FreezePaint is a very neat iPhone app that lets you “remix” the world around you. Or rather, it allows you to make a scrapbook of anything you see, just by pointing your iPhone camera at it and painting in the parts you want to keep. And don’t be put off by the photos on the site — they’re a little cheesy, but when you actually start playing with the app, you’ll be surprised by its potential.
FreezePaint works like this: point the camera at anything, and when you see something you like, you start to brush the screen with your finger. The image freezes to make it easier to “paint,” and anything you brush over is kept. Reframe and go again to build up collages or surreal scenes in which the same elements can be repeated, or completely different things jammed together.
It’s curiously addictive.
The app comes from Digital Composting, the company of Ron Brinkmann (with two Ns), visual effects wizard and sometime guest of the This Week In Photography podcast (and even the VFX show, way back when).
There are very few options, and there don’t really need to be. In addition to painting elements in, you can also erase them, and freeze a whole scene or clear it. Once you’re done, you can share your creations with the usual subjects: Twitter, The Facebook, Flickr and email (or just save to the camera roll).
Possible uses? As the samples show, you can put a dog’s head on a human body (much less messy than my usual procedure for doing this), but the real creative power comes when you start to make collages, or even use FreezePaint to paint pictures where none of the individual parts are identifiable. Then again, I have a degree in fine arts, so I might be talking crap.
FreezePaint is available now for a buck, and will go up to $2 “soon.” Go grab it and have some fun.