Tayasui Sketches is a great drawing and sketching app for the iPad that offers a range of tools and the user interface is fast and enjoyable. The application uses pinching and zooming gestures to navigate through the various levels of the app, as well as swiping and tapping for quick and easy access to tools and other layers of functionality. In the latest iteration, Version 2.0, Tayasui Sketches introduced online sharing options and some added features to enhance the overall experience.
The dynamic eraser option now shows up on the brush menu. In addition to the range of circular icons, you will now find a tear drop shape, which adds a dynamic function to erasing. For example, when you erase with a slow motion, you get a fine erase line (coinciding mostly with areas that require fine detail) and when you erase with a fast motion, you eliminate a much larger area of the canvas.
You can now add backgrounds to your projects, some of which are available as presets, including the ability to customize a color background. You also have the option to import images from your camera library.
Layers were added to provide that extra level of control when applying various effects and textures to your drawings. The layers are offered as three default layers that come with the option to add a multiply mode, merge layers, and/or hide layers. On the base layer, you have the option to import a brand new background to begin a new project.
The application maintains the skeuomorphic design for accessing the drawing tools and the various pinch and zoom gestures for navigating various stages and layers. The simulated tools range from mechanical drawing pens and markers to calligraphy/watercolor brushes, and an airbrush tool. You also have the ability to add dotted and cross-hatching patterns to areas designated by shapes. The application is also super fast, using advanced mathematical formulas to take full advantage of the iPad drawing screen. Some users have compared Tayasui Sketches to Paper (they both offer the ability to sketch, along with pinching gestures), but it should be noted for its unique qualities as an application. Check it out in the App Store.
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