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Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Collapsible Palettes
on: September 17, 2019, 11:03:42 AM
A Request.

So many things new, or different, in 2.3, I feel guilty suggesting something else…

Sideways collapsible Palettes. I hate to suggest pinching from them, but Infinite Painter does this so well…. (And maybe the sharing of ideas is how everyone develops).

Sideways-collapsible Layers Palette: (Optionally) always visible: Full width, Partial, Minimal - each easily accessible, switchable, and fully hidden if required.

And the same with the Brushes Palette, where editing can be done in either full width, or compact. And, again, having the Brush Editor optionally left visible and, importantly, still active while trying on the canvas different changes being made, is invaluable.


While on the subject of Brushes... I just can’t understand why edits should be discarded when changing brushes. Retain edits until a ‘Reset’ button is pressed: that seems logical (and something other Apps have, belatedly, realised!)
I know a brush can be duplicated, and changes made to that, but - if in a Default Group - a new Group is added, confusingly full of the same brushes as the original; plus, unless the name of any edited version is changed at the right time, they can appear as identical copies.


 I do have other comments I’d like to make, but will post separately. Don’t want to jumble things together.

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Vanishing Layer Content
on: August 11, 2019, 08:19:46 AM

Layer 1 :  Paint ; Layer Alpha to Selection
Layer 2 above: Wet Paint - Sample current and Below; Paint

From then on….
Whichever of those two layers is active - and
i) wet paint brush is active tool and set to Current and Below
ii) Selection (existing or new) applies (whichever View state)
….then content on that Layer vanishes.
Still exists on Layer, but is not visible if any of these conditions apply.

Problem does not apply to exported .pdf, nor .artstudio sent to Desktop AsPro.

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Multiple Export (and Import)
on: August 10, 2019, 03:36:40 AM
Searching this Forum for multiple-file export solutions, i've read this is possible only to Cloud via Files App? Not good for me: any Cloud connection impossibly slow here.

I use the (free) FileBrowser App as my primary iOS file manager and find it solves this difficulty for me. (As with so many other tasks).

From Files App (ArtStudioPro folder) I can drag and drop - using SplitScreen - into any location in FileBrowser. The beauty of FileBrowser is that it can connect not just to other ‘on iPad’ folders, or to Cloud services, but directly, immediately, to any drive/folder on any Computer on the same wireless network.

This works both ways, and with other Apps as well - basically, making to-and-fro transfer of files, brushes etc, single or multiple, a really flexible and reliable procedure.

I thought maybe others might be interested…

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Thanks and Suggestions - iPad
on: July 15, 2019, 05:07:18 AM

Another very impressive, feature-packed update. Many thanks.  (Only sad to think how many might join those perhaps already overlooked or unappreciated because of lack of documentation)?

A) Great to have light interface! Being greedy, any chance of a choice of greys?

B) Side panels (Layers, Colour etc) accessible as 3 states: Full width ; Minimised, essential use, width (as Painter,  Sketchbook) ; Hidden

C) Selection view : Always visible with new selection.

D) Mentioned before, I think, but so so useful: possible to have a second image open to be used as reference image or colour mixer.

E) Colour Palette. Too many Colour Mode Sliders open at once. More distracting than useful. (And not all show completely anyway). And did I read a colour wheel was on your to-do list?

F) Opacity/Flow sliders. I know you’ve said they can’t both be on bottom bar because of fitting smaller devices. My view: a) they do not need to be so wide - right half of Flow slider has minimal effect as does left half of brush size slider. b) The sliders in ‘More’ are narrower and work perfectly well - particularly with the numerics pop-up, which would allow the same fine settings as a slider of any width). (By the way, Photoshop’s of course are tiny by comparison).

G) A previous suggestion you might remember…. Impasto: you seemed to respond well to the idea in my post last year…

I wonder if it might be on the horizon? A standout feature I’d say. In more ways than one (Attached basic example made in ASP - but with difficulty!)…


Help / Reference Layer
on: May 21, 2019, 07:56:23 AM
iPad - v.2.1 259 beta

I can’t yet see the difference between a Layer set as ‘Reference’ and a regular Layer.
What am I missing?

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Brush Blend Modes
on: May 09, 2019, 06:35:22 AM
Brush Blend Modes...

With every Art App I've ever known, I've never understood why Brush Blend Modes do not operate on content beneath in the same way as Layer Blend Modes - i.e. on content but not on blank areas?

Brush blend modes, as we all know, operate as shown below.

I cannot think of a single scenario where this makes sense. I find I am ever switching back and forth between one layer with normal mode and another (even more than one) with the mode I want to use, to change the colour or whatever of my existing, underlying mark.

I've asked about this in other Art forums but have never had a rational explanation - and yet no-one has pointed out what it is I'm not getting (as it seems I must be missing something)...

I wonder if you - or someone here - might be able to help me understand...?


[[I can't see how to load an inline image into the Image Tags ]]

Files App > On My iPad > ArtStudio Pro
Long press on any file there brings up Actions ribbon; at far right is Info
In all other apps, that Info includes File Size (kB, Mb etc).
With files in Art Studio it reads ‘Zero’ for any image.

Don’t know if straightforward to fix, but can be useful to see file size as part of info there.

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Impasto?
on: July 06, 2018, 09:24:35 AM
I’m sure you have plenty on your plate with preparing 1.4, but a suggestion/request for the future perhaps…

At the moment, the only way (that I’ve found, anyway) to create some sort of impasto effect is adjusting and applying the Emboss filter to a Layer.
Would it be possible to have a Brush setting for the user to create a similar, by stroke, effect?

If so, I think an improvement to the current Emboss Filter options would be…
a. To have Shadow Colour option to include Current Brush Stroke Colour. (At the moment, only black would suit all (varying colour) Layer Content - which can often look alien).
b. To have the Blend Mode apply to the Shadow and Highlight separately. (This way, same colour with Multiply (or at other times, Luminosity) as Shadow Blend Mode I think could be very realistic)?

(Incidentally, it seems to me (could be mistaken) that there is no difference between existing Emboss filter’s Luminosity and Normal Blend Modes)?

I attach an .asp showing a crude experiment to get Impasto effect using a layer’s Emboss Filter.

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / 2 Questions about masking
on: June 15, 2018, 11:10:31 AM
2 questions, please...

a) How can I paste into a Layer Mask?
b) I can’t find how to paint into a selection’s Quick Mask (with black to fully deselect, through greys, to fully select with white).

Would appreciate help with these.

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Eraser and Colour?
on: June 01, 2018, 09:34:10 AM
Sorry, if I’m being dense (very likely!) but...

In what way does Colour relate to the Eraser?

I can think of no way an Eraser would use Colour. Surely an eraser simply removes - it doesn’t add or replace... so what is the point/purpose of selecting a Colour, please?


Transform > Scale does not have Percentage adjustment. (Difficult to adjust % just by eyeballing the Indicator popup). More useful - and more logical, I'd think - for Scale transform (rather than changing Size by Pixel Dimensions).
All other Transform options have numeric values in Bottom Bar but not Scale.
In Scale > Other, the Bottom Bar options are repeated. There looks to be room enough for Percentage to be available in Bottom bar?

Also... In Paint > Symmetry : it's an Either-Or, Horiz or Vert, but both are always highlighted (so not obvious which is active if Visible is set to Off),  but also it suggests it would be a both ways (diagonal) effect (which would be useful).
And, as it is, 'Enabled' seems redundant: just selecting either H or V enables symmetry.

And... Would it be possible to have a continuous press to multiple undo/redo. (Or maybe that's possible now , and I've just not discovered how).

Finally... Can I add my voice to the idea of a User-editable Quick Menu. So very useful.

(PS... Thanks for adding continuous press for Transform >Nudge. And for other changes and additions).

I might have missed it, but is there a way to use Colour Picker when setting a colour tab in Gradient Fill editor?

Would be really useful.

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Colour Sample with Pencil (iPad)
on: February 22, 2018, 07:29:10 AM
I find that selecting a colour using the 'long-press' with the Adobe Pencil often does not work; instead it lays down a mark of existing colour.
Video shows this. (Successful only on 3rd attempt each time - but it often needs more attempts).

Prefs... Zoomed Eyedropper: OFF
           Eyedropper delay: 0.4

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Edit > Transform Questions (iOS)
on: February 20, 2018, 08:02:42 AM
I really like the amount of options and control available in Transform mode, but...

   a. In Rotate Mode, why must it also re-size when using the 'grab-rings' to rotate?. We need that mode to rotate without re-sizing.
   b. Angle and Offset can be defined numerically and reset, but Scale cannot (only by pixel numbers, not % of original).
   c. Could the 'nudge' buttons be made to transform continuously if we press and hold?
And... Please could you explain what Preferences > Canvas Rotate Threshold is? I can see no effect if on or off.

Thank you

Suggestions, Ideas, Bugs / Brush Settings (iPad)
on: February 05, 2018, 10:32:35 AM
Important, I think...

Why does a brush (A) lose any custom-applied settings if we change to another (B), then return to (A)?

If we want to make maybe several temporary changes (not permanently, by creating a new variant) we have to remember and then re-create those changes every time we switch to different brush and back again?

Would it not be possible to : retain any custom changes until a Reset Button (in Gear-Wheel options) is selected? (Maybe Reset Current Brush and Reset All)? In other words: only Reset when we choose to?

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