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More Sketching on the Go: Freehand Sketching with Adobe Photoshop Sketch and Adobe Ink (2016)

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With Adobe Photoshop Sketch and your iPad, you can enjoy the fun, creative expression of making quick sketches wherever you go. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, advises roaming with your iPad, sketching whenever the mood strikes. Grab your stylus and go!
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With Adobe Photoshop Sketch you can create realistic—or out of this world—sketches on your iPad on the go, and you can easily share them with Photoshop CC or via email, the community, and more. Adobe Photoshop Sketch features an array of drawing tools.

Using my iPad Air 2, I drew Marika Resting, shown in Figure 1, from observation while our cat was sleeping. For this project, we'll focus on drawing with the mark-making tools in Adobe Photoshop Sketch. You can sketch using your fingers or a passive stylus (such as the Wacom Bamboo solo) or a pressure-sensitive stylus. (I used the pressure-sensitive Adobe Ink stylus.)

Figure 1 The final stage of my loose sketch, Marika Resting.

Setting Up and Exploring the Interface

Let's get started with an overview of the Adobe Photoshop Sketch interface. When you launch Adobe Photoshop Sketch, you'll see a series of project panels, as shown in Figure 2. Tap on a project panel to open a canvas. With a canvas mounted, the toolbar and menu appear along the top of the screen. On the toolbar are the mark-making and coloring tools such as pencils, brushes, and markers, as shown in Figure 3. The menu features the Share, Import (picture icon), Pen (Hold Pen to Connect), Target (activate virtual slide ruler and shapes), and Full Screen View icons.

Figure 2 A project with canvas panels. Tap on a canvas to open it.

Figure 3 A canvas is mounted and a Pencil tool is selected. Other tools in the toolbar include pens, markers, brushes, watercolor, and an eraser.

When not in an active project canvas, the top menu displays the Share, Add New Project Canvas, Trash, and Select (pen on document) icons. On the left side are the Draw icon (click it to access Settings) and the plus (+) icon, with which you can add a new project with canvas panels, as shown earlier in Figure 2.

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