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How to future proof your iPad paintings

Yesterday we highlighted the new high resolution canvas options ´╗┐in both ArtRage and SketchBook Pro (4 and 3 megapixels, respectively), if you missed that article it might be helpful to read it first and come back here to follow the discussion.

Because of the performance hit when painting with these new multi megapixel canvas options the doodler might find the standard resolution a more pleasant painting experience. However, if you plan on keeping your artwork and presenting it at the highest possible quality then surely the extra detail is worth the slowdown.

Preservation in print

If you were to present your ArtRage painting in print, at 1024 x 1024 you could just about get away with an image size that was no bigger that 12cm square. Go for the high resolution canvas and you can print up to 24cm square. That's enough data to allow your painting to be printed in a glossy magazine without the reader noticing the pixels. Certainly at that resolution large inkjet photo prints will surely shine.

Retention on a Retina class display

Most iPad artists might only ever display their paintings on the iPad screen, but that doesn't mean you should forego the megapixel canvas option. The next iPad is almost certainly going to come equipped with a Retina class display, that's 2048 x 1536 pixels. Any paintings created using the standard canvas options will look soft and perhaps even dull on a Retina class display, whereas multi megapixel paintings will fulfill the full potential of such a display.

Unleash the GPU

Of course, Procreate fans might just be able to have their cake and eat it. By enlisting the mindblowing power of the SGX graphics processor Procreate can run at speeds that ArtRage and SketchBook Pro can only dream of. The Procreate high resolution update can't come soon enough.

Painting Credit: Shaun Mullen. A fellow Brit and one of the best iPad artists we know!

App Store Links: ArtRage, SketchBook Pro, Procreate

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Any chance of posting a video demonstrating the performance hit? I'm interested to see how much lag you have to live with.

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenteriPadcurious

It would be a great follow up to show the performance drop and see if its worth taking a hit. Food for thought.
Thanks for the kind words guys, appreciate them and showing my painting :)

June 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShaun Mullen

You can find my work on www.ipad_ART.com
#ipad_art

grtz w@Rt

June 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterw@Rt

With this new technology, painting can last a hundred years i think. And as the year go by, the worth of the painting goes up too.


how to draw

June 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

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