ArtStudio for iPad (version 4.2)

When it comes to the iPad’s digital painting apps, there are two schools of thought: first, to take specific artistic tasks or features and create an app that maximises them - such as ArtRage or Procreate; and second, to try to closely mimic existing desktop painting apps such as Photoshop or Painter - giving the user features and options galore, like we see in SketchBook Pro.

With its rich menus and brush options, ArtStudio is very much in the latter, and has positioned itself as being a serious contender for the top slot of iPad painters. As well as a more powerful graphics engine to make rendering brush strokes even faster, it has a new slick interface, replacing the bright, colourful icons with a smart, monochrome look.

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