This could be the new top choice for drawing on an iPad…
Paper has cornered the market in freeform iPad drawing tools, but Tayasui Sketches is the first app to challenge its status. It offers a minimalist interface and a range of similar drawing tools, but it works in a slightly different way.
The nine-tool palette sits on the left of the drawing paper and can be dragged in and out of landscape view, offering pens, brushes, a Fill tool and an Eraser. Double-tap any brush to adjust colour, opacity, size and Blending mode. A long press on the Color Picker slides out your options. The Fill tool offers dots, lines and patterns that fill shapes you trace, while the Pro edition (£3.99) brings text, more tips, an eyedropper and extra Blending modes.
Get to know its innovative set of gestures – two-finger left swipe for undo, right to redo, pinch to zoom, three-finger swipe for a new paper and so on – and there’s nothing to impede your creativity. The tools work well, with the inconsistencies of real pens and brushes.
The only downside that we can identify is the app’s poor canvas organisation, which is where Paper pulls ahead. Otherwise Tayasui is a fine, feature-packed alternative.
Tayasui’s nine-tool palette retracts when not in use, resulting in a larger, cleaner workspace.
Support for layers – as Tayasui has – is now a standard requirement for serious painting apps.