A painting app for all artists, whether you’re experienced or just starting out.
Perfect for creating beautiful works of art or a quick sketch whenever you have a burst of inspiration.
You can also try out ideas and compositions before starting on a new painting in real life, or practise and refine your skills, all without the added cost of art supplies.
• LIFELIKE PASTEL SIMULATION •
The app features live-calculated brushes and strokes, making a realistic pastel simulation possible.
Painting tools include soft pastels, oil pastels, pastel pencils, smudge tool, and more.
• REALISTIC PAPER/CANVAS TEXTURES •
When creating a new picture, a unique, non-repeating paper texture is generated that will interact in real-time with the live-calculated strokes you paint.
You can change the default-generated texture to something else, for example “Canvas”, which is especially well suited for oil pastels.
Click the Layers button, then click “Paper”, and finally “Texture Options”.
• PRECISE COLOR BLENDING •
When painting, especially with soft pastels, use Smudge or the Cotton Swab to blend and smoothen the colors right on the paper, as you would in real life.
With oil pastels, in addition to smudging, the blending is often done by the pastel sticks themselves (for best results, reduce the force or use a similar or lighter color).
• PARAMETERS CAN BE CHANGED LIVE •
All the control knobs in the toolbar can be changed and adjusted while you paint, by using the number keys (1, 2, 3...) on your keyboard.
• EASY AND QUICK TO USE COLOR PALETTE •
Changing the color is only a click away.
The colors in the palette can be rearranged, adjusted, added and removed.
• FULL SCREEN PAINTING •
The Mac’s full screen mode is supported.
You can remove the toolbar if you place the pointer on it and scroll toward the screen/window edge, or if you press the Tab key on your keyboard.
To get it back, scroll inward from near the edge.
You can also move the toolbar to the other side by scrolling it in that direction, or by pressing Shift-Tab.
• ZOOMING, PANNING, ROTATING •
On a trackpad, you can pinch to zoom, and use the rotation gesture to rotate the picture.
Scroll over the picture to pan.
On the keyboard, use the Arrow keys (pan) and - + buttons (zoom).
Use the Space key or the smart zoom gesture to reset zoom, pan, and rotation. Again to go back.
• SEAMLESS PATTERN EDITING MODE •
This unique feature lets you paint on the picture laid out as tiles next to each other.
The results can be used as website or desktop backgrounds, in print, or for textures in 3d modelling.
• TOUCH BAR SUPPORT •
The control knobs for “Size” and “Force” can alternatively be controlled with the Touch Bar.
Note that these Touch Bar sliders can be used simultaneously while painting!
• UNIVERSAL PURCHASE •
If you choose to buy the Pro upgrade, this one-time in-app purchase will unlock all Pro features in the app on all available platforms (Mac-iPad-iPhone)!
• METAL •
The engine is based on Metal, with 128-bit color and floating-point arithmetic.
• SWIFT •
The app was developed entirely using Swift (earlier versions used C++).
• DARK MODE • TOUCH BAR • WIDE COLOR •
• MULTIPLE LAYERS • PHOTO TRACING MODE (Pro feature) •
[IMPROVED] The paper/canvas texture preview is now showing an example brush stroke.
[IMPROVED] When adjusting the paper/canvas texture, all sliders will now affect the preview.
[IMPROVED] Some minor things.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Great feel and love the layout!
Pastels are my favorite hands on medium...however, the dust bothers my eyes. This app is the closest thing to the real thing and NO DUST! I quickly upgraded to the Pro version...it is very good.
I love the new layer feature layout with toggles and tracing too! The mountain, house, flower icons are brilliant. I also love and use the color feature that shows the complement of a selected color in the drop down menu; makes a painting pop!
Thank you for the loving attention you've put into it. :)
Developer Response ,
We're glad you like it! :)
Very intuitive, haven’t used pastels in over 45 years since I was a teen. Which, I was concerned of at the time due to the possibility of inhaling some of the inevitable pigment dust. As soon as tried the free app I instantly did a portrait of my beautiful Havanese dog. Took me all of five minutes from download to finishing his beautiful, long silky hair and big brown eyes! Felt like the real thing on my iPad Pro with the paper like grit feel of pastel paper. Highly recommend this App!
Developer Response ,
Thank you! 😀
Easy learning curve
Simplicity is wonderful. This app allowed me to load it and immediately start making art. The creative choices....size of stroke, blur, delete, colors....are simple and allow multiple dozens of options to fine tune your parameters before you make a stroke. I used a pencil with a capacitive tip, as I found my finger was too large to control placement of colors. Recommend.
Developer Response ,
Thank you! :)
- 9.1 MB
- Graphics & Design
macOS 10.14 or later. Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- © 2011-2020 Norbyte
- In-App Purchases
- Pro Upgrade $4.99
- Tip Jar: Medium Tip $4.99
- Tip Jar: Small Tip $1.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.