As artists, we are always on the go and are always looking for ways to improve and challenge ourselves in the world of art. With the addition of digital applications now available at our fingertips we now have access to some of the most unique, and essential apps out there to help us better and enhance our crafts.
We here at Arts Avenue spent a whole day surfing through google play and using these apps, and here are the top 10 art and design applications for android tablets and phones!
Mirror Op sender is not an art application at all. Nevertheless, given the right circumstance, it can be a huge game changer when it comes to making digital art or drafting on your phone and tablet. What Mirror Op sender is essentially is a virtual mirror between your android device and your laptop. With this, you can cast your android screen to your laptop in real time wireless! You can share movies, pictures and games applications straight to your screen.
The Hack to this is to open up an art application on your android device and watch your artwork cast to your laptop screen in real time!
10. Paperless: early Melon (1.99)
Paperless is a Drawing app that lets you sketch, paint, and color however way you like with a blank canvas, it features watercolors, feather, pencils and various brushes. You can also customize the size, opacity, and smoothing of your lines. With paperless you have the option of sharing your work via Facebook. It'll cost you 2.00 but it's a fun app for dabblers and painters alike.
9. Fresco Paint: Sean Wilson (free/2.99)
Much like paperless Fresco Paint allows to simply paint! Essentially a free app but upgrading to the 2.99 version gets you 4 layers, 21 different filters, 12 brushes, and PSD support. A very fun and easy app to use when it comes to passing the time. (I use this on the train for fun!)
8.Adobe Photoshop express: Adobe Free/(4.99)
Adobe Photoshop express is not adobe photoshop at all. However, it does hold some cool tools to enhance and amplify your images to your liking. With express, you can sync your images to your actual photoshop to continue serious editing. If you're not syncing and just using the express app you have at your disposal Filters, text, text effects painting brushes. Think of express as a delightful snack before you get home and have dinner.
7. Adobe light room: Adobe (Free/requires creative cloud subscription)
Abobe light room is masterful and I mean masterful. An excellent tool to use when it comes to editing and photo manipulation. This application enables you to transform your pictures from a single tap with integrated filters to dabbling with advanced adjustments. Photo-sharing includes Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and much more. The one take away from this app is you need the creative cloud light room to use the full capabilities of this application. However, if you already have and use creative cloud you're set!
6. Art Flow: Art flow Studio (free/4.99 upgrade)
Art flow is an application that turns your phone or tablet into a digital canvas. With over 70 brushes, file, eraser, and smudge tool, Art flow allows you to paint freely on your device. This app also supports PSD/PNG and Jpeg along with Samsung S-pen functionality. Overall a great application to spend your time dabbling and professionally making art.
5. Art Rage: Ambient design Ltd (4.99)
This incarnation of Artrage is the tablet/mobile version of the desktop. For 4.99 you get one of the most advanced digital art apps on the play store. Art Rage allows you to paint, and draw like it's real paper and canvas. Its unique engine allows you to track how much paint you've used, how wet is and tools to blend and mix depending on these variations. Perfect for emulating watercolors and oil paints you also get unlimited layers and PSD support. A bit complicated to learn at first, But once you've got the hang of it you're not stopping anytime soon from glaring at your phone/tablet endlessly editing away.
4. Infinite Painter: Infinite Studio Mobile (Free/4.99)
“We are not Sketchbook.
We are not Photoshop.
We are not Procreate.
We are Infinite Painter.”
Strong words from a strong application. Infinite painter is one of the strongest design apps on the play store, with great reason. Over 80 brushes, (which or categorized for easy use) good tool organization, Its powerful engine allows artists to get very close if not spot on resemblance to traditional media. Photoshop PSD and Blend modes support, along with perspective guides, and selection and clipping masks makes this an amazing application.
3. Pics Art studio: Pics Art (Free/In app purchases)
Okay I know what you're thinking what's a simple picture app doing on this list let alone so high? Well I'll tell you! Pics Art studio is an amazing application that allows you to edit your own images and drawings to your liking. With 300 million downloads Pics Art is one of the most featured photo editing application on the play store.
What makes it so good is its features: Right off the bat you create an account and you're treated to a global community of users and artists that share their art! From there on the home screen there are projects of the day, challenges, and contests as well as tutorials for how to use pics art.
Already you're exposed to community, contests, and free lessons. Once you open up the photo editor you're treated to tons of tools from selection, mapping, text editing such as upload your own personal fonts into pic start. Overlays, sticker art, borders, and more! It also has in app purchases for custom fonts sticker art and more! I use this app more than any on this list because of it's high functionality!
Were not event done... Pics Art also houses a drawing application that allows you to draw, upload and edit your art even more! With advanced brushes, overlays, and layers, you can also upload your clip art saved from the photo side to make your art even more awesome! Pics Art is the perfect design application!
2. Medibang pro: Medibang Inc: (free)
Ever heard of Medi Bang pro? You haven't? Now you have! This app is the dark horse of digital art! Medi Bang pro is the mobile version of the desktop software(both free to download) much like pics art it houses community upon signing up. Once you've signed up you're given free tools for your application such as screen tones, textures, and brushes, as well as fonts and more!
Medi Bang goes through frequent updated which give you free material and tools constantly at no cost! This app is for Illustrators, painters, and comic book creators alike! Over 60 brushes, backgrounds, and more. Free cloud storage to back up and sync to your desktop. Medi Bang also allows mobile scanning for your art at a single snapshot.
Overlays, layers, comic panel creators, selection and mapping tools, perspective and pen correction to smooth and edge out you lines. Online and in app tutorials from home screen for lessons and how to guidance. I highly encourage you to take a look into this application.
1. Sketchbook: Auto desk (free/4.99)
The most well known and downloaded android application Sketchbook has evolved plenty over the years of being on the play store. This app is a mainstay in the digital art world. The free version will present you preset customization brushes, pens and markers, synthetic pressure sensitivity and layers along with blending and the option to scan your art to create line art. If you make the in app purchase to premium you will upgrade to over 100 brushes, synthetic smudge brush sets, the full copic marker color library, more layers and blending modes, magic wand, and gradient fill tools, drop box support and more. This is an impressive strong app that gets work done every single time.
Welp! That's our list! What apps are your favorite that you use the most?
Let us know in the comments section below!