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Tutorial: Line Abstraction

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Tutorial: Line abstraction

I got lot of great feedback on my series of line edits I did recently. Weather it was on IG, EyeEm, tumblr or Flickr: A lot of people asked me how to do it. I think this is a good point to make a short tutorial:


Apps used: Diptic, Decim8, Snapseed

The first thing you have to do is to decide which photo is suitable for making this kind of edit. You need something you can cut off at any point, preferably somewhere in the middle part. The above two pics where cut in the middle area. I cut off a lake beneath the mountain and the train tracks beneath the city. As soon as you have chosen your pic you can begin. For the tutorial I’ve chosen this shot of some illuminated orchids shot with hipstamatic.


First step is to use Diptic to cut off the photo. Choose the 4th preset in the classic section. It’s the one with the horizontal separation. Choose the upper one and place your pic just as you’d like it to be cut. For the lower part choose some pic that contains the main color of your pic. In my case this was obviously black, which makes this step easy. No borders needed here, just turn them off. Mine looks like this at this point:


After this we need to prepare our pic for Decim8. We need to turn the pic once against the clock because Decim8 can only make lines from left to right. For turning I quickly used the iPhone’s Photo app, but you can use whatever you want. After you turned the pic you can open it in Decim8. We only need the B∑AMRID∑R filter here. Apply it until you’re happy with the result. Mine looks like this:


Now you can turn your pic back to make your preferred tweaks. I think that the Snapseed Retrolux filters fit quite good here so that’s what I did. I opened the pic in Snapseed and applied some Retrolux and other enhancements. Please don’t ask me what I did exactly because I don’t remember exactly. Here’s what my final result looks like:



Hope this was helpful. If you have questions creel free to contact me at any time.


Also see my other tutorials:

How to create abstract photography with Hipstamatic


Using Flipboard as Instagram Client

Or visit the 

AMPt Architecture & CITY PORTRAITS

Or read something about my love for architecture photography

How my love for architecture photography changed the way I see my city

Using Flipboard as Instagram client

We all love browsing galleries in Instagram, liking some photos, commenting on some. We also like to keep in touch with our followers and new photos of people we’re following. Well, the Instagram app is good for that! But I found out that there’s an app that is just as good, if not better. It’s Flipboard.

Flipboard is a great app for iPhone and iPad that gathers all of your social networks in one beautifully designed app. So you can have Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and all others in only one place. The layout, handling and navigation is simple and intuitive. You have your favorites in tiles and swipe to navigate. Have you seen the new look of Windows8? Flipboard is maybe where they got the idea from, who knows :)

I have some favorite #-galleries in Instagram and I want to stay in touch with them and that’s mainly why I use Flipboard: You can set #-galleries as favorites so that you can access them very quickly and see what’s new. That’s what my setting looks like:

How I did that? It’s actually very easy. Just tap the magnifying glass in top of the screen, search for your gallery, choose it and hit the “+” next to the gallery’s name and it’s done. When you’re searching for the gallery you have to scroll down a bit, Flipboard shows you Twitter, Flickr and some other tags first. 

You can also do everything else you can do with the Instagram app, you can like:

You can also comment on photos, read all comments of a photo, change to the author’s feed, follow, unfollow and block users. You can also very easily share photos in different ways. 

And what’s really good about Flipboard is, that it’s really fast. Much faster than the Instagram app. At least that’s my impression. And of course you can browse Instagram on the iPad which is great news because the Instagram app is only for iPhone.

But there’s also a negative point about Flipboard. It’s the way it caches images. I wouldn’t ever have thought about it if I didn’t look at my iPhones memory and which apps use most of it. It was at this place where I saw that Flipboard was actually using 7GB (!) on my iPhone. I was searching the app for a possibility to clear this cache. Generally it’s nice to have the functionality of offline reading articles there but you have to have some control, that’s what I think. So there’s no easy way to clear the cache, but there is one:

You have to go to the settings and hit the first option “About” (I guess that’s what the option is called in the english version). Here comes the magic, tap the Flipboard logo and you’ll be directed to the Debug menu. There it is, a button that let’s you clear the cached images. If your cached images use a lot of memory, it last’s quite long to clear them, be patient, maybe you have to tap it several times. It doesn’t show you any status bar, only sign is that the button becomes grey, it’s white again when the cache is cleared. Access the Debug menu again and you’ll see the new size of the cache. I tend to clear this cache once a day.

I hope this little tutorial was helpful.