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Inspire — Paint, Draw & Sketch

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Available exclusively on the App Store, meticulously designed using the beautiful new features of iOS 8 and painstakingly engineered for the 64-bit CPU and quad-core GPU of the iPhone 6 — Inspire delivers an incredibly fast and realistic painting, drawing and sketching experience that you can take with you wherever you go and use whenever inspiration strikes.

Our proprietary painting engine Sorcery™, based on OpenGL, takes full advantage of the GPU to render brush strokes with brilliant 64-bit color, laser-sharp sub-pixel precision and insanely fast speed. While the strokes of a wet oil paint brush look beautiful on their own, the breathtaking blending effects of a dry brush will absolutely stun you. Graze the canvas with a tiny bit of pressure to add a subtle blur to your artwork or use stronger pressure to actually mix existing colors on the canvas together to create new ones.

With no instruction manual or handbook required, whether you are a beginner, expert or somewhere in-between, you will enjoy the simplicity and power of the most intuitive and compelling illustration app for iPhone, Inspire.

● 70 high quality brushes to choose from, divided into 7 sets: Oil Paint, Airbrushes, Basic Shapes, Graphite Pencils, Wax Crayons, Markers and Chalk
● 60 more brushes are available in the Inspire Shop, divided into 6 sets: Complex Shapes, Paint Splatter, Spray Paint, Shape Outlines, Charcoal and Patterns
● All brushes can be used as a Wet Brush, Dry Brush (Blending) or Eraser

Brush Settings
● Opacity
● Size
● Rotation
● Pressure
● Paint load amount
● Automatic paint reload
● Glaze
● Paint blending mode
● Spacing
● Scatter
● Taper size and opacity
● Random size and rotation
● Surface size and rotation

● 3 canvas sizes to choose from: Widescreen (16:9), Screen (4:3) and Square (1:1)
● All device orientations are supported all the time — switch from portrait to landscape painting with ease
● 1000 levels of undo and redo are available
● 3 finger pan gestures can be used to quickly change brush size, opacity and pressure without opening a menu
● The eyedropper tool can be used with a touch and hold gesture to select paint colors from the canvas
● The canvas can be moved around, rotated and zoomed in and out up to 6400%
● A customizable UI fits your painting style and workflow

Canvas Playback Video Recording
● Brush strokes are automatically recorded as you paint without any loss of speed
● You can play the video of your artwork being created stroke-by-stroke directly in the gallery
● A Canvas Playback video can be exported to your Photos, Email, iTunes Documents or Dropbox
● Exported videos are always high quality 1080p, regardless of the chosen canvas size or orientation

Color Picker
● Choose any paint color you can dream of with the intuitive color picker
● Hue, saturation and brightness sliders accompany a large color circle and an opacity slider
● Your latest colors are saved to a palette automatically while you paint
● You can also save your favorite colors to a palette with drag and drop

Pressure Sensitive Stylus Support
● Wacom Intuos Creative 1 and 2 as well as the Bamboo Fineline
● Adonit Jot Touch 4 and Pixelpoint
● Ten One Design Pogo Connect 1 and 2
● HEX3 Jaja

Saving, Importing and Exporting
● Paintings are automatically saved in your gallery and easily exported to your Photos
● Inspire files include your artwork's image, video and all associated metadata, for the ultimate back-up
● Images can be imported from your Photos, iTunes, Dropbox or the camera and positioned, rotated and scaled onto a new canvas
● Paintings can be sent via email from within the app
● Paintings can be uploaded directly to Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr
● Paintings can be printed directly from the app (AirPrint printer required) or ordered online through direct CanvasPop integration

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●●● Please note that the iPhone 4S is not supported ●●●

What's New in Version 4.0.2

Fixed a bug with iOS 8.3 and touch locations not registering properly in landscape orientation.

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Customer Reviews

Good but needs some improvement

I will ditto that this app is the best for realistic painting. It's fantastic. Now this review is for earlier version because I don't want to upgrade to iOs8. 1. The iPhone version offers two sizes - they come as a square and a rectangle. I cannot stress enough how important that you select the square!!! A rectangle will reduce your image DOUBLE THE SIZE making your efforts lacking any detail. The images will be tiny. This happened to me. I wanted to save my painting in each of it's stages because a lot if times I cannot makeup my mind whether I want this or that in a painting. Well. At some stage I accidentally have selected Import as a rectangle. It was a huge heartbreak for me. I will have to re-import and repaint. No big deal for some but for me over 6 hrs of work. If I was the developers I would kill the rectangle option. I think it's clear that us artists want as big as possible of an option!!! NOONE on earth in their right mind would say they want to paint something so tiny that nobody can see it. It's common sense! It doesn't matter which shape it is, be it rectangle or oval for all I care - is it too much to ask, please give us a bigger size. Give us the biggest you've got!!! I had an original photo of 580 kb, after import it became 216 kb. WHY, when it said in option that it would now be 916 kb??? Still usable (a A5 page can be printed) but after I accidentally reduced by selecting a darned "rectangle", it went to 100 kb!!! It became completely unusable. Ideally let us keep original size of imported photo!!! 2. Second suggestion is to allow for layers and a layer transform tool. Right now I need to switch between ArtStudio and Inspire. Which I got used to - not as big of a deal as losing QUALITY of an image and hours of work. 3. Add Airbrush setting for halos around the moon or soft glows around things.
Otherwise a very nice software, very comparable to Painter as it feels and blends like the oils ... But with it's current size it's only usable as a sketch.


Inspire Pro and Sketchbook Pro are the only two apps that offer TRUE stylus sensitivity for the Wacom Creative Stylus 2 on the iPhone!
As a creative professional I am always sketching out ideas, capturing imagery for later use. I don't want to lug around an iPad so I opted for the iPhone Six Plus. It's perfect. Inspire Pro and Sketchbook Pro have slaughtered the competition by implementing pressure sensitivity to their iPhone apps.
All apps that pair with a Bluetooth stylus have an offset issue. Inspire has accommodated this by giving the user the option to activate a curser in the settings pane. Sketchbook Pro doesn't do this. Therefore, I don't know where my next stroke is going to begin until an actual mark becomes visible. Inspire doesn't offer any sort of layering options so I often pull images from Inspire to Sketchbook and back again. Both are my absolute 'go to' apps!
Inspire's blending is absolutely unparalleled!!! I cannot express this enough. The pressure response is incredible. I actually work more in my phone than I do on my computer now because the experience is so refreshing. Inspire is smooth running and the tools create incredible strokes. The user interface is easy to navigate. I love how you can manipulate your own palette scheme with such ease.
Inspire Pro has quickly become my absolute favorite art app on the iPhone!
Bravo to the team that works behind Inspire Pro!!!

Inspire — Paint, Draw & Sketch
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Entertainment
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  • Version: 4.0.2
  • Size: 237 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Charcoal Brush Set$1.99
  2. Spray Paint Brush Set$1.99
  3. Paint Splatter Brush Set$1.99
  4. Patterns Brush Set$0.99
  5. Complex Shapes Brush Set$0.99
  6. Shape Outlines Brush Set$0.99