Ever since touch screens were invented, people have wanted to create art on those devices, and many people have. It seems like companies continue to make that easier with new technologies. Samsung with their S pen, and Apple with their Pencil. Developer Barilab has tried to make it easier on the software front with their Sketch Master app. Read on to see if they have succeeded.
Sketch Master overview
To put it simply, Sketch Master is a drawing app. That’s where the simplicity ends. Barilab brings features to the table that enable the average guy like me to sketch together a decent looking picture. Here are some of the features the app brings to the table.
- Two finger pan & zoom navigation with 3000% zoom
- Maximum size is determined by screen resolution
- Available unlimited layers (consumed disk space)
- Duplicate, Merge and Reorder Layers
- Toggle visibility and adjust Layer Opacity
- 7 brushes, including flood fill
- Text on the path
- Smooth brush stroking using hands corrections.
- Import images from Photo Library
- Import from Camera
- Save or share images
- Color select with HSB color space
- Color Swatches
- Color Picker
Sketch Master usage
The app is fairly simple. There is no tutorial, but just by clicking around on buttons, one will figure things out pretty quickly. One thing that I figured out pretty quickly is that if you do not have a Galaxy Note device with a fine tipped stylus, it can by a little hard to draw with just you finger. You can zoom in quite a bit to gain better control, but then it becomes difficult to see the whole picture. If you’re drawing with your finger then I recommend using a tablet with a larger screen.
Speaking of tablets, one thing that I would like to see in the app is a landscape mode when using a tablet. As of right now, the app only supports drawing in portrait mode. This isn’t a deal killer for me, but I’d like it better none the less.
One of my favorite features are the layers. By using the layers, you can add elements after the fact or easily remove elements that don’t look good. In my sketch, I placed an image as the background layer and traced the outlines of the image and used the color picker to match the colors in the image.
The other items are all customizable. You can change the brush type, color of the digital paint, and brush size. This will allow you to more accurately draw what you have in mind to draw and you can even add text and virtual stickers to your images.
What we liked
- Image imports
- Color picker
What could be better
- Tablet support
- Better sticker selection
- Updated UI
4 out of 5 stars
This is a great app for killing some time, creating sketches, or even just taking down handwritten notes. The developer offers the app for free on Google Play and monetizes the app with adds. The ads are not very intrusive. If you’re looking for an app like this, I suggest that you give Sketch Master a whirl. You won’t regret it.
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