This is a new painting from my iPad Pro. When I initially purchased the iPad Pro, I did not expect much from it. I thought I would edit some photos on it, and do this and that. But, OMG, the iPad Pro can do so much! I love it. When combined with the Apple Pencil, it is a powerful new digital tool for the digital artist. And, this is just the first one. As technology grows and expands, it will only get better.
I have always painted on my computer on an app called Painter, made by Corel. Well, this last year, I have had nothing but heartache from Painter. Corel, has done its usual thing of doing nothing to help the customer. So, I have headed out in the world looking for alternatives to Painter. I am shocked that I am finding them on my iPad Pro.
I did this painting in an app called Procreate on my iPad Pro. In Procreate you can paint on any size canvas that you choose. You can pick your dpi. So this canvas is about 31″ x 13″ at 150 dpi. If I tried to put this on Painter, the poor old thing would crash and burn. I have also used large-sized canvases at 300 dpi on Procreate. What is great about Procreate is the huge number of undo’s you can have. Like 200 and some. Painter would never stand for that. It would spit and cough and carry on and do everything but paint smoothly. Also Procreate has fabulous customer service. You can contact them directly on the internet; and I have even contacted them on Instagram and gotten responses. Even to the most mundane of questions. There they are. There is a good community backing up Procreate where you can exchange brushes.
There is another painting app that I am finding to be excellent it is called Paintstorm Studio. It is completely awesome. It is going to be a real competitor to Painter. You can use it on your iPad and on your computer. The only problem with it is that it has a very sophisticated brush engine. The developers are Asian. So, there are no written instructions at this time. You can watch some really fast videos. But I need written, understandable instructions. I keep making runs at Paintstorm, and eventually, I will figure it out. But a written manual would be nice.
I didn’t really mean to talk about software, but there you have it, a little software review.
I had a lot of fun painting this abstract. It is an odd size. It is a size that I haven’t tried before, but I rather like it. It is fun to try different sizes. I’ve painted on a square for way too long. It was a joy to be able to paint and not have my app have brush lag and spit at me!
I love what you do in Procreate! Too bad it is only for the iPad. Paintstorm Studio does have some basic info on their website but it does take a lot of trial and error. What I like is that you can import Photoshop brushes into it and it exports layers as a PSD so you can finish editing it in Photoshop or Painter for that matter. I think you are right – for an inexpensive program, it has a lot of bells and whistles to compete with the big guys. Good blog! Oh – love the pix!
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Thanks, Syd. You are adding some important information I had forgotten about Paintstorm. I really need to put on my thinking cap and figure it out! 💘
Great review on the software, Kerry. If I were Corel, I’d be paying attention to this, but they are not me and likely won’t. Best, Carole
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I’m laughing, Carole! We’ve discussed your Canadian buddies before. They just don’t care about their customers. It’s too bad. 💘