New Haven, Connecticut – Stepping Stone Software today is proud to announce a major upgrade to its award-winning painting and drawing app, Pen & Ink – Layers! Pen and Ink is the simplest way to create beautiful watercolor paintings on the iPad. Now artists can easily paint broad layers of colors and designs on top of one another, with the hues blending and showing through just like they would with real watercolor.

But better – with Pen & Ink you can actually move your layers in front or behind each other, or delete them all together. For example, it’s simple to remove the sunlight from a shimmering ocean or to insert a layer of cloud cover over the sun. You can add images, pictures, documents and photos from your camera or library to any layer for easy tracing or multimedia design. Pen & Ink’s color palette and 25 brushes provide every color, brush stroke and texture imaginable, and you can paint on any color paper.

“Pen & Ink” creates the closest paintings to real watercolor that I have seen on an iPad,” said Jennifer Emerson, a Board Member of the San Francisco Art Institute. Other App Store reviewers have written:

*”Pen & Ink is my fav art app. The zoom and multiple brush feature make it a winner, and having pigment control is the best!”
*”The brushes and erasers are so delicate that I can work with them intuitively.”
*”I can’t recommend Pen & Ink enough. It feels really close to having my watercolors out, without the issues of having a tiny baby around!”

As part of its introduction, Stepping Stone Software is holding an Art Contest for users of Pen & Ink. Simply download Pen & Ink for free from the App Store, create a painting or sketch, and tweet it with hashtag #penandinkfreeipad. You could win an iPad or $500. Hurry – the contest ends May 22!

* English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 38.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Pen & Ink: A Watercolor Notebook 2.3 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. The free version includes unlimited notebooks and pages, all export modes (including email, photo library, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter and more), full use of the pen and eraser, and limited use of the remaining brushes. An In-App Purchase unlocks all brushes and options and enables zoom.

Stepping Stone Mobile
Pen & Ink: A Watercolor Notebook 2.3
Download from iTunes

Headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, Stepping Stone Mobile is a development studio founded in 2012 by Matt Feiszli, PhD. With expertise in image processing, computer graphics, and machine learning, Stepping Stone aims to use modern mathematics to enhance the mobile experience. Copyright (C) 2012-2013 Stepping Stone Software LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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