Should you buy an iPad for Procreate or other apps.

When being part of procreate / adobe groups, one thing I saw was that a lot of people don’t know if their iPad works with Procreate. If you need an answer go that question. I got some answers to that. 

I myself use an iPad ( 7th gen ) 2018. The normal one, but even my 4 year old iPad mini 2 can run Procreate ( pocket only ). But not the normal version, only an old one that cannot be updated. So, for which model can you use Procreate, let’s check the website:

As you can read Procreate is available for a lot of iPads. 

The current version of Procreate is supported on the following iPad models:
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd generation)
  • 12.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

Now I checked with Adobe what is their requirements for their apps. Such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Fresco and Capture and all their other apps. Below is a screenshot of their website:

As you can see it’s the same requirements for their apps and the same systems supported. 

Now Procreate also has an iPhone version named Pocket. Now Pocket is a whole different story. As that app can be installed on most easy devices. The downside, no use of the pen/Apple Pencil. 

Are there alternative apps?

Over the past few months i’ve been playing with several different apps. 

If you’re into painting ArtRage is a great app. It’s a painting app with several different types of brushes. It exports into PNG / JPEG and ptg. The last one is native to the app and can be used to get back into it if your painting is not finished or if you own the app on your Macbook or Windows, you can open the file on your Macbook. How to save: click the logo of Artrage on the bottom of the screen and press – export image. 

Another cool app is Realistic Paint Studio . It’s a painting app that as the name suggests is as if you’re painting with realistic brushes. The brushes feel a lot like how oil and acrylic is supposed to feel. You kind of forget that it’s just an app. Exporting is something I do want to point out. It’s not easy to do that. To export the file you’re file comes with a scene. So basically as if you’re painting is in a museum or on an easel. Which in one end does make it realistic. To export you click a small icon on the left side to export to an image.

More into Vector? One app I recommend is Vectornator. It’s a small vector based app which lets you freely create and paint vector images. It has the ability to export to several different types of files. From Send to Illustrator to continue in Adobe Illustrator, to jpeg / png / svg / pdf / AI and VN. Or you can simply save it as an image on your iPad or print it straight away. The last option is AR. Which if you wanna play with things, try it out. 

Zenbrush is another app which I recommend if you got a passion for Ink work. When using the brushes it feels like you are drawing with inks that true feeling with bleeds and strokes is completely there. The app only works with 2 color sessions but that’s only in ZenBrush 2. 

zenbrush
realistic painting app procreate competition

But what if you can’t afford an iPad, what’s there to use? 

Well I personally own a Huion 13 inch Kamvas. I use it as a second monitor. If you can look into a tablet like that. If not, a normal basic Wacom tablet also does the trick. 

Next week we deep dive into more creative apps like Flamepainter

This all in prep for my biggest launch ever! So stay tuned!

 

Why Livestreaming is important to show your business in these times 2020

Livestreaming has become more important now during this year of 2020. Since people can’t come to your business due to having to close it down by the rules, such as people in restaurants, or in the entertainment industry. So being visible has become way more important now than before. But how do we become more visible and how do we show ourselves and show our brand the best way possible. Well, one way for that is live streaming. 

Going live as your business shows people what you do these days. Either show your work on what you’re working on Or just talk about your business and what you plan to do now. This sets interesting factors. If for example you own a restaurant and you got a new recipe,  via a live stream you can make people excited to go and buy it, or order it from your restaurant.

 

But what instead you are a, for example, an entertainer, One way of what you can do is stream., go live and do a live show, make music, dance. Live streaming can be used for anything you like. I personally am a huge fan of watching people on live streams to know about their business. 

Webinair – Livestream designNow does it work for every platform that’s out there? 

Sadly, not every single one. You can use it however on Facebook / Twitch or Youtube. Soon there will be Behance as well. ( I’m currently testing out Behance myself. ) There is a way to do it with Instagram but it’s not very stable. 

Instagram on PC

Instagram has historically always been a mobile-only platform, and that includes limitations on their streaming. As of right now, as near as I can tell, there are only two ways to broadcast to Instagram via a PC. One is to use their official cross-compatible app that only works in Windows 10. The other is to emulate the app using a phone emulator like Bluestacks. Or use OBS with Airserver to stream your Phone to your laptop. 

What do you need:

  • OBS
  • A mic ( headphones with mics work )
  • Headphones ( if you don’t want other sounds )
  • Livetsream overlays ( soon on the website )
  • Streamkey ( The websites you use will give this to you when you go live)

What can be used as extra?

  • Airserver
  • Alerts
  • Emotes ( if you are affiliate on Twitch this can benefit you, Users pay for the use of your emotes )
  • Discord ( if you stream with multiple people, smart for podcasts )
  • A professional Mic 
  • Epidemic Sounds ( copyright free music )
  • Epoc Cam Pro ( iPhone app to simulate a webcam for OBS )

As you can see, you don’t need a lot to get started. . It’s very much up to you. 

I hope this post has been helpful. The product launch will be live soon with plenty of colors and ideas to choose from. But if you prefer to get started now, send me a message and I’ll get to work now.

Ander werk voor je portfolio / other work for my portfolio

English

When you first jump into the world of design as a person you will walk against many walls. Walls which you may need to break. To break them you need to learn. Learn how to break them. Learn how to create / research and send out the work correctly.. And if you need help with that I’m here for it. Helping is what I’m good at. It’s what I do each and every day.

Here are some of the resources I used when I first get started in my line of work:

When I was stuck on creating characters for a project I would always look at the work of Jazza ( Joshua Brooks ). One of the first videos I watched of his was the following video:


I loved the way he spoke on the video and how it was explained on how he worked that I get inspired to work like that as well.

Another person who inspired me was Gareth David. His course on Graphic design taught me about sketches, design, and just some extra tools while I had just started my journey as a graphic designer. This is not the first video I started with. The first one was about Illustrator. But it is one which I used as a inspiration later on to start my own courses and everything else.