When it comes to Apple Store, there are hundreds and thousands of apps out there to become a fan of – but of course, there are some good ones and some bad ones too. Say, if you have an iPad, and you are looking to get some work done on it, for example, if you are an illustrator, then, the iPad can turn out to be a boon; but for that, you are going to need apps that will turn your iPad into a drawing tablet.

If you are planning to install some apps for your iPad that can turn it into a graphics tablet, then, you at first, need to take note of the following two points –

  • If you are looking to make the iPad into a graphics tablet, then, you will need to make sure that the apps (that you plan to install) must go hand-in-hand with either Photoshop or Illustrator (these two programs are not available in iPad as of now) like a Wacom tablet.
  • If you are a professional illustrator or the same, then, you are going to need such an app that will let you export your work from the app to either Photoshop or Illustrator.

    So, without any further ado, let’s see what apps can we install and download on an iPad that can turn it into a drawing tablet.


    Available for a one-time fee of $9.99 in the Apple Store, Procreate is an app that has become the favorites of many, and rightfully so.

    Want to sketch and draw hyper-realistic artwork on the go? Procreate is the one – this app features numerous set of tools that consists of digital brushes, plus the app also has an advanced layer system, and multi-touch gestures. This app will also let you export layered PSD files and even time-lapse videos directly – all from the app itself.

    By the way, Procreate also lets you use custom brushes, and it is seen that many designers and illustrators had opted for creating their own and using it in their work.


    Designed to work specifically on the iPad, the app ‘InkPad’ is a vector drawing app, and it comes highly recommended from many renowned designers and illustrators who have lauded its ease of using text, fills, gradients and such.

    The tools that are available in Illustrator comes close to that of Illustrator, thus, making it quite easy for even beginners to grasp this tool.
    If you are on the lookout for a powerful drawing tool with the lowest price, then, you can’t go wrong with InkPad.


    Dubbed as one of the most popular vector apps on the market currently, the app ‘iDesign’ is a must to install if you want to create 2D vector drawings on the iPad.

    As for the interface of the app, it’s quite easy to grasp and offers a vast selection of beginner and advanced tools. Some of the features include a full-screen board view which won’t let the image be obscured, plus, it also offers offset handles so that you can move the screen without your finger getting in your way of sight.

    The app ‘iDesign’ is priced at $7.99 at the iOS store.

    Intaglio SketchPad

    Created by Purgatory Design, the app ‘Intaglio SketchPad’ is quite a new one in the market, but, it has gained the love of many designers and illustrators in a very short period.

    It is a vector-based app that is pretty much straight forward, and comes with a full set of drawing tools, and supports multi-touch technology.


    Created by ElevenWorks, this app has all the features of a 2D vector drawing app – in fact, it has most of the features that a desktop vector software has, plus, it can also be used in conjunction with TouchDraw for Mac.

    Rated as being one of the best vector apps currently available, the app is priced at $8.99 at the iOS store.


    Dubbed as one of the best drawing apps on the market, the app ‘iDraw’ combines the convenience of an iPad with the that of a desktop, and hence, it features a pen tool, grids, layers, snapping, and pretty much everything that you can think of.

    Consistently rated five stars by the users, this app is quite easy to understand – even for beginners.

    That said, this app also lets you share edit designs between devices (like Mac and iPad). The app has some especially exciting functions, like core text editing, Photoshop import and export, along with an In-Place Color Picker.


    Ability to draw right in Photoshop or Illustrator and that too, on your Mac, with custom shortcuts – that’s what the app AstroPad is for.

    Priced at $24.99, this app offers the best quality of graphics on the market and with practically no lag. Known to use an up-to-date LIQUID technology, it ensures that you never lose the quality of the image that you are working with.


    Available for Windows and MAC OS X for free, the app ‘iDisplay’ allows the people to use their iPad as a secondary display.

    Say, if you are looking to draw via a table, the app will offer you more screen space as it can be connected to several wireless devices all at once, plus the app is also highly customizable when used with different devices.


    Created by the company Avatron, the app ‘AirDisplay’ though an iPad app, it can be used as a mirroring app too.

    Offering the chance to mirror what you see on your iPad on up to 4 monitors at once, this app works using connection via a wireless Internet connection, and which in turn removes the annoying cords or USB cables and thus, making for a comfortable and convenient drawing experience.

    So, which iPad app do you plan on using?

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