Top Design and Image Manipulation Apps

Feb 24 2012

If you are interested in web design, video editing and photoshopping, then you might be interested in learning about some handy applications which could help to enhance your work.

Apps are a great way to keep your creative ideas flowing wherever you might be. Just because you are out and about doesn't mean that you have to stop doing the things you enjoy, from browsing blogs to reading up on the latest photography news. The advantage of having a modern phone or a netbook is that even if you are out for the day, you can still link up to the web and visit your favorite site, whether it's or simply jot your creative thoughts and ideas down in a mind mapping application. This blog post will have a look at some useful iPhone apps which you might find handy when you are out and about.

There is nothing more frustrating than having a great idea, but not having a pen and pad at hand. However, Freeform is a great application which allows you to map out your thought process using colored boxes and lines. You can insert photos and text which means you will never have to worry about having to remember your idea until you get home.

Art Studio
This handy application allows you to edit photos which you may have taken on your phone, but now you want to incorporate into your website or in a project. The app can enhance the photo's saturation, definition, contrast and much more, allowing you to create the perfect photo.

Adobe Photoshop Express
This is a great app for the iPhone from the photo editing giant Photoshop. It allows you to edit photos easily and quickly. Click here to get the app.

ShakeIt Photo
This app is mainly for fun and it makes your iPhone feel much more like a polaroid camera. For $0.99 this is a great app. Click here to get the app.

Brushes - iPhone Edition
Every artist needs a good painting app. Brushes is so professional, it was used to create the cover of an issue of The New Yorker. Brushes contains powerful and useful tools designed perfectly for your fingers.

Why It's Great: With many fun filters and effects to choose from, it's easy to get experimental and create super cool shots.

Sketchbook Pro
Whether you're a digital artist or just aspire to be, check out Sketchbook Pro. It's been called one of Wired magazine's "5 Must-Have iPad Apps" for good reason. Choose from high quality digital pencils, pens, markers and airbrushes, and then use the multi-touch interface to create your own, beautiful work of art. The app comes with 60 preset brushes with the ability to install 90 additional brushes and stamp brushes from the store.

In the world of Antograph, your finger releases a special "chemical" that tells virtual ants just where to go. Including elements of gaming and motion, the app takes you sweet creation to its logical conclusion, as ants invade the lines of your work.

Before you even pick out which art or design app you're going to buy, you may want to download an app that helps you collect your thoughts. Penultimate is a handwriting app that will help you quickly jot down your ideas or sketch out your designs. Choose between three different photorealistic paper styles or import an image to create your own template.