Being a graphic designer is a full time job. You never know when inspiration strikes and it’s important to be able to capture the right image at the right time as well as edit it. That’s why mobile apps are so important. With iPhone and Android, you can get a lot done on the go, on a simple, portable device.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of our top 25 favorite mobile graphic design apps for both Android and iPhone. Scroll down and check them out, you never know what you might find that will turn out to be quite handy in the future!
Highly customizable image editing with Repix.
Repix is a complex, yet easy to use app for your mobile device. You can manipulate your app with just a stroke of the finger and you have a high degree of freedom. For one thing, you have 28 different brushes, 16 different filters and a very good cropping tool. More so, the app is brilliantly designed and allows for seamless work by letting you switch between tools simply and without any extra hassle.
2. Adobe Photoshop Touch
Adobe Photoshop – now on your mobile device.
No list of image editing software or apps would be complete without at least a mention of Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is now available on a wide variety of mobile devices, with specialized apps for tablets and phones. We won’t go into the functions of the apps because you probably know all about what Photoshop can do. If you didn’t know about the mobile versions of these apps, now you do. So what are you waiting for? Go and get them!
3. Computer Arts
Stay ahead of the game with Computer Arts.
Computer Arts is a change of pace in the list. While we’re looking primarily at image creation and editing software, we know how important it is to stay up to date on design trends, the best new work in design as well as profiles of various agencies and creatives. Find all this and more in the Computer Arts Magazine. While it’s available in print, it also has nifty apps for iOS and Android and comes with a free 30 day subscription. There’s really no reason not to try it out, is there?
4. SketchBook Pro
Get creative with SketchBook.
SketchBook is a neat app that has a huge range of pencils, pens, markers and brushes. All in all, it’s a great drawing & painting application that lets you work on various canvas sizes, that has a gallery to save your WIP in as well as a great brush library that features over 100 presets.
Get organized with Evernote.
Evernote is, quite possibly, the best notebook app out there. It’s a great way to organize yourself. It lets you create and edit notebooks and notes, which you can fully customize with check boxes, images, sound bytes and a lot more. If you have trouble keeping track of all your ideas and all the things you need to get done, this is definitely the app for you!
Collect & Share Typography With Fontly.
Fontly is a very cool typography app that will definitely prove to be a great resource for you. With this app you can browse and share various types from public spaces, ranging from hand painted typography to neon signs and everything in between. It’s a great library filled with much typography inspiration for the designer on the go.
Edit photos easily with Handy Photo.
While this app isn’t quite as polished as Adobe Photoshop, it’s definitely a powerful photo editing tool. The interface is easy to use and has a nifty solution for rotating menu options by using the corners of the screen. This serves to keep the center of the screen free so you can use it with swipe gestures to tone your effects up or down. It’s definitely a good photo editor and you should check it out.
8. Sprite HD
Play Store: Coming soon.
Design user interfaces with ease using Sprite HD.
With Sprite HD, each new screen display you want to mock-up is a new page. You can add any number of elements to each page in order to see how it will look. You start with a background and build from there by dragging assets to it from the library, which is extensive to say the least.
Manage your tasks with Wunderlist.
Wunderlist is a dedicated to-do list app for iOS and Android. Its main selling point is its simplicity and cross-platform approach. It syncs all your devices and lets you easily share tasks and lists with colleagues, friends and family in order to improve collaboration on any project you may have going on.
10. Autodesk FormIt
Conceptualize, analyze and share early building design concepts easily.
FormIt comes from Autodesk, the design company that gave us Maya, the 3D modeling software. It’s a great way to work on any 3D design concepts you may have.
Save web pages for offline reading with Instapaper.
Instapaper is a great way to store any articles you may come across and want to read later. Yes, we’ll admit that there are other apps that do this exact same thing.
Instapaper stands out from the pack, though by giving you increased sorting and sharing capabilites.
12. Bjork: Biophilia
Interactive art and music.
While this is not necessarily something that will help you in your day-to-day as a designer, it’s definitely something that will keep you interested and coming back.
This wonderful iPad app pushes the boundaries of interactive art and of a music album. We could say more, but we’ll let you find out for yourself.
13. Adobe Edge Inspect
Preview web designs on all your devices.
Edge Inspect is one of the greatest tools for mobile web design optimization. You can use it to preview your design on any of your devices by pairing it with your computer and browse in sync as well as actually edit the pages. Cross-platform development has never been easier.
14. Draw Something!
Draw Something is the game for graphic designers.
Yes, it’s not a tool or an inspirational app. Instead, we’ve decided to include this because it’s a great game and one that can really help you keep your graphic design skills honed. Think about it: what game would you recommend to a graphic designer if not one that is centered on drawings? Go ahead and give it a spin, you won’t be disappointed.
The simplest notebook app out there.
Yet another great notebook app. This one is geared to you fans of simplicity out there. Simplenote is a focused app that does the things it sets out to do very well. It’s a lot less problematic than some of the other notebook apps out there. While it isn’t as complex as, say, Evernote, it’s definitely worth checking out if you don’t really need all the functionality of the latter and if you want more user friendliness.
Adjust your photos with Snapseed.
Back to the world of photo editing apps, we recommend you take a look at Snapseed. It’s a largely filter-based photo adjustment app that supports multiple image formats, including JPEG, TIFF and RAW. The interface is innovative and it really helps make your camera shots into dramatic works of art. Definitely worth checking out and keeping an eye on.
Mind mapping made easy with SimpleMind.
For those of you who are fans of mind mapping apps for jotting ideas down quickly, there’s literally none better than SimpleMind. It’s a fast and efficient way to work and brainstorm, both on your own and in a team. Create, edit and share mind maps simply and efficiently with this great app.
Get inspired with iDeviant.
iDeviant is a great DeviantArt mobile client app, that allows for simple browsing of the site. Browse all the artwork on DeviantArt and get inspired quickly using this wonderfully simple and well-designed app.
Select color swatches with RealColors.
RealColors is a great color pallete generator. It takes any photo you feed it and generates a color pallete, letting you get inspired in your coloring choices from real life. It’s really that simple. A great, straightforward app that will definitely come in handy. Go ahead and take it for a spin.
Back to the world of photo editing, we’d like to show you PicLab. It’s a simple photo editing app that lets you apply filters and effects, shapes and beautiful typography to your images, not to mention light effects, textures, borders and much more. It’s a simple and easy to use app. Do try it out.
FxCamera makes you creative.
The developers of this app claim that it will actually make you creative. That sounds a little cocky until you actually try it out. It’s a very neat camera app, but its major selling point and key feature is the Voice Picture, that lets you record a voice message as you’re taking photos, thus creating a spoken caption to your image. Of course, it lets you share these Voice Pictures straight to Facebook.
Color palette picker from Pantone.
Again, we go back to picking your color scheme, one of the most important aspects of graphic design. This app comes from color industry leader Pantone. It’s easily one of the best apps of its kind and you should definitely try it out.
Manage your creative portfolio with Behance.
As a designer, you probably already know all about Behance and have an online Behance portfolio. Did you know that you can manage it from your mobile devices? Check out this very cool mobile app that has all the functionality of the site!
Using Photobucket has never been simpler.
As a graphic designer, you probably already have a working relation with Photobucket. This app makes mobile browsing of the site that much simpler and easier. It’s a great way to back all your images up with almost no effort.
Add text to your Instagram photos easily.
InstaQuote is a great app that adds beautiful text to your Instagram images quickly and easily. There’s really not much more to it than that. Try it out!
That about wraps up our list of our top 25 picks of mobile apps for graphic designers. There are surely more out there, but these are our favorites. What are yours?
Let us know in the comments section below!