Pigment is an iOS coloring book for adults

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Adult coloring books have become hugely popular this year, so it’s no surprise to see them turn into apps – what’s surprising is how popular the app version of Pixite, Pigment, is really good.

The idea behind adult coloring books is that they help you stay focused, reduce anxiety, and bring a new kind of mindfulness to your life.

Adult coloring books really took off when publishing house Laurence King asked Johanna Basford, an illustrator known for her monochrome drawings of wine and perfume bottles, to create a sophisticated coloring book for adults.

This book, “Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book”, sold millions of copies and Basford published two others: “Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Coloring Book” and “Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure and Coloring Book”. Book.’

It really is something of a phenomenon, especially since adult coloring books aren’t even a new thing. It seems that this time around, social media support has played a huge role in the success of the trend. There aren’t many choices in terms of digital coloring books for adults on the App Store, surprisingly.

So after all the hype, I was excited to try Pigment and see how it stacked up to its paper competitors. And it did not disappoint.

First impressions

The first thing that struck me was the beauty of the interface. It’s as beautiful as the actual designs and still simple and clean, without looking too basic.

All the tools you need are neatly organized into tabs. You can adjust colors, size, and style using sliders, and the coloring process is done using your finger or an Apple Pencil, if you have one.

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The app is divided into two main sections – My Work and Library. When you first open it, there will be drawings in the My Work section that will serve as demos. They are already partially colored and are a good way to start and play with the different tools.

You can start a new room by picking a new one from the library, which has around 20 different books filled with drawings (and updated daily), so there’s plenty to choose from. There’s everything from animals to abstract patterns and geometric designs.

When you spot one you like, just tap on it and it will become available in the My Work section for you to color in.

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When coloring, you can choose between pencil, marker, paint bucket, airbrush, pen, or regular brush.

With support for the Apple Pencil (or any third-party stylus) and 3D Touch, coloring is as realistic as possible on a phone screen. It’s not as unsatisfying as I thought, considering it’s a screen and not paper.

Pigment has made it easier to choose colors that go well together by grouping them into themes, rather than letting you decide for yourself. You can stick to one theme or mix and match them however you like. Any color you choose can also be adjusted with a slider.

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Coloring inside the lines is what we’re all programmed to try to do, so Pigment gives you a helping hand by letting you cheat and stay within the lines by selecting them.

You can, however, freestyle and fix any mistakes you made after

Since some drawings are intricate and elaborate, it may take a bit of time to complete properly, so you can save them when you’ve spent enough time on them to come back to them later.

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You can also share your creations on social media or save them to your phone to show off. The app is free, so there is a watermark on the designs, but you can get rid of it by signing up for the premium version.

The premium subscription also gives you access to more designs in the library every day and you can save your artwork in high resolution, which is perfect for printing.

In all

I’ve been playing with Pigment for a little while now and found it particularly fun to use at the airport while traveling and can see how it would work as a stress reliever.

It’s a beautifully simple app suitable for anyone who’s already gotten into the adult coloring book trend or not.

➤ Pigments [iOS]

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