IPad drawing app: After being encouraged, on several occasions, by friends and family and after thinking about it for some time, you have decided to try your hand at the art of digital drawing. You have an iPad , a device with great potential in this regard, and would therefore like to start approaching it using the “bitten apple” tablet and ad hoc apps. Yeah… but what are the right applications to use? Well, if you want I can show them to you.
If you give me a few moments of your precious free time, I can in fact suggest you what are loudly considered the best apps for drawing on iPad : you can find them all below. Some are free, others for a fee; some are more suitable for freehand drawing and are also compatible with Apple Pencil, while others are specific for 3D drawing or other uses.
Then? May I know what are you still doing standing there? Position yourself comfortably, grab your iPad and immediately start downloading the resources that you think will best suit you. I am sure that, in the end, you will be able to say that you are very happy and satisfied. What do you say, we bet?
App to draw on iPad with Pencil
Let’s start this review dedicated to the best apps for drawing on iPad with those suitable for use in conjunction with Apple Pencil , the digital pencil produced by the Cupertino company for its tablets: you can find them listed below. Happy download!
The first solution I invite you to consider is Procreate . It is one of the most powerful tools ever for drawing, painting and illustrating on the iPad. It is mainly conceived for professional creatives, but it can also be interesting for “amateurs on the run”. It also includes a rather complete toolkit, can be used with Apple Pencil and is ideal for those looking for an app to draw on the iPad Pro , as it supports the use of ultra-high definition canvases. It costs 10.99 euros.
To download the application on your iPad, visit the relevant section of the App Stor and press the button with the price and authorize the download via Face ID , Touch ID or Apple ID password . Then, press the Open button that appears on the display or touch the relative icon that has been added to the home screen.
Now that you see the main screen of the application, follow the short introductory tutorial that is proposed to you, then choose whether to create a new drawing on an empty sheet, to import it or to open a photo from the Gallery, by selecting the appropriate items located on the screen.
Then, start drawing using the tools available in the app: in the upper right part you will find the buttons to use the brush , the eraser and the tools to select colors , manage layers , define opacity and stroke thickness , while at the top left there are the buttons to manage the actions , the adjustments and for the selection . The drawing area, on the other hand, is the one you find in the center of the screen, on which you can intervene using your Apple Pencil or, if desired, even your fingers.
When you have finished your creation, you can decide to save the related project, in order to resume it at a later time, by selecting from the Procreate gallery, simply by closing the app or by tapping the button with the arrow to the left located in top or, again, to import it in a specific format, by selecting the button with the wrench located at the top of the screen, going to the Share section of the menu that opens and indicating the format you prefer from the proposed list and the position or the app of your interest.
Another great app for drawing on iPad with Apple Pencil (and with your fingers) that I invite you to consider is Adobe Fresco . As easily understood by the name itself, it is a solution developed by Adobe, the software house of the famous Photoshop, specific for digital drawing. It’s free, it includes lots of brushes to choose from to draw, design and model your creations and its interface is quite intuitive. The only thing to consider is that, to use it, you must have an Adobe ID (or otherwise log in with an account of the services supported by it).
To download the application on your iPad, visit the relevant section of the App Store , press the Get button , then the Install button and authorize the download using Face ID , Touch ID or Apple ID password . Then, open the app, by pressing the Open button that appeared on the screen or by selecting the relative icon that has just been added to the home screen.
At this point, log in with your Adobe ID (or, possibly, with the Apple , Google or Facebook account in your possession, by pressing one of the appropriate buttons) and then press the Create new button , so as to select the sheet format working format (eg Custom size , Screen size , Square , A4 , etc.).
To select a brush , press on one of those on the left, tap it again and select the one to use (eg Charcoal , Ink , Paint , etc.); you can then adjust its characteristics using the appropriate box attached to the chosen brush.
To delete a stroke, on the other hand, call up the Eraser tool and pass over the desired area; to add text, on the other hand, call up the T tool always placed on the toolbar on the left; to add geometric shapes, on the other hand, presses the icon of the triangle with the circle . As for the management of the levels, make use of the specific area dedicated to the latter, located on the right.
When done, press the up arrow icon (top right) and select the save or share option you prefer to use.
Autodesk SketchBook is another beautiful app for drawing on iPad with Apple Pencil (and with your fingers) meant for free drawing, whether it’s quick conceptual sketches or fully finished works of art. It includes a variety of fast and powerful brushes and creative tools and is quite simple to use. It is completely free.
To download the application on your device, visit the relevant section of the App Store , press the Get button , then the Install button and authorize the download using Face ID , Touch ID or Apple ID password . Then, open the app, by pressing the Open button that appeared on the screen or by selecting the relative icon that has just been added to the home screen.
Now that you see the main Autodesk SketchBook screen, feel free to draw freely using the tools available. To be exact, on the left you will find the bar with brushes , pencils and erasers . Also, by selecting a given tool, you can adjust its characteristics. On the right, then, there is the menu for managing levels and colors .
At the top you will find the toolbar with buttons for managing changes , selection , symmetry , accessing the guides , inserting text , etc. If you want, you can also choose to draw in full screen, by tapping on the button with the rectangle located at the top, on the right. The entire drawing, on the other hand, must be developed on the sheet visible in the center of the screen.
When you have finished drawing, to save the project, so that you can possibly change it later, tap the button with the bulleted list located at the top left and select the options Gallery and Save current sketch . If you prefer to import the drawing, after tapping on the button with the bulleted list , select the Share item and indicate the app or position of your interest.
Other apps for drawing on iPad
None of the apps for drawing on the iPad that I have already suggested previously has been able to satisfy you, or are you looking for alternative solutions? Then test the additional resources that you find in the list below: I am sure that, in the end, you will finally be able to find some interesting applications.
- Infinite Painter – app that allows you to freely try your hand at creating images and drawing. It offers over 80 brushes and numerous useful tools for this purpose. It’s free, but offers in-app purchases (starting at € 4.99) to unlock extra tools and features.
- Tayasui Sketches – application with an elegant and minimal user interface. It includes various tools, such as pencils, brushes, watercolors, tempera and oil pastels, and a variety of advanced features. Yes, download for free, but you can unlock extra features via in-app purchases (starting at € 2.99).
- Concepts – application that allows you to create sketches that integrates numerous tools to structure the drawings created on multiple levels. It’s free, but offers in-app purchases (starting at € 2.29) to unlock the most advanced resources.
- Pixelmator – is one of the most popular graphics apps available for iPadOS (and iOS). It allows you not only to create drawings using the various brushes and countless tools offered, but also to edit and enhance images. It costs 5.99 euros.
App for drawing iPad 3D
If you are looking for apps to make 3D drawings on iPad, here are some solutions that might be right for you: put them to the test now, I’m sure they won’t disappoint you.
uMake is undoubtedly one of the best 3D drawing apps on iPad. It allows you to draw two-dimensionally and instantly rotate the sketch to see its rendering in 3D. It’s free, but in that case it only acts as a viewer. To use the app to draw, you need to make in-app purchases (starting at 16.99 euros / month).
To download the application on your tablet, visit the relevant section of the App Store , tap the Get button , then the Install button and authorize the download via Face ID , Touch ID or Apple ID password . Then, open the app, by pressing the Open button that appeared on the screen or by selecting the relative icon that has just been added to the home screen.
Now that you see the main screen of uMake, tap the Start button , answer the short questionnaire that is asked to you (about your interests and your skills regarding 3D drawing) and choose the paid plan you want to subscribe, or activate the free trial lasting 14 days, then decide whether to create an account to back up your data and tap the New drawing button to start drawing.
Then start using the tools available on the screen to create your design in the workspace. To be precise, at the top of the display you will find the pen , precision and freestyle tools to trace your drawing. By tapping the button with the square and the transverse lines , you can also access the application menu through which you can insert ready-to-use three-dimensional objects , images and personal files , as well as manage the layers , the view of objects and settings .
On the left, then, there are the buttons to change the perspective , manage the symmetry and transform the drawing into 3D . At the bottom right, on the other hand, you will find the buttons for selecting , canceling or redoing the changes and the one for managing the orientation . Additional tools appear in a toolbar on the right side of the screen, depending on the selected functions.
When you have finished your drawing, to save it, tap on the button with the square and the transversal lines located on the left, select the icon with the square and the upward arrow on the side of the menu that opens and choose a option between Save photo (to save the drawing as a photo), Export file (to export the project in the format you prefer) or Copy to other apps (to copy it to other applications installed on the iPad).
SketchUp Viewer is the counterpart for smartphones and tablets of a renowned PC program used to create three-dimensional models, widely used for the design of various objects and buildings. In its variant for iPadOS, however, it allows only and exclusively to view the various three-dimensional models created on the computer. However, I chose to tell you about it in this guide of mine, as it is a very famous solution for three-dimensional desktop drawing and therefore you may need it to manage the projects you create on PC.
To download the app on your iPad, visit the relevant section of the App Store , tap the Get button , then the Install button and authorize the download via Face ID , Touch ID or Apple ID password . Then, open the app, by pressing the Open button that appeared on the screen or by selecting the relative icon that has just been added to the home screen.
Now that you see the main screen of the app, follow the short introductory tutorial that is proposed to you and choose to create a Trimble account or log in to the one you already have, by pressing the appropriate button visible on the display, then provide the requested data.
Once logged in, select the 3D model you want to view on the iPads and that you have previously created from your computer, as I explained to you in detail in my tutorial on the subject.
Once you have recalled the model of your interest, to manage its display, use the tools in the toolbar on the left (if you do not see it, tap on the screen). To be precise, the arrow button allows you to adjust the selection, the one with the clapperboard the animations, the one with the sheets the layers, the one with the camera the perspective and the one with the glasses the elements to view. Then there are the AR buttons and the one with the arrows that are used, respectively, to take advantage of augmented reality and to change the type of display.
Other apps to draw iPad 3D
In addition to the apps to create 3D drawings on the iPad that I have already reported to you in the previous lines, there are also additional resources used for the purpose that you can consider using. You ask me which ones? Simple: the ones you find listed below.
- 3DC.io – quick and easy app for creating 3D images. It’s free, but offers in-app purchases (starting at € 1.09) to unlock additional content.
- Shapr – application for CAD drawing thanks to which it is possible to create three-dimensional models quickly but extremely precisely. It is perfect for both industry experts and those who want to try their hand at 3D drawing for the first time. It’s free, but offers in-app purchases (starting at € 32.99) to unlock access to all features.
- GnaCAD – another 3D drawing app that includes several CAD-oriented features. It’s free, but offers in-app purchases (starting at € 1.09) to add additional features.
- Gravity Sketch – allows you to create beautiful 3D models in an easy and fun way. It integrates a set of simple but powerful tools that can be used without the slightest problem on anyone’s part. It’s free.
App for drawing tattoos on iPad
Still on the subject of apps for drawing on iPad, I want to recommend you some resources you can call upon to create custom tattoos directly from your tablet. To find out which ones I believe are the best in the category, go ahead and read.
Inked Tattoo Studio
Inked Tattoo Studio is an easy-to-use application that allows you to apply one of the many tattoo models available on the various parts of the body portrayed in the selected photos and to create personalized tattoos starting from the predefined ones. It’s free, but offers in-app purchases (for € 1.09) to unlock more tattoos.
To download the app, access the relevant section on the App Store , press the Get button , then the Install button and authorize the download using Face ID , Touch ID or Apple ID password . Then, start the app by tapping the Open button or the icon that has just been added to the home screen.
Now that you see the main screen of the application, tap the camera button at the bottom and select the photo you want to use from the iPadOS Gallery. Alternatively, you can decide to take a photo on the spot with the iPad camera.
Then, select the tattoo of your choice among those in the list at the bottom of the screen and place it in the place of the photo you prefer. Then proceed to modify the tattoo as you see fit, by tapping on it and using the buttons you see appearing around: you can increase its size , rotate it or access the editor to modify it.
To save the final result, then press the button with the three horizontal lines located at the top left, tap the button with the square and the arrow in the menu that opens, select the word Done at the top right and choose the option you prefer.
Other apps for drawing tattoos on iPad
Didn’t the app to draw tattoos on iPad that I already tell you about completely satisfied you? Then try taking a look at the additional resources I have included in the following list. You will see that, in the end, you will be able to find a solution that will satisfy you.
- Draw Tattoo – useful resource for learning how to draw tattoos using the iPad. It offers an archive with more than 100 different tattoos to choose from and for each of which the various lines to be drawn are shown.
- Learn to draw tattoos and Mehndi – as the name implies, this is an app that allows you to learn how to draw tattoos of various kinds, following the instructions that are shown on the screen and using the drawing tools available. It’s free, but offers in-app purchases (starting at € 1.09) to unlock access to all designs.
- Learn to draw flowers Tattoo Designs – app created by the same developer of the resource that I reported to you earlier and with practically the same functioning, but specifically designed to learn how to draw floral tattoos.
- Tattoo photo HD – app thanks to which you can create custom tattoos starting from various predefined templates, which can be modified using the numerous special tools available. It also allows you to apply a preview of the tattoo on the skin, after selecting the photos to use. You download for free, but in order to take advantage of the features offered, you must subscribe to a paid subscription (at the basic cost of € 3.99 / week).