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Sponsored App Review: Photolamus

November 5, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Photolamus is an application and service for Android that allows you to get your hands on that perfect Facebook, Twitter or Google+ profile photo that you’ve been looking for. Basically, Photolamus gives you the opportunity to have a skilled and talented caricature artist create a cool, unique and stylized drawing from a photo of your choosing. It’s like meeting the caricaturist on the street during the Holidays, but from the comfort of your own home with your family and friends. There are three different styles to choose from; Black and White, Color or Cartoon in four different themes; Regular, Romantic, Scary and a Party theme. All of these styles and themes can be done in that familiar, exaggerated caricature way or you can opt for something a little more realistic – the choice is yours!

How it Works: If you’re looking to use with Android – which is why you’re here, no? – then you’ll need to download Photolamus from the Play Store. Once the app is installed, you’ll see lots of caricatures on display in the app.

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You can go ahead and take a look at previous caricatures that people have asked to be done, which is a nice way of getting a preview of what Photolamus and its artists have to offer, but it can also be used as a sort of social network side of the app, with the ability to like and share these shots you come across.

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With Photolamus, all of the costs are worked out for you when you want to have a caricature done, and you can choose to do either just one person or have two of you in the shot.

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The prices here are fairly reasonable I think and while certain things do effect the price, like the number of people or the amount of finishing work needed to be done, everything is well priced. Here is where you choose your options for your order, like whether or not you want an exaggerated image or not.

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Once you’ve chosen what sort of look you want for your caricature, you’ll need to take a photo, and there are handy rules to help make sure you take the right sort of photo.

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Opinion: I’m actually not that big a fan of caricatures, I find the exaggerated look of them to be a little, too much for me. However, with Photolamus you can choose to order a more realistic looking drawing, which is brilliant for someone like myself. These sort of souvenirs are usually somewhat hard to come by and you might only ever come across someone with the right sort of skill while on Holiday or something like that. With Photolamus you can go ahead and order a photo of yourself, a loved one, or the two of you together and pay a reasonable price to have it delivered straight to you, digitally. The quality of the artwork here is good and the prices are really quite attractive as well. It’s all nice and easy to follow ad I’m sure it’s something that a lot of people will use for gifts as the Holiday season gets started.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – The app itself is quick, and if you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can have your drawings sent back to you in around 12 hours or so.
  • Features (4/5) – A solid application that helps back a fun-loving concept, Photolamus is an app that can help you put a smile on your face, or help remember the best moments in your life with a little more fun than normal.
  • Theme (5/5) – The artists here really know what they’re doing at they’re good at their craft, with some good shading work, consistency and a real penchant for capturing what makes people stand out from one another.
  • Overall (4/5) – A quality service, Photolamus will be great for those looking to remember landmarks in their lives, or just send a gift to someone they know or love.

Pros

  • Photolamus is easy to use and it’s really quite affordable, too.
  • The different themes – Romantic, Scary, Party and Regular – help you make something unique for you and your friends.
  • If you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can get your images back in 12 hours or so.
  • Lots of different caricatures to take a look at for inspiration and to share with your friends and such.

Cons

  • A Christmas theme would be nice, but I assume they’re adding this soon.
  • Those that aren’t too keen on Caricatures won’t really take to this, but there is a more realistic option.

Conclusion: Photolamus is a great application and service that could really bring you some Holiday cheer and it’s a great way of finding something to send family and friends overseas or something. The prices are competitive, the quality is good and it’s a professional service with lots of happy customers and the caricatures that you can take a look at really speak for themselves.

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