SnapDot Turns Any Photo Into Stipple Style Illustration

SnapDot Turns Any Photo Into Stipple Style Illustration

Gregory Han
Jul 16, 2012

Love that Wall Street Journal stipple-style illustration? The results are not exactly as beautiful as Kevin Sprouls fine illustrations, but the SnapDot app does a decent facsimile using stippling algorithm to convert any photo into a stipple drawing, even color!

SnapDot gives your iPhone the ability to draw professionally with the ideal fine art format: dots! Otherwise known as "pointillism" or "stippling," SnapDot applies your creativity to your favorite photos with intuitive controls and the powerful "smart masking" enhancement mode. Each setting turns your photo into a unique work of art to share with friends or to frame and hang on your wall.

The results can be hit and miss...sometimes it looks like a decent quasi-Seurat, other times the results are the obvious product of an algorithm. Users have the ability to control the number of fits and the contrast to fine tune the stipple effect, with Facebook and Twitter integration listed as "coming soon" (alongside supposed Android support). Could be a fun way to refresh your Facebook or Twitter profile photo, right?

Available for iOS 4.2 or later device (iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad): SnapDot

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