Adobe Ideas

Draw and paint in Adobe Ideas

on iPad or iPhone

Create huge pictures on a tiny screen

Apple Created in Adobe Ideas

I can’t say I warm to this apple. I made it on my iPad in an early incarnation of Adobe Ideas. True, it looks sharp at any size. That is, the original looks sharp at any size because it’s a vector image. The apples you see here are Saved for Web in Photoshop and converted to common-or-garden bitmaps.

Apple section enlarged
Apple Enlarged in Adobe Ideas

Even if you have drawn your image on the tiny screen of an iPhone or iPad Touch, you can blow it up as large as you like and it will still stay sharp. Many designers like Ideas because they can scribble down – well, yes, ideas and feed them straight into Illustrator on the desktop.

When I drew this apple, this slick performance tended to give a rather artificial look. It was not possible to turn it off. Sign your name in Adobe Ideas and it came out shaved and smoothed to within an inch of its life.

On TV here in the UK, I saw President Obama sign his name on an iPad in Ideas. I wondered if his autograph, with so much individuality removed, was really all that authentic!

Adobe have added a bit of leeway to the smoothing effect. You can choose to smooth during drawing for more accuracy or after drawing for smoother strokes.

In days of yore you had a limited number of brushes to choose from in Adobe Ideas. One.

Gloomy face made from one line
Ideas Had Only One Line

Adobe has now added a few more brush tip shapes to the basic circle dab Ideas started out with.

Continue reading Adobe Ideas

Best Tablet Drawing and Painting Apps

Finding the Best Drawing and Painting Apps

for tablet, phablet or phone

Deep sea fish Devil's Lantern
Devil’s Lantern

Painted in Sketchbook and Photoshop Touch on Samsung Galaxy Note 8

It’s easy to be in the dark when it comes to fishing for drawing apps for an iPad or other tablet. Neither Android nor Apple makes it easy to track down the best apps for artists. Neither app store has a category for graphics apps.

  • ‘Photography’ gives you photo editing tools, useful for adding effects to a finished image, but not much good for drawing or painting.
  • ‘Entertainment’ comes up mainly with colouring books for kids.
  • ‘Productivity’ yields kit for scribbling notes or making diagrams.

Remarkable new apps for designers, illustrators, art students and image makers of all kinds are lurking down there somewhere. How do you find them? Continue reading Best Tablet Drawing and Painting Apps

Can You Guess The Medium?

These days digital drawing and painting apps are very like the real thing. Can you tell which of the following four (imaginary) creatures was painted in which medium?

Painting of imaginary bird
1. Imaginary Bird
Skeptical looking blog animal
2. Tell Me Another
  • I painted one of these creatures with watercolour, pen and pencil.
  • One was created in Corel Painter on my Mac desktop.
  • One was daubed on my iPad in Art Rage
  • One was made on my Android Galaxy Note (Version 1) in Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile.

The second two daubs are below.

You’ll find the answer at the bottom of this page.

Embarrassed animal painted pink
3. Aw Shucks!
Pink animal
4. Um…
  • 1 was painted on my Android Galaxy Note phablet (Version 1) in Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile.
  • 2 was created in Corel Painter on my Mac desktop.
  • 3 was painted with watercolour, pen and pencil.
  • 4 was daubed on my iPad in Art Rage and Adobe Ideas.