Dreamscope: Turning pictures into art

One of my favorite photography apps for years has been Waterlogue ($2.99) from Tinrocket, an amazing app that takes images from your Photos library and then "paints" them as watercolor paintings. The result is gorgeous. But what if you wanted your photo to look more like a painting by Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Duchamp or in the style of Edvard Munch's The Scream? There's an app for that now: Dreamscope (free, universal) can apply any one of a huge number of filters to your favorite image to give it a different look.

The app is really a bit different. Rather than doing all of the processing right in the app, Dreamscope uploads your image and choice of filter to an online service where it is manipulated for about three minutes. That image is then available not only to you, but to everyone else who is using the app. Your personal image manipulations are saved in "My Image Stream" but are also made available to the world as a whole. As a result, you might want to really think about what pictures you send to Dreamscope...

While many of the filters are meant to mimic the style of a famous painter, you'll find some odd ones in the list that aren't stylistic. For example, there is one called "Mac Keyboard" that is an image of a MacBook's keyboard. Just out of curiosity I applied that to a picture of my cat and you can see the result below. 

The results - depending on your source material and the filter you use - can be amazing or disturbing. It's easy to share the images through the regular methods and to save the manipulated images back to your Photos library. Whether you're an artist looking for inspiration or a photographer who just wants to see his or her photography in a new light, Dreamscope is worth playing with. The three-minute wait for results is well worth it.

Panorama photo of Death Valley done in the style of Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

Panorama photo of Death Valley done in the style of Van Gogh's "Starry Night"