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Best Drawing Apps and Painting Apps for Designers

March 4, 2015 Graphic & Comm. Design, General 0 Comments

Over the past few years, many drawing and painting apps have become available that rival the real thing. If you are wondering what the best drawing apps are for designers right now, the following are four best-in-class picks for smartphones and tablets that can enhance your design process:

1. SketchBook Pro

The best thing about SketchBook Pro 7, which is available on both iOS and Android platforms, is its accessibility. The SketchBook series from Autodesk is very user-friendly and delivers a great creative experience. There are editions for both smartphones and tablets, though the tablet option is more comprehensive and works well if you prefer to use a stylus when drawing or painting. Though it may take some time to familiarize yourself with the software's menus and interface, it can prove invaluable if you invest the initial time to learn it. This software is especially helpful for designers or those interested in studying graphic design, particularly because it includes a feature for flipbook-type animations.

2. ArtRage

ArtRage, from New Zealand-based Ambient Design, is available on the iOS platform and lets designers and artists individually customize their canvas. You can use either oil or watercolor brushes to practice traditional techniques in a digital form. The program is easy to learn and allows for a strong level of control over your brush. ArtRage is suitable for both seasoned artists and pure beginners interested in a high-technology paint simulation.

Best Drawing Apps and Painting Apps for Designers3. Auryn Ink

This app, available for both iOS and Android, lets painters create watercolor paintings that aim to look entirely like traditional ones. Developed by Auryn, this app uses the best in technology to make you feel like you are painting the old-fashioned way. You can even use features that simulate the wetness of the canvas and the dilution of the water — with the bonus of no mess to clean up later.

4. Color Pal

Color Pal is invaluable if you are looking for a color guide for design work. Available on the Android platform and developed by John Veldboom, Color Pal lets you experiment with different color combinations using the latest and best variations sourced from COLOURlovers. A useful feature is its inclusion of HEX, RGB and CMYK values and references for ease of use.

Whether you are looking for a color palette for a graphic design project or just want to hone and refine your painting and drawing skills, these are the best drawing apps from which to draw inspiration.

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