Behind the Scenes with Lucasfilm’s Star Wars Illustrator

Dec 11th, 2017
Savannah Reising
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Lucasfilm illustrator Brian Rood gives a glimpse into his digital workflow with Astropad You recently illustrated the special edition Star Wars cover for Time Magazine. What was that like?  I’ve been freelancing for Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise for the past 15 years. Over the past four years I’ve been extremely busy creating artwork for …

How an ex-Apple Art Director is Revolutionizing Plush Product Design

Nov 15th, 2017
Savannah Reising
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Marissa Louie — a former Art Director at Apple and a longtime friend of Astropad — left the corporate world to pursue her childhood dream of making stuffed animals. We caught up with Marissa to learn about the design process for her new product, Animoodles.  What are Animoodles? Animoodles are magnetic plushies that you can …

Clever Ways to Use Astropad in your Daily Workflow

Nov 14th, 2017
Savannah Reising
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Editing PDFs, Whiteboarding, Music Production & Lecture Annotation Astropad was originally built as a professional drawing tool for artists. But with Astropad mirroring your Mac on your iPad, there are lots of clever ways you can use Astropad in your day-to-day life — from annotating documents, to brainstorming with your team, to performing live music. …

Using Ableton Live on Your iPad with Astropad

Nov 9th, 2017
Savannah Reising
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We interviewed Steo Le Panda, a multimedia artist producing and performing his own electronic music. He uses Astropad to mirror Ableton Live on his iPad during live performances. In this interview, Steo Le Panda offers tips and tricks for getting setup with Live and Astropad. What are the advantages of using Ableton and Astropad together?  …

Astropad Studio 1.7

Oct 31st, 2017
Savannah Reising
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Release Notes: Quick Display Selection & Compatibility with Third-party Extensions Quick Display Selection It’s now easier to toggle between displays in Astropad! When your Mac is connected to more than one display, use the “Move & Zoom” mode to quickly select which screen you want to mirror in Astropad. Press and hold on Astropad’s red …

Meet the
Camera Button

Oct 16th, 2017
Savannah Reising
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While Apple is taking away buttons, we found a way to add one.   Apple has never been afraid to take design risks. Earlier this year, Apple made headlines when it revealed a new iPhone design that left out the iconic Home button. Now, I’m all for simplification. But for the design community, every further …

How To Set Up Your Creative Workspace

Oct 4th, 2017
Savannah Reising
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If you’re a full-time artist, it’s important to consider the aesthetics and functionality of your studio. Not only do you want your space to be energizing, but you also need a setup that optimizes your technology. So whether you’re just setting up your first studio, or looking to give your current space a facelift, this guide offers some helpful tips for arranging your creative space.

Astropad Studio 1.6

Sep 12th, 2017
Savannah Reising
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Japanese localization, more Magic Gesture settings, & improved Clip Studio Paint compatibility Release Notes: Astropad Studio 1.6 Expanded Magic Gesture Settings Check out advanced Magic Gesture settings in the Astropad Sidebar under the Magic Gestures tab Single finger “tap to click” while in Pencil mode Option to disable two and three finger tap gestures Improved gesture reliability …

Faster Drawing & Better Line Quality in Clip Studio Paint

Sep 11th, 2017
Savannah Reising
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Clip Studio Paint is the most popular software tool for digital comic art. It’s robust features are perfect for creating both manga and Western-style comics. Astropad has been working closely with the Clip Studio Paint team to improve software compatibility. The latest update to Clip Studio (version 1.6.7) introduces a “Raw Input” setting that brings drastic performance …

Using Astropad and Luna Display Together

Sep 1st, 2017
Savannah Reising
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Luna Display is the perfect hardware companion for Astropad. While Astropad by itself mirrors your main display, Luna extends your Mac display. When you use Astropad and Luna together, they turn your iPad into a second display that also works as a graphics tablet. Setting up your workspace with Astropad and Luna Display   Getting started is easy — …