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Painting Apps for Your iPod Touch

written by: Donny Yankellow•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 1/3/2010

Painting apps are always fun, even on the small screen of the iPod Touch. Here is a list of painting and drawing apps you might want to check out.

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    Apps to Paint With

    One note before the list- this article will only be covering drawing and painting apps, and not photo apps.

    Layers ($2.99) Layers is the newest app in this list and it is a natural painting program. The one thing that puts Layers apart is the ability to draw with layers. Layers are like drawing on clear paper. Each layer allows you to work independent of the other layers, but when combined you get one image. The best thing about layers is that you can erase from one layer and not worry about damaging the artwork on the other layer or layers. This is the paint program I currently have on my iPod.

    Brushes ($4.99) Brushes is very similar to Layers as it is a natural media painting program. If you are looking for a natural media paint program you won’t go wrong with either Brushes or Layers. Of course Layers is cheaper. I would check out the reviews and features of both to help you decide.


    Sketches ($.99) Sketches is another app that is currently, and always, on my iPod. The name implies what it is. It is great for drawing sketches and getting ideas onto virtual paper. You can do full drawings in Sketches too, but I mostly use it as a sketching app. Sketches 2 was recently released for $1.99. It is suppose to have more features, although I have not purchased it. The original works fine for my needs. As with Brushes and Layers, check out the features and decide what is best for you.


    Doodle Buddy (FREE) Doodle Buddy is a great free and simple paint program. If you just want a basic program Doodle Buddy is for you and the price can’t be beat!

    Artist's Touch — Paint Your Photos ($4.99) Artist Touch is a great program for painting your photos. It reminds me a lot of ArtRage for the Mac. You import an image from your photo library and paint on top of it. It brings in the colors and as you paint you are turning your photo into a painting. It works a lot better than you would expect.

    Artist Touch 

    MyPaint Free (FREE) Here is another basic paint program that is similar to Doodle Buddy. Once again- FREE.

    Paintbook 2.5 ($4.99) This is a vector based painting program. I reviewed it for Bright Hub a few months ago. You can check out the review here: Paintbook - App Review.

    Doodle Kids 小涂 (FREE) Here is another FREE and very basic drawing program. My 21 month old can handle this one. It just draws sparkle like shapes over the screen. Not many features, but a lot of fun for a youngster. In fact, a 9 year old made this app for his younger sister! AMAZING!

    Doodle Kids 

    This is just a small list of some of the painting and drawing programs available in the app store. For even more apps do a search for “painting” or “drawing” in iTunes. You’ll get a ton of options.