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ArtRage for iPad

ArtRage for iPad

Spring 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 & Up
Developer: ArtRage
Download Price: $4.00
Platform: iPad

Fancy yourself a painter? If you've always dreamed of putting paint to canvas and letting your inner Van Gogh out, then you should check out the ArtRage app for iPad. Whether aged 4 or 12 or 50 years old, if you are feeling creative then you can summon that urge using this great $5 natural media painting app. It models real-world paints, brushes, tools, and canvases to let you paint, draw, blend, and create on screen.

ArtRage does a pretty remarkable job of imitating not only the professional tools and paints of artists, but also the 3 dimensional way artistic mediums react and build on a canvas. For example, a hunk of oil paint can be squeezed out of a tube of paint and it sits realistically on your canvas waiting to be spread and molded with great accuracy using a palette knife, brush, or any of the other tools. Any tool that is chosen can be manipulated using a finger or a stylus.

Users will be able to see what it's like to use oil paint versus water color, to use standard brushes versus an air brush, and all with the ability to "undo" anything they have done—the natural benefit of working digitally. For children, especially, this is a great way to explore and practice without messy consequences.

While this app can't replace the real-world feeling of actually spreading paint across a real canvas, this is the closest one can come while in the backseat of a car or without the physical mess in all over the house. It is a great way for kids and adults to learn how to employ some of the tools used in traditional art making prior to trying them on a real (and expensive) canvas, or to sketch out some ideas in different ways first prior to committing them to a real (and expensive) canvas.

ArtRage comes with a wide selection of tools and brushes and also provides layers with available Photoshop-like blending modes, and the ability to import photographs to use as tracing templates or as actual paint. Brush strokes can even be recorded then played back in the desktop version of the program—like a movie!

Tim Leverett   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Tim Leverett is an entrepreneur living in Rochester, NY. Tim created the Giggles Computer Funtime For Baby Software Series and Club Toddler, and is considered an expert in children's media and software products. He is dad to an 11 year old boy and has many nieces and nephews spanning the ages of newborn to 19 years old.

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