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The pastel medium has been around for several centuries, with roots as old as mankind.
An ever-increasing number of artists have since discovered the rich colors and expressiveness of pastel painting.

This app will let you create beautiful digital works of art, especially if you're a talented artist.
If you're not, iPastels will keep you entertained until you become one through practice and experience!
Simulating soft (chalk) pastels, oil pastels and color blending, the iPastels app aspires to be as realistic as possible.

Actual pastelists can use iPastels to 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.

One of the most widely used techniques in pastel is to use your finger to blend the colors into each other right on the paper, as part of the painting process.
Using iPastels, paint with different colors and then use Smudge (the finger) or the Cotton Swab to blend and smoothen the colors.
This produces amazing results!

Full Screen Painting:
Use a 3-finger tap or shake the device to toggle full screen mode on/off.
(You can also flick the toolbar over to the opposite side.)

Zooming And Panning:
Pinch to zoom in/out.
Drag with two fingers to pan.
A 2-finger tap will then reset the zoom/pan.

The image consists of 2 (3 if you upgrade to Pro) transparent layers on top of each other.
To switch between the different layers, use the button that has what looks like a stack of papers in addition to a small symbol (e.g. a flower) of the currently selected layer.

Color Sets:
Tap once on a color to select it. Tap a second time to bring up a menu where you can change or adjust the color in a number of ways (this menu also features an Eyedropper tool if you upgrade to Pro).
Adjacent to the colors you will find buttons to switch between the different color sets.
Press a second time if you want to replace the color set with one of the default ones.

Popup Help:
For information on what a specific button does, just press it and hold down for a couple of seconds and a short explanation will appear.

Performance Tips:
This app uses advanced technologies and performs some very complex calculations under the hood.
That's what creates the awesomeness!
However, on certain devices, it might lead to some lagging and slow performance at times.
If that happens, select a smaller tool tip size and paint slowly.
Avoid painting with fast, broad sweeping movements.

* Realistic Pastel Simulation
* Pinch to Zoom
* Full Screen Support
* Multiple Undo/Redo Steps
* Layers
* Customizable Color Sets

* Ad-Free
* Up to 12 Works in Progress
* Change Paper Color
* Up to 3 Layers
* Merge, Swap, Flip Layers
* Straight Line Mode
* Eyedropper Tool
* Individual Tool Settings

You can upgrade the free app to Pro through a simple in-app purchase.

What's New in Version 2.1.1

Fixed a serious bug that could delete your internally stored paintings.
If you were affected by this, please accept our apologies.

The paintings now have a higher resolution (4 times as many pixels) on all devices with Retina screens.
Since that means the app needs to process 4 times the data it used to, we obviously needed to make things faster.
We have optimized as much as humanly possible, with assembler code and improved use of multiple CPU cores.
Some parts of the app will actually run faster than before, but on some older Retina devices other parts might be a bit slower.
We will continue to optimize even more, so please bear with us.
The stored paintings (Work in Progress) now take up less storage space, despite the higher resolution (they will not be re-saved until you select them, so it might be a good idea to cycle through them).
Added a new Eyedropper tool (Pro feature, found in the menu that appears when you tap a 2nd time on the selected color).
Brush strokes initiated immediately after one another will now share the same Undo step.
When the toolbar automatically hides (by painting near it) it is now gone for a slightly longer time, to facilitate painting with quickly repeated brush strokes.
New animated "Please Wait" messages.
After clearing the painting or one of its layers, the app now automatically switches to the last used pastel tool (if needed), since there's absolutely no use for e.g. an Eraser on a blank painting.
(Pro) You can now Swap the selected layer with any other layer, instead of just the layer directly above/below.
Added new 'Move Layer in Stack' (Pro) feature.
The painting engine has been optimized in various ways.
Some improvements to make the app compatible with iPad Pro.
Swiping along the toolbar to minimize it is now an optional feature (default is 'off').
Fixed a bug that could cause the ad banner to remain for several sessions after upgrading.
Fixed some minor memory leaks.
Fixed a bug that could make the 'Change Layer' button temporarily show the wrong icon if pressed repeatedly.
Some additional minor bug fixes, improvements and optimizations.


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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1.1
  • Size: 4.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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