Today, Morpholio has unveiled a new addition to their flagship Trace app. The new addition, called simply “Stencil,” offers a quick way to add figures and annotations to your Trace sketches using a tool that has been familiar to architects for years. The update to the app features a number of pre-loaded stencil designs, but thanks to its new digital twist, the act of stenciling is also augmented through the ability to take any image you can find or photograph and turn it into a stencil in seconds.
While architects have long had the opportunity to add images to their drawings through Photoshop or other similar software, Morpholio felt that that approach wasn’t really in the spirit of their own app. Their resulting solution is something which offers speed and convenience for architects, without losing the “hand-made” quality of the architect’s sketch. "Creating stencils sits perfectly between the architect's sketch and the quick photo," explains Mark Collins, Co-creator of Morpholio.
Here’s how Morpholio describes the process of making and using its new Stencil feature:
- Make a Stencil: Sample the world around you and build an indispensable library of go-to drawings, compositions, elements and annotations. Stencil turns your device into a scanner and digital laser cutter. Like a facade? Street sign? Dashing figure? Simply find or take a photo, set the contrast or invert, and transform it into a stencil that is forever at your disposal.
- Transform your Drawings and Images: Morpholio's pre-made figures, furniture, fixtures, entourage, landscape and graphic symbols bring any sketch, floor plan, section drawing, or background image to life. Use them together with your custom stencils to annotate drawings with ease, or create your own super graphics, patterns, and art at any scale. Simply set the stencil and sketch over it with any brush or color.
- Brushes, Textures and Vibrant Color: The Stencil tool works with the Trace App's variety of color palettes created by the award wining graphic design firm MTWTF. Trace offers eight unique pen types, including pencil, charcoal, marker and brush. Building rich, multilayered drawings has never been easier or faster.
- Export and Share: Stencils make your mobile device work for you in a new way. They take the images you've captured and turn them into productive, powerful tools to tell a new story - whether talking to a client or the world. Export effortlessly to scale as PDF or directly to your favorite social media or cloud service.