When you are on the go and you want to quickly draw something out and create a quick design that came up in your head, it’s always good to have some mobile apps that can take care of that. Mobile apps made for graphic design have become way better over to years and can even be used as a substitute to desktop software in some cases.
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This app is one of the earliest apps that focused primarily on design and is arguably one of the best. You can use this app to create vector images and it has an incredibly wide selection of tools you can use. The app has its own version of the pen tool like Photoshop and Illustrator and has an infinite canvas and even supports layers. It’s an intuitive layout and they even let you work on files like SVGs by importing them.
Illustrator draw is a great option for you if you are looking for an app to draw vector illustrations. It’s quite simple compared to apps like Infinite Design but as a mobile alternative to illustrator, it’s great if you want to do some drawing on the go. If you have Illustrator on your computer, you can even send it directly from the mobile app to illustrator on your computer which is quite a useful feature if you use illustrator a lot. I wouldn't recommend it for anything other than illustrations though, such as interface or logo design. It’s not really made for those use cases.
Sketchbook is one of the best apps for drawing and painting. It has an incredible amount of features, brushes, and pencils. It supports very detailed illustrations and drawing but also works great for quick sketches. The app was made by Autodesk who make various other software for and is a well-respected publisher just like Adobe, in the creative world.
Just like illustrator draw, this app by Adobe is a simple way to draw on your mobile phone or tablet. The benefit is however that because it is made by Adobe, it integrates seamlessly with the other Adobe products which means that you can send it to Photoshop and post it on Behance with just one tap.
Made by the same people that made Infinite Design, this app is just like Infinite Design but has a little more focus on the painting side. This means more Brushes and a few more options that are helpful to painters and people who like to draw.
Canva is already well known to many amateur designers with its destop web application. For professionals, however, it's very basic. You choose your designs from a template after which you can edit text and add or remove select elements. If you want to quickly create a prototype or if you want to quickly share something on social media, this app works great and this is probably the use case it was mostly made for.
This design app is much like canva in the way you create designs from templates and how it’s focused on the ability to share them quickly and easily. Spark Post even allows you to create simple animations for them to be shared on social media. They also have features to crop it to the perfect dimensions for every social network, which is a great addition.
This Adobe app is also fairly simple. It’s less focused on the masses however and more towards designers that want to quickly prototype a design with simple functions like text, shapes, and images. Not much more. Again, the benefit of it being an Adobe product is that it works great with other Adobe products.
Adobe Photoshop Mix is an easy and simple way to quickly cut out, combine and edit pictures for your designs. Don’t expect it to be anything like to amount of functionality the desktop version of Photoshop has but if you quickly need to put together to images on your phone, this is a good solution.