In this post, we’ll look at mobile graphic design apps that can be used to create designs for different print-on-demand products. If you’re always on the move and in need of a decent graphic design app for your tablet, Some of them will have a one-time payment, however, a lot of them are free.
Let’s get started.
First on our list is Procreate. It’s an award-winning, powerful painting
and drawing app that lets you create rasterized artwork. With a one-time payment of $9.99, this app comes with an extensively customizable brush a library that lets you create any type of brush, and to get the most out of this app, you will need an Apple pencil. If you’ve used desktop apps in the past, you’ll find that the Procreate user interface is minimal, with all the panels hidden. But this doesn’t affect the overall experience
of using the app. This is a drawing app after all, where the
entire screen is your canvas.
The app is very intuitive and it’s really
easy to get used to it. You can easily create canvases with custom
size, DPI, and color space. Depending on your iPad model, you may run
into some limitations when choosing the dimensions of your canvas. The larger the resolution of your files is,
the fewer amount of layers you get to work with when creating your artwork. Procreate does require processing power and not all iPads have the same specs.
Keep your product in mind when making your design, as this will help you choose the right dimensions. You can also save your artwork as a PNG, which is great for if you want it to have a transparent background. You can combine brushes with text and various effects to receive outstanding results. You can also save your projects in a PSD format and continue editing them on a desktop computer in Photoshop or any other graphic editing software.
Procreate is best suitable for creating designs
for DTG products, mugs, and posters. If you’re aiming to create all-over print pattern designs, the app doesn’t offer a feature to create seamless patterns yet. But you can import your design elements as PNGs into our Printful mockup generator, and create seamless patterns there. We have a tutorial on our channel about this
feature. I’ll leave a link to it in the description for you. Next up we have an Affinity Designer.
Just like Procreate, it doesn’t have a monthly subscription and goes for a one-time payment of $19.99.
Affinity Designer has a unique feature that lets you create both vector and raster graphics. This can be done by instantly switching through workspaces that are called personas that have different sets of tools. Use the “Pixel Persona” to plan and sketch your design, and then use the “Vector Persona” to create shapes, color fills, and line work. During the whole process, you can switch back and forth to add shading and adjustments to your illustration. Another great feature is that it allows you to import your fonts and vector brushes from your desktop computer. More importantly, you can create simple artwork
without the apple pencil. Everything can be adjusted with just a tap of a finger. Affinity Designer also gives you access to free stock footage that you can incorporate in your designs.
You’ll find the user interface quite pleasing, as it has all the panels visible with familiar tools. You can create your artwork in the recommended sRGB color profile and export it as a PNG file with a transparent background, as well as in other formats if you want to do some retouching in desktop applications. If you’re new to creating designs on tablets, remember that it will take some time to get used to hand gestures to optimize your workflow. Affinity Designer is extremely useful if you want to create designs for embroidery, as well as print files for different products. Since vector files are scalable you can easily adjust the elements to fit the product’s print area. So far I only covered two of the best apps that are available for Apple devices.
But what about Android? Next on our list is Autodesk Sketchbook. As of April 30th, 2018, Autodesk Sketchbook
has become free for desktop, mobile and tablet devices both Android and iOS. It is a raster-based drawing app that has190 customizable brushes. It comes with predictive stroke assistance
a feature that helps you draw straight lines and geometrical shapes, as well as apply the
the right amount to smoothing to curved lines. The user interface is quite intuitive thanks
to the Rapid UI feature. By swiping your thumb on the screen you can
quickly access brush, color and layers panels, which are hidden to give you more working space. You can always switch this feature off to have all the panels visible on the screen. On a mobile version, you are able to create a custom-sized canvas and export your artwork
with a transparent background or save it as a PSD. However, all exported work will be only at 72 DPI.And if you remember, at Printful, we recommend the final artwork to be submitted at a minimum of 150 DPI resolution. As an alternative try using bigger file dimensions. If you have a file that is 24×32″ and 72 DPI,
you’ll get a 12×16″ file with 144 DPI when you import it to our Printful mockup generator. Keep in mind that Sketchbook only supports creating your work in the RGB color space. All in all, this is a great app for creating
your designs from scratch. Moving on to our next entry – MediBang Paint. MediBang Paint is a raster drawing and painting app that’s available for desktop, android and iOS devices.
The base version of this app is free, almost. To access the full version, which allows you to select multiple layers, After that, the base version becomes available for 13 hours. In addition to that, MediBang Paint has in-app purchases, like ad removal and various feature packs. But you can still do a lot with the basic
features. The interface is easy to navigate; there are a lot of familiar tools, and over 50 customizable bushes. The important thing to note is that you are able to create canvases for your artwork in 300DPI and export them as a JPEG, PNG, or a PNG with a transparent background. One thing to note is that on the mobile version
of this app, you are not able to select the color profile, which you can do on the desktop app.
So you’re working in RGB by default. Next, we have Ibis Paint X Next, we have Ibis Paint X. It’s another free app on our list that’s available for both Android and iOs devices. The core version is free, but some of the features like extra brushes can be unlocked by watching an ad. You can create custom canvases and adjust
the DPI settings, and export your print files as PNG. However, you can’t change the color profile so, by default, you’re working in RGB. This is where it comes in handy to have printed color swatches since you’re able to see how specific colors come out. If you plan on creating your designs only on portable devices, without finalizing them
in a desktop application, you need to pay attention to the minor details of your print file, make sure that all the lines connect and there are no semi-transparent areas withinthe design elements. Your best bet is to include an additional
layer that matches the shape of your finaldesign and fill it with a solid color, this
way when it gets printed you won’t have any unpredictable results. It’s not impossible to create print-ready
designs on Android, but proceed with caution and make sure to plan out your design, so
that you don’t sacrifice quality in the end.The last three Android apps that we have covered
are best suitable for creating simple artwork for DTG, like simplified illustrations or
bicolor designs, where we cover those trends in detail. If you don’t want to download any apps and
just want to create elementary designs, you can do that in Printful’s mockup generator.
With constantly updated features, sample graphics,
texts, and clipart, you can create designs for any products that are available in our
catalog, completely free. We have step-by-step showing how
this can be done for DTG and all-over products,
so feel free to check them out at any time