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December 28, 2012


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Drawing software on an iPad - to compliment Photoshop and Painter on computer

Technicolour-firefly Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi everyone, hope I'm in the right forum here :)

I'm waiting for iPad minis to come back into stock at which time I'm going to buy one. But then I'd like a good drawing/painting app (or 2)so that I can sketch on the go. Currently I have both Photoshop CS5 and Corel Painter X on my laptop - I tend to use Photoshop for more cartoony cell shaded graphics and painter for full on realistic paintings (While I know photoshop is capable of doing both, I just prefer the brushes in painter)

So my question is, is there an iPad app that will do both of these? And if not, which 2 apps would I be best going with?

I've heard that photoshop touch is good but has its limitations - has anyone used it? The only app I have used before was sketchbook express on Android, is the Pro version much better or nearly the same?


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delusionalHamster Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. Sell your ipad, if you can get anyone to pay for it.
2. Get an android tablet (something with a good pen, like maybe that one Galaxy tab that supports pressure-sensitive wacom pens?)
3. Get GIMP for Android [link]
4. ???
5. Profit!
lemon1986 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
do NOT buy photoshop for iPad! I just wasted $10 last night and completely regret the purchase! it has only 1 round brush and thats about it! you can't add your brush nor modify it!

another good alternative to photoshop would be artstudio which is a MUST HAVE! it has everything photoshop has for %50 the price! and the developer lucky clan stated they will add vector drawing by early 2013!

though I would't recommend it alone, procreate would be a nice addition too! it has everythig sketchbook pro has plus more layers on insane 4K resolution!
Technicolour-firefly Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thanks for the advice! I'll have a closer look at it then as I assumed it would be a decent app, thanks for pointing that out :) Artstudio looks great, I hadn't heard of it until now but I think that'll be one of my choices, alongside sketchbook pro

Thanks again for the help :)
The-Average-Alex Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Digital Artist
Sketchbook Pro is pretty similar to the free version.
umm i think you can get artrage on ipads now as well as procreate.
i prefer sketchbook and artrage over procreate though.
I can tell you right now doing photorealism on an ipad is not fun nor reccomended. i'd use it for sketching and drawing roughs and then refining those roughs on a computer.
Technicolour-firefly Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, looking into it more it looks like the resolution is limited, that won't be an issues for anything small and cartoony but I think I might come across some issues if I was doing a fully fledged painting.

Thanks for the advice :)
pyrohmstr Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Artist
Technicolour-firefly Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'll have a look at that, I hadn't heard of it until now :)
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