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ArtStudio - Paint and Draw

By Lucky Clan

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ArtStudio is the most comprehensive, sketching, painting and photo editing tool in the App Store. Completely re-designed from the ground up the new ArtStudio features a beautiful new user interface and a powerful new graphics engine to make creating works of art faster, easier, and more fun! Using advanced drawing algorithms this is the fastest and most precise version of ArtStudio to date.

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"It doesn’t matter whether you’re a skilled artist or a newbie; ArtStudio is for you." 5/5
"This is what PhotoShop Mobile wishes it had been."

- iPhone 5 fully supported
- flexible canvas size, max: 3264x2448(iPhone 5), 2592×1936 (iPhone 4s, iPhone 4), 2048×1536 (iPhone 3gs)
- 16 tools: select, pencil, wet paintbrush, dry paintbrush, spray, dots, eraser, smudge, bucket fill, gradient, text, clone, heal, blur/sharpen, dodge/burn, eyedropper
- 450 HIGH QUALITY BRUSHES (150 free, 300 paid) divided into 30 groups
- custom brushes, max size: 500x500px
- select tool: rect/ellipse/lasso/magic wand/by color, add/sub/intersect, contract/expand/round corners/border/...
- text tool: over 150 system fonts, support of external TTF fonts (just upload .ttf file in iTunes using File Sharing), special text layer to easy edit text
- favorites list to quickly access user's favorite brush settings
- fully customizable stroke settings: blur, flip, size, opacity, spacing, fadeout, squeeze, angle, speed-size, speed-opacity, random flip, scatter, jitter-spacing, jitter-angle, jitter-size, jitter-squeeze, jitter-opacity, jitter-hue, jitter-saturation, jitter-lightness
- support for bluetooth styluses
- symmetric drawing
- guidelines, grid
- shapes: lines, rectangles, ellipses, polygons (open, closed)
- layer options: add, duplicate, merge down/visible, delete, lock alpha, show/hide, link, name, reorder, opacity, blending modes
- layer masks
- layer/selection transformations: move/scale/rotate with multi-touch, flip, rotate left/right, fill/erase
- distort (skew, perspective etc)
- 21 layer blending modes: normal, multiply, add, difference, screen, overlay, hue, saturation, color, value, ...
- import from 'Camera Roll', camera, iTunes, clipboard
- export as JPG/PNG/PSD to 'Camera Roll', email, clipboard, iTunes
- multi-touch navigation with unlimited zoom
- undo/redo with almost infinite number of steps
- image resize (none, bilinear, bicubic, lanczos interpolations) , change canvas size, crop
- 40 filters: gaussian/motion/radial blur, sharpen, unsharp mask, add noise, render clouds, edge detect, border/vignette and more
- Elastify filter used to make incredible distortions
- adjustments: brightness/contrast/exposure, hue/saturation/lightness, color balance, temperature, shadows/highlights, CURVES, auto contrast/colors/white balance and more
- video tutorials


What's New in Version 5.70

- iOS 4, iOS5, iOS6 compatibility is back

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Customer Reviews

Crashes and work disappears

When I first got the app it was great it didn't crash at all. Then just a couple weeks ago it starting crashing more often, it was crashing little when I got it. The crashes caused things that I worked on for a couple of days to just vanish and some of the color scheme would stay but it had a transparent "fog" over it. This has happened more than once, it's happened maybe 5-7 times before. The art I was working on I had been working on for a few days or hours, not including brakes. The free version doesn't have this problem. (The only thing different is that you can store your art on one and not the other) Maybe the problem is that I've made to much art on one app, people may never know. ( This would have been rated a 3.5 but there isn't a way of having a half of a star on here.)

Great app for graphics on the go

I am not sure why so much banter about usability with this app.

Ok its on a mobile device, get it? Its not your laptop or desktop so don't expect it to behave the same way. It will not!

From a UX (user experience) point of view, sure some things can be improved. But it works well, once you take the time to learn everything else in life.

A (very) shortlist of wants:

Edit text in a clutter free view, lose the clunky edit window and make it cleaner - my ref to this is look at Over. No I do not work for either company-- I am designer by trade who happens to use these apps and has an opinion!

Making selections is cumbersome, here it should just be straightforward. You draw your selection area and move, scale and rotate -- simple! Perhaps add icons to anchors to let the user know what can be done with your selection?

I want to know if I save a PNG that my transparency is an option or that it is there automatically-standarded.

I can go on and on but hey its not a desktop or laptop app its on a (mobile) / phone but a pretty darn good app none the less!


If I can begin by saying I never leave reviews and I should, so let's begin now with this: I have been using this app for several years now throughout the evolution of the iPhone and this application. Over the course of the years the app has been significantly improved and updated accordingly to best fit the users experience and the iPhone's abilities. Personally, I have been very please with the apps performance and the consistency with the updates and the apps overall feedback. I have to commend the developer because remaining loyal to one app is difficulty as we all know. Keep up the great work and thank you for such an excellent app! -Stefano (@goliaa_)

ArtStudio - Paint and Draw
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.70
  • Size: 22.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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  1. Brush Pack$2.99