How to back up your KaleidoPaint drawings to a desktop computer

You may wish to save your KaleidoPaint drawings other than by emailing images of them or saving them to your Photos folder on your tablet. In this case, you need to save the actual dot TXT file, a file that gives written instructions to your tablet, on how to recreate your drawing. You may be in the process of cleaning out your iPad but you wish to keep them for later. Saving their editable forms that is. You may wish to gift your iPad to someone else. You might want to redo one of your drawings. Tweak the outline or the colours later on down the road. In some instances, I will copy the TXT file to my computer, open it in a text editor, and delete an underlying sketch, in order to keep the final outline – much faster than manually deleting every line. Whatever the reason, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Using your USB cable, connect to your iPad to your Mac or Windows computer.
  2. Open iTunes, if it hasn’t already.
  3. Click on the iPad icon in iTunes (see below)
  4. Click on the Apps icon in the left hand column.
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  6. Notice that there are 3 vertical scroll bars above. The last one on the right will allow you to scroll all the way down to the “File Sharing” Apps.
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  8. Scroll all the way down till you see the KaleidoPaint icon, see below.
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  10. Then using the second scroll bar, find the files you wish to transfer to your Mac or PC. In this case, Sam’s mascot and Sam n his Cat.
  11. Select the files. And click on the “Save to…” button, as below.
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  13. Notice that there is both the thumbnail image, the PNG file, and the code file, a TXT file. This TXT file gives instructions to the App on how to draw the vector splines and their fills and dots.
  14. And that is how you can either back up your drawings or share them between friends or different tablets, while still retaining the editability of the drawing.


If you’re a “Learn by Seeing” “Learn by Doing” kind of person, I’ve started creating videos on “how-to” create tessellations. I’ll be covering each of the 17 symmetry groups, one class at a time. And like all artists, we need to make a living. So. I’ve uploaded these to the Skillshare platform. I’ll get paid by minutes watched.

You can take the classes for free. Skillshare offers anywhere from 2 weeks to a month for free if you sign up, even temporarily.

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Rekindle your Love of M.C. Escher Tessellations, draw your own tessellations using a free iPad App rating

Here is a list of the classes up so far:

  1. Rekindle your Love of M.C. Escher Tessellations, draw your own tessellations using a free iPad App. In this class I introduce the concept of tessellations, show you the work of M.C. Escher as well as other artists. Then we dive into a first symmetry method, P4g, accomplished by drawing only one line to create the perimeter of your tessellation.
  2. Just like M. C. Escher’s Tessellations: Draw Using a New Symmetry Method and Your iPad. We tackle the Mirrored Triplets symmetry group, aka P3m1.
  3. This UP/DOWN, LEFT/RIGHT Tessellation method was M. C. Escher’s favorite. It is also the symmetry method, P1, most taught in schools. Probably the only way most artists have tried to accomplish a nested shape. We will push it a tad farther, but also easier than scissors and cardboard.
  4. M. C. Escher Tessellations: The Three Cozy Buddies Symmetry Group, know as symmetry group P3. Lots of examples, from many different tessellation artists. One of my favorite ways of creating tessellations.
  5. Digital Patterns: Super Simple Quickie Patterns. 20 patterns in 30 minutes! I will show you how to draw and assemble your pattern design elements in four different and unusual ways. Come explore the possibilities, from a different point of view using your iPad and the free KaleidoPaint app. There is more to symmetry than rigid repeats, half-drops and tossed layouts.
  6. My next class with deal with a symmetry group I have named: “This way — that way”, aka crystallographic notation Pg. That Koloman Moser video above, is part of the series.

3 thoughts on “How to back up your KaleidoPaint drawings to a desktop computer

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    • Nicholas,
      I have not been able to open them in Illustrator. And I have asked the programmer, Jeff Weeks about that. Your best bet is to tweak your drawing, export your tile, all in black lines over white. Then use the create outlines function in illustrator. You then have control over fills, etc.

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