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Stencil was recently unveiled as the latest pro feature of Trace, Morpholio’s popular smartphone app that makes digital drawing a cinch with tools that allow users to draw on top of imported images, layer comments, and seamlessly collaborate on digital sketches with a global team. Stencil builds upon those features and lets you capture a real-life texture, pattern, or shape with your smartphone camera or tablet and turn it into a stencil for a multilayered drawing.

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“Creating stencils sits perfectly between the architect’s sketch and the quick photo,” explains Mark Collins, Co-creator. “You’re trying to capture something – a texture, pattern, or detail that you want to use. Sketching is great, but slow. Taking a photo buries it in the photo album. Generating a stencil automatically creates an incredible tool that you can utilize in various ways. The stencil is the quickest path to distill an image into an actionable idea.”

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Custom digital stencils in the Trace app can be used with a full color palette and different drawing textures and types, including pencil, charcoal, marker, and brush. Final drawings can be exported to scale as PDF or uploaded to the cloud or social media. The Stencil feature and the Trace app are currently only available for iOS and can be downloaded for free with purchasable pro features in the App Store.

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