PadGadget’s DIY iPad Project Spotlight: Homemade Slide Ruler for Adobe Creative Apps

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A few weeks ago, Adobe launched a new line of creative iPad apps called Adobe Line and Adobe Sketch. At the same time, the company unveiled two new tools specifically designed for drafting artists called “Ink and Slide,” which are a pen and slide ruler for touch screens. Ink and Slide are available as one package from Adobe for $199. However, one creative DIY guy has figured out a way to create a simplified version at home using hardware supplies that won’t cost you more than a few bucks.

Adobe’s Slide is a four-inch straight edge device that uses special software to “talk” to the Line and Sketch apps. Adobe’s drafting app features a virtual slide ruler, which can be triggered by placing two fingers on the screen. This DIY project uses that concept, combined with the design of Slide, to create a quick fix that frees up your fingers and doesn’t cost a fortune.

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Great iGear’s Homemade Adobe Slide Ruler requires a few supplies that can be found at your local hardware store. You’ll need a 1×2 inch thick amount of conductive foam and a metal rod or screw that measures four inches in length. You’ll also need a crafting knife or pair of scissors and a screwdriver.

The first thing you will need to do is cut the conductive foam in half so that each piece measures about one square inch. Then, stab your screwdriver into the center of each of the squares to drill a hole that goes all the way through.

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After both squares of conductive foam have holes in them, push one square down the length of the screw all the way to the end. Push the other square on, but keep it at the top end.

That’s it. Now you have your very own slide ruler that works with Adobe’s Ink and Sketch apps. You can’t see the tiny rule lines that appear when he places the ruler on the screen, but it does work. And, it is better than using two fingers because you don’t have to worry about you fingers slipping around on the screen.

Thanks to Great iGear for posting this simple, but useful project on YouTube. Watch the video below to see how easy it is.

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