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Paper Camera, Camera App for iPhone review

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We review Paper Camera for iPhone – an app allowing you to add cartoon effects to your snaps.

What is Paper Camera?

Paper Camera is a little different to other camera apps like Instagram, or Vignette because it allows you to add comic-style arty effects to your photos in real time.

Also available non Android, Paper Camera features 13 different effects to transform your photos including the Andy Warhol-style four brightly coloured grid images, Comic Boom that makes it feel as though you’ve stepped into a comic book, Sketch Up, Aquarello that adds a watercolour effect to your snap, Old Printer for a black and white spotted masterpiece, and Half Ton that makes your picture into a Pop Art-inspired drawing.

We’ve explained how to make the most of some of these effects below, so make sure to check out the highlights to get the most out of Paper Camera.

A handy feature of Paper Camera is that as you take the photo, they are added, effect and all to your iPhone’s gallery, making them easy to find and share if you wish.

The interface is clear and easy to use, with the live preview taking up most of the central pane with controls to the right. To preview what each of the effects will look like, you can simply tap on the arrow to browse through the 13 options.

If you’d like to edit each effect more, you can do so using the sliders. To see more options to adjust, tap the icon showing three dots to see more.

To freeze the shot, tap the red camera icon.

You can also record video using Paper Camera. To switch to the video capture option, just swipe from top to bottom using the tiny slider in the bottom right corner.

Although controls are simple to use, with icons and the general design clearly taking on the sketchy look, the sliders are a little awkward if you have big fingers.

Another thing that’s a little odd about Paper Camera is that it can only be used in landscape mode, meaning taking portraits can be a little tricky because you’ll have to use the app the wrong way round.

Paper Camera Highlights

How to produce a cartoon strip with Paper Camera

The first effect you’ll come across on Paper Camera is the Comic Boom setting that will turn your viewfinder into a comic-style universe.

If you want to craft your own comic strip, you can use Paper Camera to take a series of snaps and then use PhotoShop Express to put them into a strip, adding captions along the way.

For the best results, we recommend you play with the controls a little, increasing the lines, edges, contrast and shine to make it feel like a true comic strip. The auto settings in the app are a little too washed out to give the impression of a genuine comic strip so accentuate the colours and features to make it look more authentic.

How to produce a Pop Art drawing with Paper Camera

Roy Lichtenstein led the Pop Art movement with his romantic dotted drawings in the 70s and the Half Ton setting on Paper Camera brings this alive, without the hassle of painting thousands of dots.

To make the most of the Half Ton setting, try and find a subject with bright colours – they work much better.

Once you’ve found your subject, we recommend you reduce the dots, increase the quantization to max and increase the lines. The other auto settings should be enough to make your photo look like authentic Pop Art masterpiece.

How to produce a sketch from your photo

So many apps with image filters try and achieve the sketch look with little success – they just look a little wrong. The ability to adjust the settings on Paper Camera makes it much easier to produce a stunning hand-drawn sketch effect.

We’ve discovered tweaking the Granny’s Paper setting rather than the Sketch Up setting gives much better results.

The first setting to adjust is the contrast. Slide this down a little to just off-centre to take away the orangey tones. Now increase the lines setting and head to the second menu by taping the three dots.

Move the tone up a notch to make it look a little more natural, remove the vignette effect and increase the edges.

Voila! A real cheat’s way to make your artistic skills stand out.

Getting the basics right: Paper Camera

How to adjust the Contrast and Brightness with Paper Camera

Paper Camera doesn’t offer as many manual options in comparison to other camera apps, but it does allow you to adjust the brightness and contrast in each of the additional effect. The simple slider-based system allows you to see the changes in real time and if you prefer it without the tweaks, you can reset the settings using the reset icon just above the contrast slider.

How to switch to the front camera with Paper Camera to take a selfie

To switch to the front-facing camera within Paper Camera to take selfies, tap on the menu icon to the left of the effect name (it looks like four lines in a blue square). Now tap on the second from last icon, which looks like a camera with two arrows in it and the screen should be filled with your face.

How to adjust the flash with Paper Camera

By default, the flash is deactivated in paper camera. This allows you to get a better idea of what the creation will look like via live preview. If it’s a little too dark and adjusting the brightness and contrast doesn’t do the job, tap the menu icon to the left of the effect name and tap on the flash icon. There’s no auto option though – only off and on.

How to adjust the picture quality with Paper Camera

Although you may want lower-quality pictures to reduce the size of the images and make them easier for sharing in Paper Camera, you may want to increase the quality to include more detail – especially if you want to print them out.

To adjust the quality of the pictures, head to the menu by tapping on the blue icon to the left of the effect description. Now, select the cog icon and tap on the Picture Quality to make it high quality. By default, the quality is set to standard quality.

How to zoom using Paper Camera

Paper Camera features its own zoom controls, but unfortunately, they’re not that accessible. To zoom in or out of a subject, head to the menu (left of the effect name) and tap on the + or – controls to zoom in or out.

Posted by clarehopping
10th Nov 2013, 02:12   | tags:,,,