The Apple iPad and iPad Pro gives you a quite large surface to sketch on that allows you to interact directly with your image. What techniques does an iPad or iPad Pro open up for you to use? In this movie, author Richard Harrington demonstrates ways to work in Pixelmator on an Apple iPad and iPad Pro.
- - Let's explore what we can do on an iPad or an iPad Pro. Because of the larger surface, you're going to find that Pixelmator has more real estate to work with. Let's open up anothe image here, we'll go to the image menu, and I'll add, and jump into my photos library. Feel free to pick any of your own images that you want to work with. And what I'd like to do is just a little bit of clean up. Well, remember, we've got a lot of options. So, for example, under the tools there, we can choose a category like Retouch.
What I want to work with is the ability to basically do repair. Now with the large canvas here, it's very easy to see all your tools. You can just tap with your finger, and start to paint over. So, I'll just paint over that blemish, and you see that it takes it out. Want to get rid of something? Paint over it. It's gone. So, a nice, easy way to clean up your image, very quickly, and it attempts to blend. Now, if you do too big of a selection, it might not know where to grab.
So, you can always take a second pass, and if that automated method doesn't work for you, well, easy enough. We'll go ahead and go back to repair here, grab the clone tool, and now we can tap to set a sample point. This allows us, here, to start to move. Now, you're wondering where that's cloning from? It's this dot, right here. So, you can move that, to set the clone point of where it's going to clone. Let's blend that in a little.
Basically finger painting, and I filled in the area. When I'm ready, I can just tap done, and it will update and blend, removing those objects. Now, remember, if you want to see that, just tap the before, and you can step through to see. Or, press and hold, and you'll give the ability to choose redo to go back, and add those steps that you had undone. Now, tapping the paintbrush icon brings up a wide range of choices.
We've talked about Retouch. We've talked about Adjust, but you will find a very similar effects engine to what's available on the other unit. In this case, you see that we've got a wide range of effects on the bottom. Now, not the same, but quite a bit. Let's actually cancel this for a second, and drag from the left to see our layers. What I want to do is duplicate this. Let's go ahead and tap and hold on that layer for a second, and I can choose duplicate to get a second copy.
Now, I'll take that copy and choose to add an effect. Let's go with that black and white effect. We'll tap to apply it. Now, you'll see along the bottom a wide range of choices that you can preset and adjust to consider. I like that one there, and I'll choose apply. Now, you'll see other options here, including the ability to stylize a little bit. Let's put a Blur on there, and we'll adjust the intensity, so it's a little bit lower.
Apply, and a vignette. Stronger. That looks good. Apply. Now, we've got our two copies here. Remember, we can now mix these together. So, if we take a look at that layer, you'll see that we have all our options there, we can of course delete or duplicate, but what I want to do is play with how they mix. We can choose format, and from the style category, you can now mix the opacity of the two layers together, and believe it or not, get access to full blending modes.
So, let's go with something there like Multiply, or perhaps Screen, to get a nice, blown-out look, or maybe Soft Light, one of our favorite blending modes from earlier. We can, now, easily adjust the opacity of that layer to mix in the effect, which is pretty cool. We can also play with that overall look there. We have other options here to add in additional choices like reflections down below, or drop shadows, if you were doing a more graphical layout, but right here, I'm pretty happy.
Let's tap that again and choose duplicate. On this version we'll format it, putting that back into normal mode, but just lowering the opacity down a little bit, giving us a very cool look. Now, here's the original, I'll drag it to the top. You see that we have the ability to see layers, and we can remix those, interactively, seeing how changing options like Blending mode give us a whole new look, which is pretty cool.
Remember, you even have the ability to start to put those into groups. Double tap to expand, and you'll see that the group layers behave much like they did on the Desktop.
- Working with files
- Creating new layers
- Making targeted adjustments with selections
- Cropping and masking
- Designing with layers
- Working with text, painting, and the shape tools
- Retouching an image
- Enhancing and stylizing images or objects
- Outputting specific files and graphics for other applications