iPad Pro 11 & 12.9-inch |OT| Now you're playing with power

Ampersands

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Oct 25, 2017
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I pulled the trigger on a iPad Pro 11' and I'm wondering which case you guys prefer for it?

I have a first gen pencil and I'm not really interested using a keyboard with it. Should I go folio style?
 

Tennis

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Oct 27, 2017
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I pulled the trigger on a iPad Pro 11' and I'm wondering which case you guys prefer for it?

I have a first gen pencil and I'm not really interested using a keyboard with it. Should I go folio style?
I got this one, the feel of the case is great and the pen sleeve at the back is handy. There's no protection for the corners but I also have something like this when carrying it around in my backpack.
 

Palette Swap

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
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I pulled the trigger on a iPad Pro 11' and I'm wondering which case you guys prefer for it?

I have a first gen pencil and I'm not really interested using a keyboard with it. Should I go folio style?
I went with Apple’s smart folio, and use a Picaso leather sleeve to carry it, which is kind of luxurious tbh (but looks damn good).
 

Ampersands

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Oct 25, 2017
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I got this one, the feel of the case is great and the pen sleeve at the back is handy. There's no protection for the corners but I also have something like this when carrying it around in my backpack.
This one looks nice. Which color did you go with and would you vouch for that color? Another sleeve does seem kinda essential too since I plan to carry it around to places in a bag.

first-gen pencil won't work with the 11" pro, if you did not realize that already
Well I didn't but now I do! Thanks for letting me know before I opened the pencil. I guess I need to get a second gen from somewhere now.

I went with Apple’s smart folio, and use a Picaso leather sleeve to carry it, which is kind of luxurious tbh (but looks damn good).
I'll probably go for something a little cheaper and lowkey but that sleeve does look good.
 

Tennis

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Oct 27, 2017
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This one looks nice. Which color did you go with and would you vouch for that color? Another sleeve does seem kinda essential too since I plan to carry it around to places in a bag.
i have the faux-leather rustic brown one. I didn’t want a real leather case so this has been perfect for me. It looks and feels nice enough for the price so yeah I would recommend it.
 

d9b

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Oct 27, 2017
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I'm just gonna leave this here: ArtStudio Pro ... is better than Procreate.
I'm testing Procreate 5 beta and still stand by the above statement.
 

Fubar

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Oct 25, 2017
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I bought the 10.2in 7th iPad on Black Friday - doesn’t look like that has an OT home unless I am missing something. Sorry, Pro people.

Going off of the current discussion, can I use this tablet as a bit of an art tablet? I get it won’t be as good as with the Pro, but for what I want to do it doesn’t have to be.

Thanks!
 

Megatherium

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Oct 25, 2017
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Yeah of course. Get yourself an Apple Pencil and start drawing.

I generally recommend using a matte screen protector, but if your use is casual and you aren’t bothered by the slipperyness and other characteristics of drawing on the glass, I’d say just enjoy the screen clarity instead.
 

m_shortpants

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Finally ordered a USB C SD card reader. Going to Japan next month and will use it to edit photos in Lightroom. Will be interesting to see how well that works.
 

8byte

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Finally ordered a USB C SD card reader. Going to Japan next month and will use it to edit photos in Lightroom. Will be interesting to see how well that works.
Hopefully by then they'll have the photo import settled. I don't think it's available right now, but "soon" they're adding the ability to import photos directly to lightroom, instead of having to import first to the stock photos app, and then importing to Lightroom. Gonna be a pretty big game changer for mobile photo editing. Also, if you have any presets, make sure you import them before you leave!
 

Futureman

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Finally ordered a USB C SD card reader. Going to Japan next month and will use it to edit photos in Lightroom. Will be interesting to see how well that works.
I did exactly that last year.

I wasn't really editing photos though. At the end of the day I would just upload to the Adobe cloud through iPad Lightroom to back up and edit when I got home.
 

8byte

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I did exactly that last year.

I wasn't really editing photos though. At the end of the day I would just upload to the Adobe cloud through iPad Lightroom to back up and edit when I got home.
You should give the new build of LR a shot! It's super competent unless you need to do some heavy manipulation (in which case Photoshop is needed anyway). You can batch edit photos now, import presets, and if you need to do more heavy lifting later, like you said it's all on the cloud anyway. I taught the wife to edit photos on her iPad and she hasn't looked back (and my CC storage space is quickly shrinking, hahaha).
 

Futureman

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You should give the new build of LR a shot! It's super competent unless you need to do some heavy manipulation (in which case Photoshop is needed anyway). You can batch edit photos now, import presets, and if you need to do more heavy lifting later, like you said it's all on the cloud anyway. I taught the wife to edit photos on her iPad and she hasn't looked back (and my CC storage space is quickly shrinking, hahaha).
I really only use my iPad to edit photos (I think I would put it at 95% iPad/5% Mac Mini). I do lots of event photography so the editing side is never too intense, so iPad Lightroom has been great the past year. I was in a crunch one day and tethered my iPad to my phone and edited a job on my iPad on the bus. Pretty futuristic.

I haven't tried batch edits yet but it should be helpful.
 

8byte

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I really only use my iPad to edit photos (I think I would put it at 95% iPad/5% Mac Mini). I do lots of event photography so the editing side is never too intense, so iPad Lightroom has been great the past year. I was in a crunch one day and tethered my iPad to my phone and edited a job on my iPad on the bus. Pretty futuristic.

I haven't tried batch edits yet but it should be helpful.
It's really wild how far we've come. One of my good friends is a wedding photographer and I was showing her how my wife does her edits (for our dogs instagram, of all things) and she's already going to head out to buy an iPad Pro, lol. I'm hoping in the future they'll add tethered camera support to Lightroom Mobile so you can shoot straight to the iPad. We do a lot of studio shoots at my job, and that would be a god send. The only hang up being I have no idea how much battery that would consume on the go, but I imagine it would be considerably better than the battery life we get out of our Macbook.
 

Alexhex

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wanted to try and get a temperature check from artists on how they feel about matte screen protectors. Thinking of trying one out but I'm somewhat worried about my general use experience with the texture outside of drawing? I don't find matte unappealing but I love the look and feel of the screen as is and I'm deliberating real hard about which aspects to value here :/
 

8byte

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wanted to try and get a temperature check from artists on how they feel about matte screen protectors. Thinking of trying one out but I'm somewhat worried about my general use experience with the texture outside of drawing? I don't find matte unappealing but I love the look and feel of the screen as is and I'm deliberating real hard about which aspects to value here :/
I primarily use my iPad for illustration / drawing / design. I have the Paperlike (first gen) and right off the bat here's what I'll tell you:

I love the texture and feel
It will make a sound that takes some getting used to when you draw
It will pull back on the clarity of your image (both contrast and sharpness a bit)
It will wear down the nib of your apple pencil faster

That said, I'm using the Paperlike 1, and the new one is supposed to have improved clarity (along with a rougher, more resistant texture). I haven't used that yet, but I'll probably upgrade sometime next year.
 

Alexhex

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I primarily use my iPad for illustration / drawing / design. I have the Paperlike (first gen) and right off the bat here's what I'll tell you:

I love the texture and feel
It will make a sound that takes some getting used to when you draw
It will pull back on the clarity of your image (both contrast and sharpness a bit)
It will wear down the nib of your apple pencil faster

That said, I'm using the Paperlike 1, and the new one is supposed to have improved clarity (along with a rougher, more resistant texture). I haven't used that yet, but I'll probably upgrade sometime next year.
thanks for the input! Was looking into paperlike, it seems like most folks really enjoy it. I use my ipad a ton for browsing and writing and stuff so it seems like a hard call to take a hit to the feel and image quality, but I think they come with two protectors so I should maybe just feel it out for myself
 

8byte

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thanks for the input! Was looking into paperlike, it seems like most folks really enjoy it. I use my ipad a ton for browsing and writing and stuff so it seems like a hard call to take a hit to the feel and image quality, but I think they come with two protectors so I should maybe just feel it out for myself
Yep, each one comes with two screen protectors, so even if you don't like it, you can probably sell your second one for half the price and recoup some of your costs.

The degradation to image quality isn't really staggering, but it's just enough to notice a difference (most notably with color vibrancy). That said, from everything I've read, the Paperlike 2 does over crisper colors and less color noise, and I'm considering upgrading in January.
 

Megatherium

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Oct 25, 2017
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I can suggest the iCarez matte screen protector on amazon as a much cheaper alternative. I’ve tried numerous brands (not paperlike) and this is the best one so far. From looking at a lot of opinions all over the internet, it should be slightly less textured with slightly less distortion than the paperlike v1
 

DrBo42

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Oct 25, 2017
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Picked up a 12.9 3rd gen. Apple Pencil 2 and have a paperlike v2 in order. Downloaded Procreate and I’m having a blast. Haven’t done any 2D art in years and it’s my first time actually enjoying it digitally. Surprised at how convincing the pencil work is. Also started my first painting ever. Super inspired despite some expected rough results lol.




 

8byte

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Picked up a 12.9 3rd gen. Apple Pencil 2 and have a paperlike v2 in order. Downloaded Procreate and I’m having a blast. Haven’t done any 2D art in years and it’s my first time actually enjoying it digitally. Surprised at how convincing the pencil work is. Also started my first painting ever. Super inspired despite some expected rough results lol.




These look great dude! You should check out Adobe Fresco for the free 6 month trial, I think you’ll really like the pencil simulation, it’s pretty fantastic.

Also Procreate V5 is out this month (supposedly) so you have that to look forward to as well.
 

DrBo42

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Oct 25, 2017
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These look great dude! You should check out Adobe Fresco for the free 6 month trial, I think you’ll really like the pencil simulation, it’s pretty fantastic.

Also Procreate V5 is out this month (supposedly) so you have that to look forward to as well.
Appreciate it, thanks. I’ve heard some complaints about Fresco from Procreate YT creators but I’ll give it a whirl for the trial. Been following some of the beta impressions etc, brush engine looks a little more understandable or friendly to edit. I’m still a little shocked it’s just $10.
 

8byte

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Appreciate it, thanks. I’ve heard some complaints about Fresco from Procreate YT creators but I’ll give it a whirl for the trial. Been following some of the beta impressions etc, brush engine looks a little more understandable or friendly to edit. I’m still a little shocked it’s just $10.
So Fresco is for sure missing some handy features that Procreate has (like symmetry, clipping masks, auto shapes, etc). On the flip side, the performance of the brushes, canvas sizes, and number of layers in Fresco is significantly better.

The great thing about having both is you can work in tandem, dragging and dropping layers between apps.

They both have strengths and weaknesses, the biggest drawback for Fresco is the absolutely ludicrous pricing model. It’s laughably bad if you don’t already have Adobe CC.
 

DrBo42

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Oct 25, 2017
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So Fresco is for sure missing some handy features that Procreate has (like symmetry, clipping masks, auto shapes, etc). On the flip side, the performance of the brushes, canvas sizes, and number of layers in Fresco is significantly better.

The great thing about having both is you can work in tandem, dragging and dropping layers between apps.

They both have strengths and weaknesses, the biggest drawback for Fresco is the absolutely ludicrous pricing model. It’s laughably bad if you don’t already have Adobe CC.
Oh cool, had no idea they were compatible to some extent.
 

badcrumble

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Oct 25, 2017
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The assorted supply chain reports about the next iPad Pro having miniLED (NOT microLED) backlighting is cool. It's still highly localized dimming rather than per-pixel dimming (like OLED or like microLED), but it'd still be a great step toward getting higher contrast and hopefully some true black.
 

Foltzie

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Oct 26, 2017
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Does anyone use the iPad pro with VMware to use Windows? I'm curious what your experience is with the keyboard or pencil interacting with a windows instance, in particular your ability to right click.

I know its not ideal, but being able to use an iPad would be desirable over a dedicated laptop.
 

d9b

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Oct 27, 2017
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I swear to the name of CSP, but only thing I would like it to have is a video recording feature like Procreate has.
Does ArtStudio have one?
Sorry for late reply ;) Yes, Artstudio Pro have canvas recording option.
(File > Canvas Recording > Play Video and/or Export video)
I've never used it, so don't know how well it works.