How do you know if a filter will work for your cat? Well, you don’t until you try them out but let me showcase two filters that you can try with your cat that will give you an idea of how you can make a portrait that is a little bit different.
I am sharing one cat photo of our tabby Toulouse that is slightly blurry but still cute. I love it and thought can I do anything to make it look different? Cue, a filter app for you to try.
My favourite own smartphone app of choice right now is Photoshop Camera aka PsCam (free) for Android and iOS. I have used it to celebrate Dash Kitten’s Muse® success at the recent Cat Writers’ Awards. Of course, my muse Toulouse made the perfect model. So, let me take you through how one sweet but not so brilliant photo becomes a portrait you would be happy to share on social media.
The Original Cat Portrait
A real awww moment of a cat snap but, taken indoors with evening light and yes, it needs help!
Photoshop Filter – Artful
Filters in this app are not named individually but numbered under each ‘lens’ (filter) in the Photoshop Camera application. This means I can’t give you more than a general direction to each but once there you can enjoy creating new looks for some of your photos.
Number 1 under Artful gives an almost watercolour paper texture to the portrait of Toulouse with each subsequent filter shafting the way it looks in subtle ways. The one thing you can say is that there will be a filter for you to love amongst all of the ones I show here.
My other favourite lenses at the moment in the app for you to try are:
- Cyanotype and,
Photo Filter – Cyanotype
Real cyanotypes are a photographic printing process and the chemicals used to turn an image blue. Using the chemicals is fiddly and you need to be very careful preparing paper and fabric to print on to, so discovering that there was a filter that did a lot of the hard work for me was exciting.
The second snapshot, below, was cropped to remove a lot of garden and focus on the athletic cat up to mischief as he stalked the fence. There are four filters in this lense, each gives a different light or dark treatment.
Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints.The process uses two chemicals: ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanideWikipedia
I hope you get a chance to try out some of the apps fun photos, or explore your own smartphone apps. Let me know which one you like most!