The A-Z Comprehensive Guide to Drawing Apps
Adobe Illustrator Draw
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ArtFlow is one of the in-depth drawing apps that has a smooth UI; perfect for beginners and professionals alike. When you start drawing, the app hides its navigation bars to make sure you have enough space to draw on the canvas. Features include up to 70 different brushes, smudge and other tools. They also have layers and a layer blending functionality, and offers up to 6 shape tools. You can flip the canvas horizontally or vertically and also frame the canvas!
With more time-lapse drawing tutorials popping out on social media, ArtFlow makes sure you can achieve this seamlessly as it can record a time-lapse video of your drawing. It can also export to jpeg, png, and PSD (to import to Photoshop later), but if you want a hard copy of your creation, it also has an inbuilt tool to print your photo.
Autodesk is one of the most popular apps out there, suitable for both beginners and professionals alike. The app can be used on both Android and iOS. Features include a variety of drawing tools and up to 10 customizable brushes, the ability to create and manage layers and a full-screen drawing mode. There are 6 blending modes and up to 2500% zoom to enable you to add minute details to your work. It also offers a simulated pressure sensitivity to make sure you can emulate real life strokes in your drawing.
There is an eraser, image cropper, pinch to zoom feature, blender utility, colour picker, ruler tool and a gallery organiser feature embedded as well. For vector images, users can easily insert a line, square or circle in a picture. When done, drawings can be shared on different social network platforms.
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Fresco Paint Pro
This app offers 12 different brushes, up to 4 layers and 21 filters including blur and vignette. Your creations can also be exported to Photoshop. In our opinion, this is best suited for beginner drawers.
IbisPaint has one of the most comprehensive features in a drawing app with 140 different brushes including dip pens, felt tip pens and actual paint brushes, where you can change the brush opacity, angle and thickness. It has layer support where you can have unlimited layers, can modify layer parameters and offers a palette tool that contains 30 colours. It also allows users to replace colour on the palette with one they use most frequently. How convenient is that? Several filters are in place, like the eraser, smudge, blur, ruler, blender, bucket fill, zoom and image stabiliser. You can also quickly change the orientation of the canvas. IbisPaint also caters explicitly to those who want to create specific types of drawings like mangas and animes.
Infinite Painter comes with more than 80 brushes and also the option to create your brush and brush settings! The brushes can emulate a realistic interaction with digital paper texture and create the impression that you are working on paper instead of a tablet. You can also create as many layers with their Photoshop blending modes, perspective guides selection masks and clipping masks. Adding details is also easy with their 2500% zoom feature. Its pro version includes more brush sets like a synthetic and smudge brush, more layers and gradient fill tools.
Learn How to Draw
The Learn How to Draw app, as its name suggests, offers a variety of tutorials for beginner to advanced drawers. Mainly focusing on comic book style drawing, there are new tutorials to follow almost every week. The advantage of using this app is that you can directly practice on the app itself, saving you the time of switching between apps if you were to follow a tutorial on YouTube.
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One of the best features of MediBang paint is its cross-platform support and cloud saving feature. You can download this app from mobile, Mac or even Windows. You can also keep your work in one spot and move it to another platform, making your creation accessible anywhere at any time. They have a decent number of brush tools that are suitable for free drawing and comic drawing.
PaperOne’s edge is in its ability to emulate your creations to real life as closely as it can. There are different brush types with different opacity depending on the pen pressure sensitivity and this enables users to emulate actual life strokes and lines. There is also a tracing feature where you can import a picture and set it to the transparent mode and users can trace the original photograph. It helps beginners get a feel for face proportions or different drawing styles.
This app allows you to create animations by drawing it frame by frame and string it together at the end to develop little cartoons. You can control the frame rate and resolution and finished projects can be exported as GIFs, a Quicktime video or as an image sequence. Most free messaging apps now support the sending of GIFs, so make your customised GIFs and share the fun with your friends!
Sketch allows you to set a background colour for your canvas and offers 15 unique brushes that are customizable and stickers that you can impose on your images. You can create new paintings, add text to pictures and rotate the canvas. You can also glam up your previously taken pictures with sticker packs and crop them. Just like a photo editing app, you can also change the brightness and contrast of images. The app comes with a ruler tool and colour palette utility and redo and undo function. It also allows you to backup or sync your creations to multiple devices.
- Choosing a selection results in a full page refresh.
- Press the space key then arrow keys to make a selection.