Saturday, September 6, 2014

LayerPaint HD

LayerPaint HD is a very customizable program with large file features. You can actually have a picture that is 10,000 by 10,000 pixels if your device will support it. However, 6,000 by 6,000 pixels seems to be the limit for most of my tablets, after that it gets unstable. It has 17 customizable brushes: 2 watercolor (soft and hard), a finger blender, 2 pens, a pencil, 3 watercolor scatter brushes, 4 scatter brushes, an airbrush, 2 bitmap brushes, and a droid brush (makes little android icons). All the watercolor brushes can be set to mix their colors. The scatter brushes are particle brushes and have some pattern designs.The bitmap brushes have crosshatch textures. You can change the settings on the brushes and save them as new brushes. Another great thing about this app is the ability to customize the UI.You can toggle the color picker, the brushes, and the layers on and off and move the undo/redo bar and the line smoothing function bar. LayerPaint HD has layers, filters, pen pressure, canvas rotation, paint bucket, and gradient function. Overall it is a very nice app.There is another simpler app with less features called LayerPaint and is suited more for phones. Both of the LayerPaint apps are paid apps, but the developer has a free desktop PC program called Fire Alpaca which is almost the same as LayerPaint HD. I really like the new addition of the finger blending brush and in my opinion that was the most needed function for this app. Now it is a very complete solid drawing and painting app.

Here is the LayerPaint HD user interface and samples of the brushes.

"Waterfall Lesson"
This digital painting was created for a lesson at
It was created using the android app LayerPaint HD. Prints of this painting are available at

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