Why Procreate for iPad Sketching and Painting?


Is this the best sketching and painting app for iPad?

Big yellow bird regards tiny robin.
Sun Bird. A Scribble in Procreate.

ProCreate is a good name.

This drawing and painting app is certainly for the pros, though surprisingly simple to use for mere mortals.

It’s hard for simply anyone not to be creative with such a mesmerising array of brushes.

Added to this, Procreate is fast. So many good painting apps are let down by brushes that lag and drag. The Procreate ‘Silica’ engine is ultra powerful. Procreate boasts with reason that it renders strokes in 64 bit precision with speed and accuracy.

You can achieve a certain amount of pressure sensitivity if you have a Jot Touch, Pogo Connect or JaJa stylus. Set it up to vary width, transparency or both.

If you love textures you’ll have a ball in this app. Procreate can create images up to 4096 x 4096 pixels. With that amount of detail it’s possible to spray on wild and wonderful effects, and this app does it fast. The header on this page was created in Procreate.

Landscape with metallic gold effect

Created in an early version of Procreate

The latest edition has added further exotic brushes to the range. All can be fine tuned. Both the eraser and smudge tools are treated as just the same as brushes that apply paint. This gives extra scope for subtle blending. Continue reading Why Procreate for iPad Sketching and Painting?

Drawing and Painting in Photoshop Touch

Creative Painting in Photoshop Touch

As far as I know, Photoshop Touch offers much the same wide range of tools, whether you have a tablet, phablet or phone, whether Apple or Android.

Painting in Photoshop Touch. Tower.

Of course, like its famous desktop counterpart, Photoshop Touch is not really made for painting. Photoshop Touch is a photo editor for mobile tablets and phones.

All the same, sneak behind the scenes and it’s surprising what you find in this really rather amazing application.

Hunt out the basic Photoshop Touch paintbrush and you don’t find anything fancy. Just a standard circular brush tip dab.

* Correction added in June 2014. Things are really looking up! You now have a menu of 24 brush tips – chisel, flat, spray and other kinds of fancy. More about the new Touch brushes here.

In addition you can vary not only brush size and opacity. There are sliders for Hardness and Flow.

* Other sliders now allow you to adjust vertical and horizontal spacing. (Horizontal spaces your brush marks out like a string of beads. Vertical allows your mark to jump up and down.) 

Choose Edge Aware and your brush will obligingly stick within a boundary you are tracing. This is very useful, particularly if you’re using a blunt instrument like your finger or a squashy stylus. If you’re lucky enough to have a pressure sensitive stylus, you can choose whether stylus pressure influences size, transparency – or both or neither. Continue reading Drawing and Painting in Photoshop Touch

How Many Brushes in Sketchbook?

Autodesk Sketchbook

Dabs with Sketchbook brushes
Treasure Trove of Sketchbook Brushes.

Q: If you’ve got Sketchbook, what have you got?

A: One of the best mobile drawing and painting apps for Apple or Android, tablet, phablet or phone.

(Note that these varieties of Sketchbook were current at time of writing in 2013. For later versions and some great improvements see Which Version of Sketchbook?  April 2015.)

Sketchbook has four main varieties:

1. Sketchbook Mobile Express

2. Sketchbook Mobile

3. Sketchbook Express

4. Sketchbook Pro

1. Sketchbook Mobile Express

Sketchbook Mobile Express is the free version for phones and low resolution tablets, both Apple and Android.

This is a very basic, cut down variety of the app. Here there are only five brushes. For a first try with Sketchbook, it might be a good idea to have a go with it in this the simplest form. After all, it won’t cost you anything, and you do get a look at most of the tools.

You’ll be introduced to the ‘lagoon’, the central circle of tools which puzzled me at first. Here your five brushes are arranged around the circle, together with an eraser, a paint bucket and a button for entering text.

Here there is no fine tuning of brushes, but you do have a ‘puck’ for adjusting width and transparency.

There are also layers, together with a full colour wheel.

Apple painting
Apple Created in Sketchbook on iPhone

Continue reading How Many Brushes in Sketchbook?