Sketchbook Pro for iPad!

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  1. lotusindigo macrumors regular

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    Sketchbook Pro for iPad

    Autodesk SketchBook® Pro for iPad is a professional-grade paint and drawing application. Using the same paint engine as its desktop counterpart, SketchBook Pro delivers a complete set of sketching & painting tools through a streamlined and intuitive user interface designed exclusively for the iPad experience.

    Whether you are an occasional doodler or a professional illustrator, SketchBook Pro transforms your iPad into the ultimate digital SketchBook.

    If you love SketchBook Mobile for iPhone, you will adore SketchBook Pro on the iPad.


    Features:

    • Full Screen work space with support for any device orientation

    • Canvas size: 1024 x 768

    ✓Multi-touch Interface:
    • Two finger pan & zoom navigation with 2500% zoom
    • Three finger tap for controls
    • Three finger swipe gestures for quick access


    ✓High quality brushes and tools:
    • Professional grade paint engine delivers smooth and precise brush strokes
    • 75 preset brushes, including pencils, pens, markers, natural media and photo brushes
    • New Nature & Stamp brushes
    • Flood fill and smear tool
    • Completely customizable brush settings for each brush
    • Draw styles for creating straight lines, rectangles, and circles
    • Synthetic pressure sensitivity (brush fade-off)
    • 10 levels of undo and redo (Quick Access: three finger swipe left and right)
    • Dynamic symmetric drawing
    • Quick Access: Three finger swipe down on canvas

    ✓Layers:
    • 6 Layers allowing ease of editing and control
    • Import layers from Photo Library
    • Duplicate, Merge and Reorder Layers
    • Move, scale, and rotate layers interactively using Multi-Touch
    • Toggle visibility and adjust Layer Opacity
    • Quick Access: Three finger swipe up on canvas

    ✓Gallery:
    • Store and view work-in-progress
    • Export to Photo Library
    • E-mail images
    • Export as a layered PSD file
    • Browse images in full screen mode

    ✓Colors:
    • Color Wheel with HSB and RBG color space
    • Customizable Color Swatches
    • Eye-dropper color selection
    • Erase color chip to convert any brush into custom eraser

    ✓Stay Connected:
    • Built in SketchBook News panel for live info about Sketching events and announcements
    • Visual help pages


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    I know I'm one of only a few people here interested in using the iPad for digital art, but STILL! Isn't this awesome??
     
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    Looking forward to this, the iPhone version always feels limited by the screen size.
     
  4. unid macrumors regular

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    Interesting...anyone still want a intuos bamboo? This makes me wonder if the iPad could be a viable alternative to a professional graphics tablet. How does it's sensitivity compare to the intuos4 for instance?
     
  5. lotusindigo thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's the caveat: the iPad itself isn't pressure sensitive. Sketchbook Pro and other art apps have "simulated" brush sensitivity, which basically takes a stroke and tapers it at the ends. While it isn't true pressure sensitivity that varies the actual brush size according to pressure, it makes for natural-looking lines that avoid the tube-like appearance of lines in apps that do not use this feature. I think the use of Sketchpad Pro on iPad will be a test to see how important true pressure sensitivity really is in a digital tablet + art app.
     
  6. colourtheatre macrumors regular

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    and who said the iPad is only for media consumption. HAH! (ok, i for one wanted a microsoft courier but with enough apps like this. micro.. what?)i'm loving this device more and more
     
  7. macduke macrumors 604

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    You do know that this was on the MacRumors front page a long time ago, right?

    I'm the most excited about this app. Well, this and Netflix. Oh, thats also on the front page, if you missed it.

    My print production professor is wanting to buy an iPad to use, in addition to everything else, as a sketch pad. He owned his own graphic design and printing company in Poland for 25 years. He is really excited about it, and so am I! He isn't getting one this weekend, but he asked if I could bring mine to class on Monday, lol. I was bringing it anyway!
     
  8. lotusindigo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I saw that just a little while ago. :p

    Apple may have intended for the iPad to be a content consumption device, but I think the 3rd party devs and the voracious niche consumers will have the final say on that end. :)
     
  9. unid macrumors regular

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    Yes I realise it isn't pressure sensitive i should have clarified,
    I was referring to how comparable the sensitivity is in terms of 'pinpoint'.
     
  10. macduke macrumors 604

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    Now if Adobe would make Lightroom for iPad so I can edit the RAW files that I import from the camera connection kit. Though I bet a 3rd party will beat them to it and make a better interface to boot.

    I completely agree about content creation. For me, it will be about 50/50 as I will be doing a lot of sketches for class and note taking, while also watching a ton of Netflix and playing games. I'm about to freak out I'm so excited. I can't even sleep. Whatever, I'm a nerd, sure. But I'm a nerd with a hot wife so I can do what I want!
     
  11. colourtheatre macrumors regular

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    lol. you're a class 1 nerd (i wonder if having a hot girlfriend qualifies to be in that category or will i just be stuck as a sub-par nerd? hmm. the questions that plagues the human mind)

    one thing missing from this app though. cloning.. marquee.. and some filters.. and um.. photoshop. just kidding.. this looks much better than Brush in my opinion. Brush looks naked in comparison.
     
  12. Nausicaa macrumors 6502a

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    :thumbsup:

    Great post. Based on my iPhone usage of these apps, I'd argue the loss of pressure sensitivity is more than offset by the ability to draw directly on the screen. Sure, the taper effect can't perfectly replicate fine line drawing, but it's a pretty good fill-in. When it comes to painting, I don't miss pressure sensitivity at all.

    Although, I would love for someone to design a bluetooth pen with some pressure sensitivity mechanism. Although I imagine the developers would have to code their apps to support such a device.
     
  13. lotusindigo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Has anyone tried Sketchbook Pro on their iPads? Any reviews to give?
     
  14. TurboSC macrumors 65816

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    This will definitely be one of the first apps I purchase for my iPad... Great for on the go sketching.... seems like Brushes just got the hand to the face.
     
  15. lotusindigo thread starter macrumors regular

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    Found an awesome Youtube vid of iPad in action!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ44S17mHO4

    Hmm... the dude in the video is using his finger, but I'd still prefer to use a Pogo. I wonder if he's holding his hand up like that because the app has no palm rejection feature?
     
  16. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I'd love to get the app, but I can't draw very well. Took some painting classes when I younger, but that was about it.
     
  17. bchreng macrumors 6502a

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    Nice video. It darned well near sold me on the product! His finger must've been pretty sore at the end. Is it safe to use pens or styluses on the iPad? Or would they scratch the screen?
     
  18. lotusindigo thread starter macrumors regular

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    The only stylus I'd recommend is the Pogo Sketch. It has a foam tip that is very gentle. The only thing is that you have to be careful not to press down too hard with it, or the foam part will give way and the metal part may come in contact with the screen.
     
  19. zarusoba macrumors 6502

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    + 1

    I use a Pogo Sketch on the iPod touch and it's preferable to a finger but still a pretty clunky solution for such an elegant canvas. It's kind of like buying top quality watercolour paper, then using kids' poster paints on it.

    IF IF IF the Microsoft Courier emerges as it appears in the demo vids, it seems like it might be better than iPad as a visual diary, as it's designed for that purpose.
     
  20. lotusindigo thread starter macrumors regular

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    We're all hoping for that magical pressure sensitive bluetooth stylus. :D

    The Microsoft Courier (if it ever emerges from vaporware status) looks interesting. I don't like that the screen is split in half, but if it happened to be pressure sensitive, I think it would make up for that!
     
  21. woodekm macrumors 65816

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    Does this allow you to edit photos? I just need some simple edit tools for pics (blur etc).
     
  22. lotusindigo thread starter macrumors regular

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    For photo editing I would try PhotoForge or Photogene.
     
  23. iZac macrumors 68000

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    It seems like the canvas for this program is limited to the iPads screen res, a larger canvas would be good for more detailed work. Im interested in using this as a tracer/painter for machine produced line renders, like out of sketchup or something, for a more fluid, natural touch, without having to print-trace-scan-photoshop.

    That this program is available at launch bodes very well for future developments from Autodesk and others (Adobe, take heed!). And for the quality that i need, this may be an excellent alternative to me than an Intuos or a 12" Cintiq.

    Couple that with the potential to stream video from my mac, or (once the iDisplay app is un-borked) use it as an external monitor, then this product is totally a winner! Once its available in my territory, my wallet better watch out!

    These are all programs and features that Apple can and should implement themselves, for the best integration and fluidity of use.
     
  24. lotusindigo thread starter macrumors regular

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    I would like the option for a bigger canvas, also. Hopefully they implement that later on. Here's another Sketchbook Pro vid, this time the artist is using a Pogo. Apparently the app has no palm rejection, so she's wearing a half-glove. That's a pretty good idea that I will probably copy... I wonder if she made or bought it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is-t7fsU4Nw
     
  25. iZac macrumors 68000

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    Ha, I already have some fingerless gloves for my iPhone. Just cheapo regular cotton gloves I bought from a camping shop. Born out of a crisis a few years back - a combination of my iPod touch and winter.

    The only problem i could see with using them as a palm "protector" is that when I draw, I tend to let my other fingers touch the drawing surface too. The old school way is to lay a piece of paper under the part of the drawing your hand is resting on. Not sure if that alone would stop the capacitive touch though.

    great vid though, gives you an idea of the machines capabilities in the right hands ... ugh, sorry that pun was not intended.
     

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