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Scribblify Interface Overview

Scribblify is made up of four key components: Canvas, Color Picker, Brush Picker, Background Picker.

Scribblify Main Menu Overview

Scribblify File Menu

Scribblify Mirror Menu        Scribblify Publish Menu



Scribblify Color Picker Overview

Scribblify Brush Picker Overview

Scribblify Background Picker Overview

Brush Overview

A preview of all 84 brushes (56 in iOS free version, 28 in Android free version) is provided below. Note that each preview was created using the default brush settings and a random color. For a better perspective on what these brushes look like in actual art, please head over to the Gallery page.

Scribblify App Artwork - Brush Overview
Scribblify App Artwork - Brush Overview
Scribblify App Artwork - Brush Overview
Scribblify App Artwork - Brush Overview

Scribblify ships with numerous multicolor brushes. Multicolor brushes contain additional color qualities and behaviors not found in single color brushes:

  • If you are only using one color, the secondary color of these brushes will often be opposite the selected color. For instance, if you are using green for your color, the brush's secondary color will be purple.
  • If you are using two colors, the secondary color of these brushes will typically match the selected secondary color. For instance, if you are using blue and green for your colors, the brush's primary color will be blue and its secondary color will be green.
  • If you are only using one color, all color effects will be applied as usual to the brush's primary color. The brush's secondary color will often match the opposite of the current brush color (even when using plasma or color variance).
  • If you are using two colors, the color effects will only apply to the brush's primary color; the brush's secondary color will match the chosen secondary color.

Color Effects Overview

Scribblify comes complete with a number of intuitive effects that can be applied to your artwork to enhance or otherwise stylize the colors. Illustrations describing the effects are described below.


Single Colored Brush — One Color [Red]

The majority of brushes in Scribblify are single colored. If you select a single colored brush and have the secondary color option disabled in the color picker, 1) the Plasma effect will smoothly cycle through the entire color spectrum (starting with the selected color); 2) the Multicolor effect will pick colors at random while matching the source color's lightness.

No color effects
Scribblify Color Effects

Color Variance (High Threshold)
Scribblify Color Effects

Plasma Color
Scribblify Color Effects

Multicolor
Scribblify Color Effects

Plasma Color and Color Variance (High Threshold)
Scribblify Color Effects


Single Colored Brush — Two Colors [Red & Yellow]

If you select a single colored brush and have the secondary color option enabled in the color picker, 1) the Plasma effect will smoothly cycle between the primary and secondary colors; 2) the Multicolor effect will randomly pick between the primary, secondary and blended colors.

No color effects (outputs solid blend color)
Scribblify Color Effects

Color Variance (High Threshold)
Scribblify Color Effects

Plasma Color (smoothly blends between both colors)
Scribblify Color Effects

Multicolor (mixes primary, secondary, and blend colors randomly)
Scribblify Color Effects

Plasma Color and Color Variance (High Threshold)
Scribblify Color Effects


Multicolored Brush — One Color [Red]

There are numerous multicolored brushes in Scribblify. If you select a multicolored brush and have the secondary color option disabled in the color picker, the color effects will be applied to the brush's primary color and the brush's secondary color will generally be set to the opposite color.

No color effects (secondary brush color is opposite chosen color)
Scribblify Color Effects

Color Variance (High Threshold)
Scribblify Color Effects

Plasma Color (secondary brush color is opposite brush color)
Scribblify Color Effects

Multicolor (primary brush color is randomized; secondary brush color is opposite)
Scribblify Color Effects

Plasma Color and Color Variance (High Threshold)
Scribblify Color Effects


Multicolor Brush — Two Colors [Red & Yellow]

If you select a multicolored brush and have the secondary color option enabled in the color picker, the color effects will be applied to the brush's primary color and the brush's secondary color will be the chosen secondary color.

No color effects (secondary brush color matches chosen secondary color)
Scribblify Color Effects

Color Variance (High Threshold; primary brush color has color variance)
Scribblify Color Effects

Plasma Color (primary brush color has plasma effect)
Scribblify Color Effects

Multicolor (primary brush color is randomized)
Scribblify Color Effects

Plasma Color and Color Variance (High Threshold)
Scribblify Color Effects


Color Shades Impact Color Effects

There are 20 shades for each base color in Scribblify—from very light to very dark. The color effects are affected by the selected shade of the primary color. If you have a lighter shade selected, the Plasma, Multicolor, and Switch Color on Touch effects will likewise use similarly shaded colors. The same holds true if you select a darker shade.

Scribblify Color Effects


Miscellaneous Notes about Color Effects

Here are a few final notes about the color effects system in Scribblify:

  • You must enable the Color Variance option by toggling its button before the color variance threshold slider will have any effect on the colors.
  • The Plasma, Multicolor and Switch Color on Touch effects are mutually exclusive—only one can be enabled at any given time.
  • The Color Variance effect can be enabled for all other effects including the Plasma, Multicolor, Switch Color on Touch and Secondary Color options.
  • The Switch Color on Touch option will cycle between the primary and secondary colors if you have chosen a secondary color; otherwise this option will pick a new random color of similar shade to the chosen primary color each time your finger touches the screen.
  • As of version 2.0, you can double-tap the Plasma icon to set its step amount. A low value will create a more gradual gradient that takes longer to complete a full cycle, while a high number will cycle through the colors more rapidly (0.1 to 255.0).

Scribblify art of treeFrequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions—the list will be updated regularly.

Q: Why Scribblify?

Although there are many drawing apps on the market, Scribblify sets itself apart in a number of ways.

  1. Simplicity. Pick your color, pick your brush, draw and publish. You do not have to wade through a hundred page manual to get started; in fact you can have your first work of art drawn and published just seconds after launching. Fear not, the simplistic design of Scribblify does not impede its capabilities. Advanced designs and creations can be produced via the innovative color effects, brush settings, four way mirroring system, and kaleidoscope options (available in 3.0+). Check out the Gallery for inspiration!
  2. Originality. There are currently 84 awe-inspiring brushes (56 in free version), most of which are vastly different from anything seen elsewhere. Each brush is unique not only in appearance but also in functionality and behavior. Abstract brushes can be used to create fractal-like designs, organic brushes can be used to create canvas-like artwork, special effect brushes can be used to create the unimagined. Please see the Brushes section for a preview of each brush.
  3. Variety. In addition to the potpourri of innovative brushes, Scribblify offers many options in the area of color. In addition to the default set of 560 rich colors to choose from, you can also apply and combine a variety of special effects to create custom colors and blends. Please see the Color Effects section for an overview of the various color effects available.

Q: What should I know about the undo/redo feature?

Scribblify includes an optional 15-level undo/redo feature for each layer. This functionality can be enabled or disabled in the preferences. Enabling the undo/redo feature after you've drawn something will not allow you to restore a previous state of the drawing. Without the undo/redo enabled, you can use the dedicated eraser tool or simply paint over your mistakes just as you would when fingerpainting in real-life and may notice a performance increase.

When drawing in very rapid succession, Scribblify will create undo points at various intervals. This means that, after drawing very quickly (touching and lifitng your finger many times within a few seconds), Scribblify may revert back to a version of the drawing prior to the rapid drawing. You can traverse through the past 15 saved states of your current layer's drawing.

Q: Where's the eraser or clear button?

You can clear the entire canvas and start over by selecting the 'New' icon within the file menu (see top of page for illustration). Scribblify 1.2+ includes an optional shake-to-erase feature in the Preferences. Scribblify 2.0+ includes another button to erase the canvas within the background picker. You may also undo a recent brush stroke if you have enabled the undo/redo functionality prior to drawing. The dedicated eraser tool on the right will allow you to erase specific sections of your drawing (consider enabling the "Use Selected Brush as Eraser" option in the Preferences for advanced erasing effects).

Q: I tried publishing to Twitter/Facebook/Flickr/Tumblr/Instagram and it didn't work?

It is possible that the service you are trying to publish to is temporarily down or you do not have an active Internet connection. Furthermore, social networking sites each have their own restrictions on the frequency of posts and regularly update their API. If you try to publish several drawings within seconds of each other chances are the second post will fail. It is best to wait a couple of minutes between each publishing session. If all else fails, you can always save your drawings to your photo gallery and share them using third party apps. For best results, make sure you are using iOS 6+.

Q: How do I fully restart Scribblify incase of crash or error?

iOS 4.0+ uses multitasking—when you tap the 'Home' button Scribblify minimizes but does not close. If you need to completely close the application for any reason, double-tap the 'Home' button from within the Home screen, then hold your finger on the Scribblify icon, and finally tap the '-' button to terminate the process. Terminating the application will clear the canvas and restore the default brush and color settings. In iOS 7+, you can double-tap the 'Home' button and then swipe up on the Scribblify preview to terminate the app.

Q: The main menu icons are rotated the wrong way, why?

The main menu icons are designed to rotate automatically based upon the orientation of the device, although it may take a second or so for the menu rotation to update. If the icons are rotated incorrectly, simply tilt your device forward slightly so the app can detect the new orientation, and the icons will update accordingly. Scribblify is fully functional in landscape and portrait modes, but the configuration sections (preferences, color picker, brush picker) were designed for landscape mode; as such these screens will appear sideways when accessed from portrait mode.

Q: My published artwork is rotated the wrong way, why?

When publishing your artwork (via e-mail or a social network platform), Scribblify automatically rotates the drawing based on the orientation of your device at the time that the publishing action was called. To ensure the published version of the drawing is orientated correctly, tilt the device towards yourself slightly (with the artwork properly orientated) before publishing so that the device is aware of the current orientation.

Q: Why are there only 560 colors?

Be honest, how often do you really want to fumble your way through a 16 million color palette every time you need a new color? In adhering to Scribblify's core design principles (fast and easy), you are supplied with 28 sets of colors--each of which includes 20 different shades. By comparison, Crayola currently manufactures around 120 different colored crayons.

While many developers take it upon themselves to serve up complex color wheels containing millions of negligable shades, Scribblify follows the old adage: "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!" Furthermore, you can create blended gradients between any two colors using the color effect options found in Scribblify, thus providing you with infinite coloring options.

Q: I tried blending two colors and it doesn't look right?

Scribblify, like the vast majority of digital drawing applications, uses the RGB color model which behaves differently than traditional color models. While many colors will mix as expected (e.g., red and yellow make orange), you may still run across two colors that produce a third color that seems off. Steps have been taken to improve the blending functionality in Scribblify, but you will still want to experiment thoroughly to understand how all of the colors interact.

Fun Scribblify Facts

  • All of the graphics on this site—including those used for layout and navigation—were created using Scribblify itself.
  • All of the menu icons and color effect icons in the Scribblify app were painted using the app itself, with minimal post-processing.
  • More than a dozen internal properties control how each brush looks and behaves; most were fine-tuned ad nauseum to achieve the end result.

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