MediBang Paint Pro markets itself as “the world’s best free comic creation tool”, which is a big claim, and – if you’re not interested in comics – might put you off trying it at all.
Look past the headlines, though, and you’ll find a very capable free digital painting and illustration app. It has a lot of comic-friendly features – templates, backgrounds, fonts, even speech-to-text for adding dialog – but there’s plenty to like for the rest of us, too.
There’s a strong core drawing engine with a good range of pressure-sensitive brushes, and options to create and customise your own.
If your artistic skills aren’t so impressive then you’ll appreciate the pen correction options to smooth out your lines, and the snap guides to help you draw perspective views.
Sample tones, textures and backgrounds can be customised and used by dragging and dropping, and an excellent layers system makes it (relatively) easy to build up complex illustrations.
MediBang Paint Pro’s real advantage, though, is that you can use it just about anywhere. Not only are there builds available for Windows, Mac, Android and the iPad, but you can also save projects to the cloud, and collaborate with other users, working on the same files, and sharing custom tones, brushes and more. Well worth a look.