Astopad with iPad Air and Adobe Illustrator on Windows: A Review

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Astropad Studio for iPad Compatible with Windows PCs: A Game Changer for Digital Artists

The best graphics tablet is now compatible with Windows! Oh My Creatives! I think this is the coolest thing I’ve discovered this year! So today started out on a sad note when I realized that my workhorse of drawing tablet, the old faithful Wacom Intuos graphics tablet that has been my best friend for 16 years, traveled across the globe with me and back again was not connecting anymore. So I spent the day adjusting and learning to do as much as I could directly on Adobe Illustrator on the iPad which has definitely improved of late and making notes to myself on what needs to be finished on the computer with just a mouse to get me through until I decide on a new graphics tablet.

After a little late night researching and writing my own pros and cons list - in fact I even wrote an article Wacom vs iPad for Adobe Illustrator to try and help me decide - I stumbled upon this absolute gem of software. I cannot believe this has stayed hidden from me for so long! That is why I am sharing this with you, this might just be the thing you didn’t know you needed but it will make my life so much easier!

If you're a digital artist, you know the importance of having a professional drawing tablet and the costs. In this article, we'll delve into what this update means for digital artists and why Astropad Studio is worth checking out.

What is Astropad Studio?

Astropad Studio is a software designed to mirror any desktop app onto an iPad's screen over WiFi or USB, turning it into a professional drawing tablet. The company also produces LunaDisplay, which allows any Mac or iPad to become a wireless second display using a small USB-C dongle. These products have been highly praised by artists who want to use their iPads as a professional drawing tablet.

Installing Astropad

  1. Go to the Astropad website and download the Windows version of Astropad Studio.
  2. Once the download is complete, run the installer file and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
  3. Launch Astropad Studio and sign in to your Astropad account.
  4. On your iPad Air go to the App Store and download Astropad Studio - sign in with the same account that you made with Astropad on your computer.
  5. Connect your iPad Air to your Windows computer using either a USB cable or Wi-Fi network.

Using Astropad and Adobe Illustrator with iPad Air and Apple Pencil

Using Astropad and Adobe Illustrator together is a dream come true for this graphic designer! The seamless integration between Astropad Studio, Adobe Illustrator, Windows computer and Apple iPad is just mind blowing. It creates a smooth and intuitive experience, allowing you to use your iPad Air as a drawing tablet with Adobe Illustrator on your computer.

One of the biggest advantages of using Astropad and an iPad Air with Adobe Illustrator is how natural it feels to draw with a stylus on the tablet. You'll have more control and precision than you ever could with a mouse or trackpad. Plus, you can still take your work with you wherever you go, using Adobe Illustrator for iPad app when you are away from your computer and sync with the cloud then when you come back to your computer you just open the cloud document and continue working! With a little bit of practice and experimentation - I may have spent all night playing blissfully in a graphic designer dream! - it will just be second nature to your workflow. I know I am going to create so many printables and digital products with this 14 day free trial.