Although we still cannot say that the iPad is able to replace the paper and the pencil in its entirety, the truth is that it makes a great effort. Today, you can write, design and even draw with your iPad Pro. Its larger screen has taken this tablet to new levels and every day feels more comfortable in the hands of creative professionals. But if you also add the best apps to draw on iPad Pro, we are sure that your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Designed from scratch with the Apple Pencil in mind, the iPad Pro is now an authentic digital canvas and has a large number of drawing applications in the App Store, many of which have already been optimized for the enlarged screen of the Pro and the fine point of the Pen. Of all of them, the following are clearly the best.
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MediBang Paint It is a program to draw very easy to use, which has some similarities with Photoshop, since it allows you to work with layers. This program has a very good brush editor and offers the possibility of adding styles to your layers. As if that were not enough, it has dozens of tools that are also compatible with the fourth generation iPad (0 higher) and iPad Mini 2 (or higher). If you like to draw pictures, this application offers you a lot of fonts to get the professional look you want. You can also save your projects locally or in the cloud.
The main idea behind Artrage is to make the paintings as real as possible on the iPad. You can mix the paintings as if you were really manipulating them on a canvas. This application works with layers and, if you are familiar with Photoshop, you will feel at home with mixing modes. Artrage allows you to save your paintings and drawings on the desktop. Not only does it have support for the pen, but for Wacom, Adonit and Pogo styli.
Even if you're not a professional artist, you've probably heard of Sketchbook by Autodesk. It is one of the most popular applications among artists. The distribution in the tools can be imported and exported to Photoshop and the ability to zoom is 2,500 percent, so that you can work on the smallest details.
When the iPad Pro was announced, it was said to replace your computer. Graphic is like having Adobe Illustrator on your iPad. You can go to your computer and continue drawing there. It comes with different types of brushes and drawing capabilities. If you work in graphic design, you will be amazed by the capabilities of this program for the iPad.
Adobe Illustrator Draw is similar to Graphic, which allows you to create designs based on vectors. The difference is that this application is much easier to use and less intimidating in its interface. It is designed to quickly save ideas and work when you are not in front of a computer and continue when you return to the office.
Inspire Pro ($ 10 dollars)
This application is one of the most intuitive when it comes to drawing. Take advantage of the multicore capabilities of CPU and OpenGL to draw and render quickly. The application saves your favorite colors so you can access them without problem.
Making decals, cones and other types of graphics can be very easy, thanks to Assembly. This wonderful program allows you to create a sharp and professional job in a very short time, since it has a wide selection of shapes, symbols, layers and stickers.
In addition, you can save your work in high resolution JPG or PNG format, as well as in SVG and PDF vector formats. The application is free, but if you want the package that offers 21 thematic forms, a text engine with 25 custom fonts, the ability to combine fonts, or even import vector images, you will have to pay a Pro subscription that costs $ 3 dollars per week, $ 5 per month or $ 30 per year.
Sketch Club ($ 3 dollars)
Sketch club It offers something unique: the ability to share your masterpiece with a community of artists, read other people's opinions about your projects and even find inspiration. The application allows you to create up to 64 layers in total and, likewise, you can build your art on canvases with a resolution of up to 4K. As if that were not enough, it has a wide selection of brushes and vector tools, has full support for Apple Pencil and the ability to record in 1080p.
Brushes It has been available since the Apple iPad was released in 2010 and showed the world that the device could be a tool for artists.
Since then, the application has grown to be compatible with the iPad Pro. This application is compatible with OpenGL and takes advantage of 64-bit processing on the iPad. In addition, it is not only very fast, but it has a very simple toolbar and has the typical iOS interface design language, with which iPad users will feel comfortable.
It also has layers support, but unlike other professional applications you can only create 10.
Astropad ($ 30 dollars)
Astropad combine your iPad Pro with a Mac and turn your tablet into an almost professional drawing board. This application is aimed at creative professionals who use applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator.
In addition, it is optimized for the iPad Pro to show improved image quality, a custom pressure curve specifically designed for the Apple Pencil and tilt support with the optical pen.
It also has an advanced career setting to eliminate loose points and provide strokes with the Pen, which means you only see what you are trying to draw.
It is the ideal drawing application for professional illustrators, comic artists and for anyone who has ever wanted a Wacom tablet. Although it costs $ 30 dollars, we think it is very economical if we compare it with the price of professional drawing boards.
Even though Animation Desk has been around for several years, the most recent news is that it is now compatible with Apple Pencil software. As its title suggests, the Animation Desk (name in Spanish) is an application that goes much more than drawing, because it focuses on animation.
If you decide to opt for the basic application you will not have to pay a penny, but if you want something more specialized you can pay for the most complete package.
Pigment It is the best application that exists for both adults and children, as it seems that you are working on a book to paint with colors. It is compatible with Apple Pencil and offers more than 200 professional illustrations, along with eight different types of pencils, markers and brushes. Their color choices are unlimited and when you finish your masterpiece, you can share them instantly with family and friends or print them to paste them in the fridge. In addition, it has some paid add-ons for those who want more options and designs for coloring.
Like Animation Desk, Concepts It is made to create designs for the home, industry or whatever you want. The application includes support for infinite layers (or at least those you can handle on the iPad) and the possibility of exporting in SVG or CAD formats.
The current version of the application has an excellent rating of 4.6 stars in the App Store. Like many other applications on this list, it is free, but offers purchases from the application.
This application is ideal for modelers and designers who make 3D objects or plans. With uMake you can draw in two dimensions on an axis to represent 3D images on the iPad Pro. Once you have sketched the 2D design, you can modify the 3D representation to meet the exact specifications. When you are done, uMake offers the possibility to export your creations in PNG, IGES and OBJ file formats. The application is free, but to get the full set of functions, you must pay $ 10 a month or $ 100 a year.
Pixelmator ($ 5 dollars)
S: Pixelmator is not free, but it is a great photo editor that can handle painting and graphic design. From clipping to retouching, from sketch to merger, Pixelmator does it all, and the results speak for themselves. The application includes a lot of tools and pay close attention to how you use your Apple Pencil. In fact, the series of brushes included in the application have full support for the Apple Pencil. Of course, the application costs $ 5 dollars, although that entitles you to everything in it.
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Procreate ($ 10 dollars)
Procreate is one of the most professional and complete drawing applications on this list, but it will cost you $ 10 dollars. It comes equipped with a complete set of drawing tools that expertly imitate a series of real creative implements, such as soft pastels, leo, charcoal, graphite pencils of varying hardness, acrylic, watercolors and more. Whatever the medium, Procreate's digital tools will give you the effect and full appearance of the real. You can even blur and manipulate your strokes as you will on paper or canvas.
Its 64-bit paint engine, Silica, is incredibly fast and responsive, and with a Pen on the iPad Pro, drawing or painting feels natural. You can add a number of layers and decide how high resolution your canvas wants. In the Pro, you can achieve a resolution of 16K with 64-bit color, and you can export your artwork as PSD, PNG or JPG. The application also helps you create a portfolio and share your work.
Paper It has long been one of the best drawing apps for iPad. In addition to having a wide variety of creative functions, the application offers diagramming and note-taking tools.
You can choose between a watercolor brush, a regular or calligraphy pencil, a marker, a pen, an eraser, a paint roller, scissors and a ruler to make your work of art. You can even import or take photographs and mark them with text or drawings. All your creations can be easily shared in Paste, an application for creative teams. The use of the Apple pencil and iPad Pro with the application is transparent.
There is also a Pro version, based on subscription, which gives you additional functions and tools.
Adobe Photoshop Sketch
Adobe's set of iOS applications works extremely well on the iPad Pro, but we will highlight Sketch in particular as our favorite drawing application in this group. You can create expressive drawings and paintings without opening a sketchbook. Illustrations can be sent as layered PSD files to Adobe Photoshop CC or resized up to four times in Illustrator CC to print high-resolution copies.
The application includes 14 tools, a digital ruler and some graphic guides. You can also import your own images or photos to work with them. With the Creative Cloud connection, you can send a file to Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC to your PC or share your creations with the Behance creative community.
Zen Brush 2 ($ 3 dollars)
With the support of Apple Pencil, Zen Brush 2 allows you to create a very particular art that focuses on the appearance of the East Asian ink brush. The application allows you to choose from a large collection of backgrounds to display your art or calligraphy. The application also allows you to share your work directly on your Facebook or Twitter account. If you don't have an iPad Pro or an Apple Pencil, you'll be glad to know that this application is also compatible with Wacom Intuos and Adonit Jot.
Tayasui Sketches looks like something very basic, but it offers a wide variety of free brushes and a free space to draw. You get a pencil, Rotring, a watercolor brush, a marker and eraser for free. You can also import photos and it is really easy to share your sketches on social networks or by email.
It's great for illustration and quick sketches, but it can become a professional drawing application with surface pressure, layers, paper types, more brushes and the ability to change the size of brushes. It also allows you to test the professional functions for an hour, so you can decide if it is worth its price of $ 5 dollars. Regardless of whether you pay for the professional package, you can organize your sketches and creations in different notebooks of the application, which makes it easy to track everything. Thanks to the backup function, you won't have to worry about losing any job.
* Updated by Mara Teresa Lopes on September 7, 2019.