Brushes for iPhone review

Brushes is a mobile studio in your pocket that lets you sketch or paint anywhere, any time. To create a new painting, you can either start from scratch or load a picture from your photo album to paint over. There are three different brushes to choose from, ranging from smooth to rough. You can choose the size of your brushes, starting at 1 pixel in diameter and going all the way up to 64 pixels.

When we first considered painting on the iPhone, we couldn’t imagine being able to paint any real details with a finger, but the ability to zoom in to 800 per cent, and a brush tip as small as 1-pixel wide, make it completely possible.

There is also a paint bucket tool to quickly fill the canvas in with any colour. Brushes has a colour wheel that allows you to select virtually any colour imaginable. Once you’ve chosen, there is also a slider to make your pick lighter or darker – which makes it much easier to paint shadows and highlights.

Brushes also supports transparency, letting you layer up your brushstrokes to achieve some really great effects. An eyedropper tool lets you pick any colour from your painting.

Brushes lets you undo or redo an almost unlimited number of times, so you don’t have to worry about mistakes. And that brings up another feature – all of your paintings are not only saved as an image file, but every brushstroke is saved as a .brushes file which you can export in the form of a video clip to watch the whole painting session.

The only minor drawback to this feature – if you don’t have access to your Mac, that is – is the free Brushers Viewer program that allows this is only available for Mac OS X.

OUR VERDICT

All of these features are nicely wrapped up in a really simple and efficient interface that makes using this app easy and intuitive. We’re definitely impressed with what can be done in Brushes, and it has inspired us to further dive into digital painting. If you’re an artist, you’ll certainly want this app on your mobile device.

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