I’m a long time Corel Painter fan. Was thrilled to discover there’s now a Painter Mobile. For once a major mobile drawing and painting app is not available exclusively for iPads. Painter Mobile is for Android tablets only.
I’ve been lucky enough to try the inspiring selection of Painter Mobile brushes on a Galaxy Note 3.
The screens of Samsung’s Note series of phablets and tablets have an extra pressure sensitive layer. This allows flexible brush and pen strokes with a stylus that has a fine, firm point. What’s more your stylus needs no battery.
I used both the inbuilt S Pen on my Galaxy Note 3 and a Wacom Bamboo Feel stylus to mess around with the new brushes.
Photoshop Touch is not only a photo editor. It’s an increasingly versatile painting app.
Photoshop Touch is a treat for the tablet artist with its new crop of as-you-like-it brushes, spray can, smudge and blend tools.
Pigeon and Antipigeon
Photoshop Touch painting on Galaxy Note 3
I’ve been comparing what it’s like to paint the same two birds with Photoshop Touch, Sketchbook and the new Painter Mobile on my Galaxy Note 3.
Photoshop Touch is available for both iPad and Android tablets. So is Sketchbook Pro. Painter Mobile is only, so far, for Android tablets.
All three apps were a joy to draw, paint and write with.
All have multiple layers, transform tools and their own special boxes of adjustable brushes.
Comparing the three, my favourite was always the one I was using at the moment. Each added its own exclusive extras.
Photoshop Touch, as you’d expect from Photoshop, offers a range of photographic effects, as well as some exceptionally good selection tools. Luckily the app comes with a set of hands-on exercises whch are fun and get you started with learning what’s what, where it is and how you use it.
I found painting in Sketchbook Pro a bit easier than creating the same yin/yang birds in Photoshop Touch or Painter
I suspect this was only because I have more experience of painting in Sketchbook. For a long time Sketchbook was really the only artist quality painting app for Android. Photoshop Touch joined it only a few months ago. Painter Mobile counts its life in days.
* Note this update. Autodesk Sketchbook appeared on the scene after this was posted. It’s a completely rewritten, extremely versatile and more usably orgainised version of Sketchbook. Autodesk Sketchbook even has four Smudge brushes, long overdue!
Although it’s a little used mode, I did find Mirroring useful in Sketchbook Pro. I was able to draw both birds in one go.
Pigeon and Antipigeon in Painter Mobile
Painter Mobile too has a Mirroring mode. I failed to notice the icon for this at first, and created the second bird laboriously here, from a flipped copy of the first on a separate layer.
Surprisingly, Photoshop Touch appears to be the only app of the three I compared that does not offer mirroring. Maybe no great loss. In spite of being a handy short cut to drawing a pair of birds, mirroring is mainly useful for the fun you can have with making symmetrical kaleidoscopic patterns..