Digital Sand Art

This is Sand is a unique playground for creating and sharing digital sandscapes on your computer or mobile device. The program converts pixels into digital sand particles that you can pour, stack, and layer just like the real thing. Turn the volume up and you will also hear the gentle hiss of falling sand. The digital sandbox provides an endless array of possible designs, landscapes, and abstract artwork.

The instructions are minimal but can be found by clicking on the little square in the top left corner of the screen. Basically, you press and hold the left mouse button to create a stream of sand; double-clicking will result in a steady, continuous flow. The [C] key brings up the color picker where you can choose the color of your sand; dragging between two colors will produce a gradient effect. You can press [E] to erase any false starts or parts that you don’t like.

View a gallery of thousands of user-created masterpieces, and submit your own. You can also printscreen the image and copy it to Paint or Word, then save it to your computer as a picture. “This is Sand” is also available at the AppStore. Just tap your finger on the screen and let the sand flow!

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