Drawing With the S Pen in ArtRage for Android
ArtRage for Android offers a range of important drawing features for compatible devices
The S Pen is a stylus pen included with the Samsung Note range of devices. It is a highly accurate, pressure sensitive stylus that is fully integrated into the Android operating system. This means that it works beautifully and feels like a real pen as you draw.
ArtRage for Android takes full advantage of the S Pen’s features and while it looks tiny and unimpressive, it actually works incredibly well.
The new and improved Advanced S Pen included in the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge includes pen tilt recognition and twice the pressure sensitivity at 2,048 levels, two features that ArtRage knows how to make good use of.
Supported Stylus Features
Lightweight Finepoint Design
It’s very, very small. The point is the same size as a real world ballpoint pen and drawing with the included S Pen is an absolute delight. Delicate and responsive, it is easy to draw a fine line and navigate fiddly menus on a small screen. The light weight also makes it very gentle on the hands as you don’t need to grip it very hard.
This complements ArtRage’s intentionally intuitive interface extremely well.
The most important feature for realistic, and stress free, drawing has to be pressure sensitivity. And both ArtRage and the S Pen definitely support this. Whether you prefer a delicate touch or a forceful sweep, the S Pen’s pressure sensitivity will allow ArtRage to respond accurately to the force behind your strokes.
You can get an enormous range of strokes sizes with a single tool, such as in this example:
The Galaxy Note 4 S Pen also detects live tilting of the stylus, and ArtRage is capable of interpreting that. Best seen in the pencil and airbrush tools, the other painting tools also pick up tilt, adding subtly to the realistic feel of making strokes in ArtRage.
The effect is very visible in some tools (e.g. Airbrush, Pencil, Gloop), but much harder to spot in others. This is designed to mimic the effects of these tools in real life (you can’t tilt a paint roller, for example!).
Note: Earlier S Pen models do not support tilt.
ArtRage also supports the built in note taking system with handwriting recognition, allowing you to write out the titles instead of poking at a keyboard if you choose.
The natural feel and fantastic design of the S Pen means that you are not constantly annoyed by having to struggle with an unwieldy and unfamiliar stylus, can switch between finger and stylus at will, and has practically no learning curve. Absolute beginners can just pick up the pen and draw away!
Touch Rejection in Stylus Only Mode
Most tablets end up covered in smudges pretty quickly, which is really annoying on a drawing screen. The S Pen is so easy to use that you won’t need your fingers at all most of the time, cutting down on the smudges.
There’s also an option in ArtRage to turn on touch rejection (Stylus-Only Mode) under the Settings menu. This is extremely useful because it prevents you from accidentally dabbing at the screen with a finger and creating unwanted strokes.
Stylus-Only Mode has two options.
- Off: Finger and Stylus Allows you to switch between touch and stylus input.
- On: Stylus Only Ignores touch input for drawing, but allows you to use gestures to navigate the app.
You can also change a couple of other settings to improve your drawing experience. You can prevent the interface rotating when you turn the device around, the toolbar can be moved down to the bottom of the screen, and there is an option to select colours by tapping and holding down on the screen (find these options under Settings in the main menu).
Textures, Pressure and Media Interactions
All these features come together to allow you to create realistic and varied paintings with ArtRage’s tool set. Take a look at the pictures below to get an idea of the possibilities!
ArtRage for Android Paintings
Browse through these test sketches and speed paintings by Bo Paweena during development, to see oils, watercolour, pencil, pastel and ink pen in action!
ArtRage for Android Availability
ArtRage for Android is currently available as a free download via GALAXY Gifts for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Edge devices.
It will be available for purchase in GALAXY Apps soon, and in the Google Play Store in early 2015, for US$4.99
For more information, see the original announcement or the Press page.