(Ideas for using this app are given at the bottom of this page.)
Use gradients to create your own colourful geometric designs. Draw background gradients just by tapping. Instantly add sets of movable shapes, randomly positioned. Gradients and shapes can be transparent or opaque. Adjust settings to get a huge variety of scenes. Settings are
- Background gradient directions: linear, diagonal, radial, varied linear, varied diagonal, varied radial, small radial
- Background gradient colours: black, white, gray, any, dark, light, opaque. (All background gradient choices, except for opaque, use a single transparent colour graded from fully opaque to fully transparent.)
- Shape types: circles, squares, bars, mixed, circles and bars, squares and bars, circles and squares
- Shape colours (G=gradient; L=linear; R=radial): transparent, transparent GL, transparent GR, opaque, opaque pastel, opaque dark, opaque warm, opaque GL, opaque GR, opaque constant, opaque GL constant, opaque GR constant
- Shape sizes: different, equal, large equal, small equal
- Total number of shapes generated at once: 3, 6, 9, 12, 24, 1
The app also has the following options: - Move or delete any shape.
- Change the base colour behind transparent background gradients.
- Rotate scenes 90 degrees CW, 90 degrees antiCW, 180 degrees CW.
- Remove the background gradient leaving just the base colour.
- Delete all shapes at once.
- Make the area outside scenes lighter or darker to change perception.
- Save a scene or just the background to the Camera Roll as a jpg file.
- Copy a scene to the pasteboard.
- Use any orientation of the device.
- Access in-app Help.
IDEAS for using GradientScene
Experimenting with this app is a good way to increase your design skills, as you set various gradient colours and directions. You could also try the following:
- If you have added shapes, remove them all by pinching with two fingers in the outside area. Start with a base colour and add a transparent (not opaque) gradient. Tap the base button several times to see the effect on the gradient. Then keep the base constant and change the gradient. Remove the gradient at any time by pinching on the scene itself.
- Double tap in the outside area to see how frame value (lightness or darkness) can affect your perception of a gradient. If the outside area is set to a light colour you may also be able to notice simultaneous contrast effects.
- Notice that oqaque gradients completely mask the base colour so that tapping the base button has no effect.
- Set a shape total of 1, a shape type of square or circle, and tap the shapes button until you generate a medium value shape. Move it from the light to the dark area of the gradient to see how the colour appears to change.
- Set many small equal circles and an opaque constant shape colour. You will notice that the shape colours do not appear to be constant if you put them against a gradient with a big light-dark range.
- Set large transparent squares to observe how transparency is affected by the gradient colour.
- Add bars to a scene by selecting mixed shape types. Then delete the bars and notice that their stabilising effect is removed.
- Observe how deleting different colours one by one from a set of circles and squares usually has a big effect on the colour balance of the scene.
- First set a dark linear gradient over a light base colour. Then generate shapes made up of, say, 6 small equal bars having an opaque constant shape colour. This demonstrates how the the lightness or darkness of the background gradients affects the colour of the bars.
- Experiment with the small radial gradient and small equal circles for interesting spatial effects.
- Rotating scenes can improve or considerably unbalance your design.
- Copy a gradient and paste it into the Plain Background Fun app if you have it on your device. In that app you can analyse the gradient colours, or make a palette which contains them.
- Save a background gradient that you like and set it as IPAD WALLPAPER. Gradients are especially effective behind icons on your device.
- A scene you create can serve as a base layout when using painting, filtering or card-making apps.
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