What are the best computer apps for creatives?

Whether you are an artist or web designer, either by profession or by heart, these computer apps for creatives can help squeeze your creative juices and bring them to life. Is your go-to tool not on our list? Feel free to suggest it by clicking the "Add a Solution" button!

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    #1Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop

    Adobe Photoshop is a photo editing software that became the industry standard today used by professionals and hobbyists alike. It has plenty of features allowing amounts of photo editing jobs to be done.


    Windows, Mac

    $9.99- Free trial available

    Leonardo Quiroz
    Written on July 5, 2019
    "The best creative computer software ever! I am a freelance photographer mainly focusing on portraits and events and this has been my companion tool for almost 5 years now. Happy that it's on this list of the best computer apps for creatives!"
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    #2Adobe XD

    Adobe XD

    Adobe XD is a free UX/UI solution for designing and prototyping websites, mobile apps, etc. The software is available for both Windows and Mac devices, and there are also apps for iOS and Android to preview your work on mobile.


    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

    Free- Varies by plan

    Shreya Chauhan
    Written on July 5, 2019
    "This is a great software for beginner web devs. I have initially mistaken this as a free graphic design software because of its interface when I saw this on my colleagues PC."
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    #3Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator CC

    Adobe Illustrator is a vector-based graphics editor software developed by Adobe Inc. This can be used to create different designs with its drawing tools. It is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.


    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Ye Wu
    Written on July 5, 2019
    "Adobe is really adept at developing and marketing effective drawing apps, like this one. I felt comfortable with CorelDRAW for quite some time but after I have undergone training and was introduced to Ai, my thinking was shifted big time!"
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    #4Adobe Animate

    Adobe Animate

    Adobe Animate is a software developed by Adobe that enables users to design interactive vector and bitmap for various platforms and purposes. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac computers and a free trial of the product is also available.


    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

    Manuel Madrigal
    Written on July 5, 2019
    "Totally one of the best computer apps for creatives, especially for professionals like me who work as an animator! I've always wanted to become a Pixar animator. So help me God."
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    #5Adobe InDesign

    Adobe InDesign

    Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing and typesetting software developed by Adobe Systems. It can publish content ideal for tablet devices in connection with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.


    Mac, Windows

    $20.99- varies by plan

    Rakesh Chauhan
    Written on July 5, 2019
    "These drawing apps for pc helped me alot during the branding days of my business. Now, I own one of the most successful pizza parlors in Manhattan. :)"
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    CorelDRAW is an illustration tool compatible to both Windows and Mac computers that helps users in designing either for print or web. The software also enables users to edit photos, layout multi-page designs, and more.


    Windows, Mac

    $669- Free trial available

    Hemant Gavde
    Written on July 5, 2019
    "Can corel draw help me make business cards and wedding invitations? I might need this one on my event organizing business..."
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    GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is an illustrative digital freeware which serves as a photo-retouching program, image compositor, and image authoring. This program was created in 1996.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Ao Shi
    Written on July 5, 2019
    "Gimp is one of the best free graphic design software available that can give your image a boost."
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    Inkscape is an illustration tool for users who needs to draw or create vectorial images. With its drawing tools and file format compatibilities, it can give help to users to create texts and bezier and spiro curves.


    Windows, Mac, Linux


    Ethan Mendoza
    Written on July 5, 2019
    "Is this drawing app good? I have never heard of this before."


Best What are the best computer apps for creatives
1Adobe PhotoshopSoftware 29 Paid
2Adobe XDSoftware 13 Free
3Adobe Illustrator CCSoftware 8 Paid
4Adobe AnimateSoftware 7 Paid
5Adobe InDesignSoftware 4 Paid
6CorelDRAWSoftware 4 Paid
7GimpSoftware 2 Free
8InkscapeSoftware 1 Free

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