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By James Alliban

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


*NOTE* This app is IPAD 2+ ONLY. It requires a camera

* Featured in "New & Noteworthy" in UK & US *
* FWA app of the day 14th September 2011 *

Composite allows you to remix your surroundings to create artistic compositions. Inspired by the collages of Robert Rauschenberg, this iPad 2 app gives you the opportunity to paint pictures using the live front and back facing cameras. Simply point your device towards your subject and start painting to reveal it. A variety of control over the brush and video stream is offered to allow for different aesthetics. These include brightness, contrast, colour offset, alpha, blur and thickness.

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"you can record your subject in real-time, toy with how it appears on your screen... and make something really expressive. This is your new time waster" - Gizmodo

"The results are striking, combining the visual effect of a painting with the immediacy of a photograph. Making a Composite image real does feel like painting with video, and turns out to be a good way of portraying the feel of a place or the atmosphere of an event." - CultOfMac

"This app is amazing. It encourages creativity by showing the user what the world can look like through the eyes of an artist. You can spend hours recreating deeply textured and richly colored images and easily save them to your camera roll. For only $1.99, you will feel like a true artist." - AppAdvice

"Composite... allow[s] you to remix your surroundings on the touchscreen, forming painterly compositions as you reveal the world via dreamy, expressionistic sketches in a real-time video stream" - The Creators Project

Also featured in:

- Wired blog
- Creative Applications
- Create Digital Motion
- Page Online


User comments

"With this tool in hand we can quickly and easily let the subconscious go to work without interference from the pesky thoughts. Easy, deep, and great fun" - Stephen Beveridge

"Never seen anything like it- instant fun and probably the start of a new form of art. Just genius" - Mike Renwick

"A fantastic app that really uses the features of the ipad to unlock your abstract creativity!" - Gazmondo

Very cool app
"I recently saw this on creative applications and fell in love immediately. Everything about the concept and the inspiration for it struck a cord... the iPad as an art creation tool has much potential and apps like this are helping it get there" - Paradical

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Customer Reviews

Very cool app

I recently saw this on creative applications and fell in love immediately. Everything about the concept and the inspiration for it struck a cord. The app itself is a pleasure to use and is fantastic for capturing and generating ideas. It has a few quirks and figuring out some of the interface icons is confusing for a minute, but the function and potential far outweigh all of that. Thanks for making this and I hope you continue to expand functionality in terms of camera filters, brushes, and effects. Heck I would totally be willing to pay for add-on packs for this. Keep on making these kind of apps, the iPad as an art creation tool has much potential and apps like this are helping it get there. Cheers.

Patience pays! Great. iPad2 only!

I had a tough time getting the hang of this app. No help guide except for the video. Watched it about 10 times to follow it. Now I can't put the app down.

The info at various review sites was misleading. You cannot use the effects on an imported photo. The app really only "works" with the ipad2 cameras. The only thing you can do with an imported photo is overlay a camera taken image on it then manipulate the camera taken image. Essentially the imported camera roll image acts as a background.

That said, it's a fun app. Very different than the usual "filters" you find everywhere. And it is a bargain at the price..

Great app, fun experience!

This is an absolutely amazing app experience. Easy to use, fun to use, and easy to create artistic images. Very similar to the app Artifact, but much simpler to use.

And for the first generation iPad user, what in the hell did you expect. It not only clearly states that it is an iPad 2 app, but it also clearly describes what the app does and that involves a camera, which the first generation iPad does not have. You can't troll for apps that don't apply to your device and then complain when they don't work. I mean geez, really?!

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  • $1.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 11.6 MB
  • Languages: English, German
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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