PaintBerri

REVIEW: This browser-based paint app doubles as a social, online art community for beginner artists.

Our Verdict

PaintBerri is far from sophisticated, but it's an ideal platform for encouraging younger artists and helping them show off their work.

For

  • Aimed at beginners and youngsters
  • Great social features

Against

  • Lacking in layers and tools

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We were initially unsure what PaintBerri's unique selling point was. The online paint app features free in-browser painting, a competent full painter mode that includes pen pressure (apart from when using Chrome), layers, hotkeys and many other professional-quality digital painting tools, together with a lite painter version compatible with older computers and mobile devices. Yet numerous art apps, available for both desktop and mobile devices, offer a more impressive toolset. 

Furthermore, there are a number of online forums you can upload work to and comment on other people's art, and sites with more powerful tools for building a design portfolio. Then the penny dropped: the appeal of PaintBerri is that it's a safe place for young artists to hang out and socialise.

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The Verdict
3

out of 10

PaintBerri

PaintBerri is far from sophisticated, but it's an ideal platform for encouraging younger artists and helping them show off their work.

David Cousens

David Cousens is an illustrator and author who specialises in character design, comics and editorial illustration. He's written books and articles teaching digital art, and has provided illustrations for a diverse portfolio of clients, including Adobe, Apple, the BBC, Adidas, Macmillan Publishing, Simon & Schuster and more. He has written articles for ImagineFX, and is also the creator and co-creator of multiple original comics.