I had an iPad Pro 9.7 since 2016, which I purchased for the smart keyboard and Pencil. However it was many years before iPadOS and I could never grok the drawing tools at the time. So this iPad had been hanging around my apartment for a few years as a consumption device and I thought that I probably wouldn’t buy another tablet.
Then in November 2019, with the help of Khoi Vinh, Adobe released “full” Photoshop for Ipad. I didn’t rush to try it, as I had read a lot of reviews saying it wasn’t ready for prime-time use.
To add additional context, I paint... a lot. I painted this morning. Its an excercise in creativty, control and mental health. I have an easel, canvases, acrylic paint and painting has become my most cherished hobby. I don’t always have access to my supplies if I’m traveling and I started to look into the near future where I realize how much more difficult it will be to paint when my baby arrives. In fact every Dad I meet says, “ahh you paint every day, wait until you have kids”. T minus three months.
So one Saturday I picked up the iPad Pro, downloaded Photoshop, grabbed my Pencil and decided to see what it could do. A few minutes later and I created this
I fell completely in love. I realized I could create art digitally while retaining my own personal style. This is something I could never make happen with a mouse. I’m not even very good using Photoshop for Mac. A few hours later, I was at the Grand Central Apple Store buying the 12.9” as an investment in my art practive. I went with the 12.9” because I wanted the biggest canvas I could get.
I spent the entire weekend making art on my iPad and when Monday rolled around, I picked up my device and carried it to the office. I wanted it by my side at all times. I was still using the MBP but I enjoyed leaving the Mac behind in meetings, where I had my second Aha moment; I find the iPad less distracting and myself more present in meetings while using it to take hand-written notes.
That was the beginning of my journey to learn how to use the iPad as an every day computer. Thanks Khoi & the team at Adobe!