Photoshop Touch, Sketchbook or Painter Mobile?

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.

Two pigeons, one black, one white,

Pigeon and Antipigeon.

Photoshop Touch painting on Galaxy Note 3.

Like Sketchbook Pro, Photoshop Touch is available for both iPad and Android tablets.  (Painter Mobile, the third of the painting apps I have been comparing, is only, so far, for Android tablets.)

All of these three painting and drawing apps were a delight to use on my Galaxy Note 3.

All can be set up to give a variable, pressure sensitive line with the S Pen or Wacom Bamboo Feel stylus.

All these apps 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.


Painting in Sketchbook Pro

Two pigeons, one black, one white. Painting in Sketchbook.
Pigeon and Antipigeon. Painting in sketchbook.

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.

Although it’s a little used mode, I did find Mirroring useful here. I was able to draw both birds in one go.

NEW Painter Mobile for Android

Welcome Arrival
Corel Painter Mobile for Android

Finally Android tablets/phablets/phones are beginning to rival iPads and the like for the number of pro-level painting apps they offer. About time too.

The arrival of Corel Painter Mobile for Android now brings the number of seriously useful Android artists’ apps to three. For Android on my Galaxy Note 3 these are:-

  • SketchBook for Galaxy
  • Photoshop Touch
  • Corel Painter Mobile

Two birds, one white, one black.Pigeon and Antipigeon

Created in Painter Mobile for Android
on Galaxy Note 3

Other Android paint apps have also joined the ranks of the Really Useful.  Continue reading

The Joy of Drawing on a Tablet