Adobe Eazel goes further than most other painting and drawing apps, adding effects like colours running together and becoming darker as you paint over them more and more. The bleeding effect is actually very clever – if you’ve recently painted a line onto the screen, the paint will still be ‘wet’, and painting another colour over it will blur the two together, just like in real life. It might be a little frustrating if you just want to paint, but for replicating real-life effects there’s nothing better.
The five-finger touch gesture that activates your menu means that you can work without on-screen clutter but have access to your tools at any time – and if you have a stylus, the experience is even better.
1: Learn the basics
When you first open the app, you’ll see this illustration of the user interface. It’s based entirely around your five fingers; holding them all down on the screen will bring up all the available options.
2: Five fingers
You’ll be given a blank canvas; you can either start scribbling, or place all five fingers onto the screen to bring up your options. The app detects if you’re right- or left-handed and swaps the buttons around.
3: Colour wheel
To select a single option, leave one finger on the screen, then slide it around the display to change the setting you’ve selected. There’s a colour wheel and primary colours for quick selection here.
4: Opacity and size
You can change opacity and size with a touch, by sliding your finger up or down. The opacity representation isn’t as clear as we’d like, though, showing darker when you paint than in the preview.
You’ll notice that your brush strokes behave a lot like watercolour paints on paper. If you brush one tone over another, the colours run into each other. The opacity and size of your brush alter this effect.
6: A beautiful setting
When you want to send your art to Photoshop on your Mac, select the Settings menu and you’ll see the options displayed. There are only three; this app only gives you the most basic drawing features.
8: Under the thumb
Thumb-centric options are Undo and New Canvas. Swipe left or right to Undo or Redo (although you can only go back one step, annoyingly), or swipe up to get a blank sheet and start over.
9: Video helper
If you need more help, there’s a handy video tutorial available from the Settings menu. Touching it will give you a walkthrough of the app’s features, including a ghostly hand that guides you.
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