Fun with brushes

Make art without a mess with this program and its digital box of art supplies.

Artweaver is an art supply store and a blank canvas all rolled up into one. With it, you can create your own masterpieces and experiment with the multitude of built-in tools. Choose from paint and calligraphy brushes, pens, pencils, crayons, and even sponges and brushes made to mimic famous artists like Van Gogh.

Artweaver's interface is very similar to Photoshop's. Creative professionals and hobbyists who are familiar with Photoshop will be able to navigate their way through its palettes and windows with no problem. This helped us get up and running with the program easily and made our experience more fun. Many of the same tools that Photoshop and other graphic programs have are included in this Artweaver's toolbox, such as selection tools, move tools, color swatches, a paint bucket, and a clone stamp. Artweaver has layers, which makes experimentation easier. You can create a background layer and then create another layer for brushwork so that you can paint away without damaging your original background layer. Each brush has a control palette that opens when you select it. Users have an enormous amount of control with each tool and can fine-tune every aspect of it with the control palette.

Artweaver installs and uninstalls easily and has a great Help file that people new to graphics software and creative professionals alike will find beneficial. It's a robust program that has many features that are usually available only in expensive graphics programs, but Artweaver is free. You can't beat that!

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