Caricature Maker Pro: iPhone Written App Review
If you’ve ever seen a street artist mocking up a caricature, you know the allure this unique and sometimes hilarious art form can have. Now you can create your own caricatures right on your iPhone, thanks to the new Caricature Maker Pro iPhone app from Mcookie Inc. If you’re ready to get creative or have always wondered what you’d look like as a cartoon, our iPhone app review of Caricature Maker Pro can tell you how.
The Caricature Maker Pro app lets you build cartoon caricatures by using a real picture as your base. That’s an awfully smart move, since some of us have trouble drawing a straight line. The app uses smart facial orientation software to make each feature of your face come alive, from your jawline to the set of your eyes.
You’ll get a step-by-step walkthrough from the app, thankfully, because without the added prompts our caricatures could have been a bit of a mess. Yeah, the app is kind of complicated, but the results are pretty cool. Customization is the name of the game. You can create caricatures of men, women or couples. This app has huge catalogues of hair styles, backgrounds, fun props, glasses, accessories, you name it. And you buy them through a cookie point system (tres cute!) shop.
The results are pretty astounding. After getting up close and personal with the app’s multi-point alignment system, our caricatures bore an uncanny resemblance to our own cherubic faces. Only, these were cartoons. It’s a pretty sweet way to try on new hair styles, although saving and sharing your caricature creations is definitely an option, too. The Caricature Maker Pro app integrates directly with email sharing, Facebook and Twitter, and lets you save images to your camera roll.
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When we say this app is complex, we definitely mean it. You’ll work through several menus, many of which feature submenus, and you’ll spend a lot of time adjusting facial orientations and objects to their optimal size and location. But, as we mentioned, there are tons of helpful guide tips built into the app. Those are very helpful, especially for new users.
We do wish the app had an option to save face shapes. It can get a little annoying to have to go back to the drawing board every single time you want to make a new caricature, even if it’s of a person you’ve already made one of before. Also, remember to adjust the opacity of your face pic before moving on. If you don’t you might end up with a strange blue hued realistic face with some cartoon eyes and lips on it.
For $.99, we think Caricature Maker Pro is a sweet photo editor with a lot of potential. Definitely a solid value. Of course, you may be tempted to buy some cookie points to unlock cool character details, but even without additional items, it’s a pretty neat app. Give it a try sometime, you’ll be glad you did.
Caricature Maker Pro iPhone app requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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