By Mark Raby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Simple, exciting way to create comic books using own photos.
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn digital creation skills and improve their talents in writing, storytelling, and graphic design with Strip Designer. The open-ended nature of the app allows kids to endlessly experiment with visual elements and text as they craft their comic strips. Kids could use the app to create a new version of a school-required reading, to document a family trip in a unique format, to create an original story, and more. Strip Designer is a versatile media-creation tool that can support a range of learning goals for any subject of interest.
Ease of Play
From the moment users launch the app, the entire process of creating a comic book can be done in a matter of minutes. That's because of the app's very user-friendly design, which makes selecting a comic strip template, importing photos, and adding effects and flourishes a simple process with intuitive touch-screen controls.
Violence & Scariness
Among the 100+ stickers that users can stamp onto their virtual comic book pages are explosions, bombs, and comic book-style speech bubbles with giant words like "Bam" and "Pow." This allows users to create comic books that depict an illusion of violence, but they have to make that decision themselves.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Strip Designer is an app that allows users to take pictures with their device's camera, or import them from any other source, and implant them on a template to create their own comic books. In addition to the dozens of clip art, icons, and flourishes, users' creations are limited only by their imagination. Users can even export their creations to a universal PDF format which can be viewed on a computer, printed out, and shared with anyone.
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What’s It About?
Kids get started by tapping "Create New" and selecting a style and template for their comic strip. From there, the options feel endless. They can tap to add a photo from the device's photo album, Facebook, or Dropbox, or they can draw something using the in-app paint tool. There are dozens of text bubbles and stickers as well as formatting options for photos, text, pages, and more. Users can share their comic strips as a .jpg or PDF file via email and can export them to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, iTunes file sharing, and Dropbox.
Is It Any Good?
STRIP DESIGNER is appropriate both for people with only an ounce of creativity and some free time, as well as budding graphic designers who want to spend hours tweaking their creation until it's just right. Every comic book kids create will no doubt be unique, as even the layout is customizable -- kids can choose between a "film strip" look or an "embossed" comic book style, among several other designs. The possibilities are also endless; make those vacation photos even more exciting, turn the birthday party into a graphic novel, or change an otherwise humdrum day into an extraordinary adventure. All this combined with an intuitive user interface, just the right amount of customizable options, and the ability to export comic books to PDF format, makes this app as productive as it is rewarding and fun.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Encourage your kids to check out examples of popular graphic novels to get ideas for their own comics. See our list of best graphic novels for ideas.
Suggest that your kids create a comic for a school project; comics are great for kids with visual learning strengths.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling, writing
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology, Communication: multiple forms of expression, Creativity: making new creations, producing new content
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: May 19, 2013
- Category: Photo & Video
- Publisher: Jens Egeblad
- Version: 1.18.22
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
- Last updated: March 6, 2019
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