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Drop Cloth - Mark Ferbert
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A fun way to create abstract art using drops of color.

There are several options on the setup board where you can adjust the drops size, color, how they interact and draw.

You can also post your Drop Cloth creations to Facebook, Twitter or Sina Weibo.

The possibilities of what Drop Cloth can create are endless.

Be creative...
Play with different setup combinations...
Create beautiful, unique works of art...
Share with your friends.

Most of all, have fun watching your own works of art appear before your eyes!



SETUP

size and duration

Tapping the setup button will slide in the setup board from the right.

Setup Board

size and duration

The setup board allows you to adjust many options.

Size and Duration

size and duration

The pink slider allows setting the minimum drop size.
The cyan slider allows setting the maximum drop size.
The orange slider allows setting the time each drop can draw.
Each drop will shrink as it runs out of paint until it disappears.

Dragging the time slider all the way to the right will allow the drops to draw endlessly (without shrinking). Then you can decide when to stop the drops by hitting the stop button.

Count and Draw Color

size and duration

The white slider allows setting the maximum number of drops.
The red slider allows setting the red part of the draw color.
The green slider allows setting the green part of the draw color.
The blue slider allows setting the blue part of the draw color.
The clear slider allows setting the transparancy of the draw color.

Tapping on the color column to the left of the sliders will expand a set of preset drop colors that you can choose. You can still adjust the color with the sliders after choosing a preset color.

Color Variations

color variations

When ON, this setting will vary the color of each drop placed on the Drop Cloth. The colors will only vary slightly from the color set for the drops.
When OFF, all of the drops will obtain the set color.

Edge Constraining

edge bounce

When ON, this setting with keep the drops from running off the edges.
When OFF, the drops will run right off the edges.

This can be handy for creating starbursts or other effects.

Line End

line end

As drops move on the Drop Cloth, they will draw onto the Drop Cloth.
This setting determines how the front end of the draw will shape (flat, round or square).

Action

action

This setting determines how drop interact with each other.

none: Drops will just pass through each other.

collide: Drops will bounce off of each other.

chaos: Drops will draw crazily across the Drop Cloth.

Draw

action

This setting determines when drops draw.

lines: Drops will draw lines as they move.

impact: Drops will only draw when colliding or passing through other drops.

Background Settings

action

Tapping this button will display the background setup board.

Background Setup Board

action

The red slider allows setting the red part of the background color.
The green slider allows setting the green part of the background color.
The blue slider allows setting the blue part of the background color.

Tapping on the color column to the left of the sliders will expand a set of preset drop colors that you can choose. You can still adjust the color with the sliders after choosing a preset color.

Tap the 'use photo' button to bring up an image picker from which a photo can be chosen to use as the background. If a photo is chosen, the other background color options will be disabled. To change the photo, or change the other background color settings, you need to tap the 'clean' button.

Tap the Inverse of Drop Color switch to ON to set the background color to the invers of the Drop color. When this switch is ON, the color sliders and 'use photo' button will be disabled.

Once any drawing occurs, you will not be able to change the background color settings until the 'clean' button is tapped to clear the Drop Cloth.

Defaults

action

Tapping the defaults button will reset all of the settings to the default Drop Cloth values. This includes the background settings unless using a photo.

Flashback

action

Each time Start is tapped to start drawing, a copy of the existing drawing up to that point is stored. If you don't like how a drawing turned out, you can use this image to 'undo' all the drawing that occurred last.

This image will be blank until Start is tapped while there was something already drawn on the Drop Cloth. This image will also be set whenever the 'clean' button is tapped.

Tapping this image will set the background to match the last stored image.

Auto Save

action

When ON, anytime 'clean' is tapped, a photo is saved to the Drop Cloth photo album on your device. Use this as a safety mechanism to keep from losing your work. However, this setting will not be saved when closing the app so that the photo album isn't filled inadvertently.



START DRAWING

splatter brush

Once setup is complete, you can tap the 'splatter' paint brush to splatter all the drops at once randomly.

You can also touch the Drop Cloth to place drops individually.
A long press on the Drop Cloth will apply all remaining drops on the same spot.

Then just tap the 'start' button and the drawing will start.

At any time you can tap the 'stop' button to remove any drops on the Drop Cloth. Once all the drops run out of color, the drawing will stop. You can continue to work with the current drawing with more drops (you can change the setup too). This will draw over the current drawing.

splatter brush

You can 'clean' the entire Drop Cloth by tapping the 'clean' button.
Once any drawing has been applied to the Drop Cloth, you cannot change the background without first tapping the clean button.

splatter brush

You can save a picture of the Drop Cloth drawing at any time after drawing has started. Only the drawing is saved to the photo. If you press the 'camera' button while drops are still drawing, the drops will not appear on the photo.

You can also post what is on your Drop Cloth to Facebook, Twitter or Sina Weibo if those services are set up on your device. This is a great way to share your works of art created with Drop Cloth.





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Contact Information

Please email the creator of Drop Cloth at:

mlferbert@me.com

other apps by Mark Ferbert