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Description

Draw and paint with digital pastels that behave just like real ones!
This app simulates many aspects of pastel painting, including soft pastels, oil pastels, pastel pencils, and realistic color blending using your finger right on the screen.
Perfect for creating beautiful works of art, but also for practising or for a quick sketch whenever and wherever you have a burst of inspiration.

Pastelists and other artists can try out ideas and compositions before starting on a new painting in real life.
Beginners will be able to practise and refine their skills, without the added cost of pastel sticks and specialty papers.

• Realistic Pastel Simulation
• Realistic Color Blending
• Change and Adjust Size, Force, Color while Painting
• Supports Both Landscape and Portrait
• Layers
• Apple Pencil Support
• Wide Color Support
• Engine Based on Metal₁ (with 128-bit color and floating-point arithmetic)
• Developed with Swift₁

₁ Since version 3 (the code was completely rewritten).

REALISTIC PASTEL SIMULATION
We have put years of research and hard work into making our own painting engine from scratch, and we continuously work to improve it.
The engine is based on Metal, uses 128-bit color and it always utilizes floating-point arithmetic for increased accuracy and a high dynamic color range.

The app calculates everything in real-time, instead of just dragging a simple “brush” across the painting.
Each stroke interacts with what’s already there, as it would in real life.

One of the most widely used techniques in pastel is to blend the colors into each other on the paper, as part of the painting process.
This is fully supported in iPastels!
When painting with soft pastels, you can apply different colors and then use Smudge or the Cotton Swab to blend and smoothen the colors.
With oil pastels, the blending is mostly done by the pastel sticks themselves, but occasionally you may want to use Smudge or Cotton Swab for softening backgrounds and shadows.
You can also use pastel pencils for the initial sketch and for adding details, or for making full pencil drawings.

ADJUST WHILE PAINTING
All the buttons and control knobs in the toolbar can be changed and adjusted while you paint!

APPLE PENCIL SUPPORT
The strokes change characteristics depending on how you use the Pencil (pressure, tilt).
While using Apple Pencil, you can assign a different tool, such as Smudge, to the finger, which can be really useful!
Tap twice on a tool, and select the option “Use as 2nd Tool”.

FULL SCREEN PAINTING
You can swipe the toolbar toward the screen edge to remove it.
Swipe in from outside the edge to get it back.

You can also swipe the toolbar over to the other side, to get it out of the way.

ZOOMING, PANNING, ROTATING
You can pinch to zoom, drag with two fingers to pan, or rotate the picture.
To reset the zoom/pan/rotation, tap once with two fingers, and again to go back.

LAYERS
Everything from selecting a layer to adding new ones can be done in the Layer Control.
To open the Layer Control, tap the button that has a mountain/house/flower (symbolizing the selected layer).
Flower = topmost layer
House = any layer in-between
Mountain = bottom-most layer

Please note that the number of layers is restricted to two unless you upgrade to Pro.
If you upgrade to Pro, you will also be able to change the color of the paper beneath the layer(s), by pressing “Paper Color”.

COLORS
There’s a scrollable palette, where you can pick colors, as well as store new ones.
To edit any palette section, long-press on a color in it, and a menu will appear.

Adjacent to the palette are three control knobs that adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness of the current color.
Note that you can adjust the color while you paint!

The Current Color button is the large colored rectangle next to the knobs.
Tapping this button brings up a menu with some options, including “Eyedropper” (Pro feature).

What’s New

Version 3.5

[NEW] You can now choose which painting tool you want a tool button to have by tapping the selected tool. You are allowed to have multiple instances of the same tool, which can be very useful since they have different settings and color. For example, you could assign your favorite painting tool to three buttons, one with a small size suitable for sketching, one suitable for normal painting, and one large-sized with a dark color and low force value suitable for painting shadows.
[NEW] (Pro) Added some extra painting tools to choose from (Wax Crayon, Lighten, Darken).
[FIXED] Some stability issues.
[IMPROVED] Some optimizations.
[IMPROVED] Some updates to the manual.
[IMPROVED] Some minor things.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
160 Ratings
160 Ratings
McDbeginner ,

Great feel and love the layout!

Pastels are my favorite hands on medium...however, the dust bothers my eyes. This app is the closest thing to the real thing and NO DUST! I quickly upgraded to the Pro version...it is very good.

I love the new layer feature layout with toggles and tracing too! The mountain, house, flower icons are brilliant. I also love and use the color feature that shows the complement of a selected color in the drop down menu; makes a painting pop!

Thank you for the loving attention you've put into it. :)

Developer Response ,

We're glad you like it! :)

mmmaxie ,

Easy learning curve

Simplicity is wonderful. This app allowed me to load it and immediately start making art. The creative choices....size of stroke, blur, delete, colors....are simple and allow multiple dozens of options to fine tune your parameters before you make a stroke. I used a pencil with a capacitive tip, as I found my finger was too large to control placement of colors. Recommend.

Developer Response ,

Thank you! :)

yantraimages ,

Great app

If you have worked with real pastels this app is wonderful it works just like real pastels without the mess and without having to clean your blenders all the time. I love it it’s wonderful! All the joys of pastels without the mess.

Developer Response ,

We're glad you like it! :)

Information

Seller
Norbyte
Size
16.9 MB
Category
Entertainment
Compatibility
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Languages
English
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright
© 2011-2018 Norbyte
Price
Free
In-App Purchases
  1. Pro Upgrade $4.99

Supports

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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