In this article I will talk about my favorite drawing and painting iPad apps that I constantly encounter in various artists. Why not before now “Apple iPad Pro + Pencil” about an article? Because “Apple Pencil” along with the pressure sensitivity came to the iPad. Thanks to this technology, the Wacom tablets of digital designers were also shaken by the floods. Wacom is starting to take out tablet devices, but it’s still not as practical as the iPad. See what next years will bring us.
I collected the applications in two groups, bitmap (pixel based, jpg, png) and vector (svg, eps). Let’s check.
Başlıklar / Contents
- iPad Bitmap Painting and Drawing Apps
- iPad Vector Drawing Apps
- Final Conclusion
iPad Bitmap Painting and Drawing Apps
Photoshop has a brush effect, that’s the drawing practices that see her work. It is difficult to think about these functions separately because the artist uses the desired shape. No one can interfere in the practice of anyone. In particular, we strongly recommend that you apply the first three applications below.
Price: $10 + Extra tools+ $5 TL (But it deserves its price.)
Purpose: Character Design, Digital Painting.
Of course, ProCreate comes first. I got acquainted with Will Terry‘s training videos from SVSLearn. ProCreate introduces a free user guide on its site and starts to grow. I draw that my soldier friend, after watching the tutorial of Will Terry. Being able to transfer them to Photoshop with layers is also a very important feature.
Finally, I share the phases of the construction of the visual at the beginning of this article. It’s a very nice thing to record the stages of the program.
You do not even want to try the others after you get used to ProCreate, but I’ve tried it for you. Giant service.
Price: Free but main tools are 5$
Purpose: Sketch, watercolour effect
Ideal application for extreme drawing without digital painting. The watercolor-influenced brush can also attract watercolors. The lines usually create a vein. In addition, a loyal application remembers you, the old customer, when you buy Pro Tools and then switch to a new device or update. They made a special stylus iPad but I do not know if there in Turkey.
Purpose: Digital Painting
Obviously because they are desktop applications, I think they have spent their main power on the desktop, the above video is already for the PC version. But iPad version is similar to Procreate, especially brushes are the best of these; but the issue is not brushing, but making good observation and transferring it to the center. So using the most expensive appliances with the most expensive devices does not make you a master. If you want to improve yourself, you must win paper dominance first.
4. Paper 53
Purpose: Taking notes, Presentation templates
It’s not for digital painting, but for keeping notes in draft quality. There is a free app and a few minus. Although it is sensitive to pressure, you can not adjust the length of the brush, there is no layer support, it does not offer many format options for export.
5. Adobe Photoshop Sketch etc…
Price: Ücretsiz, belki de ücretli, çok karışık…
Purpose: Confusion, different apps for each different features…
Adobe made a more innocuous but strange move than Autodesk. You can do a vector and layered drawing program like Adobe Ideas and then replace this application. Adobe Line and Adobe Draw have developed two applications that have been sent to PC only as .png. I still hope you will support vector drawings with hope. While Adobe can do good practices, it is moving quickly towards the application garbage. Separate articles are written for Adobe products only. We want a little more simplicity? Ideas, Line, Draw, Sketch, Comp CC, Capture CC and more …
Edit 23.12.2016: Good news Drawing for Adobe vector drawing, Sketch for raster drawing has solved the required gradient. Worth to try.
Price: Free (but some tools are paid)
Purpose: Taking notes
Do not think that the paper books they sell out are so popular that their app will be so. I did not even get to this list because it did not support the press sensitive Apple Pencil; but the following “Smart Writing Set” was interesting. The same image is digitally transferred to iPad and iPhone. You can say what you need but it is interesting.
I mentioned here for the promise of technology, but I wipe it from my iPad.
7. Autodesk Sketchbook
Price: Free lite version exist, but Pro Tools is priced
Purpose: Character design, sketch
Desktop computer giants are frustrating when it comes to tablet computing applications, and it’s incredibly frustrating customers. The two biggest companies, Autodesk and Adobe, have been very sorry for me. Autodesk released “Sketchbook Pro for iPad” as its name “Autodesk Sketchbook” and sold it again. I also stuck with the first iPad app I paid for in my life. I’m officially fucked. This is because other responsive applications (ProCreate, ArtRage, Sketches) do not betray the user and allow you to install the products you bought in your old applications when you switch to the new device.
As a result, Sketchbook which was my first pro-drawing and painting application, made me sad. But the desktop application is often used by concept and storyboard artists.
8. Free Alternative: Brushes Redux
Purpose: Digital painting
Free proof that you can only draw with a brush. If you are rich enough to get an iPad but are too poor to get Pro apps, this app is for you.
iPad Vector Drawing Apps
Adobe Illustrator (or FreeHand RIP) is one of those applications that see his work on the iPad.
Price: Lite: Free, Pro Tools: 8$
Purpose: Draft, design, architecture.
This is really an application that gives you the right to vector. There is a drawing screen almost infinitely large, which is a great thing in itself. Designers can really work. There is a very detailed training channel on the Youtube. It deserves the price.
Edit 2018-1-16: Problem is “earser” is not working in the device. It makes white color instead of. You can face with this problem when you want to continue in your Illustrator. Disappointment. If you do not use eraser, quite useful.
Price: Lite: Free, Pro Tools: 10$
Purpose: Icon set design, flat design
It is interesting to me that they have made a logical move and specialized in one subject. You can take this, but I still claim that the desktop Adobe Illustrator is more comfortable. If you are interested in your business, it might work. It is unnecessary for enjoyment.
An application that was purchased as an opponent to Adobe Illustrator, changed its name and presented to the market by Autodesk. It’s really very detailed, but I do not know what it means to work on the iPad when you are mobile. I took my logo designs while on the move, but never used them. Detailed vectorial applications should be worked on desktop.
4. Pro Alternative: InkPad
Purpose: Same as Illustrator, Vectorial
The application is very nice, nice, and then you say what you need so much. Just work on the hungry big desktop application.
5. Free Alternative: Adobe Illustrator Draw
Price: Free but not sure in the future it may be change
The application is very simple. There is no tool up to the Concept App. He is trying to keep the heritage inherited from his predecessor “Adobe Ideas”. We could not get a single minus vector file output. Finally he came too. If you have a free Adobe Creative Cloud account, you can get a flawless vector printout there as PDF. Yes, it is pressure sensitive.
Best iPad App for Bitmap: ProCreate, the best iPad application for vector: Concepts. But I finish by saying no anyone can compete with the desktop.
PS: Unfortunately, whenever I talked about “Apple Pencil”, my mind always remember “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” Song. :D