Brushes 3 – painting on the iPad and iPhone [App of the week]
What is Brushes?
Brushes is a painting app for iPhone and iPad and can be used to create pieces of art. Used by artists including David Hockney, Brushes can be used to create impressive works of art.
The free app is available to download from the Apple App Store and is available for both the iPad and iPhone.
5 things we like about Brushes
- Can produce a range of textures with the preset brushes
The preset brushes within the app allow you to easily create different effects and textures. Plus you can create your own brushes and tweak the existing ones to get exactly the kind of effect you want.
- It’s easy to select the colour you want
The app includes a colour wheel so you can easily find the right shade you’re after. Plus you can also set the transparency of your chosen colour to help create blending and give the impression of a lighter touch.
- Can undo and redo your actions
If you make a mistake or decide against your latest stroke you can quickly and easily undo or redo actions without having to paint over and recreate whole sections of your piece.
- Watch your painting in action
Once you’re done you can re-watch how you painted your picture and see the creative process in action. It’s not a particularly useful feature but it is fun.
- Easily share your masterpieces
You can easily tweet, email, save or print your finished work from the app. This means everyone will get to enjoy your latest piece of art.
Tim’s impressions of Brushes
I’m not an arty person, but I really enjoyed using Brushes and found it not only very easy to pick up but lots of fun to use, too.
It’s easy to switch between brushes and colours and it makes the painting process really rewarding – particularly as you don’t have to clean your brushes between each change of colour or once you’re finished!
While it doesn’t allow you to interact with paint in the same way as you would on a canvas, the wide range of features and options means you should be able to create the effect you are looking for and it can be a very quick way of producing a piece of art.
My one frustration with the app is the fact that the brush width tool is easily knocked when you’re painting at the bottom of the canvas – although you can always move the canvas around on screen so it is in a more accessible place.
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