What are the best digital painting apps?

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    #1Paintastic

    Paintastic
    Paintastic is a simple but powerful app that gathers several tools for creating the most amazing cards, logos and paints. It is an easy-to-use tool for anyone who wants to create exceptional masterpieces.



    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jordan Lane
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "Paintastic is a pretty nice digital painting app. It's not Photoshop, but it will get the job done for you. Paintastic has a good amount of features and should be able to handle most of the things you would want to get done."
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    #2ArtStudio for iPad

    ArtStudio for iPad

    With ArtStudio you can paint and also edit all your photos in a very easy way! It is the perfect app for those who need to create works of art by using tools like pencils, spray or wet paintbrush.



    Apps

    iOS

    $4.99

    Maria Evans
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "I love to paint digitally and someone recommended me Artstudio. I don't really like it. It's not cross platform and you can only use it on the ipad which is a major flaw for me."
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    #3ArtFlow: Paint Draw Sketchbook

    ArtFlow: Paint Draw Sketchbook
    ArtFlow 2 is a free drawing app that turns anyone into an artist. With this application, you can paint whatever you want. It feels as real as painting on a canvas!


     

    Apps

    Android

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Vincent James
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "So it "turns anyone into an artist." That's quite a claim! However, if you have some actual artistic talent, unlike me, you might find this App interesting, though the latest version has disappointed some users. Such is the life of an App developer; two steps forward and one step back. The company does seem responsive to feedback though, so I think that's a good sign."
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    #4Art Set

    Art Set
    If you want an art set on your iPad, then you have to get this app! With Art Set, you can paint,  draw and edit photos with tools that feel like real. It is a very simple and fun application.



    Apps

    iOS

    $1.99

    Lisa Ford
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "This looks good not sure it is much better than the standard free art apps"
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    #5Adobe 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

    John Santos
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "The app is really great for digital painting but it has a real learning curve. The app is not designed for beginners. I use Adobe products most of the time when the subject involves painting or drawing. I can trust Adobe with the applications and the programs they create."
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    #6Penultimate

    Penultimate

    Penultimate is a free iOS app for handwriting and sketching as if you were using pen and paper. It uses Evernote's sync and search feature so users can have documents in all his/her devices, and organize and find them easily.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    María de Lourdes Montiel
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "I love this app so much. It lets me drawn and sketch as if I was really writing. It truly is the penultimate app for people who like to draw and share doodles. The synch feature with Evernote makes it easy to save, search, and share. The zoom and scroll features could use some work, the stylus should work here but I can't seem to get it to. If they keep working on it, it will be perfect. "
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    #7Adobe Photoshop Sketch

    Adobe Photoshop Sketch

    Adobe Photoshop Sketch is an app for both Android and iOS devices. Users can paint and create works of art using Photoshop brushes and all the layers you can think of. Create realistic paintings and customize them by adjusting their size, color, and opacity, among many other settings.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Verónica Reséndiz
    Written on November 10, 2017
    "This app has so many tools and options to be as creative as possible. You can share and/or save you work easily. For someone looking for a free app for painting or etc this app is perfect."
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    #8Animation 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

    Albert King
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Animation desk! Where have you been my whole life? This is a really rad program! I use it to make my ideas come to life. Really fun and easy to use. This is great for artists like me. Digital is the new creative forefront. "
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    #9Paper

    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

    Samuel Powell
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "Very helpful app and useful for personal or work needs. Easy to use and very high quality."
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    #10Inspire Pro

    Inspire Pro
    Inspire Pro is an iOS application that lets you create the most realistic paintings. It is a simple but powerful tool for those who want to have an intuitive and smart illustration app.
    Apps

    iOS

    $9.99

    David Burns
    Written on November 9, 2017
    "Since I got my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil I have been experimenting with several different digital painting apps. Inspire Pro is one of the better apps available and is very similar to ProCreate. There is a huge selection of different brushes and I really like the ability to use pressure sensitivity with the Apple Pencil. "
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    #11Graphic

    Graphic

    Graphic is a useful app to create digital illustrations from your iPad. It allows you work with layers, add effects and masks and much more. Also, you can export and import PSD files. 

    Apps

    iOS

    $8.99

    Randy Pearson
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "Graphic is a decent solution for creating digital paintings on my iPad. Personally, I prefer Adobe Illustrator because there are more tutorials and how-to videos not only from the creators but also from users. But I've dabbled with Graphic for a change of pace and found it very easy to use."
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    #12ArtRage

    ArtRage
    With ArtRage, you can have a smart simulation of real paint on your device! This powerful app allows you to create wonderful masterpieces by mixing oils, watercolours, and more.


    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Amalia Escobedo
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "I agree that ArtRage is a great digital painting app for my iPad. There are endless things you can create with this app and it gives you hours and hours of pure joy."
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    #13Procreate

    Procreate

    Procreate is a professional drawing app designed for mobile devices. Its wide range of brushes and tools, advanced layering system and finishing effects ensures a natural and fluid painting experience. 

    Apps

    iOS

    $9.99- with in-app purchases

    Brenda Wade
    Written on November 2, 2017
    "I don't know about you, but if you are a professional artist, you probably have a dedicated drawing tool like a pen digitizer and a screen canvas. Procreate seems to be doing what it can't do: A professional drawing app on a consumer device. Sure, the iPad Pro have a pencil, but it won't come as close to what you can do with real professional tools."
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    #14PDF Reader Expert

    PDF Reader Expert

    PDF Reader Document Expert is a PDF reader and editor for Mac, that stands out for its simplicity and user-friendly interface. It allows you to easily view, organize, edit and convert your PDF documents, as well as sync and backup all your files.

    Apps

    Mac, Android, iOS

    Free

    Brenda Bennett
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This app is specialized in reading and writing the word documents. It also directly convert the image into pdf file. It have lacking in some basic features. It is not digital painting app and it is the reader for file management system."

Summary

Best What are the best digital painting apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1PaintasticApps 16 Free
2ArtStudio for iPadApps 12 Paid
3ArtFlow: Paint Draw SketchbookApps 11 Free
4Art SetApps 9 Paid
5Adobe Illustrator DrawApps 7 Free
6PenultimateApps 5 Free
7Adobe Photoshop SketchApps 5 Free
8Animation DeskApps 2 Free
9PaperApps 0 Free
10Inspire ProApps 0 Paid
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