MediBang Paint

A free, tool-packed art app that max­imises smart­phone screen space

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A free, tool-packed art app that’s de­signed to max­imise smart­phone screen space

The in­ter­face is clear and feels like a lot of thought has gone into mak­ing it work on smart­phone screens

Price Free Com­pany MediBang Web http://med­ibang­paint.com/en

MediBang Paint is a free app that turns your smart­phone or tablet into a por­ta­ble dig­i­tal can­vas, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to cre­ate art al­most any­where. De­spite the ab­sence of a price tag, MediBang Paint doesn’t in­clude any ad­verts that plague some free apps, but you do need to sign up for a MediBang ac­count to get the most out of it.

Once you’ve se­lected your first blank can­vas, you’re shown a brief walk­through on how to use the var­i­ous tools. The in­ter­face is clear and un­clut­tered, and it seems like a lot of thought has been put into mak­ing it work on smart­phone screens, where space can be scarce.

Short­cuts to the draw­ing tools, along with essen­tials such as be­ing able to save your work, are si­t­u­ated at the top and bot­tom of the screen, with the colour se­lec­tion on the left. This lay­out al­lows for most of the screen to be given over to the can­vas it­self, giv­ing you plenty of room to use the touch­screen of your de­vice to draw.

De­pend­ing on the tools you se­lect, more op­tions will ap­pear, and this con­tex­tual in­ter­face makes it pos­si­ble to con­fig­ure the tools and fine-tune the ef­fects, mak­ing it easy to cre­ate art that suits your paint­ing style, all while mak­ing sure your screen doesn’t be­come too clut­tered or com­pli­cated.

The amount of tools on of­fer is im­pres­sive, with many in­cluded you’d of­ten find in a full and ex­pen­sive desk­top ap­pli­ca­tion. Lay­ers, for ex­am­ple, can be eas­ily added and ma­nip­u­lated, while the amount of con­trol you have over colour, brushes and ef­fects helps enor­mously.

Draw­ing on the can­vas, us­ing ei­ther fin­ger or sty­lus, feels fluid and nat­u­ral, with brush strokes ac­cu­rately ap­pear­ing on the can­vas. There was no per­cep­ti­ble lag – and we weren’t us­ing a par­tic­u­larly pow­er­ful or new hand­set, ei­ther. If you sign up for a free MediBang ac­count you can cloud-save your cre­ations to the in­ter­net – handy if you want to trans­fer your art to an­other de­vice to free up stor­age space – and down­load more ob­jects and back­grounds.

Over­all, MediBang Paint is an ex­cel­lent app that en­ables you to paint while on the go – es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing that it’s free.

MediBang Paint has sev­eral tools that you’d nor­mally ex­pect to find in paid-for apps.

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