The 5 best iPad apps for artists

Published: 06 April 2014 | by Rob Clymo edited by Pippa Mann
The 5 best iPad apps for artists
Rob Clymo has reviewed 5 of the best iPad apps for artists, whether for sketching, drawing or painting.

Apple's tablet is tailor-made for touchscreen creativity – as are many iOS apps.

1. Procreate 2

Already highly rated by artists, Procreate 2 is a quick, accurate drawing and painting app that's capable of striking artworks.

With new features such as GPU accelerated filters, 4K canvases and 64-bit support, the new version of this iPad app is sure to please artists - particularly those who already use Procreate as it's a free upgrade.

2. Adobe Photoshop Touch

If you're looking for extra creative options when working with digital photography, then this is the app to own.

It doesn't have all the sophisticated tools that come inside the full-blown Photoshop package, but there's plenty here to help your productivity.

The great thing is that it comes tailor-made for a tablet interface, there's support for iCloud Photo Stream.

Photoshop Touch has a strong emphasis on photo sharing through the usual social networking channels, which means it's both quick and easy to tweak images and let people see them in no time.

3. ArtRage for iPad

The ArtRage app has an array of oils and watercolours at your disposal and, an unlimited supply of (virtual) blank canvas on which to dabble.

The sensitivity and interaction is spot on, and it's possible to blend and brush just as you would in the real world.

The whole experience is remarkably lifelike, especially when you use the palette and start applying liberal globs of paint to your work.

The blending actions and overall end results are generally top-notch, although this depends on how talented you are in the first place. However, even if you're not quite Picasso, don't despair.

4. Brushes 3

There's a whole range of brushes, complete with different presets, you can select colours with speed and efficiency, and any gaffes you make can be undone with a tap.

There's also a sort of automated record of how you produced your image, which is a good way to see what design and painting traits you might have.

When you've finished applying your brushstrokes, the resultant masterpiece can be shared with family and friends using a Tweet function, or via email or printing.

5. Autodesk Sketchbook Pro

If you're a fan of drawing, then Sketchbook Pro will prove a surefire hit.

It has a wide array of canvas options and makes the most of your tablet touchscreen and sensitivity controls.

Pressure-sensitive controls mean that, with practice, you can soon be producing works of art in all kinds of freehand styles, using the collection of everything from pencils and pens through to deluxe brushes.

If you need to make more complex tweaks further down the line, then your work can also be exported as layered Photoshop files, so it's one for the pros among you, too.
- digitalartsonline.co.uk
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