Join Tony Harmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing a stylus, part of Drawing on the iPad with Adobe Illustrator Line.
- To get the most out of Line and indeed any of the other mobile sketching apps, you’re going to need to invest in a pressure-sensitive stylus to really start to recreate that natural drawing experience, make it look a little bit less computer-generated. Before you start even shopping for a stylus, you’ll need to make sure that your iPad is up to the job. The older iPads won’t support the level of Bluetooth necessary for a stylus, so do check that out first. Make sure you do.
You’ll know pretty much in Line if you have got something that would support it because you’ll see the small pencil icon at the top of the screen. If you don’t see that, the chances are, it isn’t supported but do check anyway. So basically, it boils down to whatever your budget is, always buy the best that you can afford. It is a tool, you want something that behaves well, that responds well, and so you can get the most out of it. I’ve pretty much boiled it down to three things for myself.
There’s of course Adobe’s own hardware, which I’ll discuss briefly in the next movie, and I use two from Adonit, the manufacturer of kind of the premium styluses out there at the moment. This one is the first one of theirs I own, the Jot Touch 4, which I really love it! It’s got this curious little disc on the end there, but there are advantages to having that. And that’s come right down in price recently, also. So it’s got this dampening tip where the pressure’s recorded, mine doesn’t have the magnetic cling, but they’re great things there.
And then there’s the Jot Touch Pixel Point from there. So if I go back out to that, you’ll see this one here. This is the one that is closely related to, a very close cousin of Adobe’s Ink. Just here, great device! A little bit more expensive, they’ve a fabulous tip on it. And of course it has other functions as well, such as shortcut buttons, and it supports palm rejection. The Jot Touch 4 does also, by the way, support palm rejection, just so you know, but it doesn’t have any of the shortcut buttons from there, and people have made some great artwork with that.
I’m a big a Wacom fan and Wacom have the Intuos Creative Stylus 2. Now, I don’t actually have one of these at the moment but I’ve heard great things about them in other apps, but they are shortly supporting the Adobe mobile sketching apps. They already support Draw, which is Illustrator Draw, of course, formally Adobe Ideas. But integration is coming soon for Line and Sketch, but I’d just keep an eye on that on the Adobe forums and of course on the Wacom site prior to making any purchase.
There’s always new things coming up on the market, so do keep an eye out, but my own personal recommendations at the moment are those from Adonit, the Jot Touch Pixel Point, great device, that’s the one I’m using mainly on this course, and the Jot Touch 4. It’s just that I use them differently depending on what I’m doing but great pieces of kit!
- Choosing a stylus
- Adding, deleting, and organizing drawings
- Navigating around Line
- Using the pencils, fine liners, and markers
- Working with shapes
- Drawing with color
- Sharing your drawings