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Tony (ASM)

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on: January 10, 2013, 11:34:52 AM
I've made a video showing a great tip for tracing images, photos, etc. I thought it may be of interest to the members here who use these devices. Here are the details and video. (I put  links to PB in my details videos!  :smart: ) :

How To Draw Using An IPad As Tracing Light Box. Great For Kids & Artists
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Reply #1 on: January 10, 2013, 02:59:18 PM
Thanks, Tony! I have used my iPad as a light box. Works great. But I usually pop my photo into a value app (don't know if we can mention specific apps here) that has a lock screen function so your screen is no longer touch sensitive. The app also works well to bring photos into gray scale or notan and graphs rule of thirds, so does have other uses for artists. Is there a screen lock function in our settings? Well done, sir!


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Reply #2 on: January 14, 2013, 05:21:42 PM
 :thankyou:  Tony, very interesting video you made.  Unfortunately, I don't own an iPad but one never knows what is in the future.  Have to get the computer conquered first!!  Thanks anyway for I am sure that others will benefit from your video.  Patricia
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Reply #3 on: January 14, 2013, 05:37:17 PM
Ahhhhhh, now you've got me drooling for an ipad!
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Reply #4 on: January 17, 2013, 07:03:09 AM
Great video tony, I do the same with my laptop. but i dont have a fill screen function, well i don't think i do. but i know have chosen to print the pictures out, using A3 then obivously I have to crop and edit the picture into 2 halves, and print out each seperately.
I use to think I was cheating for a like a second, then thought sod it who cares lol :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Did you see David Hockney on Countryfile a couple of weeks ago, going round your side of t' Penines with his Ipad "painting" as he went. Thought that was good but I wouldnt take it seriously tho as art as u have to print them out afterwards, just like the ad of the girl painting on hers and her mum prinitng them out, just dont see the fun in it myself, painting should be tactile right?
Anyhow, keep up the good work fella, look forward to the next
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Reply #5 on: January 17, 2013, 12:49:28 PM
I do this on my laptop all the time.  It works really well and saves a lot of time when you want to quickly sketch an outline for painting.  I also use it as an aid for stained glass patterns sometimes.
Great Video, Tony!!

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