Please recommend a good app for iPad Pro for drawing by a beginner

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Pavel Muller Regular Member • Posts: 320
Please recommend a good app for iPad Pro for drawing by a beginner

I would like to combine drawings with photos. I have zero knowledge or experience or training with drawing or painting. I would like an app compatible with PS that would help me combine drawn/painted images with photos. I am looking for an app that is easy to use, but that would give me room to grow as I improve. I have a MacBook Pro (7 years old), that I hope to replace this year with the 16" model and iPad Pro (with Pencil 2) should arrive in 2-3 weeks. Thank you guys

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Sal Baker Forum Pro • Posts: 11,518
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Pavel Muller wrote:

I would like to combine drawings with photos. I have zero knowledge or experience or training with drawing or painting. I would like an app compatible with PS that would help me combine drawn/painted images with photos. I am looking for an app that is easy to use, but that would give me room to grow as I improve. I have a MacBook Pro (7 years old), that I hope to replace this year with the 16" model and iPad Pro (with Pencil 2) should arrive in 2-3 weeks. Thank you guys

Procreate is wonderful, and very affordable.

Sal

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Thank you very much, @sal baker

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Zendit_Outdoors Junior Member • Posts: 47
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I use the Adobe Creative Cloud on iPad and use several programs for drawing/art. Photoshop is the predominant program I use, though. Since you’re wanting to combine photography and art (kudos for that!!) I can’t think of a better option than Adobe CC. It’s not “cheap” but the entire suite only costs me like $30 a month. All that power, the tools and the versatility is worth it, to me. They may have an a-la-carte version where you can just access the programs YOU want (rather than the complete suite of ALL Adobe products) and that would be considerably cheaper.

Hope this helps!

LarryRC Senior Member • Posts: 1,066
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Zendit_Outdoors wrote:

I use the Adobe Creative Cloud on iPad and use several programs for drawing/art. Photoshop is the predominant program I use, though. Since you’re wanting to combine photography and art (kudos for that!!) I can’t think of a better option than Adobe CC. It’s not “cheap” but the entire suite only costs me like $30 a month. All that power, the tools and the versatility is worth it, to me. They may have an a-la-carte version where you can just access the programs YOU want (rather than the complete suite of ALL Adobe products) and that would be considerably cheaper.

Hope this helps!

Has the $9.99 / month PS & LR plan gone away?

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Barry Twycross Veteran Member • Posts: 4,678
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My wife (who's artistic, but not very technical) uses Linea Sketch, which "does a very nice job", and is not that difficult to learn. She highly recommends using an Apple Pencil with that.

She does some really good sketches with it.

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Storare Regular Member • Posts: 197
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Artstudio Pro. Advanced drawing/painting and photo editing app complete with layers, masks etc.

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Zendit_Outdoors Junior Member • Posts: 47
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LarryRC wrote:

Has the $9.99 / month PS & LR plan gone away?

I’m not sure. Probably is but I use other Adobe programs for various stuff so I just get the suite - been purchasing the full suite for 15+ years. Lol. I hope the OP saw your post because $10 for those two is actually a terrific deal! PS may take a little longer to learn but it’s a WAY deeper and useful program; and 100% worth the time it takes to learn. Thanks for your comment!

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Zendit_Outdoors wrote:

LarryRC wrote:

Has the $9.99 / month PS & LR plan gone away?

I’m not sure. Probably is but I use other Adobe programs for various stuff so I just get the suite - been purchasing the full suite for 15+ years. Lol. I hope the OP saw your post because $10 for those two is actually a terrific deal! PS may take a little longer to learn but it’s a WAY deeper and useful program; and 100% worth the time it takes to learn. Thanks for your comment!

I found it it is still available.

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I have tested multiple drawing apps for my kid.

Here are the 3 apps I recommend:

  • Tayasui sketches.  I have the Pro version (which was free before).  Now there is  free version and pro version.  Works well for kids.  Has basic features for beginner.
  • Autodesk SketchBook.  This is a full fledge drawing software that is free.  Basically can do anything that is needed as beginner user, and more.  The interface is a bit old school.  The worst is file management system, which is very confusing and not intuitive.  Still, worth trying this app.  
  • Procreate ($10).  We ended up buying Procreate.  The main reason is that as beginner, trying to learn from YouTube, there are a lot of videos on Procreate.  So kid can follow YouTube step by step.

We also tried many other apps.  Many are free but has advertisement; so need to pay to get rid of ads.

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OP Pavel Muller Regular Member • Posts: 320
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Thank you @zenitoutdoors. For me, the PS license is all I use. The other packages are too expensive for me and I also look for something not quite so elaborate. Currently, I sprung for Astropad Basic (which I like so far a lot). I also got the Procreate and I am just learning to use it on a very basic level.

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OP Pavel Muller Regular Member • Posts: 320
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D00M wrote:

I have tested multiple drawing apps for my kid.

Here are the 3 apps I recommend:

  • Tayasui sketches. I have the Pro version (which was free before). Now there is free version and pro version. Works well for kids. Has basic features for beginner.
  • Autodesk SketchBook. This is a full fledge drawing software that is free. Basically can do anything that is needed as beginner user, and more. The interface is a bit old school. The worst is file management system, which is very confusing and not intuitive. Still, worth trying this app.
  • Procreate ($10). We ended up buying Procreate. The main reason is that as beginner, trying to learn from YouTube, there are a lot of videos on Procreate. So kid can follow YouTube step by step.

We also tried many other apps. Many are free but has advertisement; so need to pay to get rid of ads.

Thank you. I went for Procreate. I am learning by trial and lots of error. I will look at the tutorials you recommend. Thanks

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Toni60 Regular Member • Posts: 106
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Hello,

Absolutely Procreate but if you have an Adobe plan the applications are very good.

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