Review of Colorfy Mobile App
You might think that coloring books is only for kids and a complete waste of time. However, if you struggle with anxiety, depression, PTSD or you’re just looking for a satisfying, pleasant way to reduce stress and improve your creativity, you’d be surprised what an impact such a simple, seemingly unproductive activity can have on your mood and overall mental health. Whether you’re naturally artsy or you’ve never touched a painting brush in your life but want to unwind, here is a fun, user-friendly app that can give your mind a break and help you calm down.
Anxiety affects approximately 40 million adults in the United States alone, making it the most common mental health issue afflicting the large population. For decades, art therapy has been publicly praised by therapists and researches alike and has been proven to decrease stress, improve focus and creativity, as well as promote self-awareness and healthy self-expression. But doesn’t a coloring app (which requires a screen to use) contradict the very essence of unwinding and “unplugging” to find headspace? Perhaps the health benefits of coloring via a screen are slightly diminished. However, a mobile app offers something that a physical, conventional coloring book cannot – the ability to use it at ease anywhere, at any time. For most of us, anxiety doesn’t hit us when we’re in the comfort of our home. On the contrary, it happens at work, when we’re outside or when we’re on the go. Since most of us can’t carry around heavy books and pencil collections wherever we go, this is a practical and effective alternative to enjoying and using art therapy for anxiety.
Colorfy is the most popular coloring app for reducing stress, garnering over 600,000 users (most of them adults!). Featuring weekly new patterns and images, several creative color combinations and unique palettes, the application has an easy-to-navigate interface, incorporated with useful editing tools, special effects and playful filters. Containing a variety of fascinating models, mandalas, famous paintings, floral and animal patterns for you to color, the software allows you to share your artwork with friends and family, as well as post your creations on popular social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram.
The app is well laid out and only requires a quick download to use. After you install it, you gain access to a coloring Library with the following sections – Famous, Animals, Oriental, Mandalas, Florals and Exotic. After selecting a design that intrigues you, a diverse palette of colors appears on the screen. You can zoom in and out and fill in each section with different colors, allowing you to play around with fun and inventive hues and combinations. Once you’re finished, you can share your picture on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram.
Pros & Cons
- Wide array of color palettes and combinations
- Creative and useful filters, effects and editing tools
- Easy controls and simple interface
- No internet connection required to use
- Sharing options on most social media platforms
- Relatively limited number of images available for coloring
Whether you’re looking for a fresh mobile app to help you quiet down after a long day at work, you struggle with anxiety and want to try out art therapy or you just want to get creative and experiment with different designs, Colorfy is definitely worth a download. Proven to improve mood disorders and reduce stress, this creative program offers unique coloring models and a generous spectrum of nuances and mixtures. But be warned, the app has been rumored to be quite addictive!
Also published on Medium.