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Apple Pencil Works Amazing With These Apps

Apple Pencil Works Amazing With These Apps

Hey there iPad Pro fans. Are you looking for apps other than Notes to go along with your shinny Apple Pencil? Check out all the apps designed to take full advantage of your cool accessory.

Get Your Ideas on Paper

Whether you're jotting down an idea, making a quick and dirty sketch, or finalizing a masterpiece, these apps will parter with your Apple Pencil to give you all the power and flexibility you need to get your concepts into the real world. They work alongside Apple's stylus to re-create that pen-and-paper feel to unlock your creativity with a minimum of hassle.

Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes

Your note-taker, sketchbook, and diagramming tool.

Paper by FiftyThree - Sketch, Diagram, Take Notes

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.

Linea - Sketch Simply

Sketch and Write With Ease

Linea - Sketch Simply

It is Simple

For those who want to write and sketch on iPad in an uncomplicated way.

Linea comes with a wide range of pre-defined colors or you can customize colors with a single tap. Auto-generated tints and shades are also included. Simplified layers are easy to merge or rearrange. A Touch Eraser allows you to wipe the screen clean with ease.

Why we love it

There's a lot of sketchpad apps on the App Store and Linea doesn't offer anything new in terms of the features it provides. However, if you're new to digital sketching, Linea is a great product to consider.

Procreate – Sketch, paint, create.

Procreate is a must-have

Procreate – Sketch, paint, create.

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.

Tayasui Sketches: Draw and paint like on paper!

Tayasui Sketches: Draw and paint like on paper!

Tayasui.com

Doodle on what feels like real paper

For those looking to create the most realistic drawings on their mobile device.

Sketches is the most realistic, versatile and user-friendly sketching app designed for a mobile device. This exhaustive artist's toolbox helps users create dazzling sketches, cheerful paintings and smashing illustrations on the go. It has a ton of features and has stylus support.

You Doodle - draw on photos, draw on pictures, fun

Your full art studio editor

You Doodle - draw on photos, draw on pictures, fun

A full art studio

For anyone who wants a complete art studio solution for their iPad.

You Doodle provides you with all of the tools that you need to draw on photos or add text. And with an Apple Pencil, you can get even more accurate results as you write the perfect note to go along with that photo of your best friend doing something silly. The app has a ton of features and tools to make the editing process fun and easy, and it's a great app for just having some fun with your images.

Why we love it

We like You Doodle because it is fun and simple to use. There is not much of a learning curve and you can get some great results in minutes.

Create Your Happy Little World

Not only is your Apple Pencil a, well, pencil, but with the right app, it can also simulate charcoals, crayons, or any paintbrush you can imagine. It's almost like having an art-supply store on hand all the time minus the crowds of students and odd, scrapbooking ladies.

ArtRage

ArtRage

Ambient Design Ltd.

ArtRage

ArtRage offers the most advanced simulation of real paint on your iPad, taking full advantage of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil! Get creative on a digital canvas with smearing, blending oils, delicate watercolor, and much more! ArtRage allows you to create your own masterpiece without the mess and expense.

HuePaint

HuePaint

Norbyte

HuePaint

HuePaint lets you create beautiful digital works of art using the colorful painting tools Tie-Dye Brush, Hue Brush, Shaded Brush, and Standard Brush. You will also find a powerful smudge tool that lets you blend and smoothen colors together, as well as an ordinary eraser. With Apple Pencil Support you can change characteristics depending on how you use the Pencil (pressure, tilt).

Get Things Moving

If you can draw one thing, why not make a bunch and then arrange them into a sequence to create a short, moving picture? Probably because that's called animation, and it's a totally different skill set. But if you're an aspiring or seasoned cartoon-maker, this app will get you started telling your stories. And with your Apple Pencil, it'll be even easier to make your art animated.

Animatic by Inkboard

Quickly animate with your Apple Pencil

Animatic by Inkboard

Animatic by Inkboard

For sketchers and drawers who think their art is too static

Inkboard's Animatic will get you making flipbook-style short animations in no time. And when you're done, you can export them as videos or GIFs to show off your work to the world.

Why we love it

We're old enough to have blown an entire stack of Post-Its making stick figures dance and/or fight. Or fight and then dance. Or the other way around. We kept it simple. But it's nice to see that technology has reached a point where our artistic aspirations have a fancy new home.

Put Some Color in Your Life

Your iPad is already a game machine, a portable office, and a tiny movie theater. But did you know that it can also be therapy? Coloring books are cool and acceptable for all ages now, and people use them to treat mental ailments like anxiety, depression, and PTSD. This app lets you use your Apple Pencil to take some time out and relax while still being slightly productive.

Pigment - Coloring Book for Adults

Life is boring without some Pigment

Pigment - Coloring Book for Adults

So Much to Do

For anyone who wants a comprehensive adult coloring book solution.

Pigment is one of the best adult coloring book apps on iOS. The app itself is beautifully designed and easy to navigate, and there are a ton of different designs that you can choose from, ranging from the traditional mandalas to abstract art to holiday themes and much more. Pigment has several different options for coloring tools as well, in case you want to go with a colored pencil, a marker, or even an airbrush effect. Just tap on the section you want to color and start painting — Pigment is smart enough to help you stay inside the lines, so you don't have to worry about ruining the adjacent sections, especially the tiny ones. While you get a lot of options with the free download, you can subscribe to the Premium version for new, weekly designs so you're never out of content to color.

Why we love it

Pigment has a gorgeous design and a lot of variety in terms of design and tools. It's a quintessential adult coloring book for iOS.

It's Business Time

The Apple Pencil isn't just for making your own things; it's also great for collaborating on group projects. These apps will help you give notes, make presentations, and otherwise just get work done.

Make Your Photos Shine

Everyone has a few hundred -- or thousand -- pictures on their iPhone, and some of them need a little touching up before you share them with your friends (or sell them, if you're a pro). These apps will help you use your fancy Apple Pencil to unlock full control over editing, retouching, and modifying your shots to make them as gorgeous as possible.

Canva - Graphic Design & Photo Editing

Edit photos, create designs, and spruce up your images with ease.

Canva - Graphic Design & Photo Editing

Canva - Graphic Design & Photo Editing

For those who want a tool for photos, designs, images, and more.

Canva offers a wide range of options for any creative project. From simple photo editing to extensive image design, this slick and intuitive tool lets you create and edit on the go. Save, download, share, and publish your creations easily. And with Siri support, searching is simple.

Why we love it

Canva is a great tool that makes it easy for anyone to create cool images and edit amazing photos.

Adobe Photoshop Fix

Let's Fix This

Adobe Photoshop Fix

Face-aware liquify

For Adobe users that want to edit on iOS.

With Adobe Photoshop Fix, you can heal, smooth, liquify, lighten and make other edits and adjustments to your images. Access edited photos within other Adobe mobile and desktop apps by signing in to Adobe Creative Cloud to further refine them or use them in other creative projects – it’s all powered by Adobe CreativeSync.

Why we love it

This photo-editing app with Adobe in the name doesn't disappoint thanks to its feature set.