Artflow Studio just released Artflow – Sketch, Paint, Draw for Android tablets, which will bring out your creative side. Of course if you’re already a creative person, you will love it too. Artflow is easy enough for the novice, but offers features for the pro as well. It has all the standard stuff like 50 different brushes/tools and color selections, but it also offers layers and advanced controls like smudging and brush flow. It even supports pressure sensitive pens like Samsung’s S Pen on the Galaxy Note 10.1 or the Galaxy Note 8.0.
What I like most about Artflow is that the Holo-inspired layout and controls are very simple. Drawing and sketching apps can be a little intimidating for the casual user, but not with Artflow. Upon opening the app, you are given a completely white slate for your next sketch. You will find two menus, one at the right edge and the other at the left edge. Just tap on the “less than sign” at the middle right edge or the “greater than sign” at the middle left edge to open the respective menus.
The right menu includes 50+ brushes and tools that you can fine tune to your hearts desire. For example, the simple brush tool allows for adjusting the size, flow, opacity, softness, and spacing. You will also find a number of ways to change the color. You can simply tap on any of the 14 predefined colors from the palette, slide the RGB percentages, tap on the color dial, or use the ink dropper. You can even change any of the predefined colors in the palette to whatever you want. The undo and redo options are also found here, and depending on the storage of your device, you will get unlimited undos. Finally you can get access to your previous projects as well as exporting your project as a PSD to email, Dropbox, etc.
The left menu gives you options for layers, importing images from the gallery or other cloud services like Dropbox, and adding filters such as Sepia, Grayscale, and Solarize. Depending on your device you can have anywhere between 7 and 16 layers. I used the importing images feature for tracing. Just import the image and add a blank layer on top of it. You can trace over the image and when you’re done, just remove the layer with the picture by swiping it away. If you still need to make changes, you can just hit the undo option to bring it right back.
I am far from an artist, but Artflow did bring out whatever creative side is in me. Sometimes it’s just fun to sit around and sketch something even if it isn’t magnificent. I am using it on a Galaxy Note 10.1, and I found the S Pen implementation to be perfect. I gave it to my 9-year old niece over the weekend and she had a blast. In a couple of weeks, we are going to be on a long road trip, and my son will probably come up with some interesting masterpieces. Like I said, it’s the perfect sketching app for the novice or the pro.
Now good quality sketching apps aren’t usually free. The good news is that Artflow is free to try, which will give you all the basics to find out what it’s all about. If you like what you see and feel like you want to get into more creativity, you can buy the Pro license for an in-app purchase of $4.99. I listed the differences between the Pro and free versions below. Also, check out my hands on video, Artflow Studio’s trailer video, and download links below. As always, let me know what you think.
**If you are one of the first 10 people to comment below, you will receive a code enabling you to get the Pro license for FREE. Tell us what tablet you are using or anything else you want to say. Just make sure you are using a real email address so we can contact you.**
Features (with pro license):
- 50+ brushes and tools (including smudge tool)
- Color adjustment (HSV, brightness & saturation and more)
- Infinite undo and redo based on device storage
- 7–16 layers (depending on device) with 10 different blending modes and global opacity
- Separate flow and opacity control for brushes
- Holo inspired, fast, fluid and intuitive user interface
- Export to layered PSD, PNG (with transparency) or JPEG
- Pressure sensitive pen support (tested with SPen and ThinkPad pen)
- Brush flow and size fade
- Pressure simulation for touches
- Create layers from imported images and photos
Unlicensed version limitation:
- 10 basic tools
- 2 layers
- Undo limited to 6 steps
- No PSD export
- Single banner advertisement in Gallery