We've seen plenty of applications, both on OS X and iOS, that claim to covert regular photos to watercolour paintings. Most produce results that are disappointing. After seeing Popsicolor in action however, we're starting to think that perhaps those other apps simply try too hard to capture all the detail and colours of the original source image.
Popsicolor produces watercolour painting that are based on only a handful of tonal values and just two colours, one for the top of the image and another for the bottom. Like an actual ice popsicle the colour gradually transitions between both colours.
The results, as can be seen in our example image below and the demo video above, can be very effective. The key is to select a source photo with high contrast and recognisable shapes.
Popsicolor has a simple interface with just the right number of options to play with. Give it whirl and let us know what you think. If not to produce final images, you may find it handy as a starting point from which to build a more detailed painting in one of the more classic painting apps for the iPad.
App Store Link: Popsicolour