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.

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Photoshop Touch Smudge Tool Painting

Mountains with Photoshop Touch smudge tool
Mountains. A Photoshop Touch Smudge Tool Painting.

Palette knives are drawn. Mountains are ranged for battle. Who will win the war of the mobile smudge tools?

I’m finger painting a mountain range in various apps on my mobile tablets, currently an iPad Mini and a Nexus 7.

I’m curious to find out which app has the best, the most versatile and responsive smudge tool.

For Smudge Tool read Smear Tool, Palette Knife or Blender. In other words a tool that works with paint already on the digital canvas, applying no paint of its own.

These peaks were painted with the Photoshop Touch smudge tool on my Nexus 7.  Android is still on a starvation diet of posh painting apps. Still, I managed a mountain or two on my Nexus 7 now it has admitted this sophisticated Adobe app.

The solo brush in Photoshop Touch provides no more than your standard variations on a circle. Well, after all, this is only supposed to be a photo editing app.*

However, the Photoshop Touch smudge tool is rather nifty. It’s also quite fast and responsive.

* Note added in August 2014. Photoshop Touch now has a varied range of new paint brushes.

  • Sad Note added in mid 2015. Adobe have decided to stop updating Photoshop Touch and have withdrawn it from sale.

iPad Apple Painted in Art Rage

iPad ArtRage Apple, originally uploaded by purple0wl.


Art Rage App on the iPad

Art Rage allows you to fine tune your finger painting tools with more precision than any other app on the iPad.

Sharpen your pencils, adjust the amount of water or oil in your brush, change the reactivity of pigments and paper and generally tweak your tools to your heart’s content. Art Rage can take it.

…Well, Art Rage can almost take it. Truth to tell, this app, so versatile on the desktop, is a little too powerful for the iPad’s rather limited RAM memory, and tends to respond a bit slowly.

Yes, it sometimes slows down. All the same, Art Rage has a fine range of facilities to start with and lacks no more than a few found in the desktop version.

Selection and ‘Stickies’ are missing in the iPad version, but that’s about it.

Art Rage layers offer a Photoshop-like list of blend modes.

Tracing or working from a reference image is made simple.

There’s an appealing range of papers.

The apple here was made with the Art Rage watercolour brushes, with a few fancy settings on the palette knives to build up the texture.