Adobe and notebook maker Moleskine are today making it easier to sketch drawings for Creative Cloud while sitting on a park bench.
A specially designed notebook — regular paper except for small visual markers on the edges of the pages — and an accompanying iPhone app let you photograph any image you’ve drawn and then export it into the Photoshop or Illustrator applications of Adobe’s Creative Cloud.
You can use any drawing tool, although black ink or markers are recommended, as are broad strokes instead of shading. Moleskine recommends that the notebook lay completely flat and open. But sketching outside while watching the setting sun is not the best time, since bright daylight or two+ sources of artificial light are best if you want to avoid interfering shadows.
The iPhone app is free, while the notebook is about $33. Markers in the corners of the book’s pages help the app detect page borders for capturing the image, and the user can then export the shot as a JPG or SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) file.
The markers also guide the app in correcting any image distortion if the page has been tilted or bent. Adjustable settings in the app can detect and account for page orientation, perspective, alignment distortion, and lighting conditions.
While other apps for the Creative Cloud can capture and create vector images such as a line drawing, Adobe told VentureBeat that no others process and optimize the image before it is converted into a useable file format.
This is not Moleskine’s first entry into paper interfaces for digital expression. Its previously released notebook for Livescribe smartpens and the Livescribe+ app featured a dot pattern on each page that helped handwritten images or notes generate digital imagery.
Similarly, the company has created another notebook with a dot page layout that is designed to export handwritten ideas into the popular Evernote note-taking application, via capture by a smartphone camera.