iphone camera apps + Photoshop

September 16, 2010

Have you ever thought it would be great if could use some of those cool effects or textures from your iphone camera apps and apply them to your photos in photoshop? Huzzah!!! I will show you how. (I have also included a lighting diagram for this shot as well)

There are some very cool apps on the iphone that applies some pretty cool textures, colors and borders on your iphone pics. Technically you can copy your images over to your phone and apply them but you can’t fully control how it affects the photo. I recently found out you could actually extract them and apply them yourself in photoshop for more control. Here is how…

Step 1: Find the app on your computer. This can be done by searching where your .ipa files are. On a windows system they are in your itunes>mobile applications folder.

Step 2: Extract/Uncompress the .ipa file. On a mac you could just uncompress the file. On windows you will have to rename the file extention from ipa to rar (on a mac rename it to .zip). For example: camera.ipa will be renamed to camera.rar. Next you will need to use a unrar program. I use winrar which is downloadable free. Once the extension is changed you can double click on the file and you can see the container files.

Step 3: Find the files. Extracting the rar will create a folder with the app name. From there navigate to payload/camera(app name).app. In this folder you will find which ever textures or overlays contained in this application.

You will see a bunch of files, some files are different resolutions. The higher res ones are usually usable for most anything. Keep in mind some apps only have low res textures. I’d also advise you not to use this for any commercial work. There you have it have fun.

  • http://www.mohan37.com/ mohan37

    Cool! I use an Evo and love the Vignette android app. I’ve managed to duplicate some of the effects, but maybe I can get at some of the textures this way. thanks!

  • ShotByDarko

    Is it possible for you to host the files some where? I have a BlackBerry and they do not have a program like this but I would LOVE these textures. PLEEEASE! :)

  • http://www.plainjoephotoblog.com isayx3

    you trying to get me put in jail! Try buying the app on itunes. No one said you need the iphone..you just need the app on your computer

  • http://flickr.com/photos/kennethroszkowski Kenneth Roszkowski

    Dang… another beautiful portrait of Ginger. Really nice Ed. OneLight simplicity at it’s finest. Cool write-up on the texture extraction too… I’m gonna give that a try on the Mac.

  • Josh

    Do you mind me asking what apps you use?

  • 0108dk

    Great! Just bought hipstamatic like you and tried it out. but cant seem to find a combination that looks flattering :S

    Easy as hell to get app -> files for photoshop!

  • Gabriela

    to hard for me… but it looks great!!

  • http://twitter.com/Luigihope Luis Villegas

    I forgot to tell you that I think this photograph is unbelievable. I mean wow. Ginger is breathtaking. Seriously…I can’t stop staring at the whole composition, light, etc. What was the post all about?

  • Favito142

    I’m in love with the model.

  • http://www.cypruscreekdigital.com/ Todd

    This is cool my face hurts. Thanks Ed, you are frankly the best person in the universe.

  • Todd

    “This is SO* cool my face hurts,” rather. Sorry, i was literally too awestruck to type coherently.
    Still am, really.

  • Chippy

    Have you tried using the frames from the hipsta app? I can’t seem to get it to work

  • Be*

    Hello! Thanks a lot for the instructions. I tried this with the new Hipstamatic today – loaded it down on my MacBook via iTunes, went down all the steps you say, but it doesn’t work: in the Payload file I find the Hipstamatic programm (in the information it says it is well called hipstamatic.app), but I’m not allowed to open it to see the textures and overlays (tells me, it is not compatible with my computer, the sign is shown as pic attached). They must have changed the coding. Any idea how I can make it work anyway? Thanks a lot for your help!