If it’s true the graphic design gene skips a generation, then I’m a carrier and my children will benefit from my lack of creativity. In the meantime, I get to massage my hobby and try out all the Mac design tools in the hopes that one day I’ll be blessed by the digital gods in a dream and design Nike’s next logo while I’m sleeping.
My graphic design treat this week is called b-l-a-c-k-o-p DotMatrix FREE, the free little brother to the popular DotMatrix Pop Art Factory. What’s DotMatrix do? Pop art. Or, maybe OpArt. Whichever is in vogue these days. The app’s name gives it away. DotMatrix. As in dot matrix printer art.
Grab a photo from iPhoto or use the Mac’s built-in iSight camera or any photo that deserves a blast from the past pop art treatment. It’ll take you a few minutes to figure out how to use DotMatrix, but the trial and error effort won’t last long.
Click on a color in the right sidebar color line, then use the slider bars on the right to adjust color angles in the image. That’s just about it. DotMatrix Free comes with more than 400 presets so you don’t even have to work hard to get something to resemble 21st century pop art (with that 20th century Madison Avenue flare).
Not bad for free, right?