Natural media painting software (software that lets you replicate the look and feel of real materials in some way or another) is a brilliant way to express your artistic flair without getting your hands covered in oils, watercolors, or messy pastels. Digital painting is now more sophisticated than ever, and with Wacom graphics tablets cheaper and more accessible, there’s no reason not to start painting on your Mac.
For frequent Photoshoppers, Adobe Nav is the most worthwhile of Adobe's trio of iPad apps, built on its new Photoshop Touch SDK. This $1.99 app displays Photoshop’s desktop tools on the iPad screen, allowing you to access them without touching the mouse. Well, most of the tools, at least, with some very notable exceptions.
If touch is the future of computing, how come no one's gotten it quite right on the desktop yet? Adobe is attempting to do just that with its new Photoshop Touch SDK, and Adobe Eazel app is all about using your fingers to create on the iPad, then sending your work to Photoshop CS5 on your Mac.
Priced at $2.99, Color Lava lands between the convenience of Nav and the questionable utility of Eazel. Essentially, it turns your iPad into a digital paint palette capable of mixing your own colors and accessing them immediately in Photoshop CS5.
Billed as the most significant Photoshop update in years, and coming on
the heels of the 20th anniversary of the release of Photoshop 1.0,
expectations are high for the star pupil of the CS5 roster, and in the
last couple of months, we’ve had the chance to put the program through