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Adobe ceases Photoshop Touch, to focus on apps for specific tasks

Posted by wicked May - 22 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Adobe has always been in the business of design, editing, and creativity. From desktop, the company has ventured into the mobile business by launching apps for smartphones and tablets that allow people to be more creative even when they’re on the go. The company started with Photoshop Mobile but soon expanded to more specific apps.

With Adobe’s Creative SDK, more apps have been launched including the Adobe Lightroom, Reader, Fill & Sign, Creative Cloud, Photoshop Express, Adobe Revel, and Photoshop Touch. Adobe is still dedicated to bring and redefine “connected mobile creativity”. No problem with creativity but there are several issues on access. The Creative Cloud has somehow solved that problem but Adobe still has to face many challenges. There are plans underway to launch more apps that are more feature-rich but less cluttered and not so complicated to use.

Adobe has started to focus on individual mobile apps that perform core tasks. The company realized that instead of offering all-in-one apps, it’s better to improve on separate apps for specific tasks. This also means some programs need to be discontinued because they can be redundant already.

Because of this, Adobe has made the unfortunate decision to finally discontinue Photoshop Touch after many years. It was the app closest to the desktop version of Photoshop. Users of the app can still work on it but starting May 28, you won’t find it in app stores and no updates will be released.

PS Touch became an all-in-one solution but that’s about to end. Adobe is working on more apps to roll out soon. For now, enjoy using Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Comp CC, Adobe Shape CC, Adobe Brush CC, and Adobe Color CC.

You can still download Photoshop Touch from the Google Play Store until the 28th of May but expect no further app updates.


Adobe will discontinue Photoshop Touch on May 28th

Posted by wicked May - 21 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


When Adobe launched Photoshop Touch in the Google Play Store a few years ago, it was meant to be an all-in-one editing tool that felt similar to Photoshop on the desktop. Although it was a difficult sell at $9.99 for most users, it actually did a pretty good job at mirroring the experience you’d find on the desktop. Fast forward to today, and the company has been focusing much of its efforts on new applications and editing tools for mobile and on the desktop. Because these tools have proven themselves as worthy replacements over the past months, Adobe has just announced that its pulling Photoshop Touch from the Google Play Store on Thursday, May 28th.

The company won’t be shipping out anymore updates to the app, but Photoshop Touch users who don’t want to jump ship will still be able to use the application in its entirety. All hope isn’t lost for Android users, though. Adobe explains:

Photoshop Touch was available across platforms and so I’d like to leave all of you on Android with some good news – we’re actively developing new mobile applications for Android and will share those with you very soon.

The Adobe team also has plans to bring a “serious retouching solution” to mobile, codenamed Project Rigel. Expected to be officially unveiled in late 2015, Project Rigel is shown off in the demo video below having no problem editing a massive 50MP image. Details are a bit scarce on this new project for now, but to tide you over until an official announcement takes place, check out the demo below:

Be sure to download the application from the Google Play Store before it’s gone for good! Any folks out there still using Photoshop Touch?

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Best photo editing apps for Android [May 2015]

Posted by wicked May - 11 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

android-photo-editingPhoto editing apps on smartphones as a necessity to deal with early low-resolution cameras. Instagram even built up a social network off of the idea of filters and editing to make low megapixel shots look decent. Today, smartphone cameras have gotten significantly better, even replacing smaller point and shoot cameras for many people, but many of the editing apps have managed to evolve and stay relevant alongside the new, better cameras.

We went through some of the best available apps for tweaking your camera shots a couple years ago, but over the past few years the landscape of the best apps has changed. In this guide, we’ll go over the top apps for fine-tuning your shots to look perfect on whatever social media site you plan on uploading them to.

snapseedSnapseed is a fantastic photo editing option that’s currently operating under Google’s wing. It recently saw an interface update bringing it in line with Google’s material design standards, too.

The app isn’t flashy, but offers a simple, efficient way to start editing and tweaking your photos. The first screen of the app allows you to pick a photo to begin editing, and links into Android’s default file selector. You can grab stuff off of your phone, including camera photos and anything else saved to your device, but it also hooks into cloud storage options like Box, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s OneDrive. No support for Dropbox, which might be a deal breaker for some, but you can always manually download your Dropbox photos to edit them.

Snapseed has enough tools to get very fine control over your images. You’ll get your standard tweaks for adjusting brightness, sharpness, contrast and other image qualities, but it also allows some smaller things like spot repair for specific blemishes on a photo. Once you start digging into effects, you’ll find plenty of things to apply to your shots, including several different filters, tones, and tweaks, the option to add vignettes and borders, and a tool to draw on your photos. Many of those filters and modes also have different presets, giving you a quick way to add some flair to your photos without putting in too much work.

The interface in Snapseed relies heavily on Google’s love for swipe motions. When you’re playing with a filter, for example, swiping up and down changes which part of the effect you’re altering, and swiping left and right adjusts the strength of that detail. This approach means you’ll always have a very clean screen to work with, which is good, but it can also make things a little more difficult when you’re looking for that one specific menu item but it’s constantly tucked away.

Overall, Snapseed offers one of the more simple, cleanly designed approaches to editing your photos. It’s completely free, there are no ads, and since Google’s running the show you’ll get an app that sticks to their design standards. This one should definitely be at the top of your list to check out.

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 spinlySpinly offers a slimmed down version of photo editing, which is perfect for someone that wants access to some of the fancy filters and effects that other apps have without all of the fluff. It’s slightly less cluttered than some of the other apps on this list, and is a relatively small app to boot.

While Spinly doesn’t have all of the tools that other apps do, it handles basic filters and editing perfectly. Filters are divided into four main groups, including Main, Urban, Vintage, Soft, and Mono, each with their own distinct looks. Each of these filters break down into sub-filters with minor differences, and once you’ve selected the perfect effect to put on your photo, you can adjust the strength of the effect, making it very easy to get the perfect tone out of your shots.

Aside from the main filters, Spinly offers all of the normal photo corrections and edits you’d expect, like exposure and contrast control, plus color warmth, sharpness, and saturation. There’s a vignette filter included, too. You’ll also find a light leak feature that’s unique to Spinly with a ton of different angles to give your photo that professional-amateur look. It might not be for everyone, but it’s cool to have the feature regardless.

Another nice feature that Spinly offers is quick cropping, so instead of doing everything freehand you can pick certain aspect ratios to fit whatever screen or app you’re planning on exporting the photo too. Once you’ve saved your edits, Spinly gives you quick button to share your photo to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr, plus a button to jump into Android’s share menu.

Spinly is completely free, and very simple to jump right into to, so this might be worth checking out if you need something lightweight, The app is ad-supported with no method of removing ads, though, so if that’s a deal breaker for you, look elsewhere.

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afterlightAfterlight is one of the best apps for users that need extensive filters and effects to put on their photos and quick social sharing. It offers a simple, effective interface, tons of different tools, and even a built-up Instagram social following. It’s perfect for smartphone photographers that rely on social media sites to share their photos.

The different effects is really where Afterlight shines. There are a whopping 59 filters, 14 of which were created by guest Instagram users, 66 different film textures, and 77 adjustable frames to tweak your images to perfection. That gives you roughly 300,000 combinations of filters, frames, and textures to apply to your photos, and that’s not even counting the strength effects you can apply to the filters and frames.

Outside of the filters, Afterlight still handles all of your traditional photo editing just like you’d expect. There are the standard brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, etc. controls that you’ll need, plus cropping and transforming tools. Once you’re done editing your photos, sending photos to different social media sites is extremely easy. And if you use Instagram, tagging your photos with #Afterlight offers you a quick way to get a ton of exposure from the app’s massive social following.

Afterlight isn’t free like most of the other photo editing apps here, but it makes up for that with the sheer number of effects and fantastic interface that it offers. Plus, you won’t have to worry about any ads interrupting your photo tweaking sessions. If you don’t mind spending a buck on an app that’s as high quality as this (and really, it’s more than worth the asking price) then give this one a spin.

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autodesk pixlrAutodesk Pixlr is made by the same developers that offer several other fantastic productivity programs, including Autodesk SketchBook. It’s definitely more productivity-oriented and less focused on touching up pictures for social media sites, but it handles both tasks exceptionally well.

Pixlr is probably one of the closest apps you’ll find that can replace a traditional desktop photo editor thanks to it’s powerful editing tools. The app has some very useful tricks, including a focal blur tool, a color pop tool, and tons of filters, effects, and tweaks.

The focal blur tool helps to simulate a focused subject in your photos, allowing you to select a specific point in an image and create a soft de-focus on everything outside of a certain range. This helps to draw attention to specific details, and gives a very professional look to your photos without much work. The color pop tool works similarly, letting you pick a certain area to colorize while making everything else black and white. It’s a great trick for making one specific detail the focal point of an image, and it’s incredibly easy to set up, especially compared to the work you’d have to put in on a desktop photo editor.

If you’re looking for the other effects and filters, Pixlr has that covered, too. It can’t compete with other apps on the sheer volume of effects, but it has enough to make it worthwhile. You’ll still get your standard tweaking tools, too, and there are tons and tons of collage options so you can quickly set up multiple photos arranged in different ways. That definitely appeals more to social media users, but hey, more features never hurt.

Pixlr offers a free experience with a few in-app purchases, so it’s worth test driving to see if it fits what you’re looking for. If you’ve ever used SketchBook, you’ll probably be very familiar with Pixlr, so this app would be worth adding to your productivity toolbox.

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adobe_lightroom_screen_01Adobe makes some of the best desktop photo editing software available, so naturally they’ve tried their hand at tackling the mobile market too. Adobe Lightroom is their mobile solution to picture editing, and it offers a more professional way to get things done compared to most other apps.

A big standout feature of Lightroom is its support for RAW (DNG) files. For those of you with newer phones that have the ability to capture RAW images (ie HTC One M9 and LG G4), you will be able to edit and apply effects to those photos right from your phone or tablet. I know that’s only a limited audience, but Lightroom can also edit RAW images captured from a DSLR via the cloud.

The app also has Adobe’s fantastic history feature, meaning you can make as many edits and changes as you’d like while still being able to undo every one of them back to the original image. Most other apps permanently apply filters and effects, so it’s much harder to go back to previous versions of the image.

On the feature front, Lightroom has tons of preset effects and filters to make things quicker and easier for you, plus as many manual editing tools that you could ask for. Sharing photos is easy, and Lightroom will sync your photos, edits and metadata included, across all of your Lightroom-enabled devices. This is especially handy if you’re dealing with anything like editing RAW files, as you probably won’t be connecting your DSLR directly to your smartphone. But you can, however, upload the files to your computer, begin making edits, and then pick up where you left off on your tablet or smartphone later without any extra work on your part.

The only drawback to Lightroom is that you’re going to need an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription to take advantage of it. It’s hard to justify spending money every month if you only need an app to do some quick edits on your Instagram photos, but if you’re invested in serious photography and you’d use all of the other perks that Creative Cloud offers, Lightroom is likely going to be a better fit for you than any of the other apps available.

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These apps cover most photo editing cases you might need, including different effects perfect for sharing photos on social media, making a few quick touch-ups on vacation pictures, and just about as close as you can get to professional editing on a mobile device.

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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nPerf Speed Test Android appsSponsored by nPerf Speed Test

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
nPerf Speed Test is a comprehensive speed test application that allows you to test your web speed. It does so in three tests which includes your classic speed test along with a browsing load test and a YouTube streaming test. You can test on a WiFi or mobile connection and even compare your final score with other carriers and Internet Service Providers. You can track history and location of each speed test and it even comes with a pretty decent user interface. It’s free to use and we’d like to thank nPerf Speed Test for their support of Android Apps Weekly. Learn more about the app and test your speed  here.
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Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from this last week:

  • A woman claimed her account was hacked and is suing Google for allegedly unauthorized in-app purchases that apparently cost her thousands of dollars. According to court documents, her account was charged 650 times and she managed to not notice the money missing or receive any of the emails you always get when you buy things.
  • A new Humble Bundle is out now and includes 10 titles from Tin Man Games. You can pay whatever you want and get four titles, pay the average and get four additional titles. For a flat $9, you get all ten games. It’s a great way to get some awesome games on the cheap.
  • A new study came out to show the Q1 numbers for both Google Play and the Apple App Store. As per the norm, Google Play has more apps and more app downloads but iOS continues to lead in overall revenue. Nothing new here, but it is the latest stat sheet and we don’t expect it to change anytime soon.
  • Some developers in Italy who call themselves OrangeSec managed to port Cortana to Android. There are a lot of limitations including no offline mode and it’s only it’s Italian, but it’s still Cortana’s backend that’s being accessed. We imagine Microsoft will shut it down eventually but it’s still fun to see.
  • In a blog post released earlier this week, Adobe has officially promised to support Android better in the future. Adobe has Android apps but their more innovative creations have remained iOS exclusives and that is about to change. We can expect to see some progress on this over the summer of this year.

For more Android apps and games releases, headlines, and updates, don’t forget to check out this week’s newsletter where we round up all of the apps news from the last week. If you’re so inclined, you can also sign up using your email to get this news delivered directly to your inbox every single week.

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Android for Work Android Apps WeeklyAndroid for Work

[Price: Free]
Google has released the official Android for Work application. Obviously you’ll need to have Android for Work on the web to make this work but it’s nice to see it available for mobile devices and tablets. The compatibility is a bit limited, but you should be able to find all of the tools there including contacts, calendar, downloads, the office suite, and email. It also includes the hallmark admin control of Android for Work.
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Servicely Android Apps WeeklyServicely

[Price: Free / $2.16]
Servicely is a root application developed by Francisco Franco. The app allows you to identify, control, and shut off processes that may be draining your battery while you’re not using your device. It’s similar to Greenify but works more efficiently to keep tasks shut off so they don’t keep your phone awake when it shouldn’t be. There is a pro version that you can access for free and then donate later if you want to. We think you should.
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Tiny Guardians Android Apps WeeklyTiny Guardians

[Price: $3.99 with in-app purchases]
Tiny Guardians is a tower defense style game that was released to relatively positive reviews this last week. Like your typical tower defense games, your goal is to guard against waves of bad guys. Unlike tower defense games, Tiny Guardians doesn’t have any towers. You controls guardians that must defeat all the bad guys and you lose if your strategy doesn’t work out and your guardians die. It’s a unique concept that could be a lot of fun.
Get it on Google Play

Hello Android Apps WeeklyHello Caller ID and Blocking

[Price: Free]
Hello is a new application from Facebook that acts as a dialer app for their Facebook Messenger service. Messenger has had calls for a while but now has a dedicated interface to access them. On top of working with Facebook’s service, you can automatically block calls, get free calls and texts over Messenger, and integration with your phone contacts and Facebook. It does work like a regular phone dialer with your number if you need that.
Get it on Google Play

Mortal Kombat X Android Apps WeeklyMortal Kombat X

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
The long awaited Mortal Kombat X is here, kind of! The game has made its way to the Google Play Store but it has only been soft-launched in select markets ostensibly for testing purposes. We don’t know when it will roll out to everyone but it is here and that means it’s coming very soon. Mortal Kombat X features a whole bunch of your favorite MK characters along with classic tropes from the series like fatalities. It should be a lot of fun once it’s fully released.
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Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps or games news, let us know about it in the comments!

Adobe Lightroom update: RAW support, access to microSD

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Sometimes, you need to work on your photographs in the RAW. Okay, we don’t actually mean photo editing while you’re butt naked, but if you’re a real photographer, you know we mean the RAW file format, or the yet “unprocessed” shots you take with your camera. The latest update to Adobe Lightroom brings you the ability to work with RAW images, but with a slight caveat, especially if you’re using older Android devices.

Actually, Lightroom has already brought this RAW support in previous updates, but now it is also available for tablets. This means you can have a bigger screen while you’re “fixing” your RAW images, since smaller screens, while being more mobile and convenient, may not be the best platform in which to meticulously edit a photograph. However, RAW camera support is not yet available for all Android devices. Only those who’ve upgraded to Lollipop have the Android Camera2 API, which may allow your smartphone or tablet to have RAW support, although it isn’t guaranteed.

The Adobe Lightroom update also now allows you to access picture files on your microSD card, to edit them, and then to store the edited photos in them. This is actually a pretty basic feature, but one that was not present in previous versions. No mention of bug fixes and improvements here, but we’re pretty sure they did a little bit of housekeeping too.

The rollout of the update for Adobe Lightroom has already started. It is expected to finish within this week, so if you can access RAW photos on your device, then you have something to look forward to.

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New Adobe Lightroom update brings DNG raw file, MicroSD card and tablet support

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Adobe Lightroom

Just a few days after Adobe pledged to bring better support to its Creative Cloud service on Android, the company has pushed out a new update to its Lightroom app for Android. The update brings a number of important editing features for folks who need more granular controls over their photos.

To start, Adobe added support for DNG raw files in the Android app. This means you can now shoot photos in raw, save them as DNG files, and import the files directly from your Android device. You’ll unfortunately need to be on a device running Android 5.0 Lollipop to take advantage of this new feature, and you’ll also need an Adobe Creative Cloud account to access your photos.

Adobe has also added in support for MicroSD cards, allowing you to store large files externally rather than having them take up tons of room on your device memory. In addition to these two new improvements, Lightroom is now compatible with Android tablets. We’re sure these are welcome changes to anyone who uses Lightroom on mobile.

The update is now live in the Play Store, so head to the link below to grab the newest version.

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Adobe Lightroom Update Brings DNG Raw File and MicroSD Card Support

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Adobe recognizes that a lot of people, professionals included, are turning to mobile devices to get a lot of their photo editing work done. With that said, the latest update to Lightroom from Adobe has hit Google Play, bringing with it a few important features for the pros among us. 

In the update, Lightroom now supports DNG raw files, which will greaten the amount of tweaks photographers are able to do after the fact. In addition, where you can make edits has improved, as Android tablets are apparently just now receiving support for the app.

Lastly, Adobe threw in microSD card support, meaning you can edit files from and save files to your expandable storage. This is a good thing, considering that megapixel size on mobile devices is growing, which leads to much larger files that eats at your onboard storage.

If you fancy yourself a professional, and want to get a bit of work done while on the go, check out the update. Do note, you will need an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan subscription to utilize these changes.

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Adobe updates Lightroom app with support for RAW files, other improvements

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


Adobe has announced several updates to their Lightroom CC platform, including some improvements specifically targeted at Android devices. Lightroom CC is Adobe’s answer to the ever increasing cloud-based service world and makes use of the Adobe Creative Cloud, combined with Lightroom features, to make life easy for image editors. For Android users who have the mobile Lightroom app, they will find they can now edit DNG, or RAW, files on their devices. The ability to produce DNG files is new to Android Lollipop if a device has a camera sensor capable of producing the file format. Users will also be able to open, edit and save files to their microSD card storage on Android devices. Adobe also added support for tablet devices where Lightroom was previously only usable on Android smartphones.

To use the Adobe Lightroom app, users do have to have an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription plan. The nice thing about these plans is they give you access to a whole suite of apps, both mobile and on the desktop, and work on one platform is available on another platform if you need to switch. The Creative Cloud Photography plan runs $10 per month.

Along with the update to the mobile app, Adobe also updated the desktop app with a host of improvements like HDR merge, Panorama Merge, Facial Recognition, and a host of performance improvements.

You can grab the Adobe Lightroom app from the Play Store using the links below.


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14 best Android apps for artists

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Best Android apps for Artists
Being an artist is a lot of fun. You can choose your medium and most platforms have support for most mediums. It’s also one of the few hobbies and jobs out there where you can express yourself how you want. Believe it or not, you can produce art from your Android devices with these great Android apps for artists.

adobe lightroom mobilebest Android apps for artistsAdobe Lightroom Mobile

[Price: Free (requires Creative Cloud subscription)]
There are many photographers who use Adobe Lightroom and now you can also use it on mobile. Adobe’s Lightroom app acts as an extension of the desktop version which means you’ll also need the Creative Cloud version of Lightroom to fully enjoy the mobile experience. That’s sure to chase some people away, but if you happen to use that software already, the app will let you edit raw files along with files from your Android device’s gallery. You can also use a limited number of Lightroom tools to enhance images. You can also sync everything to your desktop so you can use the Lightroom desktop application too.
Get it on Google Play
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Photoshop Touch best android apps for artistsAdobe Photoshop Touch

[Price: $4.99]
Adobe does have a Photoshop option for Android as well. Much like their Lightroom mobile app, the Photoshop app can’t hold a candle to the desktop version. However, it does contain some tools and effects that can enhance images to your liking. The app comes with painting effects, filter brushes, text effects (such as drop shadows), and syncing to the desktop version for heavier editing if need be. It also comes with a bit of Creative Cloud storage (2GB).
Get it on Google Play
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artflow Best Android apps for ArtistsArtFlow

[Price: Free / $4.99]
ArtFlow is a paint application that lets you, well, paint. It features a GPU-accelerated paint engine with over 70 brushes and tools, multiple layers, PSD/PNG/JPEG support, NVIDIA DirectStylus support, and many, many more features. It’s a very powerful paint app with a lot of features that you can use for free but you’ll have to pay to use everything. There is also Samsung S-Pen support for those rocking Samsung devices. It’s a lot of fun and worth a shot for painters.
Get it on Google Play

autodesk sketchbook best android apps for artistsAutodesk Sketchbook

[Price: Free / $3.99]
Autodesk is a well-known supplier of creative software and their Sketchbook Pro app is a long time mainstay in the artistic community. It boasts professional grade features including full-screen work spaces, up to 2500% zoom, more than 10 brushes, Dropbox support, and more features are unlockable by creating a (free) SketchBook account. If you pay for premium, you’ll have over 100 brushes, pencils, pens, markers, etc, layers, more advanced settings, and far more extra stuff. It’s about as close to a pro art tool as you can find on Android and it’s worth a shot.
Get it on Google Play

clover paint best android apps for artistsClover Paint

[Price: $7.56]
Clover Paint is another app that self-identifies as a professional grade drawing app. It features a rather complex layering system, plenty of drawing implements, selection tools, transform tools, and even custom hot keys. The only (potentially) negative thing about Clover Paint is the admittedly difficult learning curve. However, once you learn how to make your way around the app, it’s a fantastic and deep art app that has the potential to help you draw some excellent stuff.
Get it on Google Play

best android apps for artists handy art reference toolHandy Art Reference Tool

[Price: $2.99 with in app purchases]
Okay, admittedly this one is a little bit niche. Handy Art Reference Tool is a tool that artists, colorists, and other artistic ventures can use to draw hands. The app shows you a hand (in various positions). You can then rotate the hand and change the lighting to get the proper lighting and shadows. This is useful because hands are admittedly difficult to draw and this helps you plan and reference a hand for you to draw. It’s been recommended by Tony Moore, co-creator of The Walking Dead, ImagineFX, and more professionals and $2.99 isn’t expensive for a good hand reference tool.
Get it on Google Play

layerpaint best android apps for artistsLayerPaint and LayerPaint HD

[Price: $2.00 / $8.00]
LayerPaint and LayerPaint HD are a couple of semi-pro animation applications. LayerPaint is for phones while LayerPaint HD is specifically made for tablets with 7-inch screens or larger. Both versions have various tools and brushes to create amazing pieces of art although this seems to be more of an animation app than something for painters. The tablet version comes with some additional features including support for NVIDIA and Samsung styluses. Some people have said that the phone version still isn’t great on the phone, but it’s almost universally enjoyed on tablets.
Get it on Google Play

nvidia dabbler best android apps for artistsNVIDIA Dabbler

[Price: Free]
NVIDIA Dabbler is the stock painting app that comes on the NVIDIA Shield Tablet. It has direct support for its stylus and includes a decent selection of brushes, canvas types, and more. It has some fun effects like realistic watercolor and oil painting. It also has some unique features like the ability to record sessions and share/save for future reference. It doesn’t have the sheer feature set that you’ll find in something like LayerPaint, Clover Paint, or SketchBook Pro, but it’s good for hobbyists and those who own an NVIDIA Shield Tablet.
Get it on Google Play

pose tool 3d best android apps for artistsPose Tool 3D (3 total apps)

[Price: $6.99 each]
The Pose Tool 3D collection is a reference tool that artists can use to draw various things. The regular Pose Tool 3D focuses on the human body. You can contort, change, and move things around to get the pose you want so you can draw it in your comic, drawing, etc. The other two are for Manga (anime and manga style character poses) and Horse (for horses). The apps for a little expensive but they are considered the best 3D reference tools on Android and we agree with that assessment. If you draw, these are worth a second look.
Get it on Google Play

roughanimator best Android apps for artistsRoughAnimator

[Price: $2.99]
RoughAnimator is a long time favorite here at Android Authority and it even made our list of the best indie apps of 2014. This is an animation application where you can draw each frame and then combine the frames to create a cartoon. Drawings can be as complex or as a simple as you want. You have unlimited layers, onion skinning, and even the ability to import audio so you can incorporate voice overs. It also comes with S-Pen support (and other pressure sensitive styluses and devices) and you can export to QuickTime video, GIF, or image sequence. It’s not 100% pro grade, but it’s definitely more than good enough for most people.
Get it on Google Play

silk paints drawing best android apps for artistsSilk paints drawing

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Silk paints drawing isn’t a professional grade art app like others, but it’s still a lot of fun for those who want to do something a little bit different. It has direct support with Samsung’s S-Pen and PEN.UP apps so this is best suited for those running a Touchwiz device. Some other fun features include the ability to create, animate, and set your own live wallpaper, multiple brushes, and more. As stated, this isn’t professional grade, but it’s still fun to get a project started if you want something a little less intense.
Get it on Google Play

sketchbook express best android apps for artistsSketchBook Express

[Price: Free]
SketchBook Express is the totally free version of Autodesk’s SketchBook Pro. As such, it has some of the features of the full version including up to 2500% zoom, layer support (3 layers), 15 preset brushes, and more. Obviously, the pro version is better but this one is totally free to use. That makes it not just a good app for artists on a budget who don’t need all the features, but also a good way to preview the software in case you’re thinking of buying it.
Get it on Google Play

sketcher pro best android apps for artistsSketcher PRO

[Price: $0.99 (on sale)]
Sketcher Pro is another sketch app for those artists with a light wallet. It doesn’t have the gargantuan number of features that others have, but there is still a decent selection. There are 12 brushes, basic tools, multiple modes, and you can even order physical prints of your artwork sent to your door for an extra cost. It’s a tad more simple than most but completes well with something like SketchBook Express. It’s on sale at the time of this writing so the $0.99 cost will go up after a while.
Get it on Google Play
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sketch master best android apps for artistsSketch Master

[Price: Free]
Last on our list is also one of the few free options and it’s called Sketch Master. Much like the other free selections, Sketch Master is a bit limited but still has seven brushes, unlimited layers, various editing tools, import from various places, and various color options. Pros will likely need something more complex and deep but semi pros and hobbyists should see enough here to keep them engaged.
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sketch master best android apps for artists

Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps for artists, let us know in the comments! Recommendations are always welcome. If you use a Samsung or NVIDIA device (or any other device with an integrated stylus), don’t forget to check out the stock sketch and drawing apps for those devices because they may have some features that support that specific stylus that these others may not!

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We should all know by now that Adobe is no stranger to the Android ecosystem. The company already offers 25 great applications in the Google Play Store, but a good amount of mobile advances Adobe has recently made have unintentionally been limited to the iOS ecosystem.

Adobe’s Creative Profile, which is encompassed by the Creative Cloud service, allows users to take advantage of presets, brushes, colors and image profiles when switching between applications. This handy feature has yet to make its way to Android, but in a blog post sent out earlier today, Adobe assures us that Creative Profile for Android is in the works.

While we initially launched these apps on iOS, we didn’t forget you Android. We’re working hard to develop Android phone support for some of our most popular apps. But we want to do it right, in a way that complements the strengths of the Android user experience and design.

Adobe explains that while it can’t give out any specific release dates, we can expect to see the first of these apps come to our favorite mobile OS in the summer of 2015.

Adobe is also developing an Android version of the Creative SDK, which powers both Adobe and third-party applications. Once the SDK is finished and developers start using it, you’ll be able to integrate your Creative Profile into more applications.

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