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Review: MediBang Paint

A free, tool-packed art app that maximises smartphone screen space.

Our Verdict

With over 50 brushes and hundreds of materials, MediBang Paint is an easy and intuitive way to make art. On top of that, it's a powerful free app that isn't dragged down by ads.

For

  • Free
  • Wide selection of brushes and materials
  • Cloud sharing allows for collaborative work
  • Large variety of pre-installed fonts
  • Easy to use minimalist interface

Against

  • Requires a MediBang account to access all the features

MediBang Paint is a free paint app (opens in new tab) that turns your smartphone or tablet into a portable digital canvas, making it possible to create art almost anywhere. Despite the absence of a price tag, MediBang Paint doesn't include any adverts that plague some free apps, but you do need to sign up for a MediBang account to get the most out of it.

Once you've selected your first blank canvas, you're shown a brief walkthrough on how to use the various tools. The interface is clear and uncluttered, and it seems like a lot of thought has been put into making it work on smartphone screens, where space can be scarce.

Each tool has lots of options to help you configure and tweak its effects

Each tool has lots of options to help you configure and tweak its effects

Shortcuts to the drawing tools, along with essentials such as being able to save your work, are situated at the top and bottom of the screen, with the colour selection on the left. This layout allows for most of the screen to be given over to the canvas itself, giving you plenty of room to use the touchscreen of your device to draw.

Depending on the tools you select, more options will appear, and this contextual interface makes it possible to configure the tools and fine-tune the effects, making it easy to create art that suits your painting style, all while making sure your screen doesn't become too cluttered or complicated.

Grids can help you draw accurate lines and curves, even when you're using public transport!

Grids can help you draw accurate lines and curves, even when you're using public transport!

The amount of tools on offer is impressive, with many included you'd often find in a full and expensive desktop application. Layers, for example, can be easily added and manipulated, while the amount of control you have over colour, brushes and effects helps enormously.

Drawing on the canvas, using either finger or stylus, feels fluid and natural, with brush strokes accurately appearing on the canvas. There was no perceptible lag – and we weren't using a particularly powerful or new handset, either. If you sign up for a free MediBang account you can cloud-save your creations to the internet – handy if you want to transfer your art to another device to free up storage space – and download more objects and backgrounds.

A quick tutorial when you first start using the app makes it easy for beginners to get to grip with it

A quick tutorial when you first start using the app makes it easy for beginners to get to grip with it

Overall, MediBang Paint is an excellent app that enables you to paint while on the go – especially considering that it's free.

This article was originally published in ImagineFX (opens in new tab) magazine issue 135. Buy it here. (opens in new tab)

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The Verdict
8

out of 10

Review: MediBang Paint

With over 50 brushes and hundreds of materials, MediBang Paint is an easy and intuitive way to make art. On top of that, it's a powerful free app that isn't dragged down by ads.

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