Inspiration can strike anywhere at any time. Unfortunately, not every artist has a laptop or pen and paper with them when it does. Graphic designing is unique in that when you get an idea in your head it doesn’t always feel the same when you write it down on paper and save it for later. For those designers that tend to get OCD about their work it is essential to have some way of recording inspiration or putting ideas on screen as soon as they strike. This is where it pays to have a phone that can support your passion and allow you to purge your imagination wherever you are. Here are 10 of the best apps for graphic designers so that they may explore their ideas whenever the light clicks on:
For iPhone users the Palettes app is one of the best tools you can have for graphic design. It is one of the most highly regarded apps for color creation as it allows you to grab color palettes from anywebsite, image, camera, or color scheme and allows you to create colors through blending and mixing other schemes. Palettes is also very compatible with other designer software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
A clever and appealing font can go a long way to making text or a logo give off the right impression. If you are a longtime graphic designer then at this point you probably collect fonts as a hobby. This app allows you to identify and distinguish any font, anywhere, at any time. Typography is an art in itself and as a designer you always want to be on the lookout for new and stylish forms of text.
Dropbox is an app that makes more top lists for designers than any other app I have seen. It’s no wonder, given the fact that allows you to transfer and sync files with almost any device with an internet connection. It is convenient and simple to use for browsing stored photos, documents, and other files. It’s also compatible with a variety of text editors and Wifi printing plugins.
One of Android’s most popular apps for designers, Cinemagram adds a little more imagination to your photos and videos by allowing you to insert images of your own into them. This app is probably the most fun I’ve encountered as it allows you to make GIFs out of small videos and add your own unique (or humorous) modifications. If nothing else this app will keep you entertained for hours. I find it to be a great way to make your own birthday and Christmas video cards.
5. Adobe Photoshop Express
Ever since Adobe Photoshop has come out with a mobile version for Android and iPhone users it has become a staple in apps for graphic designers on the go. You can crop, adjust the color, add your own graphics, and share photos with anyone at any time. Best of all, it’s free.