A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Brushes 3 is the completely overhauled version of the app Brushes. Kids can draw and paint with many features and there's no exposure to offensive content -- the content is all what you create. Creations are automatically saved in the in-app gallery and can be shared via email (JPEG or PNG files) or via Twitter.
What's it about?
Kids begin by simply experimenting -- swiping and then tapping to choose a color from the color wheel. Then kids choose one of 12 basic brushes (that can all be tweaked with numerous options) and create. Select a blank palette or paint on a photo or photos from your device's library. Pinch to zoom or change the palette size. It's easy to undo mistakes. Kids can also watch their creations played back step-by-step, and share with others via Twitter or email.
Is it any good?
BRUSHES 3 is a totally revamped version of the original Brushes app, which won an Apple design award in 2010 and was featured as the method used to create a cover of The New Yorker. Don't expect your child's drawings to be exactly magazine-cover worthy when they first start using this app, though. The numerous features can create masterpieces and messes.
It's fun to take a photo from your device's camera roll and add color, drawing, or even make a collage of photos on one canvas and add more drawn art to the mix. Or simply take a blank canvas and try out different brushes to see what comes out of some freestyle drawing fun. It would be nice to see a tutorial added. Still, Brushes 3 is easy enough for kids to use but complex enough for serious artists to see the possibilities.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Arts: drawing, painting
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
- Price: Free ($2.99 layers upgrade)
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: October 17, 2012
- Category: Entertainment
- Size: 13.10 MB
- Publisher: Taptrix, Inc.
- Version: 3.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later
For kids who love art and creativity
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