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Thread for discussing helpful tools for iPad Pro, design / art / photo related only!!
Bought my first ever iPad, a 10.5" Pro. The price has come down enough to make it a useful work tool when travelling or sitting in the park. The pencil is good. I understand it's not a tool for creating finished products, but for starting ideas and casual design it's great! Waiting for iPadOS to come out so I can connect to my Mac.
What apps do you use?
Currently I only use Adobe CC apps. Adobe Comp is cool, Draw is decent but desperately needs the Pen Tool. What else is a must-have?
I'm looking at the iPad Pro for my wife who's a professional artist / illustrator right now. We've used versions of the following in the past, BUT haven't in the past year(s) with the Pencil, larger screen, iPadOS, etc.
Let me/us know if you find any of them useful. Really looking (like most) to replace the Adobe suite across mediums.
- ALSO, iPadOS is out in public beta.
On macOS Cataline 10.15 Beta (2). It's great BUT still has small issues...ideaist
- Procreate I dig.ben_
- I found Graphic really useful as I tried to work from an iPad only, BUT needed a more capable tool.
It's come along since AND Affinity Designer has arrived.ideaist
- Graphic vs Affinity Designer. Both look great.nb
- graphic looks coolimbecile
- ALSO, iPadOS is out in public beta.
just got an 11' pro - with pencil. happy about the no lag on the pencil. have affinity photo and designer - still getting used to workflow but like it so far.
I loved corel painter, anything similar on iPad?
I find most of these have way too many features and style options can get pretty overwhelming.
I still love the feel of pencil on paper, i know there are screens to mimic the texture but i wonder how close the iPad Pro and pen is getting to this?
- I haven't looked into any screen overlays, but the stock pencil and screen don't offer that tactile feel you're after.ben_
- I've read about designers using a matte friction sticker. I also love real paper and real pencils, but have difficulty exporting to SVG ;)nb
- But yeah it feels like smooth plastic on glass, as it is. Not at all like traditional art materials.nb
- I draw on ipad pro (procreate) and a matte screen protector is a must, it adds a nice toothy feel to the drawing. its not quite like paper but it is lovely :Dmantrakid
I've been using Procreate a lot and love it. Really natural feel, best of the ipad apps i've used.
I just picked up the 11" iPad Pro for this very purpose. I downloaded Procreate and Affinity. Noticing its quite powerful as I'm starting to dig into it. A bit of a learning curve though with gestures and finding where tools are.
The iPad will really open up when the new OS comes out. Looking forward to that.
Hoping we'll be able to use figma or sketch on the iPad too.
- I wonder how figma or sketch will handle font management on the iPad. Do you have a font manager rn?zarkonite
- Custom Fonts can be installed for use across the system, perfect for creating beautiful documents on iPad. Fonts from boutique and major vendors such as Adobe.ideaist
- ^ From apple.comideaist
- Con't: "..., DynaComware, Monotype, Morisawa and Founder will be available on the App Store."ideaist
- RightFont 5 creator has an iOS version: https://apps.apple.c…. Haven't tried it yet...ideaist
- Nice, thanks for the info.zarkonite
Just bought Affinity Designer.
Verdict after first ten minutes of use:
I got a 12.9"
Stop it Frankie!
I got a 12.9" pro recently and although not software I thought I'd share the case I've bought to go with it:
I've read poor things about the Apple case with keyboard so I shopped around and settled on this one. For 55 notes, I'd recommend it. It's a little heavier that the Apple one, but the protection is excellent, the keyboard is good to use and I really like the way it twists back on itself to go into table mode. Also, and I think this is vital for any case, it provides a safe storage port for your pencil.
I should say, although the images in the product description show the inside which make is all look very shiny, the outside is actually a soft-touch matt finish. It looks great right now but it will probably be a finger print magnifier.
- I have the Smart Folio from Apple. It's good, compact, sleek. But that also means you only have 2 screen-position modes and no key backlighting.NBQ00
- Yep, thet're a couple of the things I'd read about it. I'm working on a graphic novel at the mo so I wanted to something that would be good for...Wolfboy
- ...writing & drawing. So the totally adjustable position when it's in tablet form is important.Wolfboy
- Wow that makes it look like a real laptopyuekit
Lightroom CC is really good, i use it with an SD dongle for my ipad Pro.
There's also great built-in tutorials by photographers that take you through step by step their pictures and process.
There are loads of videos on youtube about work flows and tips.
One more. Shapr seems to be a neat 3D app for iPad Pro, especially for conceptioning 3D designs.
After being on iPad Pro / iPad OS only for like a month (at home that is, not at work) I must say that macOS and desktop OS' in general now feel a bit dated compared to a fluid next-gen OS like iPad OS.
I just wish the iPad Pro was available in a elongated 16:9 15'' inch version or something like that with some more screen space.
The A12 chip is super fast and I can't believe this thing has only 4GB Ram, because you don't notice it. Never experienced any beach-ball like moments.
Sometimes on a fast Mac I got spinning beachballs while doing simple stuff.
Photoshop for iPad should be released soon: https://9to5mac.com/2019/10/17/p…
- Has anyone been invited to the beta?ideaist
- "... with missing features" LOL - get a surface with windows, BOOM full CC on a tablet.zarkonite
- That's not the same. This is a real tablet/ MOBILE OS. Adobe will update the missing features later. You could just use Affinity too, very powerfulNBQ00
- Right, it's not a computer. A Surface can be a tablet AND a computer. Still amazed how many sacrifice so much for the Apple name.formed
- The iPadOS is actually very powerful now. And feels more fresh than macOS or Windows. Different approach.NBQ00
- So it's been marginally close to a real OS for a few months and I'm supposed to jump for joy? It'll slide back in their mind and fallback like all their otherzarkonite
- products. I don't understand why professionals put up with this crap, you're less productive 50% of the time and now they can barely catch up when they update.zarkonite
- ^ Agreed. I never understood, but then again I don't get waiting in line for a phone, either, or paying more for less, for that matter.formed
Adobe Fresco App comings soon.
- It's already out a while ago.NBQ00
- it's adobe so fuck that shithans_glib
- feels like corel paint was doing this a decade ago._niko
- Been playing with it and it hasn’t lived up to my expectations. But I’m new to drawing digitally so I don’t have a very informed opinionGnash
Adobe Photoshop (iOS)
- $10- a month, is 4 real?utopian
- I think that is WITHOUT creative cloud; it's included with CC.
- Adobe is a rip-off on iPad. Yes if you have a CC subscription and if it's free then all good. But the standalone price is too much considering Affinity priceNBQ00
- It's pure fucking garbage. Workflow is broken, layers are shit, hardly any tools, and the brushes lag like fuck. Buy Procreate or Art Studio Pro instead.face_melter
- Have you tried it? From what I've seen in the Adobe Max Demo it doesn't look that bad.NBQ00
- I've NOT tried it; it seems @face_melter has and (tell me if i'm wrong) did NOT enjoy it!
I'm anxiously awaiting illustrator, especially since...ideaist
If you're in CC again, you're good. If not, you're fucked.ideaist
Not there yet