There’s almost no excuse for having average, humdrum, boring photos these days. Set your point and shoot digital camera to keep everything in focus, and exposure and composition become secondary settings. How so? Because it’s so easy to create artistic photographic masterpieces on your Mac these days.
My latest find is called Aquarella and what it does to any ordinary photo is extraordinary. Aquarelle is French for watercolor, and that’s what Aquarella does. It converts plain photos into watercolor paintings.
Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
There’s a traditional style which applies fluid brush strokes and color washes. And a two-tone wash which applies soft color combinations to a photo.
Aquarella comes with Undo and Redo so you can see changes as they’re applied, and back out as needed. Adjust the settings in the controller and get thousands of watercolor styles applied instantly.
The slider controls also adjust wet edges, paper styles, water colors, and color details. Every adjustment to the controls can be saved as presets and used again on a different image.
Using Aquarella is actually an exercise in fun, though decidedly trial and error to master the control settings. And, of course, I don’t advocate Aquarella be your only Mac photo add on app, but the water color look has a place in your photo enhancement arsenal.