Astropad Standard lets your iPad mirror your Mac’s screen, allowing you to draw with pressure sensitivity from your iPad. With Astropad Standard, when you draw using a finger or Apple Pencil stylus on your iPad, those strokes and gestures interact with your Mac.
This quick guide will help you get familiarize with some of Astropad Standard’s features.
Starting Astropad Standard
Astropad Standard doesn’t draw directly itself, it acts as an input to any of your favorite Mac creative tools like Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, Illustrator and more. After successfully connecting the Mac and iPad apps, you’ll notice the iPad’s screen is now mirroring the Mac’s screen.
Turn on your choice of program on your Mac, and adjust the screen view selection to accommodate your desired canvas size. Once resized and adjusted, the selection goes away; but you can always
re-adjust it by using “Move & Zoom”.
On screen, you will see a white Ring button. This is a button you can tap or press down on.
It can also be moved anywhere on-screen. Just hold it down, and drag it to the desired location.
Tap, and it opens the Shortcuts Sidebar
Astropad Standard’s Shortcuts Sidebar can be revealed or hidden with a tap of the the Ring button.
Press down, and it allows quick access to “Move & Zoom” mode
Move & Zoom mode allows you to pan and zoom to adjust the size of your iPad screen view with
two-finger gestures. It’s accessible, either by pressing the on screen ring button, or by selecting the option at the bottom of the Shortcuts sidebar.
If you have an additional monitor attached to your Mac,
or Luna Display; use Screen switching in Move & Zoom
There are many useful features to access in the Sidebar. Along with editing shortcuts, you can check connection quality, as well as adjust settings.
Shortcuts sidebar lets you utilize shortcut commands by tapping them from your iPad screen. At anytime, you can edit or rearrange your saved shortcuts. From the Shortcuts sidebar, there is also quick access to other functions, including:
Finger / Stylus – Switches between drawing with your Finger, or pairing a supported iPad bluetooth stylus.
Shortcut buttons – By default set to Photoshop commands, the shortcuts can be customized to different commands.
⚙ – Tap to access Astropad Settings. Edit Shortcuts, adjust display brightness, as well as other helpful settings here.
⌘ – Tap to reveal or hide on screen command keys. These keys can be moved to any corner of your iPad screen.
Draw | Move & Zoom mode – Switch between drawing on screen, or make quick access to Move & Zoom for screen view adjustments.
When you tap the ⚙ symbol in the Shortcuts Sidebar, it opens more of Astropad Standard’s iPad Setting. Functions accessible in this menu include:
Edit Shortcuts – Change and rearrange the shortcuts in the sidebar
Pencil & Stroke – Here you can adjust the Magenta preview line length, turn it off, as well as remove your stylus.
General Settings – Adjust different display settings, including; brightness, resolution, and color.
Connection – Shows status of the connection quality between Mac and iPad
Learn & Support – Read help materials and more information on Astropad Standard!
Edit Shortcut Commands
By default, Astropad’s Standard’s shortcut commands are set to accommodate Photoshop. If you work with other programs, the commands will need to be changed for the program in-use.
Tap an existing command – Enables renaming and editing the shortcut.
Tap the red circle – Prompts with the option to delete the selected command.
Add Shortcut – Lets you name and add a brand new shortcut.
Reset to defaults – Return the original default commands.
Touch Pan & Zoom
You can utilize two finger touch panning and zoom.
Using two-fingers gestures you can pan and zoom your canvas, like you would using a Mac trackpad. Unlike Move & Zoom, this allows touch pan and zooming directly in your creative program’s canvas.
Two-fingers pinching gesture to zoom:
And two fingers together dragging along the screen to pan:
Program compatibility & Support
Astropad works with many Mac-compatible apps. For more information on supported programs, check out our ongoing list – here
As well as our other support materials here: https://astropad.com/support/