There’s Paper. There’s SketchBook. And then there’s Meritum Paint, which has just been updated to version 2.0.

Said to have been over a year in the making, Meritum Paint 2.0 brings plenty of enhancements. The most noticeable one is no doubt its support for Retina graphics on both iPhone and iPad. But beyond that are more welcome improvements.

First off, ads have been removed in Meritum Paint. And then there’s the addition of seven new Meritum brushes: Stylish, Plastic, Fur, Pencil, Firefly, Corals, and Cells.

Furthermore, there’s the introduction of three drawing modes: Splash, Wave, and Brush. A real-time drawing preview has also been included in the brushes menu to aid you in choosing the right brush for any effect you have in mind.

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Meritum Paint 2.0 also draws in the following features:

  • Slideshow art gallery added
  • Enhanced Color Picker
  • Eyedropper tool
  • Undo/Redo
  • Ability to adjust transparency in brushes draw mode
  • Single color background, import background or take photo and use as background directly
  • Ultra fast zoom up to 1600% (3200% on Retina) on iOS 5
  • Eraser Mode added for both Meritum and brushes modes
  • Share your art to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, e-mail to friend or print directly from the app
  • Multitasking support
  • Enhanced Rainbow Mode
  • Improved random colors
  • Enhanced stroke controls

Meritum Paint 2.0 is available now in the App Store for free. You can also download Meritum Paint Pro, which is already packed with the premium features accessible only via IAP in the free version, for $1.99.

I have to admit that, until recently, I had been turning to either Paper or SketchBook whenever I feel the urge to do some touchscreen-assisted drawing. But since discovering the newly updated Meritum Paint, I have made it my finger-painting app of choice.