ArtStudio, Art As Fancy As You Want

So many apps and so little time. Often we get a new app on our iPad, use it a bit, love it but time is pulled away to other apps to do the day job and you forget to go back. Till you get an update notification and the excitement is there again.

Apps for the iPad are growing in capabilities very quickly. Activities that you thought would require a full size desktop or notebook in the past can be done with your iPad. Of course, for the forseable future, there is still the need for the power of full size computers to video editing and programming. Images, design, databases and documents are all finding themselves pushed into the mobile world through apps.

Case in point is ArtStudio. When we first saw it, most of us used it for the nice brush like writing and drawing tool. Calligraphy like lettering was quick to do, in a variety of colors and sizes. Today though, we are reminded of the depth of the tool set which ArtStudio offers.

Across the top of the screen is the ever present undo and redo arrows. At the bottom of the screen is the option to view the tool bar. Starting at the left is the normal set of pen, pencil, brushes, eraser, paint bucket and gradients.

The pen stroke and type of boxes is all adjustable:

Working across the tool bar you can adjust the colors via a picker or dropper color grabber. Below are the screens to see your list of art to choose from, very nice if you don’t want to work all the way through one piece of art at a time. There is also the feature to adjust your creation with filters like you would a photograph.

Importing and exporting is also done from the tool bar. You may notice that the slider for adjusting the image along the top of the screen has changed to be ‘image info’

Just as a reminder for a feature we mentioned before is ArtStudio’s ‘learn to draw’ feature. Choose from the list of 3D, Animals, Faces and Human lessons (11 in all).

Back to the reason we started this post… ArtStudio has been updated:

What’s New in Version 2.0

1. new design, more compliant with Apple Human Interface Guidline
2. added brush type: DODGE/BURN with the following options:
– shadows/mid-tones/highlights
– normal/colorize
3. added brush setting slider: jitter
4. improved quality of brush that need texture rotating
5. added new shape: polygon (open and closed)
6. added opacity slider on drawing canvas
7. shapes moved to separated popover
8. tap and hold layer thumbnail to display layer options
9. “quick menu” displayed after three-finger tap
10. possibility to keep color swatches when loading an image
11. real-time colorized RGB sliders
12. color editing – tap old-color rectangle to restore old color
13. new filter icons
14. size of Airbrush increased 2 times
15. better stability

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