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ASKetch brings the experience of charcoal drawing to your iPhone, iPad or iTouch and its deliberate simplicity makes it perfect for beginners who want to learn to draw without thinking about palettes and tools.

Equally, advanced artists will find a wonderful buttery, tonal canvas for their life studies, cartoons, abstracts, landscapes and other subjects. The app is engineered to deliver rapid, but powerful image capture, facilitated by a great transform function that allows you to pick up the drawing, resize it and move it around the canvas, and a amazing zoom that lets you draw in minute detail. So if you want to put a traditional black and white, but digital sketch pad in your pocket, this is the app for you.

Features and functionality:

Image zooming that actually works: Do amazing detail work when zoomed in. No pixelation of brushes while drawing! Zooming is accessed via a reverse pinch when the menu is displayed.

Use a two finger tap (or a swipe from the screen bottom) to pull up the menu.

Image transformation: Scale/Rotate the image via a simple pinch gesture. (When menu is visible)

Three distinct pencils types: use a swipe gesture on the pencil button to switch back and forth between hard and soft drawing modes. Tap the selected soft pencil to toggle between light and dark.

20 Levels of undo/redo. Swipe the undo/redo button to toggle back and forth.

To configure your pencil, use two fingers to pinch and rotate. This resizes the blue focus circle. The smaller the circle, the more focused/darker the drawing will be. The bigger the circle the more pronounced the procedural interaction with previous lines, and the lighter it starts out.

Rotation of the pencil circle changes the line width.

To configure your eraser, also use two fingers to pinch and rotate.
Rotation affects eraser transparency. Pinching controls the size of the brush. When rotated to maximum transparency, the erase operates as a smudge tool.

Use of a stylus is not entirely recommended since ASKetch is optimized for multi-touch gesturing.

What's New in Version 1.9.1

Fixed a problem where pasting into other applications was not working correctly.

Re-enabled the three-finger tap for undo.

Solved a problem where blank drawings would sometimes appear in the gallery.

Added a setting to disable upward swiping for menu.

1.9 Changes:

New Smudge Tool: Turn the eraser to full transparency (all the way clock-wise) and it can be used as a smudge tool instead of an eraser.

Copy & Paste:
Use a long press action to bring up the copy/paste menu. (Note: long press to bring up the menu has been deprecated.)
Note that copying in ASKetch only grabs the topmost layer, and not the white background.

Access the Menu via a swipe from bottom of screen: In addition to the two-finger tap, the menu can now be activated via swiping upwards vertically from the bottom of the screen.

Setting to disable Landscape mode: Go into settings on the iPad, select ASKetch, and turn off "Allow Landscape" to only support Portrait modes.

Setting to control the long-press threshold: Go into settings on the iPad, select ASKetch, you can use the slider to increase the amount of time before the copy/paste menu presents.

Improved UI responsiveness on 3rd generation iPad.

Numerous bug fixes.


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Customer Reviews

One of the best for sketching....but ultimately lacks the basic functionality and options that I need to build on my sketches here.

I love this app and want to use it a lot more, but the lack of certain basic features often makes me put it down, so I'm writing this review in hopes that the developers read it, respond to it, and consider adding some of the basic features that could make this app an everyday thing for me.

My top three would be layers, ability to export as a PNG, or really any other alpha format readable by Photoshop, and ability to set document sizes so I can ensure what size/DPI I'm working at. If these features were in place- I'd easily give this the full five stars. Does anybody know if these pretty basic features are in the works? I'd even pay more for a pro version if they were.

Fun app!

When I bought this app I really didn't have intensions to actually use it. But guess what? I have found myself doodling for the first time in MANY years! It's easy to use and a lot of fun. It's been well worth the $$ and I might even say it should cost more.

The developer is obviously creative but also seems to understand that simplicity is important. If I can draw, you can draw :-)

I'm looking forward to another version somewhere down the road.

Excellent drawing app!

I love this app. It's really the best sketching app in the whole App Store. It produces amazing results and it truly is addictive. The updates have made accessing the bottom tools easier. To adjust tonal width and density you have to use a two fingered expand/collapse and rotating gesturing on the screen. You can erase subtly or completely.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated: Feb 21, 2013
  • Version: 1.9.1
  • Size: 0.8 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Seller: Andrew Kern

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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