The best art & design apps for Android in 2017


With their touch screens, Android smartphones and tablets become powerful tools for every painter and designer. The six art and design apps we've rounded up below let you freely draw and create on your smart device, anywhere, any time. There are expert-level apps, entry-level ones, and everything in-between. Choose yours, learn it well, and you have an indispensible tool in your hands for a long time!

Infinite Painter


Download: Android (also on iOS)Price: Free

Infinite Painter is an advanced painting app with 80+ natural brush presets, layers and Photoshop blend modes, perspective guides, clipping masks, transform tools, PSD layers support, sharing, and an attached service – ColourLovers – for searching between millions of colors, palettes, and patterns.

Why it's great? It's one of the closest things to a Photoshop clone on mobile, but focused on painting.


PaperOne: Paint Draw Sketchbook


Download: AndroidPrice: Free

PaperOne is all about imitating a real paintbrush to draw and doodle. There are different styles of paintbrush alongside a varied color library. The app is easy to use and approachable for all types of users.

Why it's great? A lighter alternative to Infinite Painter ideal for doing random doodles – and more – in your idle time.


ibis Paint X


Download: Android (also on iOS)Price: Free

ibis' app aims to strike a balance between rookie and advanced cyber-painting tools. It's easy to use so it allows you to actually enjoy expressing yourself, rather than dealing with distractions and complications. At the same time, there's a huge load of content in it. There are 142 kinds of brushes, including dip pens, felt tip pens, digital pens, air brushes, fan brushes, and flat brushes.

The app can handle as many layers as your device's memory will allow and supports layer modes, such as individual layer opacity, alpha blending, adding, subtracting, and multiplying. Various brush parameters allow you to adjust thickness, opacity, and angle. There's also the particularly cool feature of recording and uploading videos of how you drew your artwork.

Why it's great? Feature-rich and simple to use? Sign us up!


ArtFlow: Paint Draw Sketchbook


Download: AndroidPrice: Free

ArtFlow is a digital sketchbook with more than 80 paint brushes, along with smudge, fill, and eraser tools. The app's feature list is extensive and includes things like color adjustment, infinite undo and redo, up to 32 layers with 11 different blending modes, exporting to PSD format for Photoshop, a configurable symmetry drawing mode, geometrical shapes (line, rectangle, oval) and guide (line, oval, focal, smooth), palm rejection, and much more. The interface is fluid and feels great on Android, even if there are some slicker-looking apps out there.

Why it's great? It turns your Android phone or tablet into a super-charged sketchbook!


ArtRage: Draw, Paint, Create



Download: AndroidPrice: $5.99

ArtRage for Android is a realistic painting and drawing app that includes all the most useful tools from its desktop edition. There's a full range of essential digital art features, such as Layers, a Fill Tool, Layer Blend Modes, the ability to add Reference and Tracing images while you draw, and color mixing. All the tools are designed to act like their real counterparts, such as paint, pencil or chalk. They also interact with each other and the canvas texture in different ways.

Why it's great? It makes painting feel natural on Android.


InColor - Coloring Book for Adults



Download: AndroidPrice: Free

ArtRage for Android is a realistic painting and drawing app that includes all the most useful tools from its desktop edition. There's a full range of essential digital art features, such as Layers, a Fill Tool, Layer Blend Modes, the ability to add Reference and Tracing images while you draw, and color mixing. All the tools are designed to act like their real counterparts, such as paint, pencil or chalk. They also interact with each other and the canvas texture in different ways.

Why it's great? There's a wealth of pictures to paint, and the activity promotes stress-relief!

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2 Comments

1. Omran2000

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 18, 2016

Thanks . But haven't you noticed that the description of both InColor and ArtRage is the same ?

2. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Yeah, and the best way to take advantage of these is with a Galaxy Note or iPad Pro with Pencil. Fingers can't do justice. Here's something I did with the Note 2 using the mobile version of Photoshop: http://flic.kr/p/e35qpJ

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