morpholio stencil app — the world’s first custom stencil app for digital drawing: designers, architects and creatives all know stencils and these days, these graphics can be seen everywhere. from a recent new york times magazine cover of hillary clinton to walls tagged by banksy, it’s clear that their spirit resonates in a big way. for designers specifically, they’ve always played an invaluable role, making it nearly effortless to add beautifully detailed and intelligently scaled patterns, symbols, furniture and much more to drawings for centuries.



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when banksy, stencils a wall, bridge or billboard he may have only seconds to leave his mark, before vanishing. the british artist, with an international reputation for both his work and his anonymity, transforms urban scenes with incredible detail, leaving behind pieces in an instant that would seemingly take days.  ‘here we witness, through art, the power of stencils delivering rigorous detail with extreme efficiency; an almost perfect optimization of craft, process and drama.’ says toru hasegawa, morpholio co-creator. 

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app gives the impression that a graffiti artist has visited this wall to connect with banksy’s piece




imagine being able to instantly create your own toolkit of entourage and custom graphics for your drawings, design with a custom pattern or module, or see words, a product or a face on the side of a building.  users can now do this as morpholio’s stencil automatically turns any image found, making it into a custom template in seconds. in addition, an array of premade illustrations and symbols have been artfully created for architecture, interiors, industrial and graphic design.  

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stencil recreates phillipe petit’s ‘man on wire’ stunt between two skyscrapers




‘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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any image captured on a smart device is transformed into a stencil instantly




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 custom super-graphics, patterns, and art at any scale.  simply set the stencil and sketch over it with any brush or color. the stencil tool works with the ‘trace app’s’ variety of color palettes created by the 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.

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stencil can be used to repeat patterns and create symmetry




stencils make mobile devices work for creatives in a new way. they can take the images 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 a social media or cloud service. designers, artists, and others, have relied on stencils throughout history to communicate, create, style, tag, narrate and much more. from cave art, to the industrial revolution, to the work of warhol–stenciling has long been an important player in creative culture, surprisingly pre-dating the brush. 

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a motherly tattoo decorates michelangelo’s statue of david




in recent years, large-scale printing and laser cutting have ushered in a new ease of fabrication, making stencil art more popular than ever and influencing the graffiti scene as much as architects, graphic artists and DIY interiors.  in conjunction with this, drawing has experienced a renaissance combining the natural fluidity of hand drawing with specialized hardware such as apple’s ‘iPad pro’ and ‘pencil’.   with trace’s high performance custom digital stencils, morpholio‘s ‘stencil’ seeks to amplify artistic expression with pixel level precision and enhance efficiency for creatives and professionals of all types.

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creating the impression that ludwig mies van der rohe is revisiting his barcelona pavilion

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stencils can be used to create walls, in this example zaha hadid draws attention to the front of the room

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various tattoo colors and styles can be tested before applying to the skin

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just like the conventional stencil, letters, numbers and characters can be applied

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audrey hepburn decorates new york’s urban landscape

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architects can add new layers by using repeat patterns

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urban planning applications from stencil

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maps are given a quick touch of color to create a more realistic view

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items of furniture are applied to the original architectural drawing

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patterns can be quickly repeated to enhance interior planning

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novel stencil ideas can transform any rooms appearance