Take a break and relax with Pigment, the ultimate coloring book app.
Pigment is a free to download app with over 2,400 designs and over 21 brushes and fills.Unlock all the designs, features, and your true coloring potential with the Premium Access subscription.
Before we dive in, let's review the different icons you will find in Pigment.
Books will take you to the opening screen in Pigment. The Books screen is where to find the newly released books as well as the entire library.
Pages will open the library where you can browse through the different categories and view the designs within each book.
My Work stores all the designs you completed or started.
Favorites keeps track of the books you have favorited to easily find them.
Import designs you have created or downloaded.
Search using key words to find coloring book themes.
Find information, tutorials, and how tos.
The Library icon takes you back from the Coloring Screen to the Pages Screen.
Undo your last brushstroke.
Redo your last brushstroke.
Color Palette Menu - Choose from pre-made color palettes.
Brush Menu - Select brushes you wish to use.
Fill Menu - Select the fill you wish to use.
Erase or lighten a colored area.
Access the Settings panel.
Color Sampling - Allows you to select a color already used in the design.
My Colors - View the colors and color palettes you have created.
To search through a category that interests you, swipe up to scroll through the books.
When you’ve found a design you’d like to color select it and the coloring page will open.
If you've favorited books, you can find them in your Favorites Library.
Select the book that interests you, and the coloring page thumbnails will appear for you to choose which design in that book you wish to color.
Learn the different tools and coloring modes and how to maneuver the artboard.
The color palette menu is where you find the colors to help bring your chosen design to life.
Don’t remember which color you used previously? Look in Recent Colors or use the Sample tool by selecting the color in your design you want to use again.
You can sample a color anytime you need with this shortcut. Long press on your coloring page until the color indicator appears. Once you've decided on the color you want to use tap Done.
In the Brush Menu you will find the available Brushes and Fills. Toggle between them using the icons at the top.
Nestled between the Fills and Brushes is the Eraser tool. You are given the same Opacity and Brush Size options to tailor the Eraser to your preference.
In the Settings Menu you will find the different Color Modes, but we'll review those in the next section.
With three coloring modes you can tailor your coloring experience.
Color any area and Pigment with automatically keep your coloring within the lines of that area as long as you don’t lift up from the screen.
No limitations, just the freedom to color however you want.
Perfect for small areas or filling in large sections of a design.
Select an area you want to color and Pigment will keep you inside the lines even if you lift your finger or stylus off from the screen.
It’s the perfect setting if you like to blend colors or use more advanced coloring techniques. Select outside the area to release the borders.
A feature built into the Advanced coloring mode is the ability to select multiple areas to color at once.
To activate this function tap and hold the area you wish to color. Once that area has the dotted lines surrounding it, you can tap the additional areas you want to color at the same time.
When you’re finished coloring select Done.
Create your own custom colors and color palettes.
To create your custom color palette select New Palette from the Color Palettepanel.
From the panel that appears, you are able to create a color palette with up to 16 colors. Select the New Color icon do add a color to your palette. This menu also gives you the option to add a color that is sampled from the design.
When you are done assembling your palette select the check mark at the top.
After you are finished creating your palette you can name your palette to easily find in the My Colors menu.
When you have created your first color palette, the My Colors tab will appear in the Color Palette menu. Here you will find the custom palettes you have created.
From this panel you can create a new palette and Delete, Copy, or Edit an existing palette.
A few easy gestures help you to position your design for easier coloring.
To enlarge the design for easier coloring of small areas you’ll use your index finger and thumb to zoom in and out.
To rotate your design you’ll use your index finger and thumb. Place your fingers on the screen and turn to rotate the design.
To move the artboard around the screen, use two fingers. You can then move your fingers in the direction you wish to move the design.
Learn how to share and save your designs.
When you’re done with your design, Pigment gives you the options to share your design.
To access this window, select the checkmark icon on the top right.
From the options given you can now share your designs with your friends directly or through social media.
Learn how to delete designs to free up space, copy designs, and access the backup feature.
To find all the designs that you’ve started or completed, the My Work screen is where those are stored.
My Work has several other useful features that allow you to Copy, Share, and Delete your designs. To access these options, tap and hold the design you wish to use. A new menu will appear giving you access to those options.
Learn how to backup designs and how to open them back up into Pigment.
Losing your hardwork is never fun. Pigment now includeds iCloud syncing so as long your device has automtatic iCloud syncing activated you'll never lose your work again.
Pigment also offers the ability to backup your coloring files manually.
Pigment creates a .pigment file that is only accessible through Pigment. To backup a design, you will have to select it through the My Work screen. Using the Backup option, select where you would like your design saved. You can use Dropbox, an email, or most other cloud storage options. For this example we will select Dropbox.
Once Dropbox is selected you will be given the option to rename the file. When you are finished select Save. Now your beautiful design is safely backed up.
To open a design that has been backed up, start by finding the design in Dropbox.
Once the design is selected, tap the More button and select Export.
In the menu that appears select Open In.
You'll then be given the option to select Pigment. Once Pigment is selected your design will then open in the coloring screen.
If you backed up your design using email you will have to go into the email and select Download.
Once the file has completed downloading, tap the project file and a new window will open. Find Copy to Pigment and select it. Pigment will then open the design in the coloring screen.
Learn to import designs from your device, taken by your camera, or stored in a cloud service.
Pigment allows you to import photos and designs you’ve created or purchased.
Two avenues of importing are offered.
Color images you have stored on your device.
Use the device's camera to take a picture you wish to color.
When using Load Photo, Pigment will open your device's gallery.
In the adjust screen you can change the thickness of the line work. There are three settings: Original, Light, and Bold.
You can zoom closer to better see the change in line thickness. For this example we will go with the Original setting.
Select Done when finished and the design will open in the coloring screen.
Another option for importing is by taking a picture with your device’s camera.
This option is great if you have coloring books you want to color in Pigment.
After you have taken the picture Pigment will take you through the same process as Load Photo. After you’ve gone through the Crop & Rotate screen you’ll move to the Adjust screen.
The Adjust screen settings affect the image a little differently than they do in Load Photo. Due to the nature of photographs there will be imperfections that the Adjust settings can exaggerate, for example, noise.
In our example we use the Original setting.
After the Adjust screen you will be taken to the coloring screen.
Depending on the quality of your image you may be restricted to Freehand Coloring Mode. This is because the image quality wasn’t high enough for Pigment to define the lines and create borders.