Squiggle Tips

There are a number of tips in the video and the Getting Started Guide but these are sometimes overlooked. I’ll be posting some suggesting and tips from time to time to this page.

Great for sharing with family and friends, especially if they’re the subject.

Create fun images to email as postcards.

Print out as gift cards.

Sketch or paint anytime, anyplace. No cleanup required.

Great for keeping anyone entertained (Children and adults)

It’s creative and encourages creativity.

Getting Adults To Draw from NPR

Doodling is relaxing.

Capture your sights in a unique way.

Document photographs and make notes on them. Good for remembering or for marking areas of interest.

Sketching to illustrate a point or explain something is often the best way.

Brainstorming ideas.

Create new wallpaper images for your iPhone or Touch. Add your name or email to the wallpaper image so someone finding your phone can contact you.

Creating storyboards for your film project.

Take advantage of the power of Squiggles by setting a finger offset. Go to Settings and click the Finger Offset button. Now when you paint you can see exactly where the brushes will go since a cursor appears. Click again to start painting.

The toolbars hide while painting but if you find you don’t want to be seeing the toolbars at all just click the center of the Navigation Bar on top where it says Squiggles squigglesbutton. This will hide the top and bottom toolbar and give you a full view of just your image.

If you’re working you can temporarily get access to the colors, tools and tool options by hitting the corners.
Getting back the toolbars - Version 1.2 just shake the phone or hit the upper left. Version 1.1 and before hit the upper left.

Use one finger to move overlays around. The last overlay touched is the first overlay to be checked for touches. Should there be overlapping overlays then you may touch another accidently instead. Remember overlays include more space on each side to make it easier to get a smaller image.

If you have trouble selecting the overlay you want, try moving the overlay that is active to the other side (or top/bottom) so you can select the overlay you want. You can then move the original overlay back to its location.

It’s usually best to rotate close to the desired rotation first, then to resize and then finally to position. Since moving takes only one finger it works well even for small images but it’s tougher to rotate or resize when an image is really small.

To resize use two fingers to pinch (to shrink) or spread out (to enlarge). You may find it easier to use the index finger of two hands or two thumbs.

If you want to switch the order of the overlays, first move the top overlay(s) to one side so you have access to the overlay you’d like to be in front. Then double tap on the desired overlay to bring it to the front. Now reposition the overlays, starting with the bottom one first.

If an overlay has become too small to resize or rotate double tap on it. The overlay will be brought to the front and restored to full size and standard rotation. Now do the rotation and resize you desire.

Overlays can be flipped left to right by tapping once and then going into the tools view and selecting Flip.

To delete an overlay triple tap the over or tap it once and then go to the tools view and select Delete.

Using Erase creatively
The erase tool works by deleting the paint to reveal the original background you loaded. If that was a photo the you can carefully erase away any paint or filters you’ve applied.
With this color photo the gray filter was applied and then the erase tool was used to restore just one flower.

The tunnel filter was applied to a sunflower. The flower was restored by erasing back to it in the center.

A hat and a butterfly was applied to an image as overlays. Then the overlay was flattened so that it could be painted over.
In this case the erase tool was used to restore the girl and make the wings appear to be behind her.
Clone tool in use.

Squiggles currently only has one level of undo (will be extended in future versions) but because the eraser works like a magic eraser in some programs (restore to original image) if you over paint it’s relatively easy to restore a section by erasing. As with pro graphics work it’s also not a bad idea to save your work in progress if you’ve made a major change. That way you can reload a previous, in progress version, and continue it if you determine the image wasn’t working.
The one limit with saving is the overlays will be flattened permanently to the image.

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