Dummies Guide to Drawing Custom Sketch Graphics On the iPad – No Graphic Artistry Required!

No copyright worries…And, you don’t have to be an artist

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Have you ever worried about possibly violating someone’s copyright when you grab an image from “the wild” to place on your blog? Well, you’re correct to think about it. But, with your iPad, a stylus and the right app, you can get around all that by creating your own custom sketch graphics library from pictures you take yourself.

The best thing about it? You don’t even have to be an artist!

Do you remember back in grade school when we got a kick out of tracing pictures?

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I remember my third grade teacher, Mrs. Telgenhoff I think her name was (?), handing out tracing paper, a #2 pencil and some random old magazine to me and my classmates.  Then, for the next half-hour, or so, the whole class would just go to town tracing “grown up” pictures (not to be confused with “adult pictures”) from pages of an old Life or Time magazine.

Then, after tracing them out in pencil on white paper, the real fun would start.  That’s when we brought out the crayons and started filling in the white space in our custom made coloring book.

Now, a couple of decades later — okay, a few decades later — it turns out, we can recoup a lot of that old childhood picture-tracing fun.

The video above shows how you can go to town with images you capture yourself and then trace them out on your iPad using a nifty little app that retails for about $3.  Hey, you can even color it if you want.

And, here’s another little tip:  You can also do this on your computer using a Wacom tablet, stylus and software like Photoshop or the open source image software Gimp.

Creating Screencasts on the iPad Just Got a Step Closer

This Screencast Was Recorded Entirely on the iPad

Techsmith Labs (from the company that makes the popular Camtasia, Snagit and other wonderful screencasting tools) is experimenting with a new iPad app that promises to give you and me some limited functionality for recording screencasts on the iPad.  You can download right now a free iPad app from Techsmith Labs called ScreenChomp.

Although FULL screencasting capabilities on the iPad isn’t yet available (not without jail breaking or purchasing add’l expensive hardware, anyway) this app does let you record a screencast on an iPad whiteboard that’s built in to the ScreenChomp interface.

I took ScreenChomp for a quick test drive and produced the short screencast video above.  Although I edited the final production in Camtasia Mac, the video footage itself was recorded entirely on the iPad.

By the way, if you were paying attention, then that bit about having edited the videos in Camtasia should generate some additional interest for some of you who are educators, screencasters and online content creators.  But, keep in mind, editing in Camtasia is entirely optional. You can actually produce, upload and share your ScreenChomp screencast directly from the iPad if you want.

Why This is Cool

I think this is a great development that’s a step in the right direction towards creating a more robust screencasting tool for the iPad.  I can already envision some online training presentations I can develop using ScreenChomp.  But, how about you?  Do you envision this helping you in any way for your online content creation projects?