Art So­cial This browser-based paint app dou­bles as a so­cial, on­line art com­mu­nity for be­gin­ner artists

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It’s a level play­ing field. Every­one has more vis­i­bil­ity

Price Free/vari­able Pre­mium Mem­ber­ship pric­ing struc­ture Com­pany Pain­tBerri Web www.pain­

We were ini­tially un­sure what Pain­tBerri’s unique sell­ing point was. The on­line app fea­tures free in-browser paint­ing, a com­pe­tent full painter mode that in­cludes pen pres­sure (apart from when us­ing Chrome), lay­ers, hotkeys and many other pro­fes­sional-qual­ity dig­i­tal paint­ing tools, to­gether with a lite painter ver­sion com­pat­i­ble with older com­put­ers and mo­bile de­vices. Yet nu­mer­ous art apps, avail­able for both desk­top and mo­bile de­vices, of­fer a more im­pres­sive toolset.

Fur­ther­more, there are a num­ber of on­line fo­rums you can up­load work to and com­ment on other peo­ple’s art, and sites with more pow­er­ful port­fo­lio as­pects. Then the penny dropped: the ap­peal of Pain­tBerri is that it’s a safe place for young artists to hang out and so­cialise.

Al­though there are many places to show off your art­work, a lot of them in­clude es­tab­lished pro­fes­sional artists with awe-in­spir­ing skills and a large num­ber of fol­low­ers will­ing to praise their idols at ev­ery turn. This makes it harder for in­ex­pe­ri­enced artists to draw at­ten­tion from these dig­i­tal celebrities. Fur­ther­more, it can be quite in­tim­i­dat­ing to dis­play your art along­side some­body who’s been do­ing this for years.

Be­cause of the lim­ited tools and only two lay­ers, more ex­pe­ri­enced artists will stay away from the app. This lev­els out the play­ing field, keep­ing heavy hit­ters away and mean­ing ev­ery­body else has more vis­i­bil­ity and feels safer to share their work pub­licly with­out risk of un­fair com­par­i­son. Pain­tBerri also fea­tures a cap on posts per day, to pre­vent artists from flood­ing the fo­rums with their art, giv­ing every­one a fair chance to be seen.

Free mem­ber­ship to Pain­tBerri gives you ac­cess to in-browser paint­ing tools, un­lim­ited stor­age, auto-backup and un­lim­ited com­ments, while a Pre­mium Mem­ber­ship also grants you eight group slots, ad­justable height com­ments, 600 char­ac­ters per text com­ment, eight pub­lishes per day and no ad­ver­tise­ments.

With a lot of role-play­ing groups and fan art-based con­tent on the site, Pain­tBerri cer­tainly caters to­wards a younger user-base and will most likely leave many older art hob­by­ists mildly non­plussed and per­haps even un­der­whelmed with the so­cial fea­tures.

The best we can say about Pain­tBerri is that it’s a haven for young, neo­phyte artists, look­ing to make friends and learn new tech­niques in an en­cour­ag­ing en­vi­ron­ment with­out wor­ry­ing about be­ing judged or cri­tiqued too harshly.

Pre­mium Mem­ber­ship costs be­tween £26 and £52, de­pend­ing on whether you sign up for three or six months, or a year. Pain­tBerri has just two lay­ers, but el­e­ments like Line Sta­bi­liza­tion and Opac­ity are wel­come ad­di­tions. Pain­tBerri is very com­mu­nity ori­en­tated; the daily limit of five sub­mis­sions gives every­one a chance to show­case their art.

Artists such as SoftBean use Pain­tBerri to cre­ate fan art, and peo­ple can draw re­sponses to the im­ages.

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