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What App is That?

Planted May 20, 2020
Last tended Apr 18, 2021
How to Illustrate

"What app is that?"

I get asked this question at least once a day on Twitter. People are always keen to hear what tools I use to make illustration. It's frankly daft it's taken me this long to just write a note about it rather than answering a thousand people individually.

I'm a Promiscuous Polytooler

I use wide variety of different tools and apps for different kinds of visual creations. I'm not wedded to any one tool in particular – they all have their strengths and weaknesses. I'll use whatever fits the task at hand and move work between them liberally.

Here's all the apps and hardware that might be involved in a particular creation...

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe After Effects

None of these are affiliate links - I'm just pointing you to official sites for more context

And here's a couple of my common workflows for different styles of illustrations and visuals...


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