Best FREE Apps for learning digital drawing with WACOM tablet

Sunkissed Animation
27 Mar 202104:58

Summary

TLDRThis video script explores the benefits of using a Wacom pen display tablet and provides an insightful overview of three free drawing apps: FireAlpaca, Krita, and Photopia. The presenter explains how these apps can enhance classroom engagement by allowing students to create simple drawings or delve into more advanced digital art. Each app's pros and cons are discussed, highlighting their compatibility with different operating systems, animation capabilities, user-friendly interfaces, and potential limitations. The script concludes with a teaser for an upcoming video demonstrating how to animate a Bitmoji in Photopia, inviting viewers to like, subscribe, and suggest future video ideas.

Takeaways

  • 💻 Wacom pen display tablets work as an extension of your computer, compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems.
  • 🗒 Other drawing tablets with their own operating systems may not integrate well with computer software, limiting functionality.
  • 🖌 Pear Deck, Nearpod, and Google Drawings are recommended for simple classroom drawing activities that encourage student interaction.
  • 📈 Fire Alpaca, Krita, and Photopia.com are highlighted as advanced, free drawing tools offering more creative freedom.
  • 📝 Fire Alpaca is praised for its simple interface, animation capabilities, and compatibility across major operating systems, though it requires software installation.
  • 💯 Krita is favored for digital drawing and animation, offering a Photoshop-like interface and responsiveness, despite occasional crashes.
  • 🖼 Photopia is recommended for classroom use due to its web-based platform, eliminating the need for software downloads and its similarity to Photoshop.
  • 📱 Photopia supports saving files in Photoshop format and offers templates for social media content creation, making it useful for projects.
  • 👀 A potential downside of Photopia is its complexity, which may require familiarity with its tools for effective use in teaching.
  • 📺 Future content will cover animation techniques using Photopia, inviting viewers to subscribe for more tutorials.

Q & A

  • What is the main advantage of using a pen display tablet like Wacom according to the video?

    -The main advantage of using a pen display tablet like Wacom is that it works as an extension of your computer's operating system, allowing you to draw directly on the screen using the same apps and software you would use on your computer.

  • Why does the video recommend against using standalone tablets with their own operating systems?

    -The video recommends against using standalone tablets with their own operating systems because the apps and software may not work the same way as they do on your computer's operating system (e.g., Windows, Linux, or macOS).

  • What are the three free drawing apps mentioned in the video?

    -The three free drawing apps mentioned in the video are FireAlpaca, Krita, and Photopia.

  • What are the pros and cons of using FireAlpaca according to the video?

    -The pros of FireAlpaca are that it's free, has an adorable logo, allows for animation, and is simple to use. The con is that it needs to be downloaded, which may require permission for some students.

  • What are the pros and cons of using Krita according to the video?

    -The pros of Krita are that it's free, great for animation and digital drawing, has an interface similar to Photoshop, and is responsive to drawing tablets. The cons are that it tends to crash sometimes and needs to be downloaded.

  • What are the pros and cons of using Photopia according to the video?

    -The pros of Photopia are that it's free, can be used on the web without downloading software, has an interface similar to Photoshop, and offers pre-made social media size templates. The con is that its similarity to Photoshop may make it more complicated for new users.

  • Why does the video suggest using Photopia in the classroom?

    -The video suggests using Photopia in the classroom because it can be used on the web without needing to download any software, which may be an issue for some students who can't download software on their computers.

  • What is a unique feature of Photopia mentioned in the video?

    -A unique feature of Photopia mentioned in the video is that it offers pre-made size templates for social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and others, making it easier to create content for those platforms.

  • What does the video plan to cover in the next video?

    -In the next video, the video plans to show how to animate a Bitmoji character using Photopia.

  • What does the video encourage viewers to do at the end?

    -At the end of the video, viewers are encouraged to like and subscribe to the channel, and to leave suggestions for future video topics in the comments section.

Outlines

00:00

🖌️ Introduction to Drawing Tablets and Apps

The speaker expresses their preference for the Wacom One drawing tablet, which can be directly connected to a computer's operating system (Mac, Windows, or Linux) and used as an extension of the device's display for drawing. Unlike standalone tablets with their own operating systems, the Wacom One integrates seamlessly with the computer's applications. The speaker mentions planning to showcase three different drawing apps in the video: FireAlpaca, Krita, and Photopia.com.

🔥 FireAlpaca: A Free and Adorable Drawing Software

FireAlpaca is introduced as a free drawing software with an adorable logo. Its pros include the ability to animate, simplicity of use, and responsiveness to fast drawing with a tablet. The con is that it requires software installation, which may require permission for students. FireAlpaca is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux.

🎨 Krita: A Powerful and Free Drawing Software for Animation

Krita is described as the speaker's favorite free drawing software, primarily due to its suitability for animation and digital drawing, as well as its interface similarity to Photoshop and responsiveness to tablet drawing. The cons mentioned are occasional crashes and the need for software installation, like FireAlpaca. Krita is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux.

🌐 Photopia: A Web-Based Drawing App for the Classroom

Photopia is a web-based drawing app that the speaker prefers for classroom use as it does not require software installation. Its pros include being free, supporting animation and drawing, having a Photoshop-like interface and tools, and providing pre-made social media sizes for content creation. The con is that its similarity to Photoshop may make it more complicated for new users. The speaker plans to show how to animate a Bitmoji in Photopia in the next video and encourages viewers to like, subscribe, and suggest future video topics.

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Keywords

💡Drawing Tablet

A drawing tablet is a hardware device that allows users to draw or write directly on a surface using a stylus or pen. In the context of this video, the speaker mentions the Wacom One as their favorite drawing tablet because it is a pen display tablet that can connect directly to a computer's operating system. This allows the user to draw on the tablet's screen as if it were an extension of their computer monitor, enabling them to use any drawing or graphics software available on their computer.

💡Pen Display Tablet

A pen display tablet is a type of drawing tablet that features a built-in display screen, allowing users to draw directly on the screen using a stylus or pen. The speaker emphasizes that pen display tablets like the Wacom One are preferable because they integrate seamlessly with a computer's operating system, unlike standalone tablets with their own operating systems. This integration allows users to access and utilize all the drawing and graphics software available on their computer while benefiting from the natural drawing experience of a tablet.

💡Operating System

An operating system (OS) is the software that manages a computer's hardware and software resources, providing common services for computer programs. The speaker highlights the compatibility of the Wacom One with various operating systems like Windows, macOS, and Linux. This compatibility allows users to utilize the drawing tablet with their preferred computer operating system, ensuring a seamless integration with their existing software and workflow.

💡Drawing Software

Drawing software refers to computer programs designed specifically for creating, editing, and manipulating digital artwork and illustrations. The video mentions several free drawing software options, including FireAlpaca, Krita, and Photopea, each offering different features and capabilities for creating digital drawings and animations. These software applications are compatible with the pen display tablet and allow users to unleash their creativity using various drawing tools and features.

💡Animation

Animation refers to the process of creating the illusion of motion by rapidly displaying a sequence of static images or frames. The speaker highlights that some of the recommended drawing software, such as FireAlpaca and Krita, allow users to create animations in addition to static drawings. This feature can be particularly useful for artists, designers, or educators who want to create animated illustrations, characters, or educational materials.

💡Free Software

Free software refers to computer programs that users can use, study, share, and modify without any financial cost or licensing restrictions. The video focuses on recommending free drawing software options like FireAlpaca, Krita, and Photopea, making them accessible to a wide range of users, including students or those with limited budgets. The availability of these free software alternatives empowers users to explore digital drawing and animation without significant financial barriers.

💡Compatibility

Compatibility refers to the ability of software or hardware to work seamlessly with other systems or components. In the context of the video, compatibility is emphasized when discussing the cross-platform support of the recommended drawing software and the Wacom One drawing tablet. Compatible software and hardware ensure a consistent user experience across different operating systems like Windows, macOS, and Linux, allowing users to work efficiently regardless of their preferred computing environment.

💡Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is a widely popular and industry-standard software for image editing, photo manipulation, and digital artwork creation. The video mentions that the web-based drawing software Photopea has an interface and tools that are very similar to Photoshop, making it a user-friendly alternative for those familiar with Photoshop's interface and workflow. This comparison helps users understand Photopea's capabilities and ease of use, particularly for those transitioning from Photoshop or seeking a web-based alternative.

💡Social Media Content

Social media content refers to various forms of media, such as images, videos, and animations, that are created and shared on social media platforms. The video highlights Photopea's feature that allows users to create content in pre-defined sizes optimized for different social media platforms, such as profile pictures, cover photos, and header images. This functionality can be particularly useful for educators who want to engage students in creating social media content or for individuals and businesses looking to create visually appealing and properly sized content for their social media presence.

💡Classroom Integration

Classroom integration refers to the process of incorporating technology, tools, or resources into educational settings to enhance teaching and learning experiences. The video discusses various drawing software options and their suitability for classroom use, considering factors such as ease of use, compatibility with different operating systems, and the ability to create animations or social media content. By integrating these drawing tools into the classroom, educators can foster creativity, engage students in interactive learning activities, and provide opportunities for digital art and multimedia creation.

Highlights

The Wacom One drawing tablet allows you to draw directly on the screen, and it works with your computer's operating system (Mac, Windows, or Linux).

Unlike standalone tablets with their own operating systems, the Wacom One acts as an extension of your computer, allowing you to draw on any app that works on your OS.

For simple drawings and classroom interaction, apps like Pear Deck, Near Pod, and Google Drawings are recommended.

For more advanced drawing tools and freedom, free apps like FireAlpaca, Krita, or Photopea.com are suggested.

FireAlpaca is free, has an adorable logo, and allows animation. However, it requires software download, which may be an issue for some students.

Krita is the speaker's favorite free drawing software, offering animation capabilities and a Photoshop-like interface. However, it can crash sometimes and also requires a software download.

Photopea is a web-based app, eliminating the need for software download. It's free, has a Photoshop-like interface, and allows animation and social media content creation.

The downside of Photopea is its complexity, similar to Photoshop, which may require some prior experience for new users.

The speaker plans to demonstrate animating a Bitmoji in Photopea in the next video.

The speaker encourages viewers to like, subscribe, and suggest video ideas in the comments.

Transcripts

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my favorite drawing tablet is the wacom

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one

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because you can draw directly on the

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screen and it works with your computer

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operating system

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such as mac windows or linux so because

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it is a pen display tablet

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it's kind of like having a second

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monitor for your computer but you can

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draw on that monitor

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the issue i've always had with other

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products and other tablets is that

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they have their own operating system so

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you can't really connect them to a

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windows linux

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device and even if you connect it to a

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mac the software or

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programs won't work exactly the same

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because it's a different operating

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system on that

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standalone tablet so having a pen

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display tablet

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is like an extension of your computer

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and then you can draw on

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that display so with the power to draw

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on any app that works

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on your computer operating system what

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apps should you use

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to draw i'll be showing three different

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apps in this video

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while pear deck near pod and google

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drawings are all great if you want to

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make simple drawings and have

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you know interaction in your classroom

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where students can draw

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if you want to get a little bit fancier

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and have more freedom

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with drawing tools you can use fire

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alpaca critta

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or photopia.com the best part is

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they're all free

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the first drawing app we're going to

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look at is a software called fire alpaca

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so the pros here besides having the most

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adorable

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logo is that it's free of course

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and also you can animate with it which

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is pretty neat it's also pretty simple

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to use

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and if you just take brush tool

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you can see it's very easy to draw

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with and

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it responds pretty well if you're

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drawing very fast it's pretty good

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pretty good software one of the cons to

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fire alpaca

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is that it's a software that needs to be

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downloaded so if the student doesn't

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have access to downloading software on

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their computer

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they'll need permission to do so but

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fire alpaca is

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pretty pretty good if you're looking for

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a free drawing software

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fire up packet is compatible with mac

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windows and linux the next drawing app

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we're going to look at is a software

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called krita

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this is actually my favorite free

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drawing software number one it's free

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and you can also animate with it it's

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actually really great for animation

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purposes and for digital drawing what i

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like about creta 2 is the interface is a

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little bit more similar to

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photoshop and it's just easier for me to

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work with also very responsive

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to drawing a tablet even if you're

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drawing really fast which is

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great one of the cons of crota is that

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it tends to

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crash sometimes which is not

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really fun but if you remember to save

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your work often

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then you should be fine another con for

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krita is

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it is also a software that needs to be

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downloaded just like fire alpaca

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so you need to be mindful of your

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students permissions to download

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software

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creda is compatible with mac windows and

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linux

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the third and final drawing app is a

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website called photopia

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not sure if i'm pronouncing that

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correctly but it is a

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really great app to use in the classroom

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some of the pros for photopia

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is that it's free number one you can

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animate or draw with it

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you can also use it on the web so you

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don't need to download any software this

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is why i prefer it in the classroom if

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students

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are not able to download a software or

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if they can't get permission to download

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a software

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they can use this website another reason

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i really like this website is because it

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looks almost

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identical to photoshop you can even

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download and save your files as

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photoshop files

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this is what photoshop looks like as you

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can see very very similar

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in design and in the tools that

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are being used another reason i really

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like it is because

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on this project window you can choose

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a social media size so if you want to

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make a youtube profile picture a twitter

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header

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youtube cover photo it gives you the

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size already like pre-made

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which is really helpful if you want to

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make content or if you want to get your

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students engaged in making

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social media content one of the cons for

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photopia

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is that it is very similar to photoshop

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so it's a little more complicated to use

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for

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new users so you should definitely have

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a grasp of how to use it before you

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teach it in the classroom

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and that's our three drawing apps that

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you can use in the classroom

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where you can use them for anything that

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you're doing really next video

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i'll show you how to animate a bitmoji

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in photopia

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so if you like these videos and you want

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to see more please like and subscribe

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and if you have suggestions on videos

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that you want to see me make you can put

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them in the comments below

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thanks for watching bye