Regular visitors to TeraTalks will know my penchant for design apps for the Mac, but from the perspective of wannabe designer vs. one who makes a living toiling over pixels while immersed in digital toys and tools.
I thank my parents for the gene that renders colors in ways nature did not intend, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a good eye for design or a good understanding of the tools that can help Mac users become more proficient. Enter Primitive, an incredibly pleasant Mac tool which recreates photos using the primitives of vector-based geometric tools.
Primitive starts with the most, well, primitive of tools– triangles, circles, rectangles, combos, eclipses, quadratic Beziers, and more– each with more granular controls– which automatically turn photos or images into works of art.
Select a specific image, select a specific shape, adjust settings as needed, and click the Run button.
Yes. Primitive works in real time, while you watch, to create a unique image which blends shapes, types, widths, colors, and more to build– literally build, as in while you watch it build– a unique design. Stop the Run after 100 shapes, or 300 shapes or 900 shapes or whatever; each becomes a unique design.
There’s even a built-in Drawing Mode which enables more options so each image becomes totally unique.
Primitive becomes more interactive and user-driven in drawing mode. Click and drag the mouse to paint shapes in areas of interest. The app will look for shapes to draw in the general area of the mouse instead of searching the entire image.
There is much to like in Primitive because it takes any photo or image and can add vector shapes to recreate a design– with little effort and few shapes and less time, or a completely vector-based image with granular shapes that takes plenty of time but which produces an image that is as unique as you want it to be.
Even better, because Primitive is so CPU intensive you get to view the process take shape and can stop the changes at whatever point you prefer, yet you have full control over shapes, shape types, stroke sizes, number of shapes per iteration, background color, and much more.
Primitive is priced about right and the only real negative is the lack of a try-before-you-buy option. That oversight baffles me, but the video and example graphics are enough to show you exactly what Primitive can do.