20 Best Apps For Graphic Design

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Apps For Graphic Design

The need to have a professional resume on call is no longer an excuse to delay while you get your documentation in order. There are easy tools available you can download in seconds.

Not only that, but there are a ton of apps and programs you can use on your computer that will help you sketch the details of your project and make you do your work faster.

Adobe Photoshop Touch

Hailing from the days when tablets were cool but they didn’t know how to run anything on them, Adobe Photoshop Touch is one of the most powerful photo editing app on the iPad. And it’s free to boot.

Adobe Photoshop Touch may have been inspired by a love for Adobe Photoshop but it’s a whole other beast with many of the features of the desktop cousin – such as layers, masks, and effects – turned on their head for the touchscreen generation.

It’s not a cheap app for iPad but it’s an app that many of us think we can’t be without.

Adobe Illustrator Draw

Evernote

Evernote is a cloud-based notes-taking app that allows you to create text notes, checklists, voice recordings, photos and more.

It also features a scanner, which works with text, images, receipts, handwritten notes and documents.

Evernote lets you sync content across multiple platforms and the app also has offline modes so you can use it when there is no data connection.

Evernote can be used to keep different kinds of notes, including informal meeting notes, class notes, product ideas, travel plans, random thoughts, and more.

The app provides a number of functions such as built-in photo editing, and optical character recognition (OCR) that allows you to convert photos of text into searchable text.

Assembly

Trusted by millions of people in 190 countries, Assembly is a simple, yet powerful tool for organizing your ideas. Its smart interface blends effortlessly into your workflow, allowing you to concentrate on what’s important: your designs.

Drop images or a text into your canvas and watch as they flow across the screen. Make sure they’re perfectly aligned with the help of the dynamic grid.

Paper

Io – Turn Your Kids' Art Into A PDF

If you have small children who like to draw, you'll definitely find them enjoy a lot of fun on this app.

It is a very simple drawing program that is very easy to use. It doesn't even require you to use the mouse. You can use the touch screen to draw and the app also supports a variety of colors.

When you have completed a drawing, the app takes a snapshot of it to save it for future use. Your kids will also get so much to enjoy with the premium version that comes with an eraser feature.

Pixlr

(iOS, Free)

If you need to do a quick photo edit or maybe you don’t want to pay 4 bucks for a simple Instagram filter, this app is for you.

It’s available for both iOS and Android and has tons of great features for quick edits.

I’ve been using PIXLR for years and I can honestly say that it’s a great, free alternative for Photoshop.

It’s relatively easy to use and much better than Photoshop Mobile. It has most of the same features just as photoshop but in a handy app.

Pantone Studio

The Pantone Studio System app is an amazing tool to use and has the ability to make you look like a well-experienced designer. When you don’t have the right Pantone color or can’t find the color you’re looking for, the Pantone Studio System app can make it simple to select the right color for your design.

No matter what style of design you’re doing, the Pantone Studio System app will help you find the perfect color combinations. The app allows you to upload any color and compare it with thousands of other colors.

It has great features that allow you to adjust colors, so you can find the perfect PANTONE® color for you. It also makes it simple to save and share the color combinations with your other creative friends.

Pantone Studio System is available for free download on iOS (iPhone & iPad) and Android.

Snapseed

Although it has been leaving users in a lurch for a while now, the app can still be downloaded until the developer pulls the plug on it.

The app has a bunch of tools and filters to improve photographs with ease. These tools can be used on their own or together and help you do color correction, add a vignette, remove blemishes and more.

Tilt Shift Generator

Getting a good tilt-shift effect can be tricky, but using this app, you can create a replica of the effect using your smartphone’s camera.

The app allows you to play around with the settings to get the tilt-shift effect you want. The filters come in varying degrees of tilt-shift intensity.

Unsplash

When you have a good idea in your head and want to use it as the background of your app, but you cannot find right photo on the web, the next best option you will have is to make one yourself.

This is where this app comes in handy. It is free and allows you to download a plethora of beautiful stock images that you can use in your app.

PS Touch

The best and most popular photo editor in the world is Adobe Photoshop and this app can give you a taste of it on your smartphone.

Layers

Layers is a photography app that gives you more control over your pictures.

Once you’ve taken your photo, Layers will allow you to make many adjustments.

You can edit your pictures and add tones to them, making it easier for you to make multiple edits later on.

If you’re editing pictures for website use, Layers is a great option. Logos for websites don’t always look the same on all monitors and you may need to make some changes.

Layers is only available for OS X and iOS devices.

Marksta

Typecast

WhatTheFont

Whether you need to identify a font, you want to create something similar to it, or you just want to play around with letters and typefaces, this app has you covered.

How many times have you struggled to identify a font?

How many times have you seen a cool looking word and wished you could figure out what font is being used?

How many times have you tried to recreate a font in a design app but failed?

Well, this app solves all of that.

How?

It’s as simple as you plastered the world’s biggest font database right onto your mobile phone.

In one tap, you’ll know how the font looks like and how it’s called.

In two taps, you can create something similar to it in your design app of choice.

You can choose from over 600,000 fonts in this app.

You’ll just need to snap a picture of the font with your camera or snap a photo of the word itself.

In addition to being able to identify the font, you can also browse fonts in their categories to find pretty much anything you need.

You can browse by name, font family, and style, to get you started with precise results.

Mailstrom

The Email Overload Solution

Have you ever spent hours reviewing your email inbox? It’s an exhausting and mundane task that’s often unproductive for most people.

Mailstrom is an email tool that organizes your inbox by channeling incoming emails into separate folders. It breaks up your inbox into different sections based on what type of email it is: support tickets, newsletters, receipts, and so on.

The app categorizes emails so that you can tackle them one at a time.

This is great if you want to focus on your inbox quickly. Instead of sifting through all your pending emails, you can choose the type of email you want to deal with first: the tutorial emails, the bills, or your trash.

iA Writer

A very minimalistic, distraction-free text editor that offers remarkably smooth writing experience. It’s the kind of app that makes writing feel effortless.

Supports Markdown formatting and has a very minimal, yet very beautiful user interface.

There is also a Mac app but both Mac and Windows apps are completely free and offer unlimited 'cloud storage'.

ScannerPro

iOS This app allows you to scan and save documents in superb quality and share them easily via email, Facebook or Dropbox. This app automatically detects borders and erases the white background around the pictures.

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Invoice

This is a rather simple app, but Invoice Creator is one of those tools that you will find yourself reaching for over and over again.

It’s a simple app that allows you to create invoices that you can then email or print out directly from your desktop or mobile device.

Just enter the relevant information about your customers in the app, and the invoice creator then spits out the invoice that you can then send to your client by email.

This is a really nice app for sharing invoices directly with your clients. You can enable a password so that your customer will have to enter the password you set before being able to view the invoice.

Even better, it will also create a link which you can use to share a preview of the invoice with your client before they are able to view the final invoice.

Invoices are a little more complicated than they used to be, but Invoice Creator changes that so that you can create an invoice in just a few simple steps.

First you need to set up the invoice by selecting what the invoice is for and how much it should say. Invoice Creator then lists the different entries that you have to complete.

These are pretty self-explanatory so even a novice to invoicing should have no problem in creating invoices easily.

Adobe Preview CC

Preview is similar to the latest Photoshop, but has some nifty tricks of its own. It’s also free for both Mac and PC users. This amazing software lets you create beautiful mobile-ready designs in a matter of minutes.

Adobe Photoshop CC

With the help of this app you can do everything from photography to digital painting to 3D creations. It is very difficult to work in this app, but the final results are amazing in comparison to others without this app.

Adobe Lightroom CC

The Adobe Lightroom app is another powerful creation. The app concentrates on the use of RAW files. It helps you organize the large intake of files, as well as gives you different ways to customize and manipulate them.

InDesign

InDesign is a desktop publishing app that has advanced publishing features. It has a robust graphic and text layout capabilities. The app integrates with the new font management system and other new publishing workflows.

Adobe Dimension CC

Great for creating 3D objects with text and images. It is a desktop app which enhances creativity, collaboration, and communication. For less than 62.5 dollars, you can take beautiful 3D objects with amazing animations.

Behance

Dribbble

This is a very well known company that deals with the works of graphic design. The most outstanding thing about this company is that it is used by the talented people of the world. This is also the home of the designers. The company has given some significant awards to designers who have worked hard for the company. It has a very good interface with very good navigation system. The company is providing an opportunity to create a profile for the designers and they can upload their works to the Dribbble Company.

This valuable award has given you the opportunity to get the Dribbble logo and put it as a profile picture on the site. This logo is the identity of the company and you should take proper care of it. You should be using the logo only in the company.