Dat App - Just another photo app

The amount of photo apps out there is probably endless and I just stumbled upon another one from Thailand (I think?). Photoupapp works together with young designers and illustrators to create very nice stamps. The basics of all of them are the same (filters and some frames), but all have different stamps. My favorites are definitely Pastel Stamp and NikoNiko, but all of them are tryworthy.
The apps and basic stamps are free and if you buy another stamp set (0.99 $ each) you can turn off the ads, which I recommend here because the ads are placed pretty annoying at the bottom of your image (you can drag them down, but still). Also I think it's a good way to support the designers. You can find an information and a gallery of every designer when you click on the symbol on the bottom right of the app btw, which is cool, because it makes the whole thing more personal.

Photoupapp website (thai)


Photoupapp on the App Store


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Pastel Stamp

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NikoNiko

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Hippo Camera

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Doodle Stamp

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Re 2.0 - A part of me is moving

Yeeeahhh.... so you know I changed the main topic of this blog like 1 1/2 years ago, but still I'm struggling everytime I have a topic in mind that is totally not art or nerd related and I often end up posting nothing, because I don't want to annoy you guys with stuff you're not interested in. That's why I now created another blog with another topic (like more fashion and/or lifestyle related) and no (made up or real) expectations from anyone. Don't be afraid or happy, I WILL NOT CLOSE THIS BLOG. I will just keep more personal things and so away from here.
If you want to read these other things of me I happily invite you to come over to http://milkyheaven.wordpress.com

Dat App - 13 + Kawaii Apps

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I'm like Christopher Columbus. I discovered something, millions of people knew about before me.
High five to everyone who got the Simpsons reference.
I recently got an iPhone thanks to my big bro (I wanted to say Onii-Chan, but specific people will google it and the search results are...well...wrong. Please don't google it. Please.) Well, thank you again bro. I had a smartphone before, but it had neither IOS nor Android, so I couldn't use common apps. So now that I dug into the whole app-thing, I thought about sharing some kawaii stuff, I'm addicted to. All of them are free by the way, because I'm a scrooge.

1. Purikura Apps
There's a whole friggin bunch of Purikura Apps out there. Really. Just search for Purikura in the App Store and you'll get smashed. I tested a few and got stuck with the following: Rakuga Cute, DecoBlend, Decopic and Snapeee
All of them have similar functions and stuff and the stamps are more or less the same. Some are kinda different, but all have the standard kirakira kakkoii stuff you're all looking for (I know you do).

+ Rakuga Cute The first one I knew and a good one. Nothing more to say.
+ DecoBlend has a nice additional function to create little collages. Also it's my favourite so far as it has some nice sketchy stamps. The left sample below is made with DecoBlend.
+ Decopic offers some preinstalled templates. So if you're lazy or don't want to go through all stamps, you just need to click once and bam - purikura.
+ Snapeee has some really nice stamps and filters (some of my favourites), but I haven't figured out yet, how to just save your pictures without posting them to the Snapeee community (is it even possible? I don't know)

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2. Totty
Totty is the creator of some very nice entertaining games, I won't mention all of them (there are too many). Just search for Totty.
As far as I remember, I came across Totty through Alpaca Niisan, so I just count it in.

+ Alpaca Niisan One of the most popular games in the strange japanese wtf games section. It's starts very cute with some alpacas doing their alpaca business on a nice green meadow. You play one of the alpacas and it's your assignment to slay all the other alpacas just to, like, absorb them. Doing that then makes you stronger and creepier. You shouldn't play it before sleeping. Trust me.
+ う~にゃ~!!!(U~Nya~!!!) One of the cutest things of all things in the history of things. Especially the sound. It's about jumping over boxes with a kitten. And everytime you do it, it says U~ NYA! I can't play it without freaking out about the cute sounds. Also cats in cute costumes are a big plus.
+ ねこ ズサー (Neko Zusa?) Another cat game about jumping into a box and slide as far as possible.
+ (The game with the title, I can't read bc of the kanji) If you ever wanted to flip sunbathing pigs, this is your chance.

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3. Naver
Besides its well known social app Line, Naver offers some nice other programs.

+ Line play Does someone remember Selfy or Tinier Me? Well, Line Play has a similar style, and function. Chat, an avatar to dress up, a room to decorate and a diary. Definitely worth the download.
+ Line Brush I haven't tested other drawing apps so far, but I'm sure this is one of the better. You have a well-resourced toolbox filled with brushes and pens. Unfortunately it has no layer option and drawing with a finger is pretty hard.
+ Neko Copter I wonder if this game was inspired by this cat, what explains pretty much, what this game is about. A flying cat. When you're good at it, you earn costumes and stuff.

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4. Happy Street
OMG I love this game. It's probably my favourite app of all apps. In this Animal Crossing-like game you build up a street with shops and houses and craft things. Other than the abovementioned games, this one is a long time activity. Also note the humor. Hairstyles like Mr. T, Princess Leia and Link? Yes please!

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5. Magic Tree
I just mention this because it has a professional, cute moeblob style, which I really adore. It's a farm game and unfortunately sometimes a little bit too sugar-sweet and not that addictive to me. But maybe you'll love it. The same company has made an MMORPG called The World of Magic, but I don't get it, bc the tutorial was too short, or i got kicked out. Like, suddenly I was in a town and didn't know what to do.

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So that's it so far. Not that I don't have any others to mention, but I don't want to overdo it. If you have other cute apps, I should know, please comment. Kthxbye.

Simple³ Adobe Illustrator tutorial for noobs

I recently started playing around with Adobe Illustrator and since I rarely find tutorials, that are made for people like me (noobs who just want to draw simple, cute stuff) I decided to share my own experiences with you (plus a friend kinda requested this lol).
First, I do recommend this one on deviantART. It shows you the basics for kawaii things based on simple shapes. So if you're going to do Hello Kitty styled stuff, this is the tutorial for you.
What I show you here is doodling with the brush tool and color the result in different ways. It's a quick and simple way to make things if you don't want to just build shapes together. But please note, that I work with a newer version (CS 5) so if you use an older version you may do not have all the tools I use.
Well, here we go:

Step 1: Draw something.
Yep this step is pretty simple and you don't have to be perfect here. The lines you make will be smoothed automatically and you can also change everything you want.
I made a cat. Of course. Cats are cool. I prefer to use the brush tool but I think you could use the pencil tool as well. I have to admit, that I didn't figure out the differences between them yet.
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Step 2: Adjust your lines.
When you select your lines with the selection tool, you can see, that they contain several white spots. These are anchor points. By pulling and rotating them, you can modify your lines until you're satisfied. When you need additional anchor points, you can add them by holding down your left mouse button on the pen tool and choose the "add anchor point" tool. There's also an option to delete anchor points if you need to.
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Step 3: Change the brush style (optional)
Go to window > brushes to open the brushes window. Now you can add a nice (and maybe more natural) touch to your selected lines. I doesn't look always good, but you should still give it a try.
I recommend the artistic brushes. Open them by clicking on the symbol on the bottom left of the brushes window (the one that looks like two folders) or browse all brushes with the two arrows next to it.
For this one I go with the standard brushes. I just made them thicker. You can change the thickness on the stroke panel (window > stroke) under weight. Also you can make the caps and corners of your lines round, what gives a cuter appearance.

Step 4: Coloring

There's more than one way to color your stuff. I wouldn't call any of them perfect. What works for you, depents on your lines, your version of the program and your method of working, I guess.
The first and maybe the easiest is just to use a fill color. But your lines have to be simple and not splitted up to get a good result. Here it worked fine for the cat but not for the banner.
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Second and also easy way is to use the live paint bucket. You find it by holding down your left mouse key on the shape builder tool. You may have to choose what you want to color first, by using the live paint selection tool (you'll get a message about it). Keep clicking until everything you want to color looks screened and then you can easily fill all your stuff with the bucket afterwards.

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Another cool thing is the blob brush. I didn't use it here but still want to mention it. It works as easy as the brush tool, but instead of creating a line, it creates a shape of what you draw. so you can adjust your coloring like your lines. I think it's a great way to add shadows to your images. But older versions unfortunately don't have it (I think its CS4 and higher)
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Step 5: Finish
Basically were done here. What I like to add a more loosey-goosey look, is that I seperate the lines from the coloring (like copy everything, delete the color from one and the strokes from the other one and bring the colors to back) and then move the colors a little bit away from the lines like it's sloppy colored.

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Sooo I hope I could help you a little bit to take your first step into the awesome world of Illustrator. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Maybe I can even answer them. Or maybe not.

And there's more: you can also find me on Pinterest now. Yep I jumped on another social bandwagon. Hahaaah~