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Top 10 Apps that every Artist should have on their Phone

Updated: Feb 22, 2022

Technology has made everyone's life easier. No doubt, it has brought ease for the artists as well. In the age of smartphones and mobile applications, things can be done with just a click, be it shopping for art supplies or registering for an art workshop. There are also mobile apps that give us a platform to showcase our art or borrow inspiration.

Here, is a list of Top 10 Apps that every Artist should have on their phones :

1) Instagram

Type : Social Networking , Photos and Video Sharing app

Owned by : Facebook, Inc.

App rating : 4.5 / 5.0 , Over 98M reviews and 1B+ downloads

Instagram enables an artist to create their own art gallery. Promote your art on this most used platforms. Connect with other artists and potential buyers. With its various features, like Stories, IGTV, Creator Account, Highlights, Shop, etc make the best use of this platform.

2) Pinterest

Type : Social Networking , Photos and Video Sharing app

Owned by : Pinterest, Inc.

App rating :4.6 / 5.0 , Over 6M reviews and 100M+ downloads

Need ideas for your next artwork ? This is every modern artist's go to place. Create various boards for all your preferences. From colour schemes to DIY ideas; this is like an ideas store for artists. Get inspired from anywhere on the internet. Save your ideas, organise them by topic and share with others – all from your phone !

3) PENUP - Share your Drawings

Type : Art & Design app

Owned by : Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

App rating : 4.7 / 5.0 , Over 57K reviews and 50M+ downloads

Create and upload your work for the PENUP community to see, comment on, like, and repost. The pieces you repost will be saved in a separate folder in your Collection. Helps you learn how to draw by letting you trace over the video clip. Also, enjoy watching the drawing process for artwork in diverse categories. Transform snaps into art. Make photos more special by turning them into masterpieces. The Sketch Filter extracts the lines of your chosen picture for you to color in. An exclusive space reserved for the best of the best. Star artists are featured here. Compete for your spot in the Hall of Fame, where you will be remembered by users around the world.

4) PicsArt Photo Editor: Pic, Video & Collage Maker

Type : Photography, videos, Sketching & drawing app

Owned by : Private company

App rating : 4.3 / 5.0 , Over 9M reviews and 500M+ downloads

PicsArt is your go-to, all-in-one photo and video editor on mobile. Want to make art tutorials or process videos on phone ? Try this 14th most downloaded app worldwide in 2019 and over 1 billion downloads to date. PicsArt is home to the hugely popular sketch effect, glitch effect, vintage filters, aesthetic stickers, and more. Show off your awesome pictures on Instagram with #picsart and you might be featured !

5) Snapseed

Type : Photography & editing

Owned by : Google LLC

App rating : 4.5 / 5.0 , Over 1M reviews and 100M+ downloads

Snapseed is a complete and professional photo editor developed by Google. You can edit pictures using swiping gestures to select different effects and enhancements. Alternatively, users can opt for an "automatic" adjustment of color and contrast. Snapseed can save users' editing history and redirect to any of the actions before. It can also create and save filter combinations by using the default filters and editing features. The list of special effects and filters includes Drama, Grunge, Vintage, Center-focus, Frames, and a Tilt-shift (which resizes photos). Users can import RAW images as well for better quality edits. It has introduced filters such as lens blur, glamour glow, HDR scape and noir. Users can directly share the images on social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram.

6) Behance

Type : Social media app

Owned by : Adobe Inc

App rating : 4.7 / 5.0 , Over 87K reviews and 1M+ downloads

Behance’s team of curators feature new work every day from top portfolios in the fields of design, fashion, illustration, industrial design, architecture, photography, fine art, advertising, typography, motion graphics, sound design, and many more. Leading creative companies find talent on Behance, and millions of visitors use Behance to track the latest and greatest creative talent. Get a chance to see the work of students from top Art and Design schools across the globe. This place also has the best professional portfolios.

7) DeviantArt

Type : Social

Owned by : DeviantArt, Inc.

App rating : 2.5 / 5.0 , Over 96K reviews and 5M+ downloads

Simply put: The World’s Largest Art Gallery In Your Hand. DeviantArt is the largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts, allowing people to connect through the creation and sharing of art. The DeviantArt mobile app moves the experience to hand-held devices exposing a full range of exciting, fresh, culturally relevant content from traditional media of painting, drawing, photography and sculpture to digital art, pixel art, anime and fan art. Browse endless streams of content as well as communicate with and submit to the community 24/7 with the DeviantArt mobile app.

8) Canva : Graphic Design, Video / Poster / Logo Maker

Type : Art & Design

Owned by : Private Company

App rating : 4.7 / 5.0 , Over 2M reviews and 50M+ downloads

Have a workshop or an exhibition coming up ? Design poster yourself using this easy-to-use app. not just that, you can also design logos, posters, IG stories, social media posts, banners, presentations, etc. Available on your phone & computer so you can jump back into your design anytime, anywhere.

9) Adobe Spark Post : Graphic Design and Story

Type : Art & Design

Owned by : Adobe Inc

App rating : 4.4 / 5.0 , Over 34K reviews and 10M+ downloads

Adobe Spark Post is the ultimate design app for solopreneurs, small business owners and anyone who wants to create posters, photo collages, invitation, banners and more for free. Explore new layouts, colour palettes, typography styles or filters in a single tap. Add flair to social media posts and upgrade your Instagram stories with video. Easily share your designs via your favourite platforms, text messages or email to keep your followers up-to-date.

10) Concepts : Sketch, Design, Illustrate

Type : Art & Design

Owned by : TopHatch, Inc.

App rating : 3.8 / 5.0 , Over 2K reviews and 100K+ downloads

Concepts is a flexible space to think, plan and create. Sketch ideas on the infinite canvas, write notes and doodles with tilt + pressure, draw storyboards, illustrations, product sketches and design plans, then share with friends, clients and other apps. Concepts is used by amazing people at Disney, Playstation, Philips, HP, Apple, Google, Unity and Illumination Entertainment to take ideas from concept to reality. With its amazing toolset, note your ideas or try out different compositions before starting an artwork.

There is a plethora of apps available out there. If you know any other interesting app, do let us know in the comments.

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