Mischief may not be as well known in digital-painting circles as Adobe or Corel, but that is about to change. What sets it apart from similar apps such as Painter or Sketchbook Pro is its infinite canvas. Artwork is no longer restricted to a landscape or portrait orientation, or set size and resolution. You can work at any size and zoom in/out with its “trillion times zoom” without your artwork losing quality or lines becoming pixellated.
For a company best known for 3D software (including the wonderful 123D apps), Autodesk’s latest release is all about the flattened screen. Now known simply as SketchBook, Autodesk wants to give you the tools to create and output your digital drawings and paintings...so long as you’re prepared to unlock them through an IAP.
We're always fascinated to see how developers reach for new horizons within the App Store, and our New App Recap for this week certainly offers a number of unique solutions to very real problems. Whether you need to improve your vision without the need for reading glasses, paint without being an artist, or manage your work schedule with ease, we've got the apps you'll need to accomplish these goals, along with others for tackling email, keeping up with the latest news, finding a movie in the theater, tracking down the latest clothing styles, and tackling your reminders. It's one of our most productive recaps ever, so let's dig in!
ArtRage is a consumer-oriented app for working with natural media — pens, paints and the like — from the safety of your Mac’s display. The interface is friendly, if esoteric; it doesn’t look very Mac-like, but it is simple to select tools, pick colors and update settings.
AKVIS OilPaint is a surprisingly easy way to turn photos into mini-masterpieces and create stunning digital art without spending hours layering on light and tone. In some cases, the process only takes a few minutes. It’s available as a standalone app in four flavours, as well as a convenient plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.
If you’ve ever fancied creating fine art—worthy of hanging on the wall alongside greats like Picasso or Van Gogh—on your iOS device, Brushstroke lets you quickly realize that dream in only a few taps. The universal app makes it delightfully easy to create a frame-worthy piece of art using the built-in camera or existing device photos. Once imported, the app walks you through five key stages: Paint, color, canvas texture, image settings, and sign, which lets the mobile artiste put a digital signature onto each work of art.
Everyone's been noticing an uptick in their app updates now that the big new iPad Retina Display is here. While you were busy tapping over and over that yes, you were aware other browsers would let you view adult content, a bunch of other things were going on and we nabbed some of them jsut for you. Aren't we sweet?
The San Diego Comic-Con 2011 is well underway this week, and with it comes a treasure trove of special deals, many of which have little to do with comic books (then again, most of Comic-Con fits that description… but we digress). For example: If you’re had your painter’s eye on ArtRage for iPad, now is your chance to practically steal it for cheap.