Toonita: Comics & Cartoon Photo Editor w Face Tune - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

Yes. I'm coding since I was 10 which gives me some 30+ years of experience. However, this is my first mobile app, but I was involved in developing several mobile games since 2013.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

The Toonita app implements the structure adaptive stylization method developed by Jan Eric Kyprianidis in his Ph.D. This is used to extract smooth outlines needed to produce cartoonish effects. The implementation relies on the use of several fragment shaders that run on GPU, so the most challenging part for to sync up that with conventional CPU processing.

Aleksandar likes to call himself a programmer. That is something he has been doing for the most part of his life. He started coding when he was 10. Back then, he had Commodore 64. When joystick ports stop working, he started retyping programs from some book on Simons' BASIC that he got from his elder brother. Later, he started writing his own programs and has been doing that ever since. Besides being a programmer, he is also an Associate Professor at the University of Nis, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, involved in teaching courses on Software Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Vision, and Deep Learning.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

There are plenty of photo editing apps. When it comes to style transfer I must mention Prisma that was the first in the market. I would also recommend their newer app Lensa that is directed toward face editing. When it comes to face magic, I must also mention FaceApp. Besides these Allstar apps, I would like to single out Clip2Comic from DigitalMasterpieces that produces very good results when it comes to cartooning photos.

How long have you been working on this app?

It took me 5 months of pretty intensive work.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

There are a lot of cartoon photo editors and photo art apps on the market. Our goal was to bring the best of them in one place. Toonita features photo retouching, face tuning, many different poster-like styles, stickers and speech bubbles, and finally a collection of color filters for the final touch. This allows our users to unleash their creativity and share their messages.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

I believe the quality of the images produced with Toonita and the visual styles that it provides is unprecedented. However, the fact that Toonita has a lot to offer is probably its strongest point.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

Besides adding exciting new styles, we are considering adding background replacement and possibly some additional face tuning capability. At some point, we would also like to enable user-defined styles based on the currently developed style engine.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

I would like to invite them to download and take some time to try the app. I would be happy if could get some feedback from them about things they like and dislike, what they are missing, etc.

Toonita: Comics & Cartoon Photo Editor w Face Tune

About App:

Toonita is the all-in-one ultimate comic maker, cartoon maker and art photo editor featuring face tuning, photo retouch, stickers for photos, and speech bubble selections. Image processing is organized in five stages processing pipeline allowing you to adjust the outcome to perfection by going back and forth.
The stages are:
(1) Prepare → (2) Stylize → (3) Adjust → (4) Stickers → (5) Filter

(1) PREPARE STAGE
The Prepare stage contains many basic and advanced art photo editor tools that enable you to adjust input for the Stylize stage:
1) Correct - flip and rotate an image
2) Rotate - fine rotation
3) Crop - arbitrary and constrained crop
4) Eyes Size - face tuning for frontal portraits
5) Nose Size - face tuning for frontal portraits
6) Mouth Size - face tuning for frontal portraits
7) Vanish - fill-in an arbitrary area of the image by surrounding pixels
8) Clone - clone stamp tool (tap and hold to edit stamps)
9) Selection - an optional selection that is applied as a mask for the following tools
10) Adjust Brightness
11) Adjust Contrast
12) Sharpen - sharpen or Gaussian blur tool
13) Noise - add noise or median blur
14) Saturation
15) Hue
16) Vignette - adds a dark or light vignette

(2) STYLIZE STAGE
The Stylize stage contains 20+ custom cartoon filter and photo overlays styles that enable you to cartoon yourself or colorize your photo: Cartoon, Smooth, Details, Grayscale, Comic, Halftone, Money, Red, Green, Blue, Graphite, Blueprint, Hot 1&2, Funky, Watercolor 1&2, Color Splash 1&2, Seaside, Pastel, and Valentine. Try different photo filters and give a whole new look to your photo with this cartoon filter app.

(3) ADJUST STAGE
The Adjust stage brings art editor tools used to fine-tune stylization results. The comic maker and cartoon maker app offers general image adjustments such as Lightness, Brightness, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, and Saturation, so as the adjustments related to edge extraction: Outlines, Width, Smoothness, Details, and Blackness. Finally, the last two tools allow color adjustment in terms of the number of levels and their softness. Get the perfect cartoon filters and improve the look of your image!

(4) STICKERS
The Stickers stage allows you to add different speech bubbles with custom text and stickers for photos from several collections: Comic maker, Pop Art, Girl, Meme maker, Power, Kawaii, Animals, Motivation, Travel, and Space.

(5) FILTER STAGE
The Filter stage, as the name suggests, contains many photo filters, photo overlays, cartoon filters and more that can further improve your result: Warm, Cold, Sepia, Black & White, B&W + Stretch, Bone, Ocean, Pink, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Hot, Cool, Magma, Inferno, Plasma, Cividis, Threshold, Edges, Glowing Edges, and Negative.
In each stage, it is possible to adjust the strength of the applied transformation allowing better control over the desired output.

Categories: Photography

Date: September 25, 2021

Developer: Aleksandar Milosavljevic

About developer: Aleksandar likes to call himself a programmer. That is something he has been ... Read more

Website: http://toonita.app/

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