Thursday, February 21, 2013

Another iPhone Experiment...........Blender

I installed the Blender App on my phone a few months ago, but only began to play with it this week.

I have seen many iPhone images and wondered "how the *#%! did they do that?".  I knew this app held some of the secrets, so while waiting for an appointment the other day I decided to experiment.

Basically what you do with the "Blender App" is exactly what you would blend two images together. I came up with some pretty crazy combinations, but quickly learned that there is a certain amount of skill involved in picking and then arranging the pieces to make a "less than crazy" final image.

I thought I would share a few, and then show the steps I took to create one of them.

Note: All of "blending" occurred in the iPhone with original iPhone images. Some minor adjustments were made on my computer to better illustrate and present the final images.

©2013 Dianne Poinski

©2013 Dianne Poinski

©2013 Dianne Poinski

©2013 Dianne Poinski

Here are the steps I took to create the above image:

I blended these two images:

First I loaded the tree image by tapping on the box in the bottom left corner.

Then I added the graveyard image by tapping the box in the bottom right corner. The blend at this point is at 50%.

To play with the "Blend Modes" click on edit.  For this image I used the "Multiply" blend mode (just like in Photoshop.)

The last step was to adjust the balance until it looked like I wanted it to. I think this was around 40%, which reduced the intensity of the graveyard portion of the image:

You can also move the images, arrange the placement and mask out portions of it too, but I have not had a chance to really play around with that.

Another way to use this app is like you would to add texture layers in Photoshop. In this image I used a fairly basic water/tree reflection shot and combined it with the watch. The water added just the right amount of color and interest to the image.

This is the image without the blend treatment:

The possibilities seem endless. I can also see where it would be easy to get carried away with it, so I am pretty sure most of my "blending" will be to add texture and interest, much like I did with the watch image. However, if the right images present themselves, who knows what I will do..............


  1. Perfect! And brilliant. I absolutely enjoyed the pictures and the useful tip behind each.
    Thank you for sharing this Diane :-)

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Livingsta! Glad you enjoyed the post!

  2. what a great app - love to see what you are doing weekly with your photos - i too love taking photos with iphone as i always have it with me and am amazed at the quality i get - i downloaded this app and having fun playing with it - only thing i am having problem with is when i flatten photo i can't seem to save pic???

    1. Hi Ruth! If you click "save" in the upper right corner and choose camera roll, that should save the flattened image. Send me an email or call if that doesn't work.