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Explore Your Creative Side with Apps for Art Lovers

Explore Your Creative Side with Apps for Art Lovers

Whatever your level of skill or appreciation, these apps will help you (or your kids) meet those daily art needs. They'll help you doodle, make sketches for other projects, make your photography pop, or just take some time to relax and color.

When Inspiration Happens, Use These Apps to Capture Your Drawings and Paintings

You don't always have a pad of paper or all of your pens and pencils with you when inspiration strikes, but you probably have your phone or tablet. Here are apps that will let you make quick sketches, jot down ideas, or paint your masterpiece. Combine them with a stylus to have all the freedom and flexibility of analog tools while cutting down on clutter.

Paper by FiftyThree

Your note-taker, sketchbook, and diagramming tool.

Paper by FiftyThree

Swipe to stylize

For those who want to take simple notes, draw sketches, or annotate photos.

This one burst onto the scene and immediately became the darling of artists and non-artists alike. It is just so easy to pick up and start using, with or without a stylus. Its free price tag makes it an absolute must-download, though of course, in-app purchases unlock even more features. It's simply beautiful on the iPad's retina display and a pleasure to use.

Why we love it

Paper is simple to use and comes packed with a ton of useful tools that make note-taking, photo annotation, and drawing easy.

Procreate

Procreate is a must-have

Procreate

Professional results

For any professional artist.

This is a deceptively simple app with a devoted following. The focus is on brushes (there are eight) rather than tons of different art tools. The interface is uncluttered and the app doesn't have the "bloat" associated with some of the more feature-heavy apps. Even with just a few tools in its repertoire, this app is a fantastic means for artists to create amazing works of art. It's also an easy-to-use app for doodlers.

Why we love it

Procreate is simple enough for anyone to use, but the best results will be made by those who know what they're doing. The app has plenty of powerful tools to help you create your next masterpiece.

Procreate Pocket

Procreate Pocket

Savage Interactive Pty Ltd

Procreate Pocket

Rebuilt from the ground up, the updated app is now powered by the same graphics engine of its larger sibling. With that upgrade, the app can be used to create illustrations with a richer P3 color depth. Artists can also take advantage of 136 different brushes, including new wet painting effects with your finger. The app now also supports a number of features previously reserved for the iPad including ColorDrop, QuickLine, Layer Masks, and more. And Procreate Pocket also sports two new exclusive features. A 30-second time-lapse feature drops non-essential frames to create a short video that can be shared on social media. Users can also import and export brushes through online marketplaces or with others. Developer Savage has also optimized the app specifically for the iPhone X. There are also a number of features that can be used with 3D Touch and provide haptic feedback. Procreate Pocket is designed for the iPhone and can be downloaded now on the App Store for $4.99. <a href="http://getapp.cc/app/425073498">Procreate for iPad is available for $9.99.</a>

Graphic Designers? We Have You Covered

If you're a graphic designer on the go, these apps will help you get your work done without even having to be at your desk. They'll help you easily turn your ideas into design with an assortment of powerful but simple-to-use tools.

Adobe Illustrator Draw

Adobe Illustrator Draw

Adobe

For those who want a vector drawing app that works with Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC.

Design vector artwork that you can send to Illustrator CC or Photoshop CC easily. With Adobe Illustrator Draw, you know that your files, fonts, design assets, and settings are there for you whenever and wherever you need them. The app offers support for various stylus types, has zoom up to 64 times, and lets you work with multiple images and drawing layers.

Why we love it

If you enjoy the tools from Adobe and are ready to make your designs stand out, Adobe Illustrator Draw is the app for you.

Assembly - Art and Design

Start from scratch or with a built-in image to create some sticker magic.

Assembly - Art and Design

Simple to use

For those who want to create and customize their own iMessage stickers.

Assembly is a wonderful app for creative and artistic minds. With editing options, you can create images from scratch and rotate, duplicate, shadow, and fill. Creating stickers is enjoyable with tons of options if you want to begin with a built-in sticker such as emojis, food, animals, vehicles, and more.

Why we love it

Assembly is terrific for those who really like to use their imagination with images. Create your own or start with a sticker. Then, edit and customize and share within iMessage easily.

Graphic for iPad

Graphic for iPad

Indeeo, Inc.

Graphic for iPad

For those who want a full-featured vector graphics app with iCloud and Dropbox support.

With the Graphic - illustration and design app, you can not only create amazing graphics on your iPad, but share with the iPhone and Mac versions using iCloud or Dropbox. The app offers import and export features, unlimited layers, and various canvas styles in addition to its extensive drawing tools.

Why we love it

Graphic - illustration and design app gives you all of the tools you need to create gorgeous graphics.

Easily Convert Your Photos Into Artistic Masterpieces

You don't have to be a professional photographer to express yourself through a camera. These apps help you goose up and transform your basic pictures into beautiful, expressive pieces. They'll add textures and effects to let you quickly and effectively create a masterpiece or just something fun from the pics on your Camera Roll.

Completely transform your original photos
Trigraphy - Modern Art Editing

Trigraphy - Modern Art Editing

Nixes

Turn ordinary pictures into extraordinary ones with limitless customizations, incredible art filters and high quality export up to 4096 px.

CREATE
All the tools that you may need to create modern piece of art are right here:
- Artistic generative effects with 116 unique presets
- Blending
- Color filters
- Textures
- Saturation & Contrast
- Mask
- High Resolution Export (up to 4096 x 4096)
And the best part is that you can merge infinite number of layers.

BOOST YOUR IMAGINATION
Get inspired by daily features from the community or enhance your skills with our tutorials.
You will be really surprised by what you can do with Trigraphy.

GO BEYOND THE SCREEN
With integrated print and delivery service you can bring your art to life. Create t-shirts, art prints, post cards, iPhone cases and more.

Still in doubt if to try it out? Check out what the people are saying.

TRIGRAPHY PRO
• You can subscribe for unlimited access to all features and content offered for purchase within Trigraphy.
• Subscriptions are billed monthly or annually at the rate selected depending on the subscription plan
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Oilist

Oilist

3DTOPO Inc.

Oilist is the ground breaking generational art app.
Genuine art. All saved at canvas-worthy 4k resolution.

"Oilist is an artist in your phone, one that you watch sketch, paint, and craft a unique version of a photo you’ve shot." - MacStories, May 2017

"App of the week: Oilist review - Hypnotic, engaging, with a longevity that escapes most filter apps, and with high-res output so you can use it to create real-world art." - Stuff Magazine, April 2017

Give Oilist an image and it will automatically generate a genuine and unique work of art based on it. Painted for you in real time! Participate or spectate, it's up to you, Oilist will delight!

Oilist comes with 18 infinitely customizable styles; from impressionist to abstract.

Oilist is not a photo filter. Unlike most filter apps, Oilist will never generate the same results twice, and is capable of creating from impressionistic to abstract artwork based on the user’s photos. Instead of applying a fixed formula to an image as photo filters typically do, Oilist analyzes the supplied image using computer vision technology, then paints simulated paint particles that are applied using various brush strokes and techniques.

At anytime during the painting process, 4k resolution images may be captured as often as desired.

When Oilist is painting, styles may be infinitely customized by selecting from 12 different painting moods, choosing from 15 different brushes, setting brush options such as the size and spacing, and by injecting imperfections with the exciting Chaos tool. The gravity of the paint can be controlled by tilting the device and the brush angles may be controlled by yawing (rotating) the device. To rapidly change settings, it is possible to pause the painting by tapping in the paint area, make any desired changes, the tap in the painting area again to unpause the painting.

New and interesting results may be obtained by alternating settings with new settings painted on top of the previous settings. For instance, first paint a layer using the Warm mood followed by a layer using the Cool mood. The use of large brushes tend to create more abstract artwork and smaller brushes work best for high definition detail.

Oilist will automatically provide smaller brush strokes and greater photo-realism to detected faces. This can optionally be disabled by opening the Settings app, tapping on Oilist and disabling face detection.

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Paintkeep Painting
Paintkeep Painting

Paintkeep Painting

Nine Curves

Get creative turning your photo to art instantly by choosing the watercolor, sketch or abstract filters you want. For professional users, you can express your creativity easily and make great fine art by using our flexible brush feature. Paintkeep is suitable for both beginner and expert users to create unlimited possibilities of painting.

App features:
• Different 10 type of watercolor presets: portrait, scenery, group photo, building, animal, object, night, flower, dog and fashion. 7 type sketch effects. 20 abstract effects using Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence.
• Brush retouch supporting layering function like photoshop. You can even add unlimited new brush with your own favorite setting.
• User's signature could be added to the watercolor, sketch or abstract painting.
• 17 faded border / edge options.
• Save your painting and share them easily to social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr and more)
• Option to buy high quality canvas, framed painting or poster at super low price for selected countries.
• Fast painting effects, no waiting time.
• We will assure you of continuous update of more features and more design of watercolor, sketch or abstract effects to come.

What you can do with the Paintkeep?
• Display it in messenger service as profile watercolor, sketch or abstract photo to impress your friends.
• Upload to social media to look different from others.
• Print it on canvas or frame it as DIY unique gift for your relatives and friends.
• Create elegant wall decoration for your house, office or room.
• Use your painting to create your blog, journal and as collection.
• Design your own T-Shirt with painting.
• Transform pet to watercolor, sketch or abstract photo as your wallpaper.
• Create watercolor, sketch or abstract as great real estate closing gift.
• Preparing a scrapbook for your loved one, school project, family or friends.
• Souvenir for conference, events or gathering. You could convert the photo to watercolor, sketch or abstract that stay in the participants' memory.
• Elegantly suitable for your wedding invitation card .
• And many more, you name it.

Search #paintkeep on Instagram to find more painting samples.

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• Featured in Appstore homepage for category “New Apps We Love” in 12 countries.
• App Top Banner for category “Photo & Video” in Canada.
• “Turn your photos into works of art with Paintkeep. It provides an entertaining way to transform your photos.” - App Advice

Paintkeep makes watercolor, sketch and abstract so much fun, download it now!

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Study Masterpieces Without a Museum

Maybe you're looking for inspiration, or maybe you just want to broaden your experiences. No matter the reason, these apps will let you study, learn, and enjoy some of the most beautiful works of art ever created.

Google Arts & Culture

Just search on Twitter or Instagram with #GoogleArts to see all kinds of matches.

Google Arts & Culture

Selfie Match

With that said, the selfie mode is the stand out because it’s simply fun. Celebrities have joined thousands of everyday users to post their matches on social media. The matches are usually 40-60%, but it’s easy to see how the distinct facial features are matched between the photos. You can even get different results based on changing your expression, and it’s always fun to see the changes that the system produces. The only limitation is the number of pictures included to potentially match with, and hopefully Google expands their database soon. Just search on Twitter or Instagram with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoogleArts?src=hash">#GoogleArts</a> to see all kinds of matches. It’s trendy enough that companies are using fabricated matches in their advertising campaigns.

Why we love it

The selfie feature is great to get people in the door of the app, and then they can hopefully explore all that it has to offer. At select museums, you can point your camera at a piece of art, and have the app provide the details, kind of like a guided tour. If you’re not sure what museums are compatible and nearby, the app has an explore tab to find museums near you, and you can continue to explore the art after you leave, or before you go. As you dive into all that’s included, the definite highlights are the street views and 360 degree videos to immerse yourself in a given museum without leaving the comfort of your device. There are over 1200 museums included, but the surprising amount is the number of curated collections. You can get lost going from one to the other, and it’s difficult not to find one that you may be interested in. Some of the extra features send you to other Google apps, and the service could always use more art and museums, but it’s a great starting point that will likely be updated going forward.

Art Authority for iPad

Explore centuries of fine art

Art Authority for iPad

For students and lovers of beautiful visual works.

Art Authority is a virtual museum containing over 100,000 of the greatest works of the Western World. It will let you explore masterpieces from 1,500 creators from throughout history. You can explore paintings and sculptures and create personalized collections and exhibitions based on artistic movements, eras, and artists so you can immerse yourself in a custom exhibition tuned to your interests.

Why we love it

We don't have a lot of success typing, "Show cool artz" in our internet search engines because that only brings up a lot of questionable fan art about mermaids. It's nice to have an app that will help us focus our art love into something a little more constructive and useful. And that's nothing against mermaids or their fans, but we'll take a Monet most days of the week.

Have Fun and Relax in an Immersive Coloring Experience

It's possible you don't know a mandala from a spirogram, but that doesn't mean you can't use coloring as a handy relaxation and focusing tool. These apps hand you the blank sheets and put you to work making them gorgeous. Luckily, however, it won't feel like work.

Colorgram: Coloring Book Game

Colorgram: Coloring Book Game

4 Axis Solutions (Pvt) Ltd

The ORIGINAL time-lapse coloring book with creative community, 500+ flat/gradient colors, thousands of pictures and create your own custom color palettes with mandalas, girls, patterns, animals, florals, and thematic images from our artists.

Join our growing time-lapse Coloring community, The perfect tool to relax, while the time away and to release your inner artist.

Get new pictures every day and have fun with the best entertainment coloring game. Start your coloring therapy now for FREE.

What we heard from our beloved users:

"I love how addicting this app is. It's so peaceful, and I love to listen to audiobooks and color, it's a great way to pass time.”

"This a great app to sit back & color while watching television or listening to music or relaxing outside on the patio or porch. I like the colors and I can use solids, gradient. You can make your own color combinations and backgrounds. The illustrations are very good and the animation tool is fun to use which shows you how you journey to color your creation. A fun & relaxing app."

“I love the app!! It's easy to use and you don't have to pay money to get "better" colors! It's truly amazing!!”

“This is my absolute favorite coloring app. There are so many beautiful pictures to color and beautiful colors. Love this!!”

Colorgram brings you

- Watch the playback coloring videos with soothing background music to release your stress.
- Sign up to the first ever Playback coloring Social Community to interact and inspire other Millions of colorist around the globe! Follow colorists to get inspired and grow with the community.
- Easy tap to color option with thousands of gradient and flat colors with extremely user-friendly color palettes to choose from.
- A carefully selected group of talented artists to bring you the best unique coloring books from 19 categories to paint: Girls, Animal, Fashion, Patterns, Cats, Garden Sceneries, Dogs, Mandala, Serenity, Cities, Fantasy, Floral, Food, Messages and more.
- Coloring for the whole family; designed for adults, but boys and girls will still love our unique coloring pages.
- Make your coloring page more amazing by applying our 12 magical filter effects.
- Apple Watch support has make the color picking much more effective.
- iMessage app to send colorful messages to your loved ones.
- Optimized for Apple iPad Pro and pencil to get the pixel perfect, true coloring experience.

Get Colorgram Premium

- Unlimited access to the full artwork catalog and daily new artwork updates.
- Access all pictures and receive daily updates during the subscription period.
- The subscriptions are $3.99 weekly with 1 week trial period, $7.99 monthly and $39.99 yearly or equal to the same price tier as Apple App Store Matrix, determined as the equivalent of subscription price in $ USD.
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- The subscription will automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period. Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when the user purchases a Colorgram Unlimited subscription.


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Set Your Young Artist Loose

These apps will help growing artists express themselves and get their imaginations out into the world. If they're interested in drawing, painting, or just making amazing scribbles, they'll be able to find the tools and space they need to get creating.

Sesame Street Art Maker

Get artistic with two of your favorite Muppets

Sesame Street Art Maker

Inspire!

For kids who like a lot of options and variety in their creativity

Sesame Street Art Maker contains 100 tools and decorations for your future master creator to play around with. It offers fun and challenges throughout the year and lets you build on its base content with purchasable Expansion Kits. It even includes an Art Maker Challenge to provide prompts and opportunities to share their masterpieces with the world.

Why we love it

It brings an amazing arsenal of tools, options, and backdrops to provide kids opportunities and encouragement to express themselves. And its options update throughout the year for seasonal fun. With everything on offer here, your young artist will always be able to find something fun to do.

Drawing Pro:Neon lights effect

Quickly make colorful doodles

Drawing Pro:Neon lights effect

Drawing Pro:Neon lights effect

For kids who want to make their masterpieces glow

Kids Doodle provides a spectrum of glowing colors that your young artist can use to make bright, vibrant creations. They can start from scratch or scribble on top of photos and "improve" them. And that's surely preferable to letting them draw on your real photos or walls, which is something we hear kids might do.

Why we love it

Kids Doodle is a cute, easy app that lets young painters and sketchers express themselves and create beautiful, vibrant works. It's simple, fun, and just silly enough.

SketchBook Kid -  Draw, Drawing Pad & Painting Kid

Give your kid their own creative space

SketchBook Kid - Draw, Drawing Pad & Painting Kid

SketchBook Kid -  Draw, Drawing Pad & Painting Kid

For young sketchers with a ton of ideas.

SketchBook Kid gives your little one their own space to draw, paint, and create. And when they're done with a project, you can save their masterworks to your Camera Roll or show off their masterworks by sharing them to Facebook and Twitter.

Why we love it

A lot of apps will let your kid draw. But SketchBook Kid gives them pencils, paints, and even pastels to let them find their favorite medium. We like the extra flexibility and opportunities to explore and experiment, and we think kids will, too.