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Inspire  for iPhone
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The Best Painting App for iPhone
Uniquely available on the App Store, painstakingly designed to be beautifully powerful, and meticulously engineered for iPhone — Inspire offers an unbelievably realistic and fast painting, drawing, and sketching experience that can be used wherever you go and whenever inspiration strikes.
Intuitive and Compelling Design
Intuitive and Compelling Design
Who wants to read a user manual with hundreds of pages just to learn how to use an app?!? We certainly don't, and we didn't want you to either. We spent countless hours designing Inspire so that you can let your intuition guide you and discover how to use the many intriguing features of the app naturally, while your creativity flows, without a manual.
Easy to Learn, Fun to Master
Easy to Learn, Fun to Master
Inspire allows you to jump in and start creating art right away, yet with every new piece of artwork that you finish, you will feel rewarded... but also challenged. As your gallery unfolds and evolves, you will find that you are motivated to keep taking your painting and drawing skills to the next level until you truly master the app, like the artists featured here.
Paint it.  Blend it.  Love it.
Beautiful, wet paint brush strokes are accompanied by the stunning blending effects of a dry brush that will absolutely take your breath away. Use just a bit of pressure to graze the canvas and add a soft blur to your artwork or apply stronger pressure to actually blend existing colors together to create entirely new ones.
Sorcery™ Painting Engine
What sorcery is this?!
Our proprietary painting engine Sorcery™, developed from scratch in-house, takes full advantage of the phenomenal iPhone GPU to render brush strokes with laser-sharp sub-pixel precision, brilliant 64-bit color, and incredibly fast speed.
Ultra Fast Rendering
While most other painting apps struggle to keep up with even a sluggish 30 frames per second on iPhone, Inspire's Sorcery™ engine renders brush strokes up to a silky-smooth 60 FPS and then asks for more.
Ultra Fast Rendering
Beautiful Gallery
Beautiful Gallery
Browse through your saved paintings in a beautiful, yet functional, gallery. Easily watch the Canvas Playback video of each of your paintings, give them a title, or quickly flip through all of them by thumbnail, many at a time.
Size Does Matter
Size Does Matter
Be creative on massive canvas sizes with any custom width and height, up to the maximum allowed on your device.
• 8K up to 48MP on iPhone XS
• 6K up to 24MP on iPhone 6S or newer
Start Something New
Start Something New
Start a new painting by choosing a canvas size from one of 3 preset shapes, or any custom width and height, from the New Canvas menu. Once you choose a size, you can then import an image onto the new canvas from a variety of different sources like your Photos or iCloud Drive. Imported images can then be positioned, rotated, and scaled onto the new canvas.
Dual Texture Brushes
Dual Texture Brushes
Thanks to the awesome technology behind Sorcery™ and the power of iPhone GPUs, Inspire can render two brush textures at 1024 x 1024 resolution each, simultaneously and dynamically. During a brush stroke, "shape" and "surface" textures are combined on the fly to produce incredibly realistic marks on the canvas for mediums like chalk, charcoal, and pastels.
Canvas Playback
Watch your paintings unfold, stroke-by-stroke, with Canvas Playback. Each brush stroke is recorded automatically while you paint, without any loss of speed. You can watch the video of your artwork at anytime from the gallery or export it at high-quality 1080p. Mesmerize your family, friends, and the world with your Inspire skills and Canvas Playback.
Brush Selection
Brush Selection
An astounding 150 high-quality brushes await you — they are divided into 15 useful sets: Oil Paint, Airbrushes, Spray Paint, Paint Splatter, Graphite Pencils, Wax Crayons, Markers, Chalk, Charcoal, Pastels & Conté, Patterns, Textures, Basic Shapes, Complex Shapes, and Shape Outlines. All brushes can be used as a wet brush, dry brush (blending), or eraser.
Brush Size and Rotation
Brush Size and Rotation
The size and rotation of each individual brush can be visually adjusted with pin-point accuracy using the large preview of the Brush menu. Inspire automatically remembers the selected size and rotation for each type of brush and brush mode independently, allowing you to pick up where you left off after selecting a new brush quickly and easily.
Deep Brush Stroke Customization
Deep Brush Stroke Customization
Customize brush strokes to the finest detail from the Stroke menu, with over 20 different settings across many categories. Whether you are setting the pressure, paint blending mode, scatter percentage, or the amount of taper a brush stroke is applied with, Inspire gives you full control of how brush strokes will look and feel on the canvas.
Pick a Color, any Color
Pick a Color, Any Color
Choose any color you can dream of with ease using the intuitive Color menu. HSB and RGB sliders accompany a large color circle and square to help you explore and adjust colors to find the perfect one. Your latest colors are saved automatically in a palette as you paint and you can also save your favorite colors to another palette with drag and drop.
iPhone XS and XS Max
Gorgeous on your new iPhone
When we first released Inspire 1.0 many years ago for iPhone 3G, we never could have imagined that it would run so fast and look so good on the iPhones of the future, today. The UI automatically adapts to fill any of the new, beautifully large screens, paint colors look vibrant and luscious on the new OLED, HDR displays, and brush strokes flow on the canvas in astonishing detail with the new Super Retina XDR resolutions.
Apple Watch
Apple Watch
Use your Apple Watch as a companion to perform actions such as changing the brush mode, undo/redo, selecting colors from a palette, or quickly glancing at how long you've spent on a painting. You can also clear the canvas or fill it with the latest paint color using Haptic Touch from any menu.
Messages Integration
Messages Integration
Create a painting or drawing with Inspire right within the Messages app! Start from a blank canvas or choose an image from your Photos to paint on top of. The painting UI has been streamlined for Messages to fit the smaller space and makes creating a quick sketch faster and easier than ever before.
Settings Galore
Customize Inspire from the Settings menu to match the painting style and workflow that suits you best. Hide the hotspots around the edge of the screen once you get comfortable with where they are. Choose how long to touch and hold to invoke the eyedropper. Set a painting offset so that brush strokes appear at a location above your finger instead of underneath.
Settings Galore
Worldwide
Worldwide
From the origins of oil painting in Europe, to the ancient inception of calligraphy in Asia, the creation of art knows no bounds and we wanted to welcome artists to try Inspire from far and wide. Carefully localized and professionally translated, we are proud to offer Inspire in 12 different languages other than English: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
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Start creating your own amazing artwork with Inspire today and you will be joining millions of artists, young and old, from all around the world. Artists that love Inspire have a wide range of skill levels, create art in many different styles, and, most of all, simply enjoy having fun with the most intuitive and compelling illustration app for iPhone.
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