x2yMorph is a morphing application that is optimized for the iPhone and iPod Touch. To use it, you first select a start image and an end image from your photo albums, zooming in to desired areas of interest, such as a face. You then select corresponding points ("control points") on the two images (for example, the center of the left eye on each image). After a few points have been placed, x2yMorph calculates and displays an intermediate image (for example, halfway between the start image and the end image, if the slider is set to the halfway point). You can also view your morph as a "movie loop" that shows your start image gradually morphing into your end image.
Typically, your start image and end image will be pictures of two people's faces. But you can also obtain interesting morphs by using other kinds of images (for example, animal images). You can also make interesting, artistic morphs by starting with images of colorful geometrical patterns and placing the control points in any creative way that you like.
x2yMorph has several distinctive features.
A multiformat image display mode lets you see your start image, end image, and morphed image all at once. This triple image format makes it easier for you to select corresponding points on the start image and end image. It also lets you immediately see the results of your latest point placement on the morphed image.
To compensate for the reduced image size of the multiformat display mode, a magnifying glass technique is used. This lets you place points while viewing the underlying images at their full native resolution.
To further facilitate point placements and correlations, color coded markers are used on the start and end images. You can easily tell which point on the end image corresponds with a given point on the start image.
There are many display modes. In addition to doing interactive (slider-controlled) viewing of your morph, you can also view your morph as a "movie loop" in either the multiformat display mode or a zoomed-to-full-size single image format.
When you save a morph, several output formats are generated. These include: (1) an internal x2yMorph representation of the morph, (2) a sequence of morphed images that get stored in the "Camera Roll" or "Saved Photos" album of your device, and (3) a special (640x640) multiformat image. The third of these formats resembles the three-image format described above, but with the addition of a small but visible "bit stream" that incorporates the points definitions of the morph. This image is also stored in the "Camera Roll" or "Saved Photos" album of your device. From there it can be uploaded and shared with another x2yMorph user by means of a third party app that uploads the image to a website without resizing it. And finally, saving a morph using this version of x2yMorph on a recent device (e.g., an iPad, a model 3GS or later iPhone, or a third generation or later iPod Touch) also creates and saves the morph as a video file that you can view later and share with others (e.g., via email or uploading via a third part app).
While using x2yMorph, help is always just a tap away. Tapping the "?" button brings up a tutorial, and tapping it again brings you back to where you were in your work.
Version 2.2.1 of x2yMorph includes several iOS7-related changes and an improved video generation capability.
Specific changes include the following: • A fix to a portrait/landscape problem that occurred on iPads running iOS7. • An improvement that makes video generation more reliable, and the resultant videos smoother. The generated videos now have approximately twice the number of calculated images (frames), and they play back at approximately twice the number of frames per second. This results in a smoother, more gradual transition. The video generation now takes longer, but the required time for a complete “Save” operation (including video generation) is only a few seconds on recent devices. • Changes to buttons and other user interface elements, for compatibility with iOS7. • An additional sample morph, between a baby’s face and a great-great-grandfather’s face. • A new icon for the app, suggesting its face-to-face morphing capabilities. • Updated tutorials. • A prerequisite that iOS7 or later be installed prior to installing this version of x2yMorph.
2.2 (Sep, 2012)-
Version 2.2 of x2yMorph includes significant performance and stability improvements, but requires an iPhone 3GS or later, an iPod Touch Third Generation or later, or an iPad.
Specific improvements include the following: • Much faster response to morphing interactively with the slider. • Much smoother, more gradual morphing in the Forward, Reverse, and Loop "movie" viewing modes. • Faster Save operations. • Correction of a bug that could cause a crash during video-saving. • Addition of a fourth sample morph (from a cat's face to a dog's face). • Clearer loupe ring graphics. • Updated tutorials. • Compatibility with iOS 6.
A video tutorial for x2yMorph V2.2 can be viewed at: http://vimeo.com/52521645 or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNNlLVAtSAk
2.1.1 (Nov, 2011)-
Minor update for iOS5 compatibility. The following video tutorial can still be used: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr5gxVV0YNM
2.1 (Jun, 2011)-
In version 2.1 of x2yMorph, the stability of saving morph video clips has been improved. See the following video tutorial for further information on making morph video clips with x2yMorph:
2.0 (Mar, 2011)-
This version is optimized for the iPad as well as the iPhone and iPod Touch. When used on newer devices (e.g., iPads, 3GS and newer iPhone models, and third generation and newer iPod Touch models), a "Save" operation now additionally creates and saves a short video clip of your morph. This version also has some graphics improvements and is multitasking compatible.
After a little bit of time to get the morphing process down, the results are amazing!
The only down side is the size and resolution of the created image. Something in the area of 320x320.
Aside from that, the app outputs 13 items upon saving your project: 1-11 are gradual steps in the morph, 12 is the trifecta: Before, After and Middle with watermarked code to allow the image to be shared and edited by who ever you send it to, and item 13 is a video clip of the Metamorphosis! Any of these items can be shared from your photo album.
Very much worth the asking price!!!
Fantastic app! I just created a series of "morphed" images of my family as they grew over the years. I then used iMovie to create a movie of the images of them from their yearly years to adulthood. Awesome results!