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Ever since I purchased the Camera Lucida app four years ago, I have been using it to make pencil drawings onto my painting surface before painting from a digital photograph - no more transfer paper, no more inkjet printer! I've probably saved hundreds of dollars not buying ink. While I am painting, I turn on the posterize feature and refer to it in order to guide my color/value choices - the app helps A LOT to identify the light and dark areas of the photograph. It's also great to zoom in on details, like eyes, and draw them accurately. For most paintings, after making the initial drawing, I do not attempt to paint while looking through the app/ipad - just have it next to me as a reference. Sometimes, however, I do the whole painting using the app, and skip the pencil drawing altogether, especially if I am using pastels. There is a Facebook group for Camera Lucida users, and I've learned a lot of tricks there, including ideas on how to build a stand to support the iPad. I love this app!
I bought this app as a Christmas present for my husband. The app is phenomenal! It allows him to line up the picture he wants to draw from, and lets him get the general placement of what he is drawing, such as the eyes and the shape of the head. We are older, and I must admit, it was a bit confusing at the very first. However, I reached out to the Camera Lucida community I follow on FaceBook, and received the help I needed. Also, the apps developer built in a help section right into the app. It even has the e-mail address of the developer himself. I e-mailed him and he got right back with me. His tips were exactly what we needed to use the app to obtain the desired results. Couldn’t be happier with the app and with their customer service! If you can’t figure out the app, reach out for guidance instead of leaving a negative review.
I love being able to draw pictures from my photos. Really let's you overcome fears if you are, like me, drawing challenged... Have made many lovely pen and ink drawings of some of my favorite photos of my daughter that I put in my journal. It is fun, plus they won't fade over time like photos might (given an archival ink)... I have always wanted to make pen and ink drawings that look good and this has been an absolutely fabulous tool. I just got an Osmo stand and front camera mirror and am looking forward to using it as it seems like it will be more convenient than the standard setup of putting the iPad on a stack of books. I set it up with the Osmo but have yet to actually draw with the Osmo in use. That said, it certainly seems like it will be more convenient to have the iPad and drawing both easily visible while you are drawing, instead of basically 100% looking "through" the iPad. I very, VERY rarely purchase apps (I think this is my second in history) but have absolutely no regrets. It really is a wonderful tool to help ANYONE draw well and I am thrilled!
Have only been using this app for a few days but already I’m so glad I found it! I’m a scratch artist and this is going to be a most welcome tool. Scratch board is Masonite covered in white clay then coated in black ink leaving a matt finish, so transferring a drawing onto this surface can be quite messy. I’ve coated my sketch on the back of the paper with white charcoal which leaves specks on the black surface. I’ve also used white Saral transfer paper which leaves marks where you’ve rested your hand. With this app I can draw the image directly onto the board, saving so much time and mess. Thank you so much for producing such a valuable tool.
Can I give this app a seven star review ?! I have been only using this for a few minutes but I already know that I have found a secret treasure! Look, I CAN and DO draw and paint using perspective and all the tools of an artist. But I live an extremely busy life and it’s hard to get to all that. So in the past I have had drawing and painting instruction. I have spent lots of money on drawing products to get me up and going such as a Wacom Tablet, All the Corel products, Illustrator, etc. Those products were so incredibly hard to use that I found myself back to drawing/painting on paper! I must say that there are many Apps which have really revolutionized my life and that this app would have to be near the very top ten most useful and productive apps That I have ever used. I will post this app on my Facebook and stuff to get the word out but I really think you should advertise more because people like me NEED this product. GOOD JOB! Mary
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Camera Lucida has 167 user reviews.
Camera Lucida has an average rating of 4.8.
The latest version of Camera Lucida (10.0) was released on Nov 23, 2019.
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"In love with drawing again!"
Whether you're drawing on paper with a pencil, or cookies with royal icing, Camera Lucida will help you to be a better artist.
Unlike hundreds of apps that enable you to create digital art, Camera Lucida instead enables you to create amazing physical art! Our app works by having your iPhone or iPad's camera pointed at your drawing surface. By watching your screen as you draw, you will be
able to to see your reference image superimposed with your drawing - guiding your hand as little or as much as you want while you create your art. Better than a projector and more versatile than a light table, Camera Lucida has been fine-tuned for a decade to provide artists with the features they need to be accurate and creative.
For over a century, artists have made use of the camera lucida optical device to superimpose a live view of their subject onto their drawing or painting surface. Allowing the artist to trace what they see in front of them, the camera lucida is an invaluable aid in creating a lifelike and realistic drawing. Our app is truly a camera lucida for the 21st century!
With our Camera Lucida iPhone/iPad application, artists and non-artists alike can now draw anything they have a photo of. When looking at your screen, you'll be able to simultaneously see the image you want to draw as well as your drawing surface as you create your work of art.
Additionally, Camera Lucida has image processing filters that can be used to simplify the drawing process further. Functions such as posterizing, color reduction, comic book effects, edge detection, etc. help tremendously for guiding your hand while producing your next masterpiece.
Our app also supports professional features you won't find in other copycat apps such as:
- Time-lapsed recordings of you creating your drawing you can share on social media.
- Perspective and mirroring transformations for using the app with additional hardware such as mirrors.
- Support for external bluetooth keyboards to aid in creating large art through mirroring your display.
- Advanced tools such as vertical split screen sliders, timed image fading in and out, etc.
- Video tutorials you can watch from within the app or from YouTube.
- Customer support that you can count on and much, much more.
To use our application, you just place your iPhone or iPad between your drawing surface and your eyes and trace what you see on the screen!
A ton of fun for artists young or old, amateur or professional, the Camera Lucida app makes a great addition to any artist's toolbox.
IMPORTANT: To use Camera Lucida, you need to fix your iPhone or iPad in place above your drawing. We use a stack of books or a flower vase to do this. Tutorials are included in the app to help you get started.
Splash art by Carolyn Hall Young, 1953-2016.
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