Best of 2022 So Far – Brush Ninja Updates

I’m taking the weekend off. While I’m away, I’m going to republish some of the most popular posts of the year so far.

Brush Ninja is a tool I have been using and recommending for several years now. Brush Ninja makes it incredibly easy to draw a series of images and quickly turn them into animated GIFs. In the fall of 2018, I used Brush Ninja with a few high school students to create animations to illustrate their understanding of forms of energy. You can read more about that activity here.

Brush Ninja is still a great tool for creating animated GIFs. In fact, it’s gotten better since I first started using it. You can now use custom wallpapers, including wallpapers you take with your webcam. The animated GIF creator also lets you resize the canvas you are drawing on. And there are now twice as many stickers available in the GIF creator as when I started using them.

In addition to making animated GIFs, Brush Ninja now has three other tools. It’s an emoji creator, a collage maker and a cartoonist. The emoji art creator lets you click on a canvas to place any of hundreds of emoji in a pattern to create digital artworks. The collage maker is exactly what it sounds like, a tool for making photo collages. The cartoonist simply lets you upload a series of pictures to a cartoon template that you can print and fold.

An overview of all the Brush Ninja tools is provided in this new video I recorded on Wednesday.

Applications for Education
As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, I had students use Brush Ninja to make animations to illustrate their understanding of forms of energy. I longer explanation of that case can be read here. An explanation of my initial introduction to the concepts behind sketching in the classroom is available here.
One of the reasons Brush Ninja continues with one of my go-to tools is that it does not require students to register or sign up for anything to use all the features available.

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