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How To Create Simple And Cool Graphics With Your Android Mobile Phone

Which are the best Android apps for designers? Here, we bring you some of our favourite apps for designers with Android tablets to help you kick start your mobile creativity.

From budget Android tablets made by companies such as Tesco and Argos to powerful, high-end tablets made by Wacom, Android tablets – and smartphones too – are still very popular tools for designers from all walks of life.

What really makes tablets and smartphones useful for creative, though, are the apps available to install on those devices, but with so many apps to choose from in the Google Play Store it can be daunting task to try and pick out what’s worthwhile downloading.

To help you, we’ve collected some great Android apps that should get you started, and could become invaluable assets for all designers.

Infinite Design

Created by developer Sean Brakefield, Infinite Design is a vector graphics apps for Android that lets you create designs using your tablet or smartphone.

If you want to try before you buy, the free version includes an infinite canvas, infinite layers and an infinite undo and redo system (hence the name), layer options such as split, merge, flip and duplicate and five symmetry tools, the ability to import images to the canvas and add special effects and a path editing and pen tool for precise control.

Without paying for the full version, you’ll be able to save your work as a JPEG, but the full version will give you the ability to save images as PNG, PSD or SVG, and is ad-free.

View Infinite Design on the Google Play Store.


Created by Autodesk, Sketchbook is free to download painting and drawing application that can help you achieve simple tasks like sketching out ideas to more complex undertakings that involve layers and intricate brushes.

The tools aren’t as comprehensive as those found in the Sketchbook Pro app, which is available as an in-app purchase after downloading the free Sketchbook app here, but will do the trick for most designers who need a tool for moments of inspiration while out and about.

View Sketchbook on the Google Play Store.

Adobe Capture CC

Adobe Capture lets you turn photos into vector graphics to be used in other Creative Cloud apps such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Animate, Illustrator InDesign and Premiere Pro.

This free app is the combination of Brush CC, Color CC, Hue CC and Shape CC – letting you play around with geometric patterns, colours, shape and custom brushes.

The latest version lets you find fonts in the wild – Take a photo of the type you like and watch a list of similar Adobe Fonts suggestions appear.

View Adobe Capture in the Google Play Store.

Adobe Comp

Adobe Comp is able to work on your Android device in compatibility with all Adobe software – but this app lets graphic designers play around with text, shapes and fonts.

Free fonts are available to choose from Typekit, and the latest version now lets you play around with third-party fonts installed on your device. The latest version lets you instantly view mock ups, edit multiple selections and use keyboard shortcuts.

The best part of Adobe software is of course having your files sync to any device whenever you need them, meaning you can seamlessly pick up your work from your device to edit on your desktop.

View Adobe Comp on the Google Play Store here.

Tayasui Sketches Lite

Tayasui is a sophisticated yet user-friendly drawing and painting app with a long list of tools and features that’s sure to excite any digital artist.

Tayasui prides itself in offering ‘ultra realistic’ art media tools like felt pen, oil pastel, watercolour (dry and wet brushes), acrylic brushes and more.

Get Tayasui Sketches Lite free on the Google Play Store here.

Adobe Photoshop Sketch & Photoshop Mix

Photoshop Sketch offers up drawing tools including a graphite pencil, ink pen, blending markers and an eraser, as well as brushes including acrylic and pastel. It’s essentially the design tools from Photoshop condensed into a mobile app, so you should find it familiar and infinitely useful.

There’s also the Photoshop Mix app that’s aimed more at photographers than designers but could come in handy. It’s where you’ll find Photoshop’s other tools including Content-Aware Fill and Camera Shake Reduction, as well as other image enhancement features.

View Adobe Photoshop Sketch in the Google Play Store.

View Adobe Photoshop Mix in the Google Play Store.


You could also try ArtFlow, a highly rated app that offers a free version for you to try before you decide whether to pay for the pro version as an in-app purchase.

With the free version, you’ll get 20 tools, two layers and 6-step undo, while the Pro version offers more than 70 brushes and tools, infinite undo and redo, up to 16 layers, the ability to export to PSD and more.

View ArtFlow on the Google Play Store.

Adobe Illustrator Draw

You can create vector art with Illustrator Draw, with lots of handy tools at your fingertips to make the experience easier and more efficient.

You can zoom up to 64x to apply fine details and customise your toolbar and brushes.

You’ll also be able to create perfect lines and curves thanks to the Touch Slide digital ruler, and add images from multiple sources including the Creative Cloud market for tracing and collage.

2GB of complimentary storage for file syncing and sharing comes with the basic level of Creative Cloud membership.

Support for pressure sensitive styli including Adobe’s own Ink & Slide offers added appeal, too.


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