This is, of course, Bilbo-the-mini harassing Oporto yet again!
I can remember when Photoshop was really the only game in town for photo art, then came various plug-ins and other software, but it was, some of it still is, horribly expensive. Plus the learning curve was steep, so a lot of the options were out of reach for the average person. Now that there are cheaper (even free) and easier options just about anyone can play digital artist. We all know this is not always a good thing but it is what it is. The advent of free or almost free yet sophisticated mobile apps has totally changed the game.
I’ve been checking out some of the iPad art apps this year and this week I took a cute but quite underexposed image to see what I could do with it on my iPad without any processing on my desktop. I only used apps that were free or under $9.99, and with a very shallow learning curve, ie apps that anyone might use. I was really impressed with what could be achieved, and I still haven’t yet used the higher rated ones that I have (that have a slightly steeper learning curve). I think having Photoshop experience definitely helped. Yes, I could have cleaned up parts of the image a little but watercolor paint can act like that and this was a quick experiment.