A first glance at Brushes 2

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Brushes, the top-dog iPhone painting app by Steve Sprang is about to get an update soon. I was lucky to get my hands on it for the beta-test and here’s a preview of what to expect.

The layers

Probably the main feature and also the most anticipated one, Brushes now allows you to have up to four layers.

Brushes 2, Layers view

Brushes 2, layer-view

As you can see, in the layer-view, the layers fan out like a hand of cards, so you get a good and undistorted overview of your pieces. To call up this layer-view you press the new layer icon in the main-view which has a nice twist: it actually shows you which layer you are currently working on:

Main-view with the new layer icon

Main-view with the new layer icon

As in this case you would be working on the top layer of three. For a very good reason I love this icon 😉
Another cool thing: you can copy&paste layers, even between paintings; this alone opens up a whole new world to mashing up your artwork.

The transparencies

As you might have already noticed, the layer-view has another slider which lets you adjust every layer’s transparency; changes can be instantly checked in the preview thumb.

The transparency slider

The transparency slider

The eraser

With the addition of layers, the brushes obviously need their invaluable companion, the eraser. So the whole brush selection pane received an overhaul:

The eraser

The eraser

First off now you you can switch every brushtip to work as an eraser. You can adjust the intensity with the bottommost slider; this is actually the same slider you already know from the color menu which now is conveniently also available from this menu.

Brushtips

Brushtips

Notice two more things: there are steppers on either side of the size-slider as well as the actual size being shown on the top right of the screen. Very handy.
Somehow the brushtip-menu has become a bit more complex now, but I found I quickly adjusted to it.

Oh, one more thing: Brushes now zooms up to 1600% and still sticks to its three brush-tips.

In conclusion, this is a mighty free update to existing Brushes users, which amazingly is still as speedy as the version before. Brushes has been submitted to the App-Store and awaits blessing (aka approvement).

Check out the Brushes-pool for some Brushes2 work, like Susan Murtaugh’s recent fingerpaintings.


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