Ok, you guys. This one’s a game changer for real. No kidding, my workflow for editing vectors in Illustrator has been at least cut in half by now using my iPad with the app AstroPad. If you’ve seen this tutorial, or this one using the standard method of Wacom/mouse for edits/revisions, you’re going to love this one. You can also find a list of my top 5 affordable Wacom tablets here if you are interested in using that type of device. If you’ve checked our my Intro to iPad Lettering class, this will take things even further if you’re familiar with Illustrator – you can use this same method with Photoshop, but I find myself using it wayyyy more with Illustrator, so I’m focusing this video there. I spent some serious edit time on this so you could get the full effect of what’s happening on my computer vs. how I’m using the iPad – I walk you through basic edits of a design element and then show you how I used the iPad when I worked on my most recent font, Hawthorne Script. I’m not affiliated with AstroPad in any way, just really excited about how much time I’m about to get back in the future πŸ™‚ See it all below!

Save Time Using an iPad with Illustrator

Used in this video:
Astropad app
– 12.9″ 256GB iPad Pro
– Apple Pencil
– Adobe Illustrator


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  • So excited to see this! It has been on my wish list for a while. I just hated to spend so much on an app without having a real *feel* for it. For me, working on an iPad is second nature but I haven’t been very comfortable with my lil Wacom.

    I am a newish subscriber to your blog and love love love it! Learning so much from you and then you spoil us more with your charming gifts. Thank you for both from the bottom of my heart.

  • I purchased the Astropad app and had so many times where the screen would blur out – was so hoping its would work for me but didn’t – totally bummed!

  • Hi Teela, I love your videos! Does this only work with a Mac computer? I have the Ipad Pro but I work on a PC. Thanks!

  • Oh ok. Thank you for your reply!

  • out of curiousity why don’t you just draw right on the iPad instead of loading a traced image?

  • *curiosity

  • Hi Teela,
    Thank you for wonderful demonstration.
    Astropad sounds very exciting. I really want to buyi it, but I have one last question not covered before making final decision on it. I’m not sure if using Smoth Tool in Illustrator would do the same job. Do you think if I work with Apple Pencil on my iPad using this application I would do it much faster then working with Smooth Tool on my desktop computer?


  • Astorpad vs Procreate?

    • Astropad**

  • Hi Teela, I recently found this post of yours and was considering purchasing the app. However, I’m seeing a lot of negative reviews for the $30 standard app (versus the $80 subscription version, which isn’t an option for me). A lot of people are saying that the standard version has pretty much been abandoned and receives no support. Do you have any opinions on how well this app has held up since you posted this? Thank you!



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