Graphic design is constantly changing. There are always new trends, new technologies and of course new clients to contend with. The iPad is one technology that can make graphic design projects much easier. Whether you’re a freelancer or work for an agency, these apps can really enhance your designs.
Here’s a look at 10 essential iPad apps every graphic designer should download:
Adobe Ideas - Adobe Ideas lets you capture ideas and create designs on the go. The digital sketchbook lets you use the popular Adobe applications Illustrator and Photoshop. You can sketch using vectors, specific colors, and multiple themes. You can also sync the app to your office or home computer and access your designs anywhere.
Freeform – The Vector Drawing App - Freeform is a powerful and well-equipped drawing tool. You can quickly and easily create everything from sketches to mock-ups in JPG, PNG or PDF formats. Complete with shape tools, custom path creation, Boolean operations, path modification and undo/redo support; this app really does have it all. Perfect for getting creative whenever inspiration strikes.
iFontMaker - Exclusive to iPad, iFontMaker lets you create a completely unique typeface in just 5 minutes. This can be converted into a TTF file, meaning you can use it anywhere. The hand-drawn typography will add a bespoke look to all of your designs. Perfect for adding that handmade touch to your creations.
iMockups for iPad - Another iPad exclusive, iMockups combines beauty and functionality to become the premiere mobile wireframing and mockup app. This app is great for serious designers looking to create eye-catching pieces efficiently and professionally. Projects can easily be shared between devices or exported to PNGs.
Moodboard - Never lose inspiration again. Moodboard is the perfect app for collecting, organizing and sharing all the things that get your creative juices flowing. With this app you can import photos from your library or the web, include specific color palettes, edit images and even share on social media.
Adobe Photoshop Express - Photoshop is a creative’s best friend. With many of the same features as the desktop version, you can create fresh designs with the touch of a screen. This is great for making any last minute tweaks to projects or carrying out minor edits on the go. Files can be shared between devices and exported to email for easy review.
FTP On The Go - If you’re out of the office and need at access files for any reason, FTP On The Go enables you to view and access files on your FTP server. Never again will you have to worry about making essential changes when you can from home – or anywhere else for that matter! Any changes you make are saved on to the server for future reference.
SketchPad HD for iPad - Inspiration can strike at anytime, so you need an app on hand to keep track of your notes. SketchPad is fun, easy to use and lets you draw, take notes and more. You can doodle, mock up ideas or just keep track of all your clients and deadlines. The portable notebook means you’ll never forget anything again.
DesignStudio for iPad - DesignStudio is a comprehensive app that lets you do, well, pretty much anything you like! You can create mock web pages, QR codes, wallpapers, logos, business cards and everything in between. All designs can be exported to other devices and computers or you can export files to your Dropbox for access anywhere. This is a great app for freelancers and home-based designers.
DROPBOX - Dropbox lets you access all your files. Sync it to you office and home computer, mobile devices and even the Dropbox website. This app enables you to access your videos, images and documents on the go. Your files are also completely secure. If you lose your phone, you can still access files from your other devices.
Graphic design has no boundaries, so neither should you. With the help of these apps you can work wherever you are without compromising on creativity and professionalism.
This guest blog has been supplied by graphic design agency Bird and Co Creative.
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