If you, like me, are terrible at drawing, Google may have technological solution. Its new “AutoDraw” website offers a free tool for doodling, whether you’re on a mobile device or computer with an interesting twist. AutoDraw gives you the tools to free draw, add text in different colors, insert shapes and export your work. But its key feature is a search engine bar at the top that automatically searches for neater versions of drawings similar to what it thinks you’re trying to sketch.
Start drawing a banana, for example, and as it takes shape, you’ll get a “Did you mean...” dialogue with tiny alternate takes you can instantly insert into your file. Google is also accepting suggestions on what should be added to its database as well as actual submissions from artists. (The requirements can be a little daunting if you’re familiar with digital art formats.)
In my tests with AutoDraw, it accurately picked up very simple objects such as happy faces, birthday cakes, fruits and rowboats. But the more ambitious I got, the more interesting the results got as when it was able to guess that I was drawing “Mona Lisa” and replaced my scribble with a more presentable version:
You can check out a video with more information about “AutoDraw” below:
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