The iPad has proven to be a popular experimental platform for artists to use creatively. The number of apps that are available to download is simply astounding, ranging from editing and painting, to retouching and photo-sharing ones. With the latest apps from Adobe now on the iTunes Store, there’s plenty to go around. For mobile artists, here’s a selection of the apps that could well change the way you work with the photo editor.
Adobe Color Lava is the colour-fanatic’s choice, allowing paint swatches to be mixed using your fingertips. By swirling the digital paint around on the interactive touchscreen of the iPad, you can form colourful themes to then take into Photoshop. To learn more about Color Lava for the iPad, load up the iTunes Store. The app is currently priced at £1.79/$2.99USD.
Adobe Eazel is a new app for painters, blending and interacting wet and dry paintbrush tips together to create realistic works of art. Once made, your paintings can be sent directly into Photoshop CS5 for incorporating into a composition or for editing further. Available for £2.99/$4.99USD from the iTunes Store.
Adobe Nav is the third most recent app release, which uses Touch Software (something developers will be making the most of designing next-generation interactive apps). Nav lets you control and customise your working toolbars, browse and zoom into your artwork, and work with up to 200 open files on the iPad. Expect to pay £1.19/$1.99USD from the App Store.
Adobe Photoshop Express is an image editor and organiser allowing you to access your Express account from your iPad. You can undergo simple edits to your images, try out various effects such as tints, vignettes, glows and cropping, all before uploading and sharing online. The app is free from www.photoshop.com.
Adobe Ideas, available for free through iTunes App Store, is a digital sketchbook on your iPad, with 50 History states, vector-based drawing tools, a colour picker, and among others, there’s also the option to apply up to ten layers. These, however, come at an extra of £2.99 each.
Palettes Pro by Maddysoft allows you to create colour palettes from photos, websites, or by choosing a colour ‘model’. Import straight into Photoshop to apply to your artwork. Rick Maddy, founder of Maddysoft explains, “I thought it would be cool to write an iPad app to help pick colours and be able to view technical details about the colours.”
What had started out as simple curiosity, turned into “a several hundred hour project resulting in the release of Palettes,” according to Maddy. “Since its initial release I’ve added many features, largely based on customer requests and feedback.” Palettes Pro is available from the iTunes App Store for £3.49/$5.99USD, however, like many apps, there’s a free version.