A Weak Spinning Experience – SpinArt Review

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SpinArt Review.


Creating Spin Art is done by painting on a canvas that is hosted on a spinning platform or table. Most people get a wave of nostalgia, cause the fun childhood activity. However, the technique of painting with a spinning canvas has been used by many artists since the 1960’s. If done right, the fun, interactive and creative process of painting with a spinning canvas could translate perfectly to touch-screen devices. SpinArt, for iOS has been highly praised on the App Store since its original appearance in 2011, is still being update today and has over two-million purchases. Let’s check it out:



A Painting App For The Birds.

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Price: $1.99+
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WOO:
– Spin art style images without the mess.(Though limited)
– Provides about 15-mins of entertainment.


MEH:
– Three Different lighting effects.(Glossy,Smooth & Matte.)
– Buy additional canvas shapes (99 cents per shape bundle.)
– Most results turn looking the same, due to one style of brush-stroke.(Only change brush size.)
– Works with the 3D touch of the iPhone 6s. (Pressure changes brush width.)
– Send your art to Snaptee, buy a shirt with your design on it.

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Small spinning canvas makes painting inaccurate.(Can’t zoom-in to the canvas.)
– Most results turn looking the same, due to one style of brush-stroke.(Only change brush size.)
– Brush has a repeated/duplicated splatter. (Looks like if you dragged a Photoshop splatter brush across you screen.)
– No color-wheel for paint colors. Just 54 stock color-swatches & two rainbow sprinkles.
– Image export size:512×512 pixels.



ME PERSONALLY:
Being a fan of different creative apps, I’ve always noticed this app creeping-up on different deals on the App Store. After reading the description containing many praises from different sources, I decided to go ahead and purchase it. I thought, it might be a great way to experiment creating new images. Instead, I received a very unofficial painting app that’s suited more for kids. “For kids” you say? “Of course its for kids”, but if the description reads “It’s great for kids too”, the expectation is that it contains a little more depth. First off, you cannot zoom into the spinning canvas, so you tap the screen hopefully hitting the desired area, but even trying your hardest the painting is still very inaccurate. You get a basic pack of shapes to spin, there are plenty of shape-packs to purchase for 99-cents, but that won’t get you far. In terms of variation, the pickings are slim with the brushes. There’s only one kind of stroke, which is a typical round brush, though there are a few different widths you can use. The brush also has this repeated unatural splatter like if you took a Photoshop splatter brush and used it to paint. The app defaults to this hideous bevel effect on your strokes, but luckily you can remove this via the lighting options. The thing that really KILLS this app for me is the inability to export anything close to high-res, but instead a 512 x 512px to make tiny prints with. The only other option is to send it to Snaptee, but am I really going to pay to strut around town, with a repeated splatter mess (Hopefully higher-res print) on my chest? NOO!


VERDICT:
An inaccurate & limited spin painting app with only two different outcomes: Export a low-res 512×512 image or buy a t-shirt through Snaptee.

SpinArt
SpinArt
Price: $1.99+
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What did you think of the app? Am I missing something? Leave a comment below 🙂

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Summary

Cost: $0.99 USD ($1.19 CAD)
- Image export size: 512x512 pixels.
- Most results turn looking the same, due to one style of brush-stroke.(Only change brush size.)
- Works with the 3D touch of the iPhone 6s.
(Pressure changes brush width.)

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