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 4.
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.
What’s this? A worm’s eye view of layers of petticoats. Each petticoat was drawn with varying pressure on finger or stylus on an iPad or a Galaxy Note 8 tablet.
Petticoat petticoat tell me true.
Which is the stylus best for you?
Do you like a variable line?
You can draw with your finger on all touch screens. (Well, provided you’re using the right drawing or painting app and settings.) Finger painting, however, gives a flat unvarying line, however hard or lightly you may press.
Best Stylus for Writing, Drawing and Painting on an iPad
Is this the next step in the evolution of the personal computer? Merging of the laptop with the tablet?
Last time I was browsing in PC World, the idea of a laptop-cum-tablet really tempted me. Before I knew it I was making for home with a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 in the bag.
Mind you, even before unboxing I realised this tablet was a lump. 2 pounds. Not too bad for a laptop, but tiring to hold for a tablet.
Another disadvantage reared up soon after. At first I was attracted by those Microsoft desktop panels with their simple, no-nonsense squares. It didn’t last. Several years ago I switched to Mac from Windows, and I soon discovered I didn’t take kindly to going back.
Alas, my elegant Surface Pro is Ebay bound pretty shortly.
One thing I shall really miss. Even in the few days I have had the Surface Pro, I have come to love the painting with the Fresh Paint app.
The Fresh Paint app for Surface comes with the tablet. During its evolution, the Fresh Paint app was developed in the materials lab at MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It was tried by some 60,000 people at the museum in over a year.
The Fresh Paint app has wonderful oil and watercolour brushes. I used them together with the blender tool for the autumn leaf above.
Fresh Paint app even works with my marvellous Wacom Bamboo Feel stylus, though the tablet does come with a stylus of its own.