Apple is making sure new iPad owners know all about the tablet’s new tricks with its series of educational how-to videos that keep coming out with updates. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s new how-to videos, Apple has published a new video showing how to use Apple Pencil on the new iPad to draw handwritten […]
The age of the digital sketchbook is here.
I’ve been wanting a true digital sketchbook ever since I first discovered you could (poorly) draw circles on the Newton. Almost two decades later, I got my wish: The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are just about the nicest tools for digital sketching I’ve ever tried. (And I’ve tried a lot of styluses, computers, and Wacom tablets.) And now that the base-model iPad has Apple Pencil support too, everyone can sketch up a masterpiece.
Even if you’ve never had an art background, the iPad and Pencil make it pretty easy to start sketching — and better, continue sketching. When I started doodling, one of my first friends in that industry told me that drawing “skill” essentially amounted to just doing it over and over and over and over again; the iPad is a pretty great tool with which to do that. (And you don’t have to spend continuous money on ink, pens, and sketchbooks!)
But first! Let’s talk about the drawing apps you should check out. If you want to use your iPad to make some digital artwork, these are the best of the best.
- Affinity Photo
- Animation Desk Cloud
Notes: Just the basics
Apple’s default Notes app is limited in both tools, canvas textures, and color picking, but it’s a nice starter app for anyone looking to have a little fun with their Pencil without picking out a paid application. It also offers the least lag time from Pencil to line of any app on the market, thanks to Apple’s implementation. (Surprising no one, it helps to have your app, device, and accessory all designed to work together from the start by Apple.)
Linea: All-purpose drawing
While I love Paper’s tools, the Iconfactory’s Linea app has supplanted it to become my favorite all-purpose sketching application. Linea offers similarly well-crafted pencil, ink, and marker options to Paper’s fare, but it builds on that by giving users a starting set of layers, split screen, easily customizable export options, a beautiful color palette, and my favorite eraser implementation of any drawing app out there.
Linea is truly best if you’re looking for a digital sketchbook replacement rather than a full-featured Photoshop clone. And because Linea can export to PNG, JPG, or layered PSD, it’s also the perfect app to start a project in before bringing it to one of the iPad’s heavier hitting graphics programs — or your Mac.
FiftyThree Paper: Another all-purpose option
If you want a variety of tools for doodling or taking notes, Paper is another excellent (and free) starting point beyond Notes. It offers an assortment of options for starting a pencil, ink, or watercolor sketch, and works beautifully when paired with the Apple Pencil. Better still, Paper can sort all these doodles in separate digital sketchbooks, and you can even share certain drawings to the public Paper feed, or to Adobe’s Creative Cloud or OneNote.
The downsides to Paper aren’t many, but they’re worth noting: The Pencil’s lag time isn’t great when compared to some other apps on the market, and Paper lacks a good way to fill edge-to-edge on the screen without accidentally closing the application. It also doesn’t provide options for layered or transparent export.
iWork: For school- and work-based sketching
The iWork suite of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote were never high on my list for “fun apps to use with Apple Pencil,” but Apple’s most recent update changed all that: All the apps can now sketch with the Pencil in various ways, including making tiny drawings, annotating atop photos (and video!), and using new Keynote tools that allow for rudimentary animation using Line Draw and Match Move.
These apps won’t beat the more nuanced tools found in other sketching apps — they essentially use the Notes palette — but they’re an excellent option for anyone working on papers, slideshows, video presentations, and other multimedia projects. (And you can make hand-drawn ebooks, too!)
Procreate: For the pros
While Notes, Paper, and Linea can help you flush out ideas and organize them, Procreate is the true master and commander of making those ideas reality. It’s one of the few apps that rivals the experience of working in Photoshop on the Mac, offering a truly ridiculous number of layers, customizable brushes, and templates.
For specific projects, you can even create your own tools, as my pal Jessie Char did for her makeup blog:
None of the brushes on Procreate looked enough like lipstick, so I made my own pic.twitter.com/0VFPZzjnVg
— Jessie Char (@jessiechar) January 27, 2016
Procreate can export truly large images as PSD, JPG, PNG, or in the Procreate file format, where you can then send or share them with your friends, clients, or web pals. It also offers a live-streaming option and print-ready export formats.
Graphic: For vector art
I’ll be honest: Until Autodesk’s Graphic showed up on the scene, I hadn’t worked with vector illustration since the death of Macromedia FreeHand in the early 2000s. Illustrator makes me want to throw things at my computer, and since my art hobby was just that — a hobby — I left it well enough alone.
But Graphic makes vector art fun for me again, and it does so in a completely approachable way. You can draw vector lines directly with the Apple Pencil or place nodes by hand, or combine both. You can change fills, colors, and group vector pieces. All of the fun of drawing with vectors, none of the Illustrator stress. Graphic isn’t perfect for professional work, but it’s a pretty darn good start.
Affinity Photo: The nearest thing you’ll get to Photoshop on iOS
If you need more tools than the average app can supply — even Procreate — check out Affinity Photo. The iPad version of Serif’s popular Mac app offers a truly staggering number of controls and options for drawing, vector work, gradients, perspective projection, and more. It’s a little denser to dive into than Procreate or Linea, but the $ 19.99 app is an excellent tool for pros looking to do some print-ready work on the iPad without compromise.
Animation Desk Cloud: Create animations
Disclaimer: I am a terrible, terrible animator. But the animation folks I trust suggest that if you want to try your hand at animating on the iPad, Kdan’s Animation Desk is one of the only half-decent options out there. Most of the other animation apps available on the App Store are too limited for budding artists — unless you want to make clip-art dance, that is — and the few that do offer traditional animation tools have user interfaces that predate iOS 7, or aren’t optimized for the iPad.
Kdan’s Animation Desk Cloud is the company’s iPad successor to Animation Desk, and it strips the clunky skeuomorphic interface while keeping a bevy of tools for animating pros. Like Graphic, there’s a huge opportunity for Kdan — or another company — to improve upon the app’s foundation and add key tools, but if you want to animate something by hand on your iPad, this is the app to do it with.
uMake: For 3D modeling
Like animation, 3D modeling is not, shall we say, my forté. But if you want to build some 3D models on the iPad Pro, uMake has very quickly made a name for itself as one of the best programs on the App Store. It offers extensive tutorials on building custom 3D shapes or importing 2D images and making them into 3D models; while I haven’t had time to study more than a few of them, they’re incredibly detailed and helpful. If 3D modeling is a skill you’d like to learn, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better app for it on the iPad.
Pigment: Adult coloring books
When I was in high school, I had a pretty standard “keep myself from falling asleep in class” routine: I’d doodle vast webs of intercrossed dark lines, then slowly color them in. It was usually good for an hour of entertainment — and provided my brain with just enough stimulation to remain awake while listening to lectures.
Pigment takes my high-school doodling to an extreme, offering thousands of pages of intricately-drawn shapes for you to color in — whether you’re listening to a lecture, or just want something to do with your hands while watching TV. The app is free to download and view, but you’ll need a monthly in-app subscription to actually sketch on the patterns.
Astropad and Astropad Studio: Use the iPad to draw with your Mac
If you drew digitally before the age of iPads, you probably used a Wacom tablet at least once in your life: The tablet and pen combination allowed users to draw naturally within apps like Photoshop, either by using a plastic tablet or drawing directly on the screen via the company’s more expensive Cintiq line.
Astropad essentially lets you turn your iPad and Pencil into a Wacom Cintiq — with or without wires. A wired connection to your Mac results in almost no lag and a supremely comfortable sketching experience, but going wireless is also fantastic: I have a couch set up across from my iMac and standing desk, and with Astropad, I can sketch in Photoshop on my retina iMac from 4 feet away. If you want to use your iPad on-the-go but also integrate it into your desktop drawing workflow, Astropad is an incredible resource to have in your app library. For true pros, there’s also a subscription-based version of the app available, Astropad Studio, which offers better Apple Pencil input, Magic Gestures, faster latency, and more.
What drawing apps do you think are fabulous? What programs aren’t worth your time? Let me know in the comments.
Updated April 2018: Updated this list for the 2018 iPad.
As expected, Apple Pencil support has come for iPad 2018—aka 6th generation iPad. The stylus works with tons of finest apps to let you create notes, draw, sketch, paint and more with absolute precision. Not for nothing, it’s termed as a premium artistic tool for sketching every imagination and infusing life into fascinating designs! We have picked out the best Apple Pencil apps for iPad, which are primed to get the most out of your creative soul.
With these top iOS apps at your disposal, you can craft wonderful picture, create good-looking notes and also annotate PDFs gracefully. You can color books and also sketch your thoughts to perfection.
Best Apple Pencil Apps for iPad
#1. GoodNotes 4
“GoodNotes 4” is a new age note-taking app with a wide range of writing and sketching tool. With advanced OCR technology, you can quickly search your notes. It also allows you to annotate documents and PDFs with the Apple Pencil. The app also lets you edit Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files.
It features neatly designed lined papers, graph papers, music papers and notebook covers to let you create attractive notes. Even better, GoodNotes 4 supports a number of languages including English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.
Price: $ 7.99
Ranked at number five in productivity category, Notability is feature-rich and one of the highly-rated note-taking apps for iOS. It has got all sorts of tools to let you take detailed, concise notes using Apple Pencil.
There are tons of writing and sketching tools to let you create a masterpiece. You can import PDF, DOC, PPT, image files, and even GIFs from other apps and beautifully annotate them. You will also be able to annotate lecture slides and meeting agendas or complete class assignments.
Moreover, Notability is compatible with several languages like English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese and Turkish.
Price: $ 9.99
#3. PDF Expert
If you are after a comprehensive PDF editor, you shouldn’t look beyond PDF Expert. Using a great many advanced tools, you can read, annotate and edit PDFs elegantly.
You will be able to change text and image with ease. It also allows you to sign the document and highlight text in scanned books.
Don’t want anyone to access your files? No problem, you can use a password to prevent unauthorized access. Moreover, it’s integrated with multiple cloud services like Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.
Price: $ 9.99
Should you think of adding wings to your creative soul, Pigment would be an excellent tool to get started. Apart from quenching your thirst for coloring, the app can also be enormously helpful in killing stress. There are as many as 24 different pencils, markers and brushes to you bring every image to life.
You can also use watercolor, pastel tools, markers, colored pencils and even oil paint! Use the color wheel to add vibrant colors, get the most out of shade control slider, and don’t forget to try out the professionally curated palettes.
Besides, you can upgrade to the pro version of the app to have unlimited access to the entire library.
#5. Affinity Photo
Affinity Photo has a lot of similarity with Photoshop. The app lets you edit photos to your best liking. That aside, you can also draw and sketch. Thanks to the full support for Apple Pencil, including pressure sensitivity and tilt, it offers you complete freedom to let you express yourself.
You can use it to apply awesome editing effects to photos to make them look stunning. Did I say; you would also be able to create paintings with its extensive brush library and brush tools.
Price: $ 19.99
An app as rich and artistic as Procreate should be a great asset for an aspiring artist like you! It features several top-notch editing tools to let you sketch and draw beautifully on your iPad. Procreate is loaded with 136 beautifully made brushes and has the support of high-definition canvases. There is also dual-textured brush system to add the real charm to your masterpiece.
Use 17 layer blend modes for mind-blowing composition. Oh yes, there are 35 customizable settings for every brush. With 250 levels of undo and redo, you won’t be bothered about making mistakes.
Price: $ 9.99
#7. Adobe Photoshop Sketch
Take your love for sketching to the all-new level by making the most of Adobe Photoshop! You can use a variety of built-in brushes, pencils, pens, and markers to design your arts.
Use it to create fantastic watercolor paintings and also send your artwork to Adobe Photoshop CC or Adobe Illustrator CC as layered PSD files. You will also add multiple images and drawing layers. It has as many as14 tools to let you adjust size, color, opacity and blending settings. Better still, Photoshop has multiple stylus support including Adonit, Wacom, Pencil by 53 and Apple Pencil.
#8. Inspire Pro
For painting, drawing, and sketching, you can’t go wrong with Inspire Pro. The flash point of this app is the vast library of 80 high-quality brushes which are divided into eight sets including Oil Paint, Airbrushes, Basic Shapes, Graphite Pencils, Wax Crayons, Markers, Chalk, and Textures.
You can access 70 more brushes in the Inspire Pro Shop. There are more than 20 different settings to customize brush strokes. As brush strokes are automatically recorded, you will be able to play the video of your artwork. What’s more, Inspire Pro comes with 1000 levels of undo and redo.
Price: $ 7.99
#9. Microsoft OneNote
Isn’t it an irony that Apple’s biggest rival—Microsoft makes one of the finest note-taking apps for iOS? OneNote is an absolute class and has a range of tools to let you effortlessly take notes. Based on your specific needs, you can organize your notes.
You can instantly find your most recent notes and pin the pages you use most. To offer more security to your notes, you have the option to use the password or Touch ID. Another notable feature of this app is the support of several languages like English, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi and more.
#10. MyScript Nebo
Never underestimate a brilliant note-taking app like MyScript Nebo that has got all the qualities to be on par with the best. Not for nothing, it is the winner of Best App 2017 CES Mobile Apps Showdown and App Store Best of 2016.
What I have found adorable about this app is the simplicity with which it lets you get your work done. For instance, you can effortlessly format your handwritten text as titles, paragraphs, and even bullet lists. And with the intuitive gestures, you will be able to edit them all quickly.
Beyond easy-to-use functionality, MyScript Nebo is compatible with a good many languages like English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.
Price: $ 5.99
That’s all, for now!
What’s your pick?
I guess you have loved taking a peek at the apps mentioned above. Let us know which one has caught your attention.
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Apple today shared new iPad tutorial videos on its YouTube channel, which appear to be aimed at customers who have purchased the new sixth-generation iPad with Apple Pencil support. Apple has also aggregated all of the videos on an iPad how to website.
The first video, which is a minute long, focuses on using the Instant Markup feature that’s designed to allow users to draw on and annotate screenshots on the iPad. The tutorial walks through every step of the process, from capturing a screenshot on iPad using the Home button and the power button to using the Apple Pencil to mark it up to sharing the finished product.
Apple’s second tutorial video covers Split View multitasking to use two apps at the same time. The video instructs users on accessing the dock to open two apps at the same time, and then it covers drag and drop techniques.
Several other unlisted tutorial videos cover features like using the iPad’s keyboard, using the Files app, working with multiple emails, and sketching in the Notes app.
Apple has shared several tutorial videos like this in the past, which are often tied to new releases. Tutorial videos can typically be found on the separate Apple Support YouTube channel, but these new tutorial videos are on the company’s main channel for new iPad owners.
The new sixth-generation iPad went on sale last week after its debut at Apple’s March 27 educational event. The new tablet, which is priced at $329, boasts a new A10 Fusion processor and support for the Apple Pencil.
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