Suffering from App Overload, I decided to limit myself to just 4 of the best painting apps for my iPhone 6+ and Android Galaxy Note 4.
Were the apps I chose the best painting apps for my purposes? I was surprised by how much I learned just by daubing an imaginary carrot in each app.
In the picture the top row were painted on iPhone 6+ in (L – R):- Procreate Pocket, Sketchbook, Art Rage and Photoshop Touch. Bottom row were created on Galaxy Note 4 in:- Painter Mobile and the Android versions of Sketchbook, Art Rage and Photoshop Touch.
One thing I learned was that I had paid too little attention to the size of these images. Displaying all eight at 100% and taking the screen shot you see, I found my paintings often failed to take advantage of the actual maximum megapixel size each app is capable of.
Photoshop Touch for both Apple and Android will make images up to 9 megapixels. (I tested up to 3000×3000 pixels and Photoshop Touch will probably take more). Painting my carrot on the iPhone I missed that advantage. The image was too small for much detail at 400×600 px.
On the other hand, Art Rage for iPhone 6+ is a really cut down version, yet I puffed up my imaginary vegetable right to the maximum size that Art Rage for iPhone can manage: 0.7 megapixels (640×1136 px).
Art Rage is more versatile for the Galaxy Note. It will make you images at 4.2 megapixels (2048×2048 px). I only went up to 480×853 px. Smaller than the ArtRage-for-iPhone version.
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.
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
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.