Pop Art Brings Andy Warhol to the Palm of Your Hand

Price: $0.99     Score: 6/10     By A. PapachristosPop Art - Adam Freeman

With Andy Warhol’s unique contribution to the art world having garnered so much attention since its introduction, such techniques have been recreated a countless number of times.  Now, with Pop Art by Adam Freeman, users can use their portable device to create colorful, Warhol-like photographs just as they would with Photo Booth on a Mac computer.

The moment you start up Pop Art, the application will ask whether you wish to use your camera to take a new photo or if you would rather choose an old picture from your existing photo albums.  For those who use an existing photo, simply sift through your albums and tap the photo you’d like to use.  It will then be processed by Pop Art and placed in your Camera Roll.  The same will happen if you choose to take a new picture with your camera.  Snap the photo and tap ‘Use’ once you approve so your photo may then be morphed into pop art.

As with Warhol’s typical pop art, your photo will appear in four different frames, all featuring different color schemes.  Because the image automatically saves to your Camera Roll, users need only go back to their album to select the image to begin editing the colors to their preference.  The slider allows users to adjust the intensity of the colors and contrast, while the Auto button can be turned on to see how the application believes your colors should appear.  Though each frame has its own predetermined color scheme, users may edit these color choices by using the Pick button to sort through the 80 available color choices.  The Save button, of course, will allow you to save your changes.

Unfortunately, while playing around with Pop Art, things did not seem to work exactly as expected.  Initially, I took a quick snapshot of myself, allowing it to be processed by the application, after which the photo was automatically placed in my Camera Roll album.  With no distinct instructions, I simply attempted to retrieve my photo by tapping on it, hoping that I would then be led to the editing screen, which I was.  However, my original image, featuring my face in four separate frames, had been quadrupled, leaving me to stare at my face in 16 little squares instead of just four.  Curious to see what would result, I saved this image to see what would happen the next time I opened it for editing, and once again, these 16 faces were quadrupled.  Judging by this consistent occurrence, one can deduce that the original image will be the only one to remain normal, meaning all edits will distort its authentic look.  I would like to say I misread the directions, but with no written instruction, I can only assume that this constant quadrupling indicates a glitch in the application itself.

Pop Art [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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