Which is the Best Stylus for writing and drawing on my tablet?

Upward view of petticoats made of lines drawn with finger or stylus
Which is the Stylus Best for You?

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?

Finger Painting

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.

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Fresh Paint App for the Surface Laptop-cum-Tablet

Multicoloured leaf
Leaf. FreshPaint on Surface Tablet.

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.

Adobe Ideas

Draw and paint in Adobe Ideas

on iPad or iPhone

Create huge pictures on a tiny screen

Apple
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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