As more and more artists realize the power of iPad in creating beautiful digital artworks, the market for drawing, painting, and design apps on iPad has grown significantly. There are many apps for artists out there, and it can be difficult to sift through these to find the best ones.
Whether you’re a professional artist choosing an iPad for digital art or a beginner looking for easy-to-use apps, you’ll be able to find a program that’s right for you. The apps below are some of the best apps on the App Store for all types of art.
Illustrators, vector artists, and graphic designers can all find iPad apps they can use. And with Apple Pencil, creating artwork has never been easier or easier.
It’s the most popular drawing and painting app used by iPad artists, and for good reason. It has a ton of tools and capabilities that make painting easy and fun.
There are already 190 default brushes in Procreate, but you can also customize your brushes to suit your needs. You can also work in layers to create complex works of digital art. Once you’ve finished your work, Procreate makes it easy to export it to a variety of formats.
Another great feature of Procreate is that you can animate within it. It’s perfect for creating short animations, and you can preview your work while you’re doing it.
Also, Procreate is only $9.99. For such a price, with all the professional tools included in the app, it’s definitely worth the cost.
If you like using Adobe products, the company recently released a drawing app on its iPad. Given Adobe’s success in desktop art apps, they wanted to produce something iPad users could take advantage of.
While Adobe has also released Illustrator and Sketch (more on these below), Fresco is made for creating more professional artwork that resembles Procreate in features. One of the appeals of this app for artists is the Live Brush, which mimics the physics of a traditional brush while you paint. The brush library is also huge, with over 1,800 brushes available.
If you’re familiar with Adobe’s Creative Cloud, Fresco connects to this so you can save all your work and get access to add-ons. The cost of this application is 9.99 a month.
Another application that Adobe recently offered for the iPad is Photoshop. If you enjoy using this feature on your desktop to draw or edit images, you’ll find that it’s also easy to use in tablet format.
The iPad’s photoshop app excludes some features found on the desktop version, but the changes aren’t huge. Adobe is also slowly bringing more features to the iPad app. Photoshop is famous for its high quality and many artists find it indispensable in their work.
If you haven’t used Photoshop before but want to use it, this app is a great app to learn how to use Photoshop. It’s easy to navigate, so you can use the features while creating or designing.
This app is made for professional sketchers and artists, perfect for architects or designers. It offers an infinite canvas, which means you can sketch to your heart’s content without worrying about space.
It also offers vector drawing capabilities, which is essential if you’re more of a graphic designer than an illustrator. There are also many precision tools available, with features for creating lines and geometric shapes.
The best part about Con Concept is that it’s free to use, and there are some in-app purchases available if you find yourself liking the app and want to expand its features.
5. Adobe Photoshop Sketch [Not available in certain countries or regions]
Another great Adobe app geared toward traditional artists is Photoshop Sketch. This is more for those who tend to do illustration, not graphic design or vector work.
Since this is an Adobe app, it also connects to Creative Cloud, allowing you to download more brushes than the 24 already available brushes if you want. You can also use multiple classes to create dynamic fragments.
There are fewer features in this app than Adobe Fresco, but it’s great for creating sketches or more traditional works of art if you don’t need or want a lot of tools.
If you work more with creating vector graphics than anything else, then Affinity Designer is the app you want to have on your iPad. It is made especially for this type of work, with loads of features to create anything you can imagine, like editing corners and curves, as well as designing geometric shapes.
It also pairs well with the Apple Pencil, making for a smoother experience. It’s incredibly responsive and fast, with almost everything you need in a designer app. It’s a bit on the higher end of the spectrum, at $20 on the App Store, but many consider the price well worth it for creating stellar professional art and design.
Pixel art has been on the rise since late this year, and if you want to create this art form on your iPad, you can do it with Pixaki. It provides many layer options so you can create detailed pixel artwork easily.
Pixaki also lets you create animations, and you can export them as GIFs, making them easy to share and use for other projects. It costs $24.99 on the App Store, as it’s intended for professional pixel artists, but it’s well worth the price given all the tools it has to offer.
If you’re looking for a great free drawing app, Autodesk has plenty of tools and features at your disposal. It has a variety of brushes, and a drawing interface similar to Procreate won’t get in the way when you’re drawing.
It offers multi-perspective gridlines if you want to be precise, as well as many other tools like shapes to help you as you sketch. It may take some time to learn how the app works, but after using it for a while, you’ll quickly get used to it.
This app used to be a paid app, but now you can get it for free on the App Store.