Tracing OVER the iPad Pro...WTF?

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  1. cespejo macrumors member

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    Is it me, or does this seem to totally defeat the purpose of the iPad Pro?

     
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    No. You get the picture onto the Pro by your own hand rather than scanning. So a little help to do something yourself. Not everyone is satisfied by the same things.
     
  3. TurboPGT! macrumors 68000

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    ???

    I'm not even sure how to respond to this. Do you know what "inking" is? Do you have any familiarity with animation, drawing, or just art in general?

    "Defeats the purpose." Please oh please. Tell me the "purpose" of the iPad Pro, that necessitated your thread.
    I'll go put the popcorn on.
     
  4. Nausicaa macrumors 6502a

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    No, looks like a clever way to get linework in a digital format to me. Yeah, he could have just done the drawing on the Pro is he wanted, but chose not to for whatever reason. He could also photograph the drawing and trace it as a separate layer.
     
  5. cespejo thread starter macrumors member

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    If you're using a 'scanned" image of your own drawing, wouldn't that be the same, but more effective? Traditional tracing has you placing the finished drawing OVER the sketch so you can see the strokes as you trace.
     
  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    That is pretty much the only way I'd ever get any sort of decent art work on to an iPad.o_O
     
  7. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    It's not about effectiveness. It's about doing something you enjoy doing on your iPad.
     
  8. cespejo thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't think you know what inking is, because that's not inking. It's tracing. haha

    Maybe "purpose" was the wrong term to use.

    I guess I'm arguing that this method isn't as efficient, given the tools present with the iPad Pro.
    You'll get a much better result if you nature the image and trace OVER it. As you can see by his results, the final trace loses all the line quality of the original-something he would have been able to see if he traced OVER the drawing as it's traditionally done. But, hey whatever floats your boat.
     
  9. goomba478 macrumors regular

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    I used to do this for paper to paper for cleanup. It's basically like using a light desk to make a clean copy (as many animators or comic artists do) so it's totally useful. Scanning is never completely clean like this so it's very useful. I also like using Adobe Shape CC for turning line work into vectors and this could be used with that as well.
     
  10. cespejo thread starter macrumors member

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    But don't you put tracing paper OVER the original drawing? I guess I'm trying to understand why he would do it this way. I get that he's trying to treat it like carbon-transfer paper. Maybe I'm the crazy one. haha
     
  11. mi7chy macrumors 68040

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    Probably easier and quicker to just take a photo of it and import it.
     
  12. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    Because keystoning is such fun!
     
  13. cespejo thread starter macrumors member

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    For sure, that's something to be aware of. But, if you take a few extra moments to get reasonably level, it's not a problem in most situations.
     
  14. Qrispy macrumors regular

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    Crazy isn't the word I'd choose.
     
  15. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    Maybe-- Personally, I have a heavy duty copy stand for that sort of thing.

    The App he's demonstrating this with is a vector illustration tool-- you'd have to trace over the scanned photo to get the same results--electronically "inking" a pencil sketch.
     
  16. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    It makes it more natural since the tool you used to draw the original is different to the tool/brush you’re using to draw in the app.
     
  17. cespejo thread starter macrumors member

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    Hahaha
     
  18. cynics macrumors G3

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    I imagine that could be a useful technique for some people. I'm thinking of someone that wants to modify a picture out of a magazine or something.

    It would be pretty much the only way an unartistic person such as myself could get a drawing onto the iPP without downloading one.
     
  19. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    I think you're still stuck on the idea that tracing isn't part of a creative workflow-- it can still be, mainly because large sheets of paper are so cheap, and large graphics tablets aren't.
     
  20. cespejo thread starter macrumors member

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    I completely understand that as an option. I just think utilizing the camera would be a better option.
    I think I may have misrepresented my argument here. I use tracing in my workflow as a creative professional-both analog and digital. Usually, that means placing the tracing paper on top of the sketch/image you are trying to replicate.

    In the video, e's using using the iPad like carbon-transfer paper-which doesn't quite yield the best results here. I merely suggested that it's better to utilize the iPad camera, import the image, set a new "tracing" layer on top, thus allowing you to more accurately reproduce the image.

    And I understand everyone has their own workflow and I'm not saying there has to be ONE way. To me it just seemed the iPad's available tools were not being fully utilized here. it kind of reminds me of this:

    1046.jpg

    ;)
     
  21. Pakaku macrumors 68000

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    That's just his work process, and it certainly beats trying to hold a 13" screen steady for a clear photograph.
     

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