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Inspire — Painting, Drawing & Sketching

By KiwiPixel

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Try Inspire and you will quickly see that it is a painting app like no other! The key feature is the simulation of wet oil paint on canvas, allowing amazing blending effects with five real kinds of brushes. You will be stunned by what you can do with a dry brush!

Whether you are a beginner, expert, or somewhere in between, you will enjoy the simplicity and power of Inspire.


"’s like the other painting apps are kids crayons and this is a proper set of Artists oils. You can almost smell the linseed oil."
- Andy Cook (

"Hands-down, Inspire is the most addictive and fun painting app available for the iPhone..."
- Michael Essany (

"Very enjoyable painting app. The blending feature is awesome... To anyone looking for a similar to Painter painting experience on the iPhone, I strongly recommend Inspire."
- Thierry Schiel (

"One of the greatest features of this app is just how much control you have over what your brush strokes look like and what they actually do to the painting."
- David Hayward (

"Inspire was one of my favorites out of all the iPhone painting apps I've reviewed so far."
- Sue Chastain (


● Five realistic paint brushes to choose from: a flat brush, round brush, fan brush, palette knife and clumped brush
● Each brush comes in many different sizes and can be rotated a full 360 degrees
● Brushes can be loaded with different amounts of paint, including no paint at all for a dry brush
● Varying amounts of pressure can be used with a dry brush to achieve many different kinds of blending effects
● Paint actually "breaks" as it depletes off the palette knife, allowing techniques such as layering and the creation of textures
● A stippling effect can be produced on the canvas by painting stab strokes with repeated taps on the screen
● All brushes can be used as an eraser, controlled by the pressure
● The bristles of each brush act independently of each other and produce natural brush strokes that never look exactly the same

● Two different canvas sizes to choose from: 640 x 960 and 960 x 960
● The intuitive painting menu completely disappears when dismissed and rotates to accommodate the current orientation of the device
● There are 8 hotspots around the edge of the screen that can be tapped to perform commonly used actions quickly and easily
● 1000 levels of undo and redo are available
● A non-realistic paint mode adds versatility to the brushes, allowing you to draw and sketch as well as paint
● Choose any paint color you can dream of right away with the natural color picker
● You can save your favorite colors while painting with drag and drop
● The eye dropper tool can be used to select paint colors that are already on the canvas and can be invoked using a tap and hold gesture
● The canvas can be moved around and zoomed in and out up to 6400%

Saving, Importing and Exporting
● Paintings are automatically saved in your gallery and easily exported to your Photos
● Images can be imported from your Photos and positioned, rotated and scaled onto a new canvas
● Paintings can be sent via email from within the app, attached as uncompressed PNG image files
● Paintings can be uploaded directly to Facebook, Twitter and Flickr
● Paintings can be printed directly from the app (iOS 4.2 or later and AirPrint printer required)
● Paintings can be exported at resolutions of up to 6 times the original using the free Inspire Exporter app available for both Windows and Mac OS

Visit for more screenshots, videos and paintings in the gallery.

What's New in Version 3.2

Painting Engine Improvements
● The OpenGL view of the canvas now runs at a blazing, rock-solid 60 frames per second, up from 30 before — the result is faster zooming, fluid UI animations and silky-smooth brush stroke rendering (4th gen device or newer)
● The brush pressure range has been tweaked so that higher amounts of pressure now simulate bristles bending and touching a larger area of the canvas at a time, resulting in more paint being picked up and moved in the direction of a stroke
● The palette knife paint breaking algorithm has been improved so that paint breaks more naturally as it runs out off the knife during a stroke — the result is beautiful, effortless and one-of-a-kind textures for each stroke
● The algorithm that determines the location of each bristle within a brush during a stroke has been improved to provide a more natural, balanced and unique look to the paint applied onto the canvas
● The maximum level of zoom has been increased from 3200% to 6400% — adding fine details to a painting has never been easier

Faster Performance
● Canvas loading time has been improved by 400% (iPhone 4S or newer)
● Canvas saving time has been improved by 200% (iPhone 4S or newer)
● Brush stroke processing time has been improved by 20%
● Canvas fill time has been improved by 15%

Printing Made Easy
● Paintings can now be printed directly from within the app via the Export menu (only available on iOS 4.2 or later and your printer must support AirPrint)

UI Enhancements
● Improved app icon
● Improved splash screen image
● The background behind the canvas is now a subtle texture instead of just a solid color
● The zoom bar has a new look to match the hotspot and painting menu icons
● The dry brush is no longer disabled while the eraser is on, so you can now switch from erasing to blending and vice versa, quickly and easily

iPhone Screenshots

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Customer Reviews

I'm really impressed.

And that's saying something, because I work with actual paint. None of the other drawing apps I've tried were anywhere near as realistic as this one, because this actually gives you the ability to customize your brushes. The brushes are also pressure-sensitive, so you don't feel like you're painting with a paint dobber on someone's windshield. The paint moves realistically, so if you put down a dry brush stroke on say, a rainbow you've painted, the dry brush will pull and shift the paint like the real thing would. So yes, high marks for this. Definitely worth purchasing. :)

Great for Creativity

This is one of the few apps I bought for my phone because it's so useful and endlessly entertaining. The paint features are similar to Corel (if it was on a phone) and there are many options, clearly explained on the same screen. The devs really wanted to make this good, and you can tell.

•Simple yet deep.
•Clear, accessible documentation (with minor oversights).
•Effective and diverse options.
•Reasonable price.

•HUD is bothersome (all 3 configs). I'd put the menu buttons on the artboard (the gray borders outside the painting), and make shaking the phone zoom out to show them. Shaking again would return to the user's zoomed-in location on the canvas.
•The welcome interface looks like a knockoff SNES game from the 90s.

Overall verdict: Good purchase, but I'd be a devotee of KiwiPixel if they perfected their product.

Worth $20 to me!!!!

The only app that I paid more then $2.99 that I still have. The other ones were not worth the storage space. Took a minute but now the control and settings are getting natural. Buy this shizznit!!!!

Inspire — Painting, Drawing & Sketching
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated: Sep 18, 2012
  • Version: 3.2
  • Size: 22.5 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: KiwiPixel

Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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