The app idea is a simple concept but so many people, including myself constantly have to go to damn Photoshop/Paint every time I want to ‘Hide my plate’ on my car. Hence the app name ‘HideMyPlate’.
HideMyPlate is an iPhone app which enables you to hide your numberplate when taking pictures of your car for online use.
So I decided to build and iPhone app for my own use. But, after telling a few friends (who are car enthusiasts) it quickly turned into hub for ideas. What went from a simple app design, to a full blown 3 month project. With previous experience of building iPhone apps I thought I would take on the challenge and get it built.
I drew up some basic initial designs and quickly found it was going to be a lot harder than I first anticipated. I had to figure out a way so that the user could zoom into their plate, switch to the blur tool, then zoom out again. Sounds simple? It’s hard to get your head around it but it was doable.
Nice and neat as you can see! It looks a lot better now, trust me!
I toyed with a lot of ideas about having moveable object on the screen to cover the users number plate but could not find an effective way of changing an object to fit over a skewed number plate. After a lot of thought I went with the blur tool as it was zoomable and looked subtle when added to an image.
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