Ipad Pro - Best Apps To Design UX/UI With Your iPad Pencil

Thursday, April 2, 2020
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For those who don’t know, Apple has brought out a new iPad pro this year. The new model has promised a lot of new  features and is much more powerful. When the first generation was released, some people within the design industry heralded it as a new revolutionary tool for designers.

The tablet was supposed to seamlessly merge the digital and physical, helping a designer take their work to a new level. The iPad pro is an amazing tool for designers. But unfortunately, while there was a great amount of features for designers, this digital revolution didn’t quite happen.

With the release of this new generation of iPad Pros, some are hoping that the iPad will become the essential tool for UX designers in 2020. This article will discuss what apps are available to help this happen.

One of the main reasons the first generation of iPads didn’t completely overturn the industry is because of the apps that were available for UX designers to use. The iPad Pro itself was more than capable in terms of hardware, the Apple Pencil was particularly great at linking digital practices with more traditional design techniques by letting the user effectively create with a digital pen.

Adobe Photoshop Sketch

Adobe is a household name in the creative digital arts. The Adobe Photoshop Sketch adapts great to the iPad pro, in fact so does all of the Adobe iOS app suite.

Photoshop Sketch lets a user draft out their pages and includes 14 tools, a digital ruler and graph guides. With the Apple Pencil’s double tap gesture, user’s can switch between functions such as brush strokes, colour picker and zoom easily. Work can also be sent to other Adobe apps or straight to the printer. The app is essentially a condensed version of the desktop app, so designers should be familiar with the program and be able to get started quickly.

AutoDesk Sketchbook

The AutoDesk Sketchbook app allows a designer to directly draw, paint, and mock up designs on their iPad. There is a free version of the app that offers a range of functions. These include 10 brush types, synthetic pressure sensitivity, up to three layers in an editor, 16 blending modes, as well as symmetry and proportional transform tools.

The app really comes to life in the paid version. The Pro features offers designers over 100 brushes, the complete Copic Colour Library, additional blending modes and layers, alongside gradient fills and more advanced selection tools.

Adobe Comp CC

Another addition from Adobe to this list is Adobe Comp CC. It’s a useful tool that is fast and easy to navigate, letting designers experiment and generate layouts. Imports from other Adobe apps can make this even more powerful and effective. The ‘CC’ in the name means that a designer will have to be signed up to the Creative Cloud to use it, although there are free subscriptions also on offer.

Users can either create automatically predefined objects by drawing on the screen, or by selecting the objects and dropping them onto the page. Smart snapping and context-sensitive guides lets users keep mockups to scale as well.

Tayasui Sketches

Tayasui Sketches offers an elegant and clean sketching app. A designer gets a range of professional brushes and has a distraction free area to draw. The free version is ideal for quick ideas and illustration, but the paid for version offers a powerful professional tool. By paying $6 a user is given surface pressure, layers, different paper types, alongside more brushes and brush sizes. You can also demo the professional features for an hour to decide if it’s worth paying for. Designs can be ordered into different notepads and are part of a backup feature that prevents people from losing their work.

The new iPad Pro will bring a lot of new functionality that designers have not had access to in the past. While there can never be a true replacement for the feel of paper and pen, the iPad pencil is able to replicate it very well. The functionality of digital design is becoming more and more intuitive, helping designers spend less time grappling with software and more time creating their wireframes and designs.