Hi everyone! I love to create arty images for my home and sometimes I just really prefer to work on my mobile devices. I go through spurts with iPhone photography. Recently, I decided to work on capturing landscapes and landmarks around my rural home.

I have been blown away by the new apps that are available too! Many are rather over-the-top when used as is, but the app, Superimpose, has been really helpful for toning down the effects by blending them back into the original image.

I am going to take you through an iPhone edit of a few trees. I literally had my husband stop the car and I jumped out to grab this image if the trees. I took this image with the native iPhone camera on the iPhone 4s as a square crop.

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

I really like the app, Tangled, because it gives so many distinctive and varying options. This is one of my own presets that I like to use on trees.

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

The effect of Tangled is a little strong, so I blended it half and half with the original using the app, Superimpose.

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

Next, I used the app, Rainy Daze, to add drama and clouds. This is one of the vintage presets.

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

I liked how the trees were highlighted by the Rainy Daze app, so I added some extra light with the app, Rays.

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

Finally, I took the resulting image into Distressed FX and added a couple of textures.

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

I made another option that blended the Rays effect with the Distressed FX images in Superimpose. I felt the light rays were a little lost in the heavily textured image.

iphone app art tutorial by Caroline Jensen

You can see that mobile art can be both fun and complicated if you meander past the face value of the apps. Your options are endless if you learn to blend and layer effects!

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