What kind of list would this be if we didn’t include Brushes? This highly popular painting app comes with 19 high-quality brushes and unlike some of the others, was designed specifically for the iPad. Remember The New Yorker art cover that was made with an app? It was made by Jorge Colombo using Brushes! First available on the iPhone in 2008, Brushes’ iPad version gives you more screen to work with as you juggle the different brush settings and layers. The app records each of your steps so you can undo and redo as you go. After you’re done, send your paintings directly to Flickr and share your works of art with your friends or add it to Brushes’ own Flickr group.
7. Adobe Ideas
Straight from Adobe comes Adobe Ideas, a digital sketchbook that’s the perfect companion to Adobe’s tried and true applications like Illustrator and Photoshop. With simple vector-based drawing tools, zoom control, sizable brushes, layers, and the ability to email PDF documents for editing in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, this app does a good deal.
8. Art Authority
The New York Times called Art Authority, “An experience unlike any other.” This app is for art lovers who enjoy learning about and discovering the world’s greatest artists. With over 50,000 high-resolution images of paintings and sculptures by over 1,000 of the western world’s greatest artists, Art Authority will make you feel as though you’re walking through a large, virtual art museum. Organized into eight period-specific rooms – including Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary – the app is designed for you to delve right into specific periods in art history. All in all, a pricey but great buy for the ultimate art enthusiast.
9. Moodboard Pro
If you’re a visual person, you probably have a mood board at home, that bulletin board behind your desk where you tack up all the images that inspire you. Now you can create one on a bestselling app called Moodboard. Start with a blank canvas, choose from one of 18 background themes, and then add photos, text, color swatches and more till you get a collage of images that feels right to you. Create boards to help you do everything from start up a home decorating project to design a website. After you’re done, you can easily share your canvas with others via email, Twitter or Facebook.
Fan of fonts? Then you’ll want to check out iFontMaker, an app that lets you make your own, unique hand-written font in just a few minutes. As the first dedicated font-making tool for the iPad, iFontMaker’s genius lies in its simplicity. Choose from one of ten standard background fonts as a guide, and then click each letter to choose one to edit. Select a brush, pen or pencil density and then let your fingers do the drawing. Finally, you can email the typography or convert it into a TTF file to use in all applications such as Adobe CreativeSuite, Microsoft Office for Mac and Windows, or even your website!
Which of these creative iPad apps do you use? Are we missing any? Let us know in the comments section.
======================================================================== Alice Yoo is the founder and editor in chief of My Modern Metropolis, a place where trendspotters and art enthusiasts come to connect over creative ideas. After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor’s in Economics, Alice received her MBA, worked in advertising for MTV and Outdoor Channel and then started My Modern Met in 2008. With over 2.5 million page views per month, My Modern Met has become an art, culture and lifestyle destination for the modern man and woman.
Alice Yoo is the founder and editor in chief of My Modern Metropolis, a place where trendspotters and art enthusiasts come to connect over creative ideas. After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor's in Economics, Alice received her MBA, worked in advertising for MTV and Outdoor Channel and then started My Modern Met in 2008. With over 2.5 million page views per month, My Modern Met has become an art, culture and lifestyle destination for the modern man and woman.