9 Design Apps For On The Go

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Below is a full list of mobile apps that capture inspiration and save you time on creating engaging, beautiful, high-quality graphics on the go.

1. PICLAB

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This app allows you to pretty much do everything! You can create a collage, add filters, text overlays and adjust simple light FX. By simply creating a login, you will unlock beautiful, typographic stickers to add to your images. There is an in-app purchase to unlock features like additional fonts, patterns and watermark removal.

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2. PAPER BY FIFTYTHREE

Sometimes creativity comes when you’re not in the office, so Paper by Fiftythree is ideal for jotting down notes, sketches, or your next big idea. Best of all–its tools and unlimited, secure, cloud backup are all free with no in-app purchases. Compatible with iPad, this app didn’t win the Apple App of the Year for nothing.

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3. CAMERA +

An award winning app that is well deserved! TIME describes it best: “If the iPhone’s standard camera is like a digital point-and-shoot, the Camera+ app is like a high-quality SLR lens.” This is my go-to app whenever I need to adjust photos. It has the capability to adjust clarity, temperature, soft focus, tint and more.

   
 


 

4. ADOBE SHAPE

Imagine you’re on a coffee break and see an interesting pattern on the wall. You can snap a photo and quickly capture and literally convert that beautiful pattern into vector graphics that can be used in Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Illustrator Draw or Adobe Photoshop CC when you go back in the office!

   
 


 

5. FREESHOT

No designer needs an intro to Dribbble. Freeshot, a Dribbble client, allows you to stay up to date on your favorite designers and drool over their slickest designs. You’ll need to login to your dribbble account to download this must-have app.

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6. MEXTURES

Featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Men’s Journal, Mashable, CNET, Cult of Mac and more, MEXTURES is definitely a need-to-have app. You can color correct your photos, apply textures, and film grain — all without disrupting your workflow. Another great thing is you can find inspiration right in the app with a feed of the best photographers using Mextures. Plus, you can follow them on Instagram directly from the app.

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7. STOP MOTION STUDIO

  • Price: Free with in-app purchase
  • Category: Photo and Video
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Stop Motion Studio is super intuitive and bonus – the free version has a load of insanely useful features. It has an overlay mode to show you differences between frames for precise control. You can easily cut, copy, paste, delete, move and insert frames at any point. You can create beautiful stop motion movies anywhere, instantly on your phone, which then can be uploaded to YouTube, exported as a HD .mov, animated .gif or cropped for Instagram and Vine.

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8. PICFLOW

  • Price: Free with in-app purchase
  • Category: Photo and Video
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Have a bunch of photos and don’t want to create another collage? PicFlow is an awesome video slideshow maker that you can add music to! You can control the timing of each photo, so all you have to do is tap-to-the-beat. Don’t clutter your friends’ or clients’ newsfeed with multiple posts of your photos. Instead use PicFlow and show off your upbeat slideshow of photos for something different and engaging.

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9. PATH ON – SWIPE TO TYPE

If you want to get crazy creative with copy on your photo, then this one is perfect! Just swipe a line with your finger and voila – your text will appear along the line. This will surely stand out from the many text-on-photo graphics seen on newsfeeds.

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CONCLUSION

Who says you can’t be creative and design awesome content on the go? Not us. So whether you’re into graphic design, typography, illustration, animation, photography, or even social media, the apps above will surely give you a boost in creativity to design engaging, shareable graphics. Feel free to leave us any feedback below with your favorite design apps.

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Irene Davis

Graphic Designer at Customer Magnetism
Graphic Designer at Customer Magnetism. Irene loves everything about design--colors, textures, the story they tell and the story behind it all. She has a quiet soul, but her work speaks volumes. When she's not designing digital marketing pieces, Irene is loving life with her husband and their little girl.