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Save Time Using an iPad with Illustrator

June 14, 2016
save time using an ipad with illustrator

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. 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


  • Reply Cully Barbosa June 14, 2016 at 5:12 AM

    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.

    • Reply Teela June 14, 2016 at 1:38 PM

      I’m so glad you’re here! And I completely agree – I looked everywhere for more info on AstroPad because of the price, but finally I just decided to risk it since it seemed like it could do everything I needed. I was under the impression I could sit on the couch and work using it, but I learned quickly the process went way faster sitting in front of the computer (I couldn’t use the ipad keyboard alongside it, just the actual computer’s keyboard) – that was the only thing I was a little bummed about, but the time saving alone makes it completely worth it πŸ™‚

  • Reply Samantha Wilson June 29, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    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!

    • Reply Teela July 1, 2016 at 12:56 AM

      Oh no πŸ™ Do you think it’s the kind of iPad or mac you’re working with?

  • Reply Selena July 7, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    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!

    • Reply Teela July 7, 2016 at 2:07 PM

      Hey Selena! Yes, I believe it’s only mac compatible at the moment :/

  • Reply Selena July 7, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Oh ok. Thank you for your reply!

  • Reply amy gretchen December 6, 2016 at 7:01 PM

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

    • Reply Teela December 16, 2016 at 5:39 AM

      This tutorial was meant to demonstrate cleaning up hand drawn artwork in Illustrator using the iPad in replace of a wacom tablet, so that’s why it wasn’t drawn from scratch πŸ˜‰

  • Reply amy gretchen December 6, 2016 at 7:01 PM


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