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..
Drawing and painting apps for Android tablets and phones have been looking up lately. True, there are still not nearly as many Pro level Android offerings as you can cram into an iPad. Still, if you like a variety of versatile tools, you now have a wider choice of painting apps for Android devices with offerings above kindergarten level.
Is Sketchbook Pro still the best of the painting apps for Android bunch? A day or two ago I’d have said yes. Now I’m not so sure.
Photoshop Touch has blossomed out with 24 new brush tips for its painting tools.
New Brushes in Photoshop Touch. Stems are the strokes. Flowers are the dabs.
Added to the new brushes, Photoshop Touch has some natty wysiwyg(What You See Is What You Get) brush adjustment sliders. Once you get the hang of them, these are exceptionally easy to use.
I painted these mountains in Photoshop Touch a while ago. Delighted to have the new brushes.
Battle of the Brushes
The two main contenders for the crown of the Painting Apps for Android kingdom are created by giants of the graphics world.