Here are free iOS apps for sketching

Here is a list of free iOS apps for sketching and painting that you might want to look at.

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Apple offers sketching and painting aficionados a host of apps from the App Store to work with. While several of them come with a hefty price tag, many artists are not aware that free apps are actually available for grabs. Here is a list of free iOS apps for sketching and painting that you might want to look at.

Adobe Photoshop Sketch

First in the list is an app powered by the Adobe Photoshop's painting engine. Users have a variety of options in brushes, pencils, pens, and markers and the ability to craft lifelike watercolor paintings. Expand one's artistic resources by importing favourite brushes from Photoshop.

Abode Photoshop Sketch enables artists to use multiple images and drawing layers from a total of 14 tools of different uses. The best thing about this app is that it gives users too much control in handling brushes and tools in accordance with preferences. Download Photoshop Sketch here.

Autodesk Sketchbook

Sketchbook is a popular drawing app, primarily because it offers a wide range of customization options. In fact, it has more than 170 brushes that artists can play with. It offers Photoshop document support, layers, and blending on top of other interface controls for a more convenient workflow back and forth Adobe Photoshop.

App developers take pride in Rapid UI mode, a full-screen view when sketching, hiding all the interface elements. They can be pulled out easily from the side of the screen and hide them again using the dominant thumb. Download Autodesk Sketchbook here.


Concepts is dubbed as "the future of professional design". It is because it smartly integrates paper and pencil with powerful vector control. It has boundless canvas and layers and flexible multi-touch shape guides, and it allows artists to export sketches to formats like PDF, SVG, PSD, and CAD.

With its recent update, Concepts has been optimised for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro so artists can take advantage of the new ProMotion screen technology. Download Concepts here.

In the meantime, other free sketching apps that deserve an honourable mention include Paper by FiftyThree, Evernote, Pigment: Coloring Book for Adults, and uMake.

This article was first published on July 11, 2017