Adobe Line

ImagineFX - - Reviews -

Adobe’s Line app forms a big part of its ap­proach to both hard­ware and soft­ware. It’s com­pat­i­ble with the com­pany’s Slide ruler app, and re­quires a Creative Cloud ac­count to lo­gin and save your cre­ations to Adobe’s on­line stor­age reser­voir. It also deftly solves an age-old prob­lem with cre­at­ing art on tablet de­vices: the abil­ity to draw straight lines ac­cu­rately.

It works like any other art app to be­gin with, but then gets clever with its Touch Slide. This ap­plies two par­al­lel guide­lines to your can­vas, which can be moved around and ro­tated us­ing two cir­cles. Draw­ing a line in­volves slid­ing your fin­ger along one of these guides, and the guide­lines can then be moved so you can draw another. There’s a bunch of fea­tures on top: French curves en­able you to cre­ate smooth, rounded edges, and a per­spec­tive guide means you can match your lines to the cor­rect van­ish­ing points.

Lim­ited colour pal­ettes and fur­ni­ture clip art sug­gest that Line is aimed at de­sign­ers rather than artists. But it’s still per­fect for sketch­ing back­drops or cre­at­ing build­ings and streets, and the fact that it’s free makes it all the bet­ter.

There is a ghostly dachs­hund in this image. Adobe also sup­plies retriev­ers and chi­huahuas!

The abil­ity to trace over im­ages is handy for cre­at­ing fu­tur­is­tic build­ing in­te­ri­ors.

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