Concept and Functionality:
Flame Painter, like many other creative drawing apps, allows users to draw designs that used to only be possible with complicated programs like Photoshop. These designs and effects are created with the swipe of a finger or two, which is remarkable given how sharp and sleek they are.
A spin-off of Flame Painter for Mac and Windows, Flame Painter for iOS is incredibly easy to use and only takes a few minutes to learn, though you’ll likely spend much longer than that experimenting and playing around with different palettes and brushes.
If I had to choose one thing that really makes Flame Painter stand out from other painting apps, it would have to be flexibility. Users can create custom brushes and colors with the flick of a finger, ultimately making the Flame Painter experience yours and yours alone.
Your imagination truly is the limit with this app, and I can promise you that it’ll be incredibly difficult to put your iDevice down once you start creating awesome designs and effects.
Though you have the option of starting with a blank canvas, Flame Painter allows you to upload photos from your iOS photo gallery and paint over them. This gives you an added touch of creativity that filters alone just can’t achieve.
While it takes plenty of tinkering to find the app’s tricks, I can honestly say that Flame Painter is one of the easiest painting apps out there in terms of how easy it is to learn and the sheer number of features and customizations it offers.
Along with a variety of brush presets and custom brush options, Flame Painter also includes a ton of different designs to paint. From color bursts to sparkle trails, there are plenty of options to choose from. I do want to mention, though, that the free version is pretty limited as far as customization options. You can still use Flame Painter as it’s intended, but unfortunately you can’t really go crazy with custom brushes and effects.
Lastly, users can share their Flame Painter creations with services such as Facebook, Twitter, email, and text. You’re definitely going to want to show off your creations, and the ability to export photos to share is great. I do wish that there were more direct export options, though, such as Instagram or Flickr. You can still upload photos to these services manually.
Flame Painter can be downloaded from the App Store for free, but in order to use everything that’s available in the app, you’ll need to purchase the in-app Pro upgrade. For iPhone users, this is a $0.99 purchase and a separate download from Flame Painter for iPad. For iPad users, you’ll have to shell out $1.99 for the Pro upgrade. I definitely recommend downloading the app and playing around with it before purchasing the full version, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy Flame Painter as much as I do!
Flame Painter for iPad requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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