Savannah Groeneveld asked:
Who needs pens and pencils when you have a finger? The iPad section of the App Store is awash with amazing pieces of software that allow you to sketch, daub, smear and splatter away. So whether you are looking to produce something professional-looking or simply to distract your kids for a few hours, there’s an app out there for you. Here are a few apps that will allow you to express your creativity:
Brushes is a beautifully crafted app that artists of any level will have a lot of fun with. It supports image layering, different brush textures and weights, and the ability to control the transparency and weight of your strokes based on the speed with which you move your finger. Also present is a very cool “replay” feature that lets you watch the progress of your creation as a movie once you’re done. You can also import images from Photos on the iPad to incorporate into your artwork.
Like Brushes, this app supports layers and is really intuitive to use. Overall, it is an offering more suited to professional use, and has loads of tools, brushes and textures, and an incredible zoom feature, which allows you to get right in there and detail.
For all your image and photo adjustment needs, try this app. It allows you to load images from your Photos library and then subtly mess around with various settings and curves. There’s also a bunch of photographic effects that can be added (vignette, sharpen, blur, etc.). The end results are deposited in your Saved Photos album, so you don’t risk damaging the originals.
123 Color HD
There are loads of coloring apps aimed specifically at kids. This one is a real treat – it has songs, voiceovers and multiple languages built in. When they’re done, pictures can either be saved to Photos or emailed to grandma or grandpa.
Spawn Illiminati HD
This one is for all the hippies out there – by tapping and swiping, you control the creation of multicolored psychedelic patterns on the iPad screen. There’s even a public Flickr gallery where you can post your creations for the world to view!
These are only a few of the awesome apps that can be downloaded on your iPad and iPad 2 that allow you to paint and draw. You will find yourself constantly creating new works of art and you’ll be wanting to show them off to your friends!