Paper by FiftyThree

App review by
Megan Leppla, Common Sense Media
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Beautifully designed digital sketchbook fosters creativity.

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age 6+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn basic drawing and painting techniques using Paper. The harder you push, the thicker your lines. Layer your paint to create darker values of colors, and use the mixer to create new colors. Create multiple illustrations, fill up your sketchbook, and start a new one. Paper is full of potential as a productivity tool. Kids can use the app to brainstorm ideas, sketch out a story line, or take notes. The versatility of Paper makes it easy to join arts with productivity while utilizing digital tools – talk about a power combo!

Ease of Play

Begin with a brief tutorial, and then jump right into your sketchbook. Intuitive design makes it easy to get started, and explanations are available throughout.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Paper is a great way for teens to practice their art skills digitally. The app is designed to look and feel just like picking up a notebook, and it has a handful of tools (both in-app and available for purchase) that enhance the classic sketching experience. The free drawing tool is fantastic for doodling and exploring ideas. For parents wanting to emphasize handwriting skills while still giving kids the option to use a digital tool, Paper's writing tool is your solution. In keeping with the app's clean, no-frills aesthetic, you won’t find any buttons or login screens -- only pure creative opportunity in the form of a blank page. 

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Adult Written bymissedutton September 30, 2015

My Go To Drawing App

I love using this app for drawing. I have never been good at drawing, but this makes all my work look beautiful - even simple line sketches. If you spend time a... Continue reading

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What's it about?

PAPER BY FIFTYTHREE is a digital sketchbook, full of powerful tools to create beautiful illustrations. You'll begin with a brief tutorial and then get started drawing. There are no buttons, and the emphasis on touch features makes for an intuitive design. Sketches are stored in sketchbooks that sit neatly on a shelf; once your book is full you can start a new one. You can share your creations via Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, or email or save them to your camera roll. The drawing tool is free, but unlocking the additional tools (mix, color, write, outline, and sketch) will cost you $1.99 each. Although all the creating can be done with your finger, there is the option to purchase Paper's aptly named stylus, Pencil (ranging from $59.95-74.95).

Is it any good?

The tools are all so responsive and intuitive that it’s possible to teach basic drawing and painting techniques using Paper. The harder you push, the thicker your lines. Layer your paint to create darker values of color, and use the mixer to create new colors. Create multiple illustrations, fill up your sketchbook, and start a new one. Paper is full of potential as a productivity tool. Kids can use it to brainstorm ideas, sketch out a story line, or take notes. The versatility makes it easy to join arts and productivity while utilizing digital tools -- talk about a power combo!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about colors: Which ones mix together well? How can you use layering techniques to add value to existing colors?

  • Practice drawing techniques using a stylus or your finger.

  • Use your digital sketchbook as a journal.

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