Product Review of Paper by WeTransfer
Paper by WeTransfer is a digital sketchbook full of powerful tools to create beautiful illustrations. Begin with a brief tutorial and get started drawing. There are no buttons, and the emphasis on touch features makes for an intuitive design. Sketches are stored in sketchbooks that sit neatly on a shelf. Once your book is full, you can start a new one. Share your creations via Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, or email, or save them to your camera roll. Paper is completely free, including the additional tools (mixer, color, write, outline, and sketch), which formerly were in-app purchases. Although all the creating can be done with your finger, there is the option to purchase Paper’s aptly named stylus, Pencil ($99).
For educators wanting to emphasize handwriting skills while keeping their classroom digital, Paper by WeTransfer is your solution. The writing tool makes for a slightly more legible option than the drawing tool when it comes to taking notes. For educators wanting to integrate the arts and digital tools in the classroom, Paper is ideal. The drawing tool is excellent for sketching out ideas. The app is designed to look and feel just like picking up a notebook. In keeping with this clean aesthetic, you won’t find any buttons or login screens. Multiple sketchbooks can be added to each device, allowing learners to share a device, but without a multiple-user login, there isn’t anything to stop learners from accessing other sketchbooks.
The tools are all so responsive and intuitive that it’s possible to teach basic drawing and painting techniques using Paper by WeTransfer. The harder you push, the thicker your lines. Layer your paint to create darker values of colors, and use the mixer to create new colors. Create multiple illustrations, fill up your sketchbook, and start a new one. Paper is also full of potential as a productivity tool. Students can use the app to brainstorm ideas, sketch out a storyline, or take down notes. The versatility of Paper makes it easy to combine the arts and productivity while utilizing digital tools — talk about a power combo!
Overall User Consensus About the App
Give learners a digital alternative to their notebook, with touch in mind, and a variety of drawing tools.
Curriculum and Instruction
Students can use this digital sketchbook to store notes, brainstorm ideas, and practice artistic skills.
Begin with a brief tutorial and then jump right into your sketchbook. Intuitive design makes it easy to get started, and explainers are available throughout.