works with Hi-Res images and saves Hi-Res for top-quality results

 What I like: Moku Hanga is named after the Japanese technique for woodblock printing, and it gives that "look" to a photo. Lots of apps offer filters, but Moku Hanga is unusual. It's lots of fun to make adjustments and see what differences you've made. At top, you'll find a collage of images I changed with Moku Hanga. I started with the photo (just above) I snapped on the iPad of a grevillea blooming in my garden.

I also like that Moku Hanga is fairly straightforward, winning it the coveted Book Chook Feather of App-roval! You can take a photo and then render it according to the options, or use an image from your camera roll. Change borders, paper, styles and adjust various parameters like image strength and colours. You can even remove almost all colour, the way I did in the clivia image below.

You can also save, and have various sharing options, including email. The image is a large file size that needs to be edited in another program if you want it smaller.

Kids will find it easy to use Moku Hanga. It would be a wonderful dimension to add to a poetry lesson on Haiku. Kids could take a photograph to suit their haiku, run it through Moku Hanga, then add their haiku text to the new digital image with an image editor. The final results printed out would make a visually exciting display.

iTunes: Currently $Au2.99, but watch for price reductions at times.

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