The best apps to use the Apple Pencil on iPad Pro

Do you have an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil and think you’re not getting as much out of it as you could? Are you looking for apps that help you take simple notes, quick sketches in dirty or much more complex works? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, these apps can be tremendously helpful.

With these apps installed on your iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil you will be able to work in a much more agile and flexible way ; especially on everything related to design, annotations, photo editing, drawing, etc, etc…

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The best apps to use the Apple Pencil on iPad Pro
The best apps to use the Apple Pencil on iPad Pro

As soon as it appeared on the App Store it became a favorite of many people and it still is today. It is a very easy to use app and its learning curve is minimal with or without Apple Pencil.

Thanks to this apparent simplicity, to which we must add that it is a free app (with some in-app purchases), it has managed to dazzle millions of people around the world. Make freehand annotations, combine with text written with the keyboard, make quick sketches… All this is possible at Paper thanks to the many tools it includes.

Tayasui Sketches

This is the perfect app if you want to be able to do realistic drawings from iPad Pro with Apple Pencil . It is versatile, easy to use and has a very well thought out design to be used on a mobile device.

Tayasui Sketches includes a lot of features and tools that will allow you to make the best sketches or more elaborate drawings.


Winner of an Apple Design Award, Procreate is an apparently simple application, but it has enormous possibilities . It offers a very light and uncluttered interface of interrupting elements.

You only have a handful of tools, but they are enough to create all kinds of illustrations, drawings and any other project that a gifted person with an iOS device and a stylus is faced with.

Line – Sketch Simply

Linea includes a wide range of predefined colours and also offers the possibility of customising them with a simple touch, so you can always have the colours you use most at hand.

It also includes automatically generated shadows, simplified layers and other elements that make working with this app much more comfortable than with other competitors.

Adobe Photoshop Sketch

Are you a user of the desktop version of Photoshop? Then this app is for you. Adobe Photoshop Sketch te allows you to take many of the features of the popular Adobe software on your iPad and use them comfortably with the Apple Pencil and other stylus.

Layers, pencils, markers, erasers, brushes… All this and much more in this app.


Painting on an iPad Pro as if you were on paper is possible and ArtRage is one of the best apps for this.

With this app you can use a digital canvas to make authentic works of art . Mix oils, watercolors and other types of paint to enjoy creating any painting you can imagine without consuming physical material.


Another great app if you’re looking for the power to paint on your iPad Pro and create illustrations of all kinds . It has advanced tools that allow you to mix and smooth out colours or the ability to paint full screen among other features.


Maybe you prefer animations to static drawings? If so, Animatic is for you. With this app you can create animations based on various drawings and then export them in different formats (video and GIF mainly).


Coloring mandalas, abstract drawings and many other designs. This is what Pigment, one of the best coloring apps in the App Store mainly offers.

The application has different painting modes, including: colored pencils, markers or airbrush. Just choose the option you want and start colouring in the drawings available in the app.

This is our compilation of the best apps from the App Store to make the most of the iPad Pro’s capabilities along with the Apple Pencil, Cupertino’s signature stylus. Think you should include some more? If so, don’t hesitate to recommend it to us from the comments.

  • luis 6 june, 2018 at 11:36 am is what I was looking for thank you ; for the effort you made and that to “first timers” like me comes phenomenal THANK YOU luis lopezResponder
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