Working with iPad
I recently upgraded my old iPad2 for iPad 4 Retina. I also bought a keypad and Jot Touch 4 pressure sensitive stylus, and suddenly BOOM!!! I use my iPad all the time for drawing and writing and I go out and take it with me and just TYPE or DRAW it’s so nice and I find it so easy to concentrate on work in a public place (as long as it’s not too crowded or loud, and I have a wall behind me so no-one has an opportunity to sneak behind me haha)
Here are some apps that I personally find most useful:
Best painting app IMO. Line art tools are not so hot, but the painting and blending brushes are gorgeous. Somewhat simulates pressure sensitivity depending on how fast you stroke (without pressure sensitive stylus, that is :D). Pressure sensitivity support for Jot, Pogo and Hex3 JaJa and Wacom Intuos creative of course. (all the drawing apps I mention here support pressure sensitive styli) Lets you export PSDs!
Vector drawing. Beautiful line smoothing, awesome to work with even without pressure sensitivity! An awesome app for line arts and typography. Lets you import files to Illustrator through Creative Cloud ( I haven’t done it yet though, but I read it’s possible? :’D. Gotta look into that, there’s some Illustrator stuff I need to get done next week)
Minimalistic user interface, you can hide the menu and just concentrate on the text. Customizable background color and writing font. I have it on black bg & white AmericanTypewriter text. Simple and beautiful, I tell you. Simple and beautiful, and you just want to WRITE.
Haven’t used this all that much, but it seems cool. The thing that most draws me into this is that lets you use layer masks, which isn’t possible in Procreate. It also has pretty sweet paintbrush customizing, gradient tool, lots more layer settings, and other things to play with. The things that put me off is that I originally bought this when I still didn’t have a pressure sensitive stylus, and even though the painting tools are cool, i still wish it had more pressure sensitivity simulation. It’s also a bit heavier than Procreate. But I feel like I need to give it another chance now that I have the Jot Touch. PSD export also enabled.
Just like ArtStudio, this one’s a bit useless without pressure sensitivity. But it has a lot lighter feel than ArtStudio, and the drawing tools are pretty cool. Haven’t used this one that much either, since I’m more drawn to Adobe IDeas for lineart and Procreate for painting. But I have it, nevertheless, and I’m gonna give it another shot.
Lets you use iPad as a second screen for your computer.
OK so I’ve grown accustomed to having two screens. I use my Yiynova as a second screen at home (or rather, iMac as a second screen and Yiynova as a work screen :’D), but I sometimes travel and take my computer with me, and can’t bring my darling drawing monitor with me. AirDisplay (by Avatron) gives me a small second screen, which is cool.
But what’s even cooler is the potential this thing has. I’ve been in contact with Adonit, asking if they would maybe develop a pressure sensitivity support for the AirDisplay app. I did a bit of research, and they’ve expressed interest in developing this collaboration before, but haven’t done it yet… so what needs to happen is people bombing Adonit with AirDisplay collaboration requests, and doing the same with Avatron :D. If it happens, we would basically have a knock-off cintiq on the road. How jfdhgbdkjf would that be :D
____NON-ART STUFF ESSENTIALS just for fun:
- Reminders, Calendar, DropBox (all sync with iMac, which is good)
- Scribd, iBooks (I find myself reading more eBooks than normal ones. I love paper copies, but the freedom of not having to carry your bookshelf with you is kinda nice)
- Spotify (required Premium membership), Podcasts, Netflix, Youtube, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, the usual..
GAMES: The Room and the Room 2 (they’re awesome and beautiful, support them if you can!), Phoenix Wright (it was on sale a while ago, KA-CHING), Limbo, FitBrains, Angry Birds, Rayman Run, Candy Crush (I know, I’m horrible. And hooked. GAH.)
There we go. This is just a quick post I wanted to make. I’m probably gonna do a video tutorial on the drawing apps and styluses later on. I’ve gone through a couple of styli in the past, and my roommate has a Hex3 Jaja (if I remember correctly) and a cool iPad brush that I could also demonstrate.
If you’re contemplating getting an iPad, I would warmly recommend it. After owning one for 2 years, I couldn’t imagine being without it. I’ve used it on creative purposes a bit before, but as I said, ever since I got the keypad and found the right stylus and apps for my personal preferences, my workflow has greatly improved.
What about you? Any apps that I’ve missed that you’d like to recommend?