iPastels for PC and Mac

Published by Norbyte on 2024-04-14

  • Compatibility: Available on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 7 & MacOS 10, 11, 10.14
  • Category: Graphics & Design
  • Licence: Free
  • Software version: 4.5.3
  • File size: 8.75 MB

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iPastels Overview

What is iPastels? The app is a painting tool suitable for both experienced and novice artists. It offers a realistic pastel simulation with live-calculated brushes and strokes, and a variety of painting tools including soft pastels, oil pastels, pastel pencils, and smudge tool. The app also features realistic paper/canvas textures that interact in real-time with the strokes painted. Precise color blending is possible with smudge or cotton swab tools. The app allows changing control knobs in the toolbar while painting, and has an easy and quick to use color palette. Full-screen painting, zooming, panning, and rotating are supported. The app also has a seamless pattern editing mode, and is based on Metal with 128-bit color and floating-point arithmetic. It was developed entirely using Swift and supports dark mode, touch bar, wide color, multiple layers, and photo tracing mode (Pro feature).


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iPastels Features and Description

1. When painting, especially with soft pastels, use Smudge or the Cotton Swab to blend and smoothen the colors right on the paper, as you would in real life.

2. When creating a new picture, a unique, non-repeating paper texture is generated that will interact in real-time with the live-calculated strokes you paint.

3. Painting tools include soft pastels, oil pastels, pastel pencils, smudge tool, and more.

4. With oil pastels, in addition to smudging, the blending is often done by the pastel sticks themselves (for best results, reduce the force or use a similar or lighter color).

5. All the control knobs in the toolbar can be changed and adjusted while you paint, by using the number keys (1, 2, 3...) on your keyboard.

6. You can also try out ideas and compositions before starting on a new painting in real life, or practise and refine your skills, all without the added cost of art supplies.

7. This unique feature lets you paint on the picture laid out as tiles next to each other.

8. On a trackpad, you can pinch to zoom, and use the rotation gesture to rotate the picture.

9. The app features live-calculated brushes and strokes, making a realistic pastel simulation possible.

10. You can remove the toolbar if you place the pointer on it and scroll toward the screen/window edge, or if you press the Tab key on your keyboard.

11. You can change the default-generated texture to something else, for example “Canvas”, which is especially well suited for oil pastels.


  • - Very stable, no crashes
  • - Great for both kids and adults
  • - Update made it even smoother

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Installation Requirements

PC Compactibility/Requirements for Installation

Compactible OS list:
  1. Windows 11
  2. Windows 10
  3. Windows 8.1
  4. Windows 7
  5. Windows Vista

Requirements for MacOS Installation

Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later.

Compactible OS list:
  1. macOS Ventura: 13.3
  2. macOS Monterey: 12.6.4
  3. macOS Big Sur: 11.7.5
  4. macOS Catalina: 10.15
  5. macOS Mojave: 10.14
  6. macOS High Sierra: 10.13


iPastels - Is it safe to download?

Yes. The app is 100 percent (100%) safe to download and Install. Our download links are from safe sources and are frequently virus scanned to protect you

Software Reviews and Criticism

  • By parJude

    I miss the old programs

    I miss the old color panels, and don’t understand why you didn’t reprogram so that you could adjust those colors as that would still allow for all points on the colorwheel (or insert the color wheel as an option). I can’t scroll the colors you have selected, and the blending tool doesn’t stop where I stop it: it smears the area along the path to the next area I want to blend. I wish you would leave the old programs in the App Store for those of us who prefer them, and work out the bugs in the new programs. I have to press hard & for a length of time to get the color change option (why not use the eyedropper?). I do like the photo trace option, but on the whole, I find working with the programs tedious when you could have used the color wheel and eyedropper, and used sliders for Pastel Stick (brush) size and a slider for the force of the stroke. If you did that, you could add sliders for dodge and burn, too. I loved the old programs, especially the option to create 5 shades or 5 analogue colors. You’ve made the new programs too cumbersome to be fun with those dials I have to constantly fiddle with to get them adjusted to my need and satisfaction.

  • By Retro Dude

    What a lovely program

    This is a nice piece of software. It is great for both kids and adults. It is very stable, no crashes. My daughter and I love it.

  • By robfuzz

    Expert pastel software and a joy to use!

    Update….Was already awesome. Now even smoother. Thanks! I had this once on my iPhone and didn’t care for it much. This was some time ago. I’ve since rediscovered it when I saw there was a Windows version. Wow….they’ve made huge progress with this app! Working with a Wacom tablet I can get really beautiful effects and it feels like I’m drawing with pastels. I’ve only just begun really to delve into this app but I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s a lot of fun too, which is important, cause if you’re not having fun why bother?

  • By Fruit Loop Pie crust

    What the?

    This app was working well until I updated it? What happened? I do not care for this at all and dumped the program. What a waste.

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