If this is as cool as it seems, I may have to get an ipad.
Remember what it was like to finger-paint or draw with chalk as a child? Back then there was nothing between you and your creation: no hardware, no stylus, nothing at all. That’s exactly the experience you get with Adobe Eazel ($2.99), the new painting app, though you don’t have to wash your hands afterward.
This incredibly fun application lets you finger paint, without any menus or toolbars, on every free pixel of the iPad’s touch-screen. When you place all five fingers on the touch screen, an extremely clever and forward-thinking interface appears beneath your fingers in the form of graphical icons. These icons let you change paint color, brush size, opacity, undo/redo one action (too bad it won’t undo more than one action), or close the painting. For example, to change brush size, place all five fingers on the iPad and then locate the size icon—it lives under your middle finger. Lift your other fingers and then drag your middle finger upward to increase brush size, or down to decrease size. The icons follow your fingers as they move. However, if that’s a little too disorienting, you can place five fingers down and then lift to summon a static interface in the middle of the iPad screen.
While the new interface feels awkward at first, it’s akin to playing an instrument like a piano. Within an hour or two of dabbling, the five-fingered gesturing starts to feel intuitive, though it does take some serious experimentation to grasp how the controls work together in order to produce the brush strokes you want. For example, paint is wet when first applied—it dries in a few seconds—so crossing it with another stroke causes blending. Also, the larger your brush size, the more blending you get, just as if you were using water colors.
Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, you can send it to Photoshop where it appears on its very own layer, complete with transparency. The art is enlarged to four times its original size during the transmission, too, producing an image that’s 2048 x 1536 pixels (9 MB). You can also save paintings into the iPad’s Photo app in JPEG format. Unfortunately there’s no way to open a saved painting in Eazel and continue to work on it. Hopefully we’ll see that in a future version.