|Created using Sketchbook Pro and|
Photoshop Touch on a Nexus 7
Although Sketchbook Pro is capable I use it in conjunction with Photoshop Touch. Sketchbook Pro is a great app for sketching and rendering, but there are key features it lacks that Photoshop Touch supports. For instance, Photoshop Touch supports more layer effects. It also gives more options and controls for layer manipulation, image processing superior text support, lighting effects and warping options. Photoshop also supports the magic wand tool which is invaluable for making detailed selections for editing areas of a piece without affecting the unselected areas. There isn't an equivalent in Sketchbook Pro. Photoshop Touch has limitations that prevent it from being my first choice for sketching though.
The Photoshop Touch toolbar isn't as extensive as Sketchbook Pro's. The number of available tools at any given time in Sketchbook Pro are 20. The toolbar can be completely customized out of selections that span 11 menu pages. Photoshop has four main tools with variants and customization settings for each. What Photoshop Touch lacks in the toolbar it makes up for in layer effects and filters but there are still limits. As I mentioned in a prior post, Sketchbook Pro has a zoom level of up to 2500% for extremely detailed work. Photoshop Touch maxes out at 400%. Nowhere near enough to truly work in fine detail and control. Sketchbook Pro also handles anti-aliasing better than Photoshop Touch. *Anti aliasing is when the application blends pixels to smoothen the edges of a line or object to prevent the jaggy look of bitmap images.* At a 1 pixel size brush or pencil, the thinnest line possible, Photoshop Touch turns anti aliasing off resulting in a very jagged, very messy line.
Each app has its pros and cons. But it comes down to personal preference as to which app is right for you. I've found, for my needs, it's better to have both apps as Sketchbook Pro is better for sketching and some rendering. Photoshop Touch is better for image editing, image processing and background creation.
|Quick sketches created using ArtFlow|
|Created using Sketchbook Pro and |