A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad is free to use, but the app is full of advertising; it's especially distracting in the Android version. There's no option to pay to remove ads, which would be worthwhile for artistic kids. The brushes include many options -- watercolor, single stroke, fur, long fur, circle, square, and more -- and kids can adjust brush width and opacity.
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- Kids say
What's it about?
Kids create original sketches starting from a blank canvas or alter photos or existing works from the gallery on SKETCH GURU - HANDY SKETCH PAD. They can save their sketches and share them via email or social media. They also can use the movie function to play back their drawing process like a movie. Kids can choose from 17 or more brushes, depending on the platform; a full color spectrum; and a color picker. They can work in layers and undo/redo strokes as well.
Is it any good?
Sketch Guru - Handy Sketch Pad has the quality sketch tools you'd pay to use, so it's too bad there's no option to remove the ads. The black and neon art screen looks more like an '80s video game than a serious sketching app. But the multiple brushes include interesting artistic options such as watercolor, single stroke, fur, long fur, circle, and square. Kids can adjust brush width and opacity. They also can save, play back, and share their creations. This is a good sketching app that could be greatly improved with fewer ads or via a paid, ad-free version. If kids can tune out the ads, they can have some fun creating and sharing some impressive sketches.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Arts: drawing, painting
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation
Creativity: making new creations
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 19, 2013
- Category: Entertainment
- Size: 11.90 MB
- Publisher: Bejoy Mobile
- Version: 1.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: Android 4.0 and up; iOS 4.3 or later
- Last updated: July 9, 2020
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