Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Clover Paint

Clover Paint is probably the most advanced painting app for android tablets. It has 30 brushes that you can customize and save the variations as new brushes. There are 3 versions of this app. The lite version which is free, the paid regular version, and the advanced UI which you can access from the paid version. You have to pay around $20 more for the advanced UI. So is it worth it? Yes, if you are serious about using this program. Cause here's the thing, the UI is not that user friendly and the advanced UI is much better. The advanced UI has floating windows for functions like the brushes bar, the color picker, and the navigator. These windows can be arranged however you want them, just like in PC painting programs such as Painter X3.
You can also add shortcut buttons to your screen for the brushes that you use for a particular project, the undo and redo buttons and several other functions.These are called clovers and you can move them around on your screen. This app has layers with several blending modes, post stroke editing, lasso tool function, landscape and portrait mode, transform mode, support for cintiq tablets, importing and exporting png files, and a lot more functions that are usually only on desktop programs.
Basically the best way to learn this app is to start playing around with all the settings and see what they do. I don't understand half of all the settings for the brushes, but I can see what the adjustments do to a stroke in the brush window and go from there. The user manual is in Japanese so if you don't read that language then you need the Google Translate app. You will also need the Chrome browser. Google Translate will translate a web page for you using the Chrome browser.
Here is a link to a really good Clover Paint artist, Gavin Ball.
Gavin Ball Youtube Channel

This is the regular UI.

This is the advanced UI.

This is an unfinished version of 'New Mexico Night' which will be appearing in my self-published e-book on Kindle. The reason I didn't finish it in Clover Paint is because the app was updated and started having problems with the UI. Those problems are fixed now. However, I went ahead and finished this picture in SketchBook Pro.

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