Exsto 4+

Create unique digital art

Nil Coalescing Limited

    • 4.7 • 3 Ratings
    • $6.99

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Explore your artistic potential and make impressive digital drawings on your iPad. Overcome creative block and experiment with Exsto's unique free-flowing brush.

Exsto is a unique drawing application for iPad that is designed to inspire you and incite your creativity.

With its simple and clean UI, you won't get overwhelmed by tools and settings and can get straight into making art. The unique brush that produces free-flowing noisy strokes instead of strict lines, lets you start your drawing without hesitation and discover shapes and forms in the process.

Exsto intentionality doesn't allow undo. It is designed to encourage you to find your art among the noise, adjust and strengthen the shape by overlaying semi-transparent strokes on top of each other.

- Modify the level of noise: higher noise for wilder bursts, lower noise for more precision
- Adjust the opacity: almost transparent strokes when experimenting at first, almost opaque strokes for strengthening the final drawing
- Toggle the gradient: keep the gradient on for a beautiful fade-out effect on the strokes, or turn it off for better defined edges

- Skip the tedious step of defining your artwork size before you start
- Draw and experiment on the infinite canvas
- Freely pan and zoom your drawing
- Frame the artwork when you are ready to export

- Add a vertical guide that mirrors everything you draw on one side onto the other side
- Create perfectly symmetrical drawings
- Re-adjust the position of the guide at any time
- Design great fantasy characters or any symmetrical objects and creatures, like butterflies

- Choose any color to draw with using HSL or RGB format
- Quickly pick colors from anywhere on the canvas
- Keep colors in a local canvas palette for better organization
- Import colors and palettes from other apps by simply dropping them into the canvas palette
- Save colors in application-wide palettes to use in other drawings
- Easily organize your colors and move them between palettes in a dedicated palette gallery view

- Import reference images to trace or pick colors from by dropping them onto the canvas or inserting from photos
- Easily scale, rotate, and position the image in canvas edit mode
- Don’t worry about creating layers: reference images are automatically added onto a separate layer below the drawing and are excluded from export

- Fully functional in iPad Split View, Slide Over and Stage Manager
- Draw while browsing references from other apps or open two canvases side by side

- Choose any of the three available export formats when your drawing is ready
- Easily reframe and reposition your drawing on the canvas for PNG or JPEG export by panning and zooming
- Export all of the paths on the canvas in SVG format
- Choose whether to include the canvas background color in the PNG export

- Follows the system setting “Only draw with Apple Pencil” by default
- Offers the ability to override the setting just for Exsto
- Follows “DOUBLE-TAP” system setting for Apple Pencil

What’s New

Version 1.2.1

This update fixes some issues and provides usability improvements:

⁃ Fixed a rare crash that happened when canvas settings panel was dismissed while background color picker was presented
⁃ Improved error messages shown after a failed attempt to import a reference image, for example, when the image is stored in iCloud but the device is offline
⁃ We now also show a loading indicator while loading the reference image when the image is dropped onto the canvas not in reference image editing mode
⁃ Color picker now sets RGB values to 0 when RGB text fields are empty

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

heretiq ,

Excellent app — a real gem!

Exsto is a rare find in the App Store. It provides an unconventional, simplified approach to sketching via a set of simple tools (colors, brushes, noise, opacity, symmetry and no undo). The Exsto approach is easy to acclimate to and quickly produce impressive results.

The experience of using Exsto is peculiar due to the simultaneous tensions of physically using the tools to create the visual on the iPad screen with the Apple Pencil .. while also adjusting my mindset to embrace the unconventional approach to drawing. The result is surprisingly meditative and after just a couple hours of use I am in love with Exsto.

I’m thankful to have discovered Exsto — it is a reminder that it is still possible to create a truly magical iPad app.

App Privacy

The developer, Nil Coalescing Limited, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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