What are the best apps for graphic designers?

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    #1PANTONE Studio

    PANTONE Studio

    PANTONE Studio is a powerful app for designers. You can create your own palette, test colors, view harmonies and much more. The app, also, allows you pick a color from a photo. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jerry Shaw
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "If i was a designer, I would probably appreciate this App a lot more. Likewise if I had an iPhone and not an Android. It does look fun to play with though, and seems jam packed with features. For people that just want to play every now and then though, the cost structure doesn't really work."
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    #2Layers

    Layers

    Layers is a drawing app helps you to create and paint awesome illustrations through your mobile device. The app allows you to insert up to five different layers in each file. 

    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Free

    Rodrigo Espinosa
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "not sure about this one. it just says that you can build a website. don't use iphone so can't look more into it."
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    #3Adobe Illustrator Draw

    Adobe Illustrator Draw

    Adobe Illustrator Draw allows users to draw elaborated illustrations and organize all your works with this official Adobe app. You will be able to add tons of layers, use a stylus, pencils, pens, and brushes and edit your creations and export them in many different file formats. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ma Han
    Written on November 18, 2017
    "I like this app for illustrating my designs. The many different mediums you can use to create you designs work really well and I love the way I can edit my mistakes or color changes right away. Exporting works well as long as you keep your files small. I just use my flash-drive and no problem. Great app to use."
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    #4Adobe Comp CC

    Adobe Comp CC

    Adobe Comp CC is a useful app to lay out your ideas. You can use shapes, text, photos, and fonts. Every composition can be sent to other Adobe app in order to develop it. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Gregory Wells
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I have really enjoyed my time with this app. As a graphic designer I have found it useful in helping me bring my ideas to life. The app has never crashed in me and has really been reliable."
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    #5Exify

    Exify

    Exify is an advanced photo editor for iOS devices. You can take a color sampling from your photos, view RGB histogram, add a watermark and much more. 

    Apps

    iOS

    $1.99

    Paul Schneider
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "This app helps you modify the underneath metadata of the photos that you take. You can add image descriptions to the EXIF, which helps with image classification databases. My only gripe is that the photos sort of appear in a random order in the app, which is a bit frustrating if you want to edit similar data between similiar photos in the same photo session."
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    #6Font Candy

    Font Candy

    Font Candy is a design app developed by Easy Tiger for iOS devices. With this app, you can edit your photos in order to add text and personalized titles. There are more than 80 different fonts. 

    Apps

    iOS, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Dennis Stephens
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "Font Candy can help you make rather professional-looking projects and is a fairly popular choice for designers, from what I've seen. This version of the the app is a really great value, for what it offers. That said, customer service/support for the app is a bit lacking."
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    #7Paper

    Paper

    Paper is a free application for iOS devices that enables users to create checklists, spot details in pictures, and sketch diagrams. It also has an auto-correction feature for drawings and also has a 3D journal.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Magdalena Carranza
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "Paper is pretty good. It indeed acts like paper; create whatever you want, including drawings. Handy."
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    #8Assembly

    Assembly

    Assembly is a useful app to create stunning designs. With this app, you can produce professional graphics using basic shapes. There are more than 150 different shapes and more than 200 stickers. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Joseph Barnett
    Written on January 23, 2018
    "When searching for the best apps for graphic designers, I was hoping for an app that was actually geared towards designers. Assembly is very elementary, and while it is certainly useful in graphic design, it's all but useless for anyone who is above a beginner level. It might be great for some, but it's certainly not made with professional designers in mind; it's far too shallow."
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    #9iDesign

    iDesign

    iDesign is a powerful app for iOS devices. You can make professional drawings, illustrations, and graphics quickly through your mobile device. The app allows you import SVG files and export to several formats (JPEG, PNG, PDF, and SVG). 

    Apps

    iOS

    $7.99

    Ernesto Salinas
    Written on June 16, 2018
    "iDesign is a powerful but easy to learn app that will let you create professional level designs and graphics. I have tinkered around with it to make some simple creations and I found it to be extremely intuitive. I was able to just pick it up and understand how to use it withing a few minutes."
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    #10DesignLab Studio

    DesignLab Studio
    DesignLab allows you to produce the most attractive designs! This complete app provides you several graphics, images and fonts for making beautiful creations.
    Apps

    iOS

    Free

    Vibhore Singhal
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "DesignLab Studio is a great design tool which allows you to create professional projects easily. Use the various tools, graphics and fonts to create something that you'll be proud of in no time at all. Great app."
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    #11FontBook

    FontBook

    This useful app provides you with over 600,000 different typeface samples! With this amazing tool, you can also share FontBook samples by using Twitter or Facebook.


    Apps

    iOS

    $0.99

    Sun Su
    Written on November 12, 2017
    "The FontBook Typeface Compendium (what a mouthful) is something I'm kind of torn on. It's a very, very good app for what it is. It's all about typefaces and fonts, and it will help you find the very best font for your needs. It's just that there's more to graphic design than simply finding the right typeface. It's definitely part of it, and having the wrong typeface can make your design look unappealing to say the least, but I don't know. It seems too limited to really help with graphic designs THAT much. But for what it is, I love it, and think it's really good and useful. That's why it pains me that it's just not the best solution for this problem. It's a good start, and it does help, but it's not the be all end all, sadly."
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    #12Animation Desk

    Animation Desk
    Animation Desk is an animation app designed by Kdan Mobile Software Company. It's a great drawing application that helps us flesh out every creative idea into animated figures, animated movies and e-cards.
    Apps

    Windows, iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Afra Chen
    Written on June 11, 2018
    "Animation Desk is a good tools for sketching, story-boarding. It supports 46+ brushes and layers. As for the export formats, it supports video, JPG,and PSD. Animation Desk is a great tool for designers to present their ideas in different formats."
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    #13DesignMantic

    DesignMantic
    This app offers lots of logos for your business: just select the one you want from the market, customize it as you wish and download it to start using it.



    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    William Estrada
    Written on January 8, 2018
    "Graphics design needs a fast and powerful computer to be done properly. This app is okay for coming up with a concept, but to actually create the design i would recommend using a PC"
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    #14Fuzel Collage

    Fuzel Collage
    Fuzel Collage lets you create easily amazing collages! With this free app, you can decorate your pictures, edit your photos by applying effects, and much more!


    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Bobby Sullivan
    Written on November 23, 2017
    "This is a great designer app. It helps graphic designers explore their creativity and makes it easy to do so. I really love this app"

Summary

Best What are the best apps for graphic designers
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1PANTONE StudioApps 30 Free
2LayersApps 23 Free
3Adobe Illustrator DrawApps 22 Free
4Adobe Comp CCApps 21 Free
5ExifyApps 19 Paid
6Font CandyApps 15 Free
7PaperApps 13 Free
8AssemblyApps 12 Free
9iDesignApps 10 Paid
10DesignLab StudioApps 9 Free
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