So, I should be a bit more active with my new little toy. The last crochet photo/post and my city sketches were taken/done on my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 ed.
The camera is basic phone quality- aka not all that great, but it allows me to take a quick snap and upload it immediately versus pulling out the dslr, snapping a pic, transferring to the computer, shrinking it, then posting it.
The main great thing about this tablet is that it uses the Wacom Digitizer hardware. It’s not nearly as sensitive at my 4 year old Intuos 4, but it still works fantastically. Spending hours on the Note hurts my hand less but my neck more, I suppose.
Cursory research shows that there’s a decided lack of painter apps with layer options- the one I settled on was Sketchbook Pro, which conveniently my tablet actually came with (more specifically, it was some fancy version made for the Galaxy). Regular Sketchbook Pro can be bought for $4.99 (both Mac and Android), and there’s a free version that lacks the layers. It can export as .psd, and import them as well (I think that got updated recently, because when I looked before purchasing the tablet the internet told me I couldn’t)
Some minor issues:
Sketchbook + s-pen doesn’t actually show you a brush cursor, so the cursor on your screen doesn’t match the size of your brush, causing minor confusion.
There’s no easy way to switch from eraser to brush and back, you have to open one of the menu’s to select it.
Canvas size is pretty limited, it can only be made to the actual size of the screen (2560x1600 at 100 dpi). You can’t actually see the dpi either, unless you transfer the file to photoshop (on a computer that is). Canvas size also limits the amount of layers you can have- the largest size above only allows for 6 layers, but I’m sure they only limit it because anymore causes massive lag.
Questions yet unanswered:
First off all- this program has a lot more in it than it wants you to know. For some reason a lot of its options are organized very oddly- like exporting as a psd being hidden in the share options, or importing a psd being under New from Image. They make sense, but not in the way most people would be used to.
Sketchbook allows you to import file as a psd, but it doesn’t have listed in its manual whether there’s a max limit. I’ll have to experiment a bit, as I’m sure it probably won’t allow files above its own canvas/layer options.
I’d also like to point out a mysterious problem I experienced with my first one. The tablet I currently have in my possession is Tablet # 2. I bought the first one about a week before thanksgiving. Best Buys glorious holiday return policy allowed me to switch it out just a week ago.
I bought this keyboard case made for the specific model, and everything seemed great. Bluetooth keyboard was extremely spotty, but whatever- it was $29.
A month went by. I didn’t draw much, more busy with the holidays. Finally at the beginning of the month, I go crazy sketching. Strangely, my s-pen wasn’t quite working right. Near the bottom middle of the screen, the cursor would get ‘pushed’ around, forcing me to draw around this little area. I shrugged it off, I could just rotate the canvas and draw around it. It seemed to get worse as the week went on, so we returned it. We left the case at home, and I demonstrated to the Best buy employees and the problem was very clearly happening, so they replaced it with no fuss.
At the store, I took out the tablet, opened the developers options (which allows you to see where your cursor has traveled) and didn’t see a problem.
Next day, inside the case, the problem showed up again- same damn spot. I took it out, drew for hours, no problem.
My case, like many, has tiny magnets in it to hold the keyboard in place and cause a wake/sleep option upon opening/closing the case. Honestly, considering magnets are in such high use in cases, I would automatically assume its a safe option.
I decided to butcher my passed-return-policy case, pulling all 5 magnets that hold the keyboard in place. I dropped one of these little magnets while working and it latched onto another spot- right behind where my stand-up flap is. There’s a pair of magnets to keep this stand flap from popping out randomly.
And they’re right where the goddamn problem was happening- right behind the bottom middle of my tablet.
I cut those out too- total of 7 magnets (not including the ones in the keyboard itself, mind you). And the case- while a tad unsightly now- is not effecting my pen’s cursor.