View Full Version : slightly off topic|> 2D apps for tablet pc's?

02-23-2009, 05:59 PM
just posting a question out there to you all about what's your fav program for 2d artwork?

currently i'm flip flopping between toonboom studio and painterX with the occasional trip over to art rage 2.5 as well..

this week i saw that autodesk sketchbook pro 2010 is about to drop and also painter 11....

quick vids on sketchbook pro 2010 here


thoughts n the subject of software and which is best suited to tablet pc's?

02-23-2009, 06:06 PM
I prefer Manga Studio EX on my TabletPC, but I'm doing comic-specific work. :o

For free-form sketching, I like the Alias Sketchbook Pro 2.0 program that came for free with my TabletPC. :D

02-24-2009, 11:10 AM
I prefer Manga Studio EX on my TabletPC, but I'm doing comic-specific work. :o

For free-form sketching, I like the Alias Sketchbook Pro 2.0 program that came for free with my TabletPC. :D

thanks...alias sketchbook pro looks cool..i'll be trying that out on my tablet pc.

painter 11 feature list just released toay btw

not great...no huge things listed i.m.o...finally png support and you can resize the color picker...whoo hoo!:D


02-25-2009, 12:09 PM
For sketches/doodles I love the feel of Sketch book pro and Art Rage, for coloring and rendering I use Photoshop.

02-25-2009, 02:31 PM
For sketching, I really like ArtRage 2 Pro; not only is it cheap (about $25), it's easy to learn and use and has very capable natural media tools. It's like a Painter 'lite', and most of the time that's all I need. As much as I like Painter, sometimes I find its depth and complexity gets in the way letting me just draw. The downside to using ArtRage 2 is that it slows down with multiple layers at print res; in this situation, I go back to Painter. However, if you don't need print res, ArtRage is quite responsive.

One thing I really like about ArtRage is that nearly all the tools are easily accessible, making it ideal for tablets. I use a Cintiq 12WX and have the Expresskeys assigned for the most useful features, so I almost never need to touch the keyboard or mouse.

I also like to use Manga Studio 4.0 EX, which, as the name suggests, is geared toward comic strip/book illustration. If you do comics, it has a lot of VERY nice features, like tools for creating panels and word balloons. I draw two comic strips (which you can read at my website) completely from rough sketching to final inking and lettering with MS4EX.

I recently bought a program called OpenCanvas Plus, which is the newer commercial version of the free OpenCanvas. I haven't really had a chance to dive into it yet but it seems to be very popular among 'manga' style illustrators. Here's the link for the commercial version:


The free version has an interesting sounding 'cooperative' mode. Here's the link for the free version:


BTW, you can find user created session and tutorial videos on YouTube for any of these programs. Most are just meh, but some of are fun to watch and quite educational.

Hope this info is helpful.


02-25-2009, 02:43 PM
Quick note about ArtRage 2 Pro: When I use this program with my Cintiq or Intuos 3, I have to turn off the Precise Tablet option, otherwise the stylus doesn't work correctly with it. I thought I should mention this because it took me a while to figure it out.


02-25-2009, 07:26 PM
I like Sketchbook Pro 2009. It's just the best simulation of paper sketching and drawing I've ever seen and an excellent Tablet interface (although I'm not as fond of the newest layer name system). I've been using it since version 1 and it's one of those pieces of software that just seemed perfect since the start.

02-25-2009, 08:54 PM
The only time I do sketching is for concepts and for that I just use Corel Painter 3 with a Wacom tablet which works pretty good for just basic sketching.

03-22-2009, 08:49 AM
trial version of sketchbook 2010 available now



also now available from their e store, including the u.k.!:D

03-22-2009, 11:16 AM
Anyone tried ZBrush for 2D paintings? Sometimes I use it, I like the alphas and brushes.

03-23-2009, 12:13 PM
PhotoShop and Aura