In my never ending quest to fill up my Mac’s disk drive with photo enhancement apps I often come across an app that does what I wanted to do decades ago. Create a comic strip. Back in the day I had dreams of being a comic strip writer and illustrator in the vein of Vampirella, Gahan Wilson, Gary Larson, or Garry Trudeau.
Alas, what’s needed to become a successful comic strip writer and illustrator is talent. Writing talent. Illustrating talent. And imagination.
With the right photo enhancement app on the Mac anyone can take a photo and turn it into a comic-book style illustration reminiscent of newspaper and comics of the past. Pop Dot Comics does exactly that.
Comic style filters include Sunday Comics, Halftone, Pop Comics and Pulp Comics, and Noir Comics. Drop in a photo, select the filter, click to enhance, then tweak until done. Here’s a few examples.
And, the Noir Comic style.
Presets make it easy to get started with any of the five styles. Each also has options to adjust outlines, color, border width and inset, and paper.
You can also choose from Dots, Lines, and Halftones, and add custom dialog in speech bubbles. The Benday Dots option gives you controls over dot or line size, outline size, color variations, and border width and radius.
There’s a reason Pop Dot Comics has a low price. It’s not a comic layout and design app on the order of Comic Life, which is, and which costs more.