Mis­chief 2

An in­fi­nite can­vas for artists

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - In­fi­nite can­vas Tril­lion times zoom Tablet and sty­lus com­pat­i­ble

Art­work is no longer re­stricted to a land­scape or por­trait ori­en­ta­tion, or a set res­o­lu­tion. You can work at any size May lack the depth of its ri­vals, but it’s one of the most en­joy­able pure draw­ing apps on the Mac.

£17.49 De­vel­oper Mis­chief Inc, made­with­mis­chief.com OS 10.8 or higher Re­quires 64-bit pro­ces­sor, OpenGL 2.0 or greater

Mis­chief may not be as well known in dig­i­tal­paint­ing cir­cles as Adobe or Corel, but that is about to change. What sets it apart from sim­i­lar apps such as Painter or Sketch­book Pro is its in­fi­nite can­vas. Art­work is no longer re­stricted to a land­scape or por­trait ori­en­ta­tion, or a set size and res­o­lu­tion. You can work at any size and zoom in and out with its ‘tril­lion times zoom’ with­out your art­work los­ing qual­ity or lines be­com­ing pixel­lated. Mis­chief can be quite pro­ces­sor heavy, but dur­ing test­ing on our 2012 Mac­Book Pro we had no no­tice­able lag and the app worked smoothly no mat­ter how many lay­ers we tried it with.

The res­o­lu­tion and size of your im­age is set when ex­port­ing, and you can save the en­tire can­vas or just a se­lec­tion.

Pal­ette cleanser

Us­ing Mis­chief is su­per sim­ple with its sub­tle un­fussy in­ter­face. With just four float­ing pal­ettes on-screen it has a fairly limited toolset com­pared to its ri­vals, with only brush, eraser and shape tools on of­fer. As such, the app’s func­tion­al­ity is rel­a­tively ba­sic too. For ex­am­ple, when it comes to brushes there are only six de­faults avail­able, three of which are quite sim­i­lar, with limited op­tions to fur­ther cus­tomise them.

There are a cou­ple of neat touches. For ex­am­ple, when zoom­ing you can choose to have the brush size re­duce or in­crease with the zoom ra­tio, or have it re­main con­stant – this is great for adding de­tail or swathes of colour with ease – and there’s also ad­justable ‘smooth­ing’, which helps re­move hand-shake from art­work and is a great way to en­sure line work has a steady vec­tor-like qual­ity to it (while re­tain­ing your own artis­tic in­ten­tions).

Mis­chief re­ally comes into its own when us­ing a graph­ics tablet. Us­ing a sty­lus and ges­tures on our Wa­com In­tuos was easy, and although tra­di­tional short­cuts on the app are sub­tly dif­fer­ent (es­pe­cially zoom­ing), on a tablet you quickly for­get this.

When looked at with a crit­i­cal eye, Mis­chief may seem like an in­fe­rior prod­uct as at the time of writ­ing it costs less than both Corel Painter Lite and Sketch­Book Pro. How­ever this doesn’t take into ac­count the pure en­joy­ment you get from us­ing it. Both Painter and Sketch­book Pro can be un­wieldy with their dense menus and pal­ettes, whereas Mis­chief is so sim­ple and fun, it’s like us­ing your favourite note­book and pen. As such, you quickly for­get you are us­ing an app and you can just lose your­self in your draw­ing in­stead of hunt­ing around for the next tool. Alex Thomas

Mis­chief’s In­fi­nite can­vas lets you cre­ate a huge va­ri­ety of images with­out wor­ry­ing about pixel di­men­sions.

Colour and brush pal­ettes can be sim­ple and un­ob­tru­sive or ex­panded for more op­tions.

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