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By Kurtis Nace on June 16, 2022

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5 Awesome iPad Apps for Doodling, Drawing and Sketching

Using your iPad as an art medium just became much easier with these five awesome iPad apps designed specifically to help you doodle, draw and sketch. Whether you’re an aspiring artist or just looking to have some fun, each of these apps makes it easy to create beautiful doodle art drawing right on your tablet without needing any specialized tools or expensive software like Photoshop or Corel Painter. Plus, since all of them are made by established companies, you can trust that they’ll be stable and feature-packed as well as easy to use.

1) DrawPad

DrawPad lets you doodle drawing on your touch screen with fingers or a stylus. It’s great for freehand sketching or if you want to try out a new logo idea. You can erase and re-sketch as many times as you want, and DrawPad will save each version of your doodling drawing automatically in case you want to revert back to an earlier version. There are also tons of colors available, so whether you like simple black & white sketches or complex art filled with color schemes; DrawPad has it all. Since DrawPad saves every single change instantly, it’s a great way to quickly try out lots of different designs without having to do any additional work on a computer later on.

2) Paper by 53

If you’re trying to learn how to draw or even just want to capture your ideas quickly, Paper by 53 is worth a look. It has a full tool set—pencils, brushes, markers and such—and allows you to undo as many steps as you need. If that’s not enough control over your creation, Paper also includes layers of undo so that you can easily back up when things go wrong. It is a bit pricey at $9.99 on iOS but also available on MacOS and Android. Other great sketch apps include Procreate ($4.99), GoodNotes ($3.99) and Notability ($9.99).

3) Notability

Whether you want to take a quick note or need to sketch out ideas, Notability is among one of our favorite apps. The Apple Pencil’s pressure sensitivity ensures every mark on your screen is reproduced accurately, which makes it ideal for sketching. If you need to digitally alter your work after-the-fact, Notability supports layers so you can keep track of different stages of revisions. Many other apps may have more features—like better photo editing capabilities—but if you just want to draw then Notability’s intuitive interface should suit your needs just fine. Best of all: It works with every device that has iOS 9 or later installed.

4) Procreate

The Procreate app is just fantastic. If you’re looking to really create some stunning work on your iPad, Procreate is where it’s at. Available for $4.99 in the iTunes App Store, Procreate gives you a blank canvas (or several) to work with alongside a wide range of tools and features that let you craft just about anything imaginable. You can use a pen or marker tool to draw sketches or write calligraphy; use a blend tool to overlay colors; paint by adding layers of color; rotate your image with multi-touch gestures… it goes on and on. The best part?

5) Snapseed

The Google-owned Snapseed is a powerful app that allows you to edit your photos like never before. Its intuitive controls and variety of filters make it a great doodle sketch app. If you’re looking to create high-quality images, Snapseed is one of your best bets. It’s available for both iOS devices and Android devices on Google Play.