Some time ago, I wrote an article about what I found to be the top apps to make mandalas on Android. I think it’s time to tackle the same task but, this time, for the desktop.
Among the simpler, just-make-mandala apps, I found Spirality to be one of the best. It’s simple, not pretentious, but with enough options to make beautiful mandalas easily. It has some nice extra features to make a bit more than plain line mandalas, but they are easy, so you can have a final artwork that doesn’t look as flat as other mandalas made with simple apps.
From there on, the truth is now most digital painting desktop apps have some kind of mandala, or radial symmetry feature. So I’ll recommend you my top 2 from the free category, which I think will cover your every mandala-making need.
Sketchbook has a lovely UI and workflow (you can read my review here) and the right set of tools for you to make beautiful mandalas. The radial symmetry feature is easy to turn on, guides are nice to manipulate and settings are simple. Just right for you not to be worrying about complicated stuff.
This, paired with Sketchbook’s ease of use and nice selection of brushes (and you can download loads more for free), makes it the perfect free mandala making app.
This may be the most complete free digital painting software available. If you want the full spectrum of possibilities, this should be your pick. Use the multi-brush tool in order to access the symmetry features with its 5 symmetry modes, in which you can use any brush in your arsenal, including special FX ones.
Guides aren’t as straight forward as in Sketchbook, (for instance, you have to set angle rotation from the tool options panel), but they are easy enough not to have any problems at all.
I know this list may seem a bit short, but it is because I’m positive you don’t need other free apps. You’re welcome to explore, of course! But if you want to start making mandalas right now on your desktop computer, you’ll be glad you found these.
Barbara Din is a visual artist, graphic designer, painter, interior designer, crafter, musician and writer living in Argentina. Learn more about Barbara and her work at the following links:
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