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Free Online Drawing Tool

Published 04/19/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Kleki is an online drawing tool intended for artists and other creative individuals. The application includes all the basic tools any artist would expect, such as a full color palette, zoom function, paintbrush and layers. The user can set spacing and opacity as well as different drawing modes. Editing tools are built in and allow the user to resize, invert, brighten, saturate, rotate, transform, unsharpen, blur, tilt shift and change perspective. Users are given a number of platform options including the web, iPad, iPhone and Android phone and tablet devices. A small gallery is available and can be browsed. The gallery contains a handful of unique images in a similar style, however is very limited in size.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Kleki was created by Bitbof, an artist who loves to paint and code. The application was intended to bring those two activities together. The application hasn’t been widely discussed, but has earned positive reviews and comments from users and others. Some have labeled the site as one of the most useful on the web today. The creator specifically notes that Kleki is a work in progress and additional features are planned for future updates. For now the service provides many basic drawing functions that anyone can use online.

What are the differences to other apps?

Kleki has a professional element to it that caters to serious artists as well as amateurs and beginners. The application stands out because it offers all the tools a user could need to maximize creativity without feeling limited. The user can work with layers, draw using different brushes and perform many other practical and useful actions. The service gives a seasoned artist a place to create and a beginner a space to practice in.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Kleki has a basic look to it that works very well, thanks to its sleek, modern design. The interface and canvas background are covered in gentle grey hues. Symbols and text identify various buttons and functions. The overall appearance is very basic, which allows the user to focus on the canvas rather than flashy things bordering it. Kleki brings together simple style with a modern interface that encourages users to create and be creative.

How does the registration process work?

New visitors to the Kleki homepage can begin drawing right away. There is no registration requirement. Users are not given a login option at this time. While it might be nice to be able to save images under a username, the lack of registration also means the user doesn’t have to remember a password to start drawing. Users can upload to Imgur using their Imgur account if they want to. An Imgur account is not required to use Kleki.

What does it cost to use the application?

Kleki is one of many basic drawing tools on the web. Charging a fee would only cause users to go elsewhere to get their creative fix. The service is very practical and works perfectly, but doesn’t offer any unique extras that could justify charging a fee. Anyone can enjoy Kleki at no cost. The service doesn’t offer a premium subscription and doesn’t place any limitations on user access.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Kleki is ideal for anyone who enjoys drawing. Users of all skill levels can easily learn how to navigate Kleki’s interface. The application includes all the basic tools any artist could need to create stunning images. No login is required and all access is free. The service comes with a few extras but nothing completely unique. The basic design makes Kleki very appealing to users who want to unleash their creativity with no hassles.

  • Access basic drawing tools online
  • Save images to share with others or store
  • A dozen edit functions provide additional ways to create
  • Layers allow user to create professional quality images
  • Images can be uploaded to Imgur

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Kleki pricing

FREE - Permanently free version

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