65 Useful Android Apps for Designers
You’ve probably heard a lot about how Android apps are improving by leaps and bounds, whether they’re augmented reality applications, 3D games, reference apps, productivity tools or image editing tools.
The latest Android phones with high resolution offer a wide variety of design related applications that allow designers fully adopting Android apps as excellent portable picture editors. These applications are not only adult and professional’s favorite, but also popular among the kids.
Therefore, this post serves as a collection of 65 amazing Android apps for designers or those who are in love with photography or designing. This is going to be a combination of quantity and quality apps. Full list after jump!
- Color Palettes
- Drawing Tools
- Photo Editors
- Image Effects
- Photo Resize
- Photo Search Engine
- Typography apps
Capture real world colors and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors – for free. With ColorSnap, it’s easy to take color scheme from a photo in your library or one you just snapped.
Iromihon is a color discovery tool for you to see and to adjust the color. In full screen, it also works as color light (flashlight).
Color Pal allows you to quickly browse and search through the latest or the most popular color palettes from COLOURlovers.com. Easily save palettes to your favorites or email them to a friend.
Color Mood Designer is the professional way to quickly find the color combination that is right for your design project. This software application is a much more convenient method to use than having to transport multiple, heavy color swatch books to your client meeting. Demo version has limited color database.
Superdry Color Picker is color picker library for Android. This app is demonstration.
The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is a system shared worldwide by the graphic arts industry.
Magic Color Picker is a powerful color selection tool suitable for designers, artists and programmers for selecting colors using different color models. It supports 7 different modes and RGB, HSV, HSL and YUV color models. Use either palette or sliders to adjust the color. Colors are shown in decimal and HEX.
An app to use as a reference. Does what it says and not much else. This app is NOT a RGB slider. It is only intended to be a reference for HTML hex codes.
With this easy app you can express thoughts or create artworks easily, with various colors and imagination. The folder can store your work and you can share them though e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.
Glow Paint is an application simulating glow or neon painting on the touch screen of your mobile phone. Glow Paint allows you to select one of 10 colors of paints, 3 glow sizes, several background patterns and templates, and you can undo or redo the last brush movement. You can also save your created image as a file, set as wallpaper or share image with your friends.
An application for painting and drawing. Featuring a user interface that lets you focus on your painting and doesn’t let menus and dialogs interrupt your artistic flow.
Draw and flash on the go! This app is for easy finger communication in loud places, making quick notes or keeping kids entertained. The app starts up with a blank screen, ready to draw in anytime.
A feature rich kids drawing program, sure to keep the kids occupied and active.
A fun sketch drawing tool. It supports 11 brushes & eraser, save to SD, share by e-mail, MMS and etc.
Autodesk SketchBook® Express is a professional grade paint and drawing application offering a set of sketching tools plus a streamlined and intuitive user interface.
Scribbler is a touch drawing and finger painting app for Android devices with loads of features and customizations.
A very cool image editing application for your Android phone! Load images from your gallery or directly take the image then you can draw all over the chosen image. Once you have edited it, you can save the image to the SD card. You are able to send it to friends etc.
Layered picture editing comes to android. An application to bridge the gap between photos on your phone and the graphics editor on your desktop.
Edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects. Access all your photos and videos directly from your free Photoshop.com account. Quickly share with family and friends. Requires SD card.
Image Editor is a simple Android app that allows you to edit images on your Android phone, or take some on the spot to expedite the image editing process!
EASY PhotoEdit supports sketch effect, black & white effect with multiple levels of brightness, gray scale effect, color distortion effect, X-ray effect and color missing effect.
BeFunky, the popular online photo editing application is now on your Android. Edit your photos, apply special effects, add frames, save back to your phone with more than 20 high quality photo effects. A powerful editing tools and marvelous photo frames.
PictureEditor is photo-editing app for Android. You can edit the picture by the filter, stamp and input text. Picture can be sent to e-mail.
Spice up your pictures with the free edition of this powerful Photo editor. Color-correct your pictures and add word balloons, titles, graphics, and effects like distortion. All in a fun, intuitive, and easy-to-use interface.
Install one of the best photo editors! Tons of photo effects, frames, stickers, text effects, and clipart graphics. Photoid also offers a special "photo" drawing mode – apply photo effects drawing with your fingers.
Photo illusion is a graphic application that lets you edit photos with filters and effects. Apply filters and many effects on high-definition images. Crop and rotate photos without losing its quality.
Boost detail in your photos, fix yellow-tinged indoor pics, crop, adjust brightness, etc. Uses HDR tone-mapping techniques to add detail to your images – make better photos without a better camera.
An app with quick, clean user interface that lets you edit your images in a matter of seconds. In terms of ease of use, this is the best photo editing application on Android!
Resizing, rotating, and cropping image before sending it for sharing. Simple app but all fundamental features are supported.
One of the best free Painting tool with pen/background color setting, load/save action, effects, undo/redo action and kids mode.
Give your black and white photos a dash of color for free! This application allows selective coloring to give black and white photos a dash of color. Authors kept the user interface and features simple, yet intuitive, to give users exactly what they wanted when giving their images a little spunk.
An easy way to add simple and impressive effects to photos. Usage – Open a photo, set an initial effect (translucent, black and white, more to come), select a color (or no color) and give touches by finger exposing original image wherever you want to.
The application processes the image easily. It supports filter postalize, line art, grayscale, sepia, emboss, invert, color compress, night vision, X-ray and more!
Color Touch Effects allows you to recolor images and apply cool effects to them. You can select an image, turn it to gray (or sepia) and bring the color back with your fingers.
Color Effect Lite allows you to change a color image on your phone to a grayscale (or black and white) image and then selectively highlight areas of the original photograph to leave in full color.
With this app you can snap photos and turn them into art by adding amazing photo effects. Take photos with this camera and add great photo effects. Includes effects like holga, lomo, black & white, thermal, and many more camera filters and effects.
Create cool photo montages and apply fun photo frames & effects to your pictures. Pho.to Lab lets you create cool photo montages and fun pictures from your photos.
Magic Canvas allows you to create beautiful images by changing color into selected areas.
Colorize areas of your image with tools that let you see past your finger! Supports zoom, color correction, saturation control, trackball support, large images for wallpaper, sepia, preview, and left-handed mode.
Add film and retouch effects to your photos.
HS image cut creates images that make your phone more unique. You can easily cut or slice an image and you can make a widget like DVR (Desktop Visualizer).
FxCamera enables you to take a picture with various effects like Toycam, Polandroid, Fisheye, Warhol and SymmetriCam.
Give your photos a retro camera look. Use picplz to style your photos with effects like vintage 70s, black & white, toy camera. Similar to Instagram, Hipstamatic, Vignette.
Put your face on a billboard, a stamp, or in a Warhol-like work of pop art. Become the Mona Lisa or a bodybuilder. You get over 150 scenes to play with.
Turn your photos into art with amazing photo effects, similar to Instagram. Features include instant preview of all effects, chaining of multiple effects, and an intuitive photo editor.
This app simply reduces photo’s file size. Features include resize and image cropping.
Shrink or resize your photos with just one click before you send it.
Image resize tool which is able to convert the directory files’ size (batch convert).
Photo Search Engines
PicWorld is a mobile app based on image search engine. You can search any picture or image around the world. You can find your favorite stars, wallpaper, people, sights, etc.
Simple and easy image downloader tool. You can download images you want from Microsoft Bing or Google. Searched images will be saved to search term-named folder in SD/Internal Memory.
The biggest NASA images archive on Android market! More than 60000 images with full information: title, description, release date, object name, object type, position, distance. They are in 5 categories: universe, solar system, earth, aeronautics and astronauts.
JustPictures! lets you browse photos from Picasa, Flickr, Smugmug, Facebook, Photobucket, Windows Live, Tumblr, Deviant Art, Imgur and your SDCARD, in a unified and clean user interface.
This application searches images with Google API and download them into SD card. Long tap to download the image or go to the site that contains the image.
Fontest is a developer and typography tool that helps you quickly preview how your favorite fonts are rendered on Android.
Fontroid is the world’s first social font service that creates best handwriting font with everyone. Let’s draw your own font everywhere with a mobile phone. Upload your best work and share the font with people all over the world.
An application for Android OS 2.1 Gallery.
Gallery+ is everything that Gallery3D is, and more. It has all the existing Gallery3D functionality with the ability of creating and managing new albums on your phone.
Privacy protecting application that hides individual photo/video with password!
This is the best picture viewer, gallery, and photo album you are looking for and you can replace the stock gallery!
Cloud print allows you to print files from your phone to your printer. Using Cloud Print app you can print to any printer connected to Google Chrome!
Capture, crop and print photos on plain or photo paper in a variety of sizes, including 3.5"x5", 4"x6", 5"x7" (9x13cm, 10x15cm and 13x18cm).
With PhotoGrid you can convert your photos collection into amazing collages. Thumbnail photo choosing is now faster.
With PhotoShake, you can easily combine one or more photos to make exciting and fun new images. PhotoShake is a photo editing program that you can use to share photos with family and friends on social networking sites.
There are 9 patterns of frame. Each frame can be modified as you want. Currently frame color, size, and window size can be modified.
Convert your photos collection into amazing collages only limited by your imagination. Don’t feel like an artist today? No problem: Shake your phone and Collage will randomly rearrange your photos for you!