Taya­sui Sketches

This could be the new top choice for draw­ing on an iPad…

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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.

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