It amazes me at how powerful the iPad Pro is. Technology has come such a long way. I remember getting my first cell phone at 16 and it was a big chunker, but it was one of the first cell phones that had a color screen display. I believe it was a Nokia. Anyone remember these? I thought this was the most amazing thing ever! And look how far we’ve come. We can now draw on our tablets with pin-point precision with a fancy “pen”. The Apple Pencil and iPad Pro paired together are a powerhouse.
If you’re on the fence about buying the dynamic duo, read up on the benefits and see if it’s something that will be useful to you. I couldn’t do my artwork without it. It’s an absolute necessity to me. Let’s look at my must-have apps on the iPad Pro for creatives, artists, and designers.
And the must-have apps for creatives are…
Procreate – $9.99
If your an artist or a hand letterer (like me) than the procreate app is the number one must have! I have tried other drawing apps and I just don’t feel like they compare to Procreate. There are dozens of brushes available once you download and the Procreate website here has hundreds and hundreds of free brushes by artists. You can also buy brushes like my watercolor kit brushes (here). They have a blending tool that is beyond cool (yes…. I just rhymed) and super useful when doing watercolor or drawing. The color range is absolutely amazing. Any color you can think of is at your fingertips. You can do layers, masks, importing or exporting on different platforms and devices and so much more. The sky is the limit. They are always updating and fixing little bugs and the price can not be beat!
The second most used app on my iPad Pro is…
2. Over – FREE
Over is free to download. It is an amazing app that allows you to use different fonts or graphics over an image or a transparent background. I use this app mostly for blog post pictures, ebooks, and watermarks on my art. There is a limited amount of free fonts, graphics and templates to choose from. They always seem to come out with new, free fonts, graphics, and templates. Or you can start from scratch. You can choose from pre-sized templates or make your own size. The one thing that keeps me coming back is that you can upload your own fonts. I usually grab free fonts online and open them in the Over app. It’s a great alternative to Picmonkey or Canvas. Much easier to use in my opinion, and FREE! If you want to access unlimited fonts, graphics, and templates you will have to get a subscription. A subscription is $9.99 a month or $59.99 a year. I do not have a subscription (nor do I think I need one) and I’m still able to use and do so much.
3. iFontMaker – $7.99
iFontMaker is a font makers’ best friend. It is a font maker specifically for the iPad. Anyone can easily make their very own font with this app. Not only can you make a hand-drawn font with this app, but it can be used on your iPad, computer or any device that recognizes TTF. The fonts are in vector and can be edited extensively. Once you draw a line, you can move, bend or shorten that line however you like. The app supports international Unicode sets and special characters. It’s outstanding and available at your fingertips and on-the-go with your iPad and Apple Pencil! You could even make and start selling your fonts!
4. Amaziograph $.99
This app is so fun to play with. You create symmetrical drawings with this one, and I promise you’ll be hooked. You can easily make mandalas with Amaziograph. That’s what I use it for the most, but you can also do mirrored drawings, tile, and different kaleidoscope drawings. You can use different colors within the app and even mix your own. Plus, if your child discovers this app, they too will fall in love. Check it out and create something totally unique every time.
5. Adobe Sketch – FREE
Adobe Sketch is a drawing app, although I don’t think it’s as powerful as Procreate, I still love it. The one thing the Adobe Sketch app does better than Procreate is watercolor. It is like any other I’ve tried, and I’ve tried A LOT! It literally moves around on the canvas like real wet-on-wet watercolor. It’s mesmerizing to watch and looks the most authentic. I play with this app for hours and it’s perfect for backgrounds or graphics. My logo is made from the watercolor in Adobe Sketch. It is definitely worth downloading. You can use your photoshop brushes in Adobe Sketch and you can import your art to Photoshop cc for further editing.
So there you have it. My 5 must-have apps on the iPad Pro. What are some of your must-have apps? Let me know below! I’m always on the look-out for new and fun apps!
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