Sketching made easy

lifestyle October 20, 2018 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

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The newly updated Linea Sketch app for the Ipad allows for effortless jotting, drawing and writing

LINEA SKETCH is an app that lets you make most of the Apple Pencil, the stylus for writing and drawing on your iPad Pro and the new iPad – and you don’t have to be an artist to use it. 

Priced at less than Bt200, the app has lots of different uses. It can act as digital paper to jot down your ideas or plans instantly and effortlessly, allow you to take notes, write storyboards or design an app interface.

One of its best points is that it is intuitive to use with minimal user interface design. Every control is designed to stay out of your way and give you a large canvas on which to work. Most interface or sub-menus are hidden but will surface when needed with just a tap on the screen. 

You can start working by choosing from the numerous grids, templates, backgrounds and paper textures. 

The templates include notepads with wide and narrow rulers in both portrait and landscape mode. There are also app use interface and icon design templates for those wanting to design an app UI.

If you want to work on storyboards, you simply choose between 16:9, 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 ratios.

The app allows you to turn paper texture on and off and several paper type and backgrounds are available, including Butcher’s paper, Black construction, Blueprint and Grey Bristol.

And you can work on your sketching masterpiece by using five flexible layers to prevent your work from being damaged. Each layer can be set to transparent and all the layers can be merged.

The sketching app also allows you to import images from Dropbox or other sources on which to work. The image files support drag and drop to rearrange and their capacity can be adjusted. 

Linea Sketch is designed to allow you to easily choose from a wide range of pre-defined colours. You can also customise colours with a single tap.

The colour panel is part of the always on-screen and boasts two banks of pre-defined colours, each with six shades. You can also drag and drop colour swatches into Linea Sketch form other apps.

The Iconfactory, which publishes the app, says Linea Sketch was designed from the ground up for the Apple Pencil input device and boasts that it was the first sketching app designed to use with the stylus.

The apps supports tilted |rendering, meaning each drawing tool works differently when your Apple Pencil is used flat against the screen.

Four drawing tools are provided and they are pressure sensitive. They are Technical Pencil, which provides hard lead and thin lines, Classic Pencil with soft lead and thick lines, Felt Tip Pen with thin solid lines that vary in opacity with pressure, and Wide Tip Marker giving fat solid lines that also vary with pressure.

The app also provides an Eraser tool for you to clean up your work at the touch of a finger.

While drawing, the app provides a feature called ZipLine to help you draw straight lines and polygons easily. You can draw a line and hold at the end to automatically straighten it. You can also tap and hold to connect ZipLines to form polygons.

Another tool that makes your drawing or sketching easier is the Lasso tool. This allows you to draw a piece then move, resize, or duplicate it. With this tool, you can transform portions of just one layer or a combination of layers.

After you have finished your masterpiece, you can export your work as a layered Photoshop document, transparent PNG, and flattened JPEG. You can also export the entire drawing or cropped portions to a range of services including Dropbox.

The Linea Sketch provides an intuitive project management feature, allowing you to organise your drawings in project folders. You can share, rename, move and remove drawings and projects easily. The project folders also display thumbnail previews for you to quickly glance through your drawings.

The app supports iCloud Sync that automatically keeps all your sketches and projects up-to-date across all of your devices. You can even continue to work on your sketches on a Macbook if you purchase the Linea Sketch for Mac version.

During the test on iPad Pro 10.5, I found that the Linea Sketch worked fast and smoothly. The Apple Pencil worked very responsively on the digital papers of the app and gave off the feeling of writing on real paper with the thickness of the pencil varying according to the pressure. I could also rest my palm on the screen while writing just like on a real notepad. 

The Linea Sketch is priced at Bt179.


Key Specs

>> Seller: The Iconfactory

>> Size: 39.7 MB

>> Category: Productivity

>> Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Wi-Fi (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), and iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation).

>> Languages: English

>> Age Rating: Rated 4+

>> Price: Bt179