Top 6 apps that make the most of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

  1. Procreate $5.99
“Apple Design Award winner and App Store Essential — Procreate is the most powerful sketching, painting and illustration app ever designed for a mobile device. This complete artist’s toolbox helps you create beautiful sketches, inspiring paintings, and stunning illustrations anywhere you are. Procreate features ground-breaking canvas resolution, 128 incredible brushes, advanced layer system and is powered by Silica: the fastest 64-bit painting engine on iOS.
Create a canvas and start painting with any of Procreate’s exclusive dual-texture brushes. Use the immediately responsive smudge tool to perfectly blend colour with any brush in your library. With Procreate’s incredibly high-resolution canvases you can print your artwork at massive sizes. Experience the revolutionary selection, transform, and perspective tools built exclusively for multitouch and finish your illustration with stunning cinema-quality effects. Procreate’s powerful and intuitive interface always puts your art in focus.” (itunes.applestore.com)

Highlighted features:

Ability to add your own brushes and create your own brushes.

Record drawing and creates video.

Time-lapse replay video.

Optimized for the Apple Pencil.

2. Adobe Sketch FREE

“Draw with pencils, pens, markers, erasers, thick acrylic*, ink brush*, soft pastel* and watercolor* paint brushes to create artwork that can be sent as layered PSD files to Adobe Photoshop CC or Adobe Illustrator CC.
Artists tell us they love the:
• Ability to add multiple image and drawing layers they can restack, rename, transform and merge.
• Access to 14 tools they can adjust size, color, opacity and blending settings.
• Flexibility to organize their favorite tools and colors in the toolbar.
• Control of individual brush settings like pressure sensitivity and velocity.
• Perspective and graph grids.
• Multiple stylus support for Adonit, Wacom, Pencil by 53 and Apple Pencil.
• Option to work with shape stencils they can pinch to scale, trace, outline and stamp.” (itunes.applestore.com)

Highlighted Features:

Simple, clean and easy to use.

Perfect for sketching simple ideas, as well as other styluses.

Support for Apple Pencil.

Can be saved in a layered PSD file for use in Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator CC.

3. Adobe Draw FREE

“Winner of the Tabby Award for Creation, Design and Editing!
Create vector artwork with image and drawing layers you can send to Adobe Illustrator CC or as flat images to Photoshop CC.
Illustrators, graphic designers and artists can:
• Zoom up to 64x to apply finer details
• Sketch with five different pen tips with adjustable opacity, size and color
• Work with multiple image and drawing layers
• Rename, duplicate, merge and adjust each individual layer
• Insert basic shape stencils or new vector shapes from Capture CC
• Multiple stylus support for Adonit, Wacom, Pencil by 53 and Apple Pencil
• Send your illustration to Photoshop or Illustrator with all layers preserved” (itunes.applestore.com)

Highlighted Features:

Drawings in a vector format.

Support for Apple Pencil, as well as other styluses.

Can be saved in a layered PSD file for use in Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator CC.

4. Medibang Paint FREE

Over 1000 brushes and tones!
This app has everything you need to make art.
What is MediBang Paint?
MediBang Paint is the iPad version of the free digital painting software MediBang Paint Pro. MediBang Paint is a extremely easy to use painting software that includes numerous brushes, backgrounds, textures, and comic book fonts for user to use to make their ideas come to life. Registering at the online art community MediBang allows users to have access to cloud storage and share their work, and create groups with other users. (itunes.applestore.com)

Highlighted Features:

Comes with 1000 brushes.

Popular for Manga drawing. In fact, Medibang was made for manga and comic making, so if that’s your thing this app is perfect for you.

Optimized for Apple Pencil.

5. Paintstorm (lite verison available) $12.99

“Paintstorm Studio is the first iOS App designed not only for simple sketches, but professional digital painting of any level, genre and technique. Paintstorm helps you to discover the magnificence and unleash the full potential of Apple Pencil and brings you to a whole new level of drawing. Creating an art masterpiece has never been so mobile.
A major feature of Paintstorm Studio is the array of brushes to choose from. We did our best so that you can easily and quickly adjust the brushes suitable to your painting style.
Anyone who has ever painted knows it’s hard to overestimate the painting tool and the importance of all the seemingly insignificant details. We tried not to miss any of them. Our goal was to create an intuitive, simple-to-use but at the same time functionally powerful tool that brings the process of digital painting to a new level, making it as comfortable as possible.” (itunes.applestore.com)

Highlighted features:

Beautiful color mixer UI.

Photoshop PSD and ABR supported
Apple Pencil support (Pressure, Tilt, Direction)

Mirror drawing

6. Astropad $29.99

MAC ONLY

The #1 app for turning your iPad into a drawing tablet for Mac! Astropad allows you to use your iPad to draw directly into Photoshop and any other Mac creative tools, including: Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Affinity, Corel Painter, Manga Studio, Pixelmator, Mischief and any other Mac app you like!
With Astropad, you get the high-end experience of a Wacom pen display at a fraction of the price. Connect wirelessly or over USB for complete creative freedom. (itunes.applestore.com)

Highlighted Features:

Mirrors Mac to make your iPad into a drawing tablet.

Can be used wirelessly or through USB.

Pressure sensitivity.

Palm rejection.

60 FPS mirroring even over WiFi.

Get started making art on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil:

iPad Pro 12.9: http://amzn.to/2oDRY1e

iPad Pro 9.7: http://amzn.to/2nEfxpL

Apple Pencil: http://amzn.to/2nyGM4p

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