If you aren't a regular follower then you don't already know that I AM LEARNING!!! I blog what I know at the time ... I could be completely wrong in some statements I make so I try not to make any definitives. I have spent MAYBE 30 minutes with each of the packages I show below so I am clearly NOT AN EXPERT! But, I do have lots of opinions as a newbie so that's what I share. Please DON'T QUOTE ME! This is just to show what a total novice/non-artist can do with no training in only 30 minutes.
... the first was InkPad. You use it when you want to create vector files instead of pixel based drawings. I won't go into the pros and cons of each because quiet frankly I don't know all of them...I just know what I like to do with them. I actually have two vector based packages, InkPad and iDraw. This morning I figured out why I have both.
Like I said, I don't THINK you can do that in iDraw but I haven't spent a whole lot of time using it so the functionality may be there...but it isn't as quick and easy to find as inkpad for sure.
ArtRage is unique and cool because if you know what you are doing (which I don't) you can actually "paint" art that looks real... It starts asking what kind of "paper" you want to use...because we all know that the paper makes all the difference in how the tools we use on them work. Then you are given different art tools to use like rollers, paintbrushes, crayons, pastels, etc. I used the watercolor brush above. This one is going to take a LOT of practice because I AM NOT an artist and you really have to hold your mouth right to make it do what you expect it should do. But, I'm glad i have it.
The first thing that I LOVE LOVE about both is the ability to import true type fonts!!! YES! I honestly don't think you can do that anywhere else... and when you import them they can only be used in THAT package. While I quickly figured out how to do it in InkPad I couldn't use them in iDraw...I had to import them into iDraw as well (way harder to figure out...but I finally did). For both I had moved them into Dropbox (another MUST HAVE) and imported them.
Now, the thing I THINK I can do in InkPad that
I can't in iDraw is convert text into curves so they can be modified. Both of the true type fonts below are ones I created (and sell:-)) MFH Polly-Wolly Doodle and MFH Sticks and Stones. The one on the bottom is the beginnings of modifications to each letter after I converted the text to curves:
After I modified the 'text curves" I started playing with color and layers:
Now, what I don't like about it is that if you import a picture, like my little bee, you can't resize it. She actually comes in much larger than shown above, and there's nothing I could do to shrink her....soooo, I copy/pasted the text into iDraw where I could import the bee and resize it. The grid background is also another cool feature of iDraw, there are some really neat background templates.
And then I played some more in iDraw by adding a layer/background I created using another package called ArtRage.
Well, that's it for today, the moral of the story is that you NEED ALL of them! I think :-)
If you have any Washi tape that you want to organize, check out my post for yesterday on my other blog.