First, the announcement! I’m doing some coloring templates for the Colorist App, and my first book of ten pages – called DoodleWorlds – is now available for it!
Review of Colorist
Colorist is the only app that lets you color with exactly the same feel as coloring pencils! Relax on the couch and enjoy coloring a complex design, a vacation spot, or a crazy cartoon cat – tons of pages to choose from. Even color the same picture more than once, to see what else you can do with it. No need to worry about losing your coloring pencils in the couch anymore!
I have tried the Colorist app out, and here’s an honest review of it.
I had a quick look at the app before I agreed to do any design work for Faction Apps as I’d not want to have my artwork on any platform that I didn’t think was a good thing.
I’ve given it a test run using my Surface book and the Surface pen. I haven’t tried it out in touch mode with my finger. You can see what I did in the image above, which is one of the free downloads as my own weren’t available at the time I did this test.
Here’s a close up of the section I coloured in.
The colour palette
There’s a large number of colours available in the palette, and the bar that appears beside the image retains the last eight colours you’ve used, which is really useful and makes colouring in areas you want in the same colours easy to do. It also means it’s easy to use many colours to get a smooth colour gradation, something that you can’t do with other colouring apps I’ve seen.
The pencil tool
There’s a slider bar with the tool so you can select the width of the pencil stroke, which is great. The finest settings allowed me to add patterns to the image. This is something that sets the app apart from others I’ve seen, which only allow a flood fill.
The finer lines and the ability to zoom in to the area you’re colouring mean you can get into the tiniest areas to colour, which at the original image size may have been a challenge, especially when printed on paper and coloured using coloured pencils.
The line isn’t a solid line, it has texture to it just as if you’re colouring on paper with a ‘tooth’ (texture). This means that optical mixing of colours is possible, as well as adding texture to that mixing. It also means that a smooth blend of colours is achievable.
The colours lay nicely on top of each other, thanks to that bitty texture; one colour doesn’t obsure the other, unless you use a lot of pressure and it’s what you want.
Oh, the colours don’t obscure the black outlines of the colouring page, no matter how hard you press.
My surface pen is pressure sensitive, and that makes the colouring experience a lot more comparable to colouring on paper with pencils, but without the mess! I don’t know what it’s like on a screen that isn’t pressure sensitive, or how it works if I use my finger instead of the pen.
I am really impressed with the results and how the pencil tool works.
Also, I can get a bit irritated when I’m colouring with physical pencils; they often make my arthritic joints ache. No such problem here; indeed, I wanted to carry on colouring but had to put it aside so I could get on with other things.
Eraser tool and Undo Button
It works! However, I preferred to use the white from the palette to erase small areas to add highlights as I could control the thickness of the line being used to remove colour.
The undo button would be really useful too.
Together, they are things you can’t do when you’re colouring on paper, well not easily.
Saving your art
You can save your work at any time by using the save button on the app. You can also colour each page in as many times as you like in as many different colour schemes as you like too.
I like this app, very, very much. I found it easy to use, quick to master, and it gives really lovely results. It’s a well thought through app, it does what it says it does, and the experience and results are a lot like using coloured pencils on paper!
I just want to repeat that although I have done some artwork for the app, these views are my own and not influenced by me working for them; if hadn’t htought the app was a good product I wouldn’t have agreed to do work for them!