Google AutoDraw uses AI to convert scribbles into drawings

AutoDraw allows anyone with a smartphone, tablet or PC to get proper drawings out of their scribbles in a matter of seconds


AutoDraw’s real attraction lies in the fact that anyone can have a drawing ready in a matter of seconds without having to pay a dime.
AutoDraw’s real attraction lies in the fact that anyone can have a drawing ready in a matter of seconds without having to pay a dime.

Drawing on a tablet, laptop or smartphone can be very difficult and time-taking if you are not used to it. This is where Google’s new AI (artificial intelligence)-backed online platform AutoDraw can come to your assistance. It is a free-to-use website and doesn’t require users to sign up or create an account. Just go to the search bar and type www.autodraw.com. This platform can come in handy for users trying to design a birthday card, posters and pamphlets using a tablet or PC on their own. The fact that it is an online platform means you can’t access it if your device is offline.

What makes AutoDraw different from Photoshop Sketch or Paint is the use of AI to guess what a user is trying to draw and suggest proper drawings of objects with similar layout.
What makes AutoDraw different from Photoshop Sketch or Paint is the use of AI to guess what a user is trying to draw and suggest proper drawings of objects with similar layout.

How it works

The AutoDraw homepage shows a blank canvas in the middle and a column of tools on the left side of the screen. If you have used the Adobe Photoshop Sketch or Microsoft’s Paint app, you will be familiar with some of these tools. What makes AutoDraw different from these apps is the use of AI to guess what a user is trying to draw and suggest proper drawings of objects with similar layout. So if you draw two circles side-by- side and connect them with a line, the site will show drawings of a bicycle, eyeglasses or spin lock weights at the top of the page. These drawings are made by professional designers, illustrators and artists, including Erin Butner, Julia Melograna and Simone Noronha. Users can select any of these by simply tapping on them. What makes it better than the likes of Photoshop Sketch or Paint is the fact that users don’t have to spend time on actual drawing. They just have to provide the basic framework of what they are looking for and the AI will come up with suggestions. The more precise the framework, the more accurate the drawing suggestions will be.

The flexibility factor

AutoDraw also allows users to modify the size and orientation of the canvas, readjust the size of the drawing, fill colour and add text using tools lined up on the left side of the website. Once a drawing is complete, users can download it on their device in .PNG file format or share it directly on social media sites. AutoDraw’s real attraction lies in the fact that anyone can have a drawing ready in a matter of seconds without having to pay a dime.

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