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.