Last time on Snap Spot, I shared a fun Tangled FX photo editor app, which adds electric effects to your photos. Today I found another awesome photo editing app for you that can be used in a number of ways depending on how much involvement you want. The cross stitch camera will turn your photos into detailed cross stitch patterns, but it will also create some fantastic nifty effects even if you don’t want to stitch your photos together. I like it because it’s a mix between Snap Spot and Handmade Highlights, my other bi-weekly column.
Open the app, take a photo or choose one from the library, and Cross Stitch Camera magically transforms it into a real cross stitch pattern. I don’t cross stitch, and I don’t expect many of you to do either, but in addition to creating designs, the app also adds a cross stitch look to the photos. . The cross stitch look is neat, especially on simple, brightly colored photos. This effect does not work as well on landscapes with little color, but it does work well with portraits and macro shots.
Of course, if you want to create a stitched piece of art with your design, you can use this app. You can select the number of colors you want to work with and it will recommend the corresponding DMC cotton threads (the typical cross stitch choice).
If you follow the pattern and use the thread, you will end up with a finished product that looks exactly like your photo. Of course, since most photos use a ridiculous number of colors, these patterns look incredibly complicated to me. If you want something simpler, you can import clipart images, which is also a great feature.
I prefer to use this app for cool photo filters. It’s a one-trick wonder like many filter apps, but you can import your edited images into other photo apps right from Cross Stitch Camera. It’s a must have app if you love cross stitch, but it’s also a great addition to the photo arsenals of image editing enthusiasts. You can get a cross stitch camera on the App Store for $ 3.99. Want even more Snap Spot? Check out my archives. And as always, if you have a suggestion for an app or item that you’d like to see featured, be sure to contact us.