What are the best painting apps?

asked by Michelle Levison
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    #1Sketch Club

    Sketch Club

    With SketchClub you can share all of your creations with your friends! It is a complete app for painting that contains vector tools, layers filters, pattern textures, and much more!


    Apps

    iOS

    $2.99

    Rebecca Silva
    Written on January 6, 2018
    "This is an amazing app to use for my drawing and other art projects. It has so many options to use and is easy."
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    #2ArtFlow: 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

    Ashley Hoffman
    Written on December 31, 2017
    "Great little painting app for your phone. 80 different brushes to choose from. Endless possibilities."
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    #3Procreate

    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

    Philip Little
    Written on January 8, 2018
    "An amazing app, with a wide variety of brushes, textures and customizing options. I was utterly surprised at the depth and richness I could get out of this app and the interface is so intuitive and easy to use that my productivity has skyrocketed, since I started using Procreate."
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    #4Adobe 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

    Thomas Nelson
    Written on January 9, 2018
    " It's adobe, and it's the best. This is not a small doodling app; this is a full-power graphics editor which is friendly for a beginner as well. The high-power illustration and the time-lapse feaure is really fun. It's a standard and for a very good reason."
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    #5Pixelmator

    Pixelmator

    Pixelmator is a tool wherein you can touch up photos or create your digital artworks from scratch using its wide range of tools, brushes, and effects. This is a great iPad alternative to Photoshop.

    Apps

    Mac, iOS

    $29.99

    Steven Foster
    Written on February 6, 2019
    "Pixelmator is great for both creating and retouching 👍 They have unique effects that I don't usually find with other editing and art applications"
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    #6ArtRage

    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

    Amy Feng
    Written on February 6, 2019
    "Very fun to use ❤️️ If you like creating artworks, painting or drawing you will definitely enjoy Artrage. Playing around with their paint and watercolors is also my way of releasing stress"
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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

    Edward Robertson
    Written on February 6, 2019
    "The best thing to use here is their watercolors! Painting my sketches almost feels like playing 😍 I love how you can adjust almost everything from colors to size to opacity"
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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

    Barbara Peters
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I really like Animation Desk. It's great for many things, but I mostly use it for animated movies. It's very indepth for an app though."
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    #9ArtStudio 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

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    #10Fresco Paint Pro

    Fresco Paint Pro

    With this free app, you can paint by using filters, layers and others tools. It is a useful instrument for artists and also beginners!




    Apps

    Android

    $2.49

    Victoria Carlson
    Written on December 28, 2017
    "This might not be considered the best painting app for android but it's a solid option."
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    #11Paperless

    Paperless

    Paperless is a sketching app very simple and easy to handle. You can work with pencils, brushes, layers, and much more tools to paint. It is available for Android devices. 

    Apps

    Android

    $1.99

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    #12SketchBook

    SketchBook

    Sketchbook, also known as Autodesk SketchBook is a drawing and sketching mobile app offering numerous useful tools for a realistic drawing experience.  Its full set of features have been made available for free with the last update.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Jordan Walters
    Written on December 31, 2017
    "A cool artsy app that lets me create paintings without the mess of paint!"
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    #13Sketcher PRO

    Sketcher PRO

    A sketching app for Android devices. The app lets you paint with several brushes, share your creation by e-mail, use different modes... With Sketcher PRO you can draw in wherever you want. 

    Apps

    Android

    $0.99

    Benjamin Morgan
    Written on January 4, 2018
    "This seems like a decent painting app for android. If you need something to paint with check this out."
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    #14Paintastic

    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

    Socorro Rocha
    Written on January 3, 2018
    "I like to color and paint to let off some steam. Paintastic has a good interface and is very easy to use."
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    #15Tayasui Sketches

    Tayasui Sketches

    Tayasui Sketches is a sketching app designed for mobile devices. It has more than 20 tools for realistic drawings, illustrations, and paintings. Through this, you can organize your drawings in a folder. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Kathryn Williamson
    Written on December 28, 2017
    "Pretty good app for sketching on the phone. Allows for different folders. The image sizes are a little big."
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    #16Watercolor Effect Oil Painting

    Watercolor Effect Oil Painting
    Watercolor Effect is a beautiful app for those who want to put colour on their photos. All you have to do is to click your picture to add oil painting or watercolour effects.



    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Mark Carroll
    Written on January 1, 2018
    "If you need an iphone painting app and others aren't cutting it for you this might be worth looking into. It seems to be pretty good. "
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    #17Layers

    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

    Kyle Richardson
    Written on December 28, 2017
    "A cool artsy app that lets me create paintings without the mess of paint!"
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    #18Drawing Pad

    Drawing Pad

    Drawing Pad is the perfect app to draw and paint: use markers, crayons, pencils and many more tools to create stunning artworks. The app is so easy to use that everyone can use it, from kids to adults.


    Apps

    iOS, Android

    $1.99

    Kathleen Hansen
    Written on December 30, 2017
    "Drawing Pad is a painting app for my iPhone. I use to make and then send little messages to my friends and family. Many of them return messages to me using their own Drawing Pad app!"

Summary

Best What are the best painting apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Sketch ClubApps 0 Paid
2ArtFlow: Paint Draw SketchbookApps 0 Free
3ProcreateApps 0 Paid
4Adobe Illustrator DrawApps 0 Free
5PixelmatorApps 0 Paid
6ArtRageApps 0 Free
7Adobe Photoshop SketchApps 0 Free
8Animation DeskApps 0 Free
9ArtStudio for iPadApps 0 Paid
10Fresco Paint ProApps 0 Paid
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