Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring Adobe Ink and Slide, part of Creating with Adobe's Line and Sketch Apps.
Even though you can use any stylus you want, or even your finger with these applications that we're going to be talking about in this course, there are two hardware components that go along with these apps that make it super easy to use. They're called Adobe ink and slide. Let's start off by talking about Adobe ink, which is a blue tooth enabled stylus pen, that works with both of the applications we'll talk about in this course. The pen itself is actually really cool. It's metal in design and it features an ergonomic twist that fits really well in the hand. You can also see here that it has a one-button control making it super simple.
The big thing that surprised me with this pen though, was the size of the tip, and you can see here, compared to a regular iPad stylus, the tip is really, really small. This makes it really great for creating really fine sketches in any app really. And this is one of the things that really attracted me to this pen, was the fact that I could really get in, and do those small little details without having to worry about that big fat tip getting in my way. You use Adobe Ink with something called Adobe Slide, which is a little ruler component that comes along with it. You place the ruler on the screen, and it helps you do things like draw straight lines or even French curves which is super cool.
Let's take a look at how this works. I'll jump into Adobe Sketch first. And inside of Adobe Sketch, I'll just create a new document here. And tap on it. And the first thing I want to do is make sure that my pen is connected to the app. In order to do that, I go up here to the top, and tap on the pen icon. And if the pen is connected, you'll see it here. In this case it says Justin's ink. But if it didn't have anything, I would press and hold with my pen until it said connected. Once it's connected, you can close that and begin drawing. One of the big selling points of this pen is since it's connected via Bluetooth through my iPad, it can do true pressure sensitivity inside of these applications.
So, when I have a brush selected for instance, I can start off light. And go really heavy, and then go back to light at the very end of the stroke which is pretty cool. Same holds true if I'm using a pencil. I can start off with a light pencil sketch and go all the way into a dark pencil sketch. Something like that. Really simple, really easy, but something that not a lot of different stylus pens can do. If we jump out and go into Adobe Line, you can see that Adobe Line is much the same thing. If I click here to create a new document, I can come in and I have the ability to select any one of my tools that I want down here as well as colors, so let's just grab a brush.
And let's select a color like blue and I can just start drawing. Lines where they're just like that. Again, you see the pressure sensitive small going into large strokes all the way around, and finishing off with a small stroke there at the end. The ruler component, slide, comes into play like this. I can place this anywhere I want on the screen and you'll see a little heads-up display appear showing me different lines that I can use to just create. Straight lines on the fly. You'll also notice that as I move the ruler around, you may see these little red dots appear. Those little red dots indicated here, here, and here show me that I'm now right on top of the previous line that I drew, making it easy for me to continue a stroke if I happen to stop.
You can also see when the lines become. Perpendicular, parallel and many different angles in between, using those smart guides. Making it easy for me to draw things like that, which intersect perfectly with the line that I just drew. Like I said before, you can use any stylus you want with these applications. But, using the Adobe hardware just sort of enhances the experience all together. These things are connected via bluetooth, making it easy for you to do those pressure sensitive moves. And they're also highly integrated into Adobe's Creative Cloud platform.
Making it easier for you to get access to things, like your cooler color themes or collaborate with others using something called the creative cloud clipboard, I'll explore both of those later on this course, but I just wanted to give you a better idea of what these devices are, how they work, and why you might want to use them in your created work flow.
- Connecting your apps to Creative Cloud
- Drawing with Adobe Sketch
- Creating digital portraits
- Touring the Adobe Line interface
- Drawing in perspective
- Creating icons with Line and Illustrator
- Collaborating and sharing drawings