Android Sketch… On an iPad
My First Impressions of Pen & Ink: Watercolor Notebook App for iPad
I discovered this app through another artist that I follow. Like many of you, I to have my “favorites”. However, I do tend to try new apps from time to time. You never know what you may come across that could fit the bill better. So, downloading this app was a no brainer for me.
This in no way is a full review of the app. These are just some quick thoughts of what I have discovered in the short time of using it.
Interface- is clean and simple, similar to Paper. Journal/Notebook style menu. App is very easy to use.
Paper Types- nice, it has 6 different types available at the start menu.
Tools- similar to Paper in terms of type, but this is where Pen & Ink really differs. Part of the name of the app is Watercolor Notebook, but there is more than enough tools here to do some pretty decent, daily sketching, to full on finished pieces. The app is free, which allows you to use it right out the box. A $3 in app purchase unlocks the entire app with a gamut of tools, one being the Smudge Tool. This tool alone seems to be the one tool many people desire from Paper without having to buy the Pencil stylus. Each tool from what I see has about 5 different versions to it. You can control the size and opacity through a drop down menu with one additional click on the tool.
Layers- from my brief time with the app, it looks as though they limit you to 10 layers, one that is a Trace Layer. That’s 9 more you don’t get with Paper if this is something your interested in. There isn’t many to the point where you feel overwhelmed by this feature. Layer opacity can be adjusted, and multiplied if desired. They can merged either up or down. You can hide Layers you want by clicking on the eye icon just left of the Layer.
Color Picker- while there are a bunch of preloaded color swatches, the color picker allows you to create the color you want. HSB is adjusted here as well. One thing about the color picker… you can’t click any paint from your canvas to select the color like you can in Procreate, Sketchbook Pro, or Adobe Ideas. I can’t quite figure out how the app does it, but it seems to save recent colors you’ve created once you make a stroke with that color. I will have to mess with it more to get a better idea on this.
Zoom, Pan, and Rotate- just like IOS… you pinch to zoom and pan about your canvas. And just like in Paper, you rotate your device to paint in either landscape or portrait mode. But… the tools menu in Pen & Ink rotate to match the orientation your painting, unlike what it does in Paper.
Pressure Sensitivity- not available from what I can tell, but maybe in a future update
Output- standard… email, photo library with the addition of Dropbox, Twitter and Facebook. There is also an option to output to other apps.
So, for now this is my opinion on the app:
Easy to use. Pricing is great and includes a lot of tools and features that more expensive apps don’t have. Good app for casual to finish work. Smudge tool available with in app purchase. Decent selection of Output Options. Pressure Sensitivity for 3rd party stylus not available for those who want this feature.
This is a pretty cool app that might be a viable option to others that may lack certain features you desire.
Hope this helps!