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3 apps for both aspiring and professional artists

3 apps for both aspiring and professional artists
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Back in September, Apple released the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the cool new Apple Pencil to write and draw with. That release, of course, led to some pretty cool innovations in the digital art world. See that portrait of Morgan Freeman above? That was done before the release of any of those products, so just imagine what is possible with these new, powerful tools.

Now, more than ever, it's easier for professional artists, as well as aspiring artists, to create incredibly realistic paintings, drawings, illustrations and more. All you need to make it happen is the right app, a tablet and, optionally, the Apple Pencil or a stylus pen or tablet art brush from Kim's Shop.

That being said, here are the best apps we've found that can help you get creative and help you create your own cool designs, sketches, illustrations and anything else you can come up with. The only limit is your own imagination!


Procreate, available for iPads ($5.99) and Procreate Pocket for iPhones and the Apple Watch ($2.99), is an Apple Design Award winner, so you know it has to be good. Plus, it's the app that was used to create that portrait of Morgan Freeman shown both above and below. It's hard to deny that quality.

Procreate has lots of ultra high definition canvases, 64-bit color, continuous auto save and has 35 different customizable setting for 128 different brushes for you to sketch, draw, doodle and paint with. That's a lot of options and we haven't even talked about the other effects such as blurs, hues, image curves ... the list goes on. Just about everything you can imagine is inside this powerful app.

Procreate is also compatible with the new Apple Pencil which includes even more new brush features, including brush pressure sensitivity. Wow.

Files can be saved as PSD files for further editing in Photoshop, PNG or JPEGs. You can also print directly from the app or export your files to the Cloud, Facebook, Air Drop and more.

It might take some getting used to and you'll probably spend a lot of time familiarizing yourself with the features, but Procreate in an app that any aspiring artists needs to check out. As for the professionals, it's one that can't be missed. Click here to get it now. 

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