Brushes Redux is a painting app designed exclusively for iOS. Rewritten from the ground up, Brushes Redux is universal — the same version runs on both your iPhone and your iPad. Move paintings between your devices and keep working wherever you go.
An accelerated OpenGL-based painting engine makes painting smooth and responsive — even with huge brush sizes. Brushes also records every step in your painting. Show off your creative process by replaying your paintings directly on your device.
– Create paintings with dimensions up to 4096x4096
– Full support for all Retina devices
– Background autosave
– Unlimited undo and redo
– Simple and approachable interface
– Full screen painting
– Record and replay paintings
– Ultrafast OpenGL-based painting engine
– Huge brush sizes up to 512x512 pixels
– Simulated pressure
– 64-bit painting on the latest hardware
– 14 parameterized brush shapes
– Adjustable brush settings (spacing, jitter, scatter, etc.)
– Adjustable color opacity
– Invert color and desaturate
– Flip and arbitrarily transform layers
– Adjustable color balance (iPad only)
– Adjustable hue, saturation and brightness (iPad only)
– Create up to 10 layers
– Lock and hide layers
– Lock layer transparency
– Adjust layer opacity
– Duplicate, rearrange, and merge layers
– Change blending modes: normal, multiply, screen, exclude
Import and Export:
– Integrated with Dropbox
– Import native Brushes 3 files, JPEG, and PNG files
– Export as native Brushes 3 files, JPEG, PNG, and Photoshop files (with layers)
– Place images from your photo album into paintings
– Copy paintings to the pasteboard
– Zoom with two finger pinch
– Zoom in with two finger double tap
– Zoom to fit with two finger double tap
– Toggle interface visibility with a single tap (this can be changed to a two finger tap in the app settings)
– Tap and hold to access eyedropper tool
Screenshot credit: "Portrait of Ally" by John Bavaro (http://johnbavaro.com)
This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.
- The black artifacts are finally gone thanks to Patrice Kouame (SpiraMira)
- iPad Pro support
- Apple Pencil experimental support
- Better export support, which means you can now AirDrop, export to other apps directly from Brushes
- Import of editable Brushes files. Now you can open painting via AirDrop, from e-mails and continue working on the painting
- Enabled iTunes File Sharing to be able to access your paintings from a computer
Ratings and Reviews
While I usually draw in Photoshop this is a fun alternative to dragging my whole setup with me while I’m out and about. The brushes are a bit limited and there are a few things to be desired but for a free I phone app I really wasn’t expecting everything that is available on this app anyways.
I do however have an issue with the inability to download the time lapse. I upload most of my work to Instagram and I’d like to show the process if I could but I can’t seem to find a way to download the video. If anyone has found a solution to this issue I’d love to hear it! Otherwise it’s exactly what I expected to get and a little bit more!
Lifesaving Art App
It's about time I write a review, since Brushes 3.0 and Brushes Redux have both been so significant in my Art and my life.
BRUSHES 3.0: When I had a bad hip and had trouble and pain standing at my easel or at a table to paint, Brushes 3.0 "bridged" me all the way through surgery and recovery - serving as my main art tool. I used Brushes 3.0 to create hundreds of digital paintings which I was able to print up to a size of 18x24!
Fast forward several years...although I was able to export most of my 3.0 creations, with advancing iOS platforms I lost the ability to access or use the app.
Enter...BRUSHES REDUX: I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (blood cancer) last year (2017), and was inpatient being treated for 108 nights over 8 months. This time, it was Brushes Redux that truly provided me with the artistic freedom to continue creating art from my hospital bed. Now, more than 250 creations later, I still use it frequently even though I'm totally mobile again.
I've even postponed upgrading my iPhone 7+ to iOS 11 since I'm not sure Brushes Redux will work with it - or with iOS 12. If anyone - esp developer- could let users know, it would be deeply appreciated. Thank you for this wonderful app.
Keeps Pulling Up Color Picker
I've been using Brushes off and on for years. I took a break away for a while and came back to try out the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro with the new Brushes version. But I'm experiencing a problem that is driving me insane.
When I try to paint with the Apple Pencil, it keeps pulling up the color picker. It does this over and over even when I am painting actual strokes. I was painting a circle and it would just randomly bring up the color picker right in the middle of it. So frustrating!
Maybe there's a way to stop that in settings. I'll have to dig. But so far it's making it way too difficult to paint with the Pencil.
The developer, Christoffer Hoel, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below.
Data Not Linked to You
The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:
- User Content
Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More
- Christoffer Hoel
- 16 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 8.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © Steve Sprang (Christoffer Hoel)
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.