BATTLE OF THE APPLES 8
Sketchbook Mobile App on the (Android) Galaxy Tab
Last in the Battle of the Apples
With the arrival of Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile, my Galaxy Tab became more of a professional artist’s tool. I’m still amazed by the number and variety of painting, drawing and photographic apps there already are for Android. Sketchbook takes another step up.
When its Honeycomb operating system gets going, specially written for tablets, Google is sure to gather more than the few current serious painting apps. Meanwhile Sketchbook Mobile is surely top Android finger painting application.
It’s possible to try the app out with the free version first, Sketchbook Mobile Express.
Even this free basic version is fast and responsive on the Galaxy touch screen (which actually is higher resolution than the iPad).
Choice of brushes is less in Express, and layers are fewer and less versatile than in the paid version.
Saving and exporting options are limited for free, but you may still have all you need.
Pay a ridiculously small sum compared with desktop prices, and you get a lot more in Sketchbook Mobile – er – Non-Express for Android.
Forty five brushes can be fine tuned like those for the iPad in Sketchbook Mobile. (See my previous apple, painted in Sketchbook Mobile on iPad. The app is very similar for both machines.)
Layers can be skewed or sized.
Select your colours from a rainbow or a palette in both versions, with sliders for tone and transparency.
On the unfortunate side, there are very few stages of Undo here, so you’ll have to save your work often.
Still, talking of saving, Sketchbook Mobile exports or emails artwork not only as .jpg or .png, but with layers intact as a Photoshop .psd.