The 5 best Android apps for designers

Find out which free and paid Android apps are worth downloading for sketching ideas & creating new designs, including Sketchbook Express, Infinite Design, myPantone and more.

Which are the best Android apps for designers? Here, we bring you five of our favourite apps for designers with Android tablets to help you kick start your mobile creativity.

From budget Android tablets made by companies such as Tesco and Argos to powerful, high-end tablets made by Wacom, Android tablets – and smartphones too – are becoming increasingly popular tool for designers from all walks of life.

What really makes tablets and smartphones useful for creative, though, are the apps available to install on those devices, but with so many apps to choose from in the Google Play Store it can be daunting task to try and pick out what's worthwhile downloading.

To help you, we've collected five great Android apps that should get you started, and could become invaluable assets for all designers. If you know of a good Android app that you believe should be features in our top five, let us know in the comments section below and we'll take a look.

Created by developer Sean Brakefield, Infinite Design is a vector graphics apps for Android that lets you create designs using your tablet or smartphone.

If you want to try before you buy, the free version includes an infinite canvas, infinite layers and an infinite undo and redo system (hence the name), layer options such as split, merge, flip and duplicate and five symmetry tools, the ability to import images to the canvas and add special effects and a path editing and pen tool for precise control.

Without paying the £3.22 for the full version, you'll be able to save your work as a JPEG, but the full version will give you the ability to save images as PNG, PSD or SVG, and is ad-free.

View Infinite Design on the Google Play Store.

Created by Autodesk, Sketchbook Express is free to download painting and drawing application that can help you achieve simple tasks like sketching out ideas to more complex undertakings that involve layers and intricate brushes.

The tools aren't as comprehensive as those found in the Sketchbook Pro app, which is available as an in-app purchase after downloading the free Sketchbook app here, but will do the trick for most designers who need a tool for moments of inspiration while out and about.

View Sketchbook Express on the Google Play Store.

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You could also try ArtFlow, a highly rated app that offers a free version for you to try before you decide whether to pay for the pro version as an in-app purchase.

With the free version, you'll get 20 tools, two layers and 6-step undo, while the Pro version offers more than 70 brushes and tools, infinite undo and redo, up to 16 layers, the ability to export to PSD and more.

View ArtFlow on the Google Play Store.

If you like ArtFlow, you might also enjoy the other Android apps in our best apps for artists round-up.

It's a bit on the pricey side at £5.03, but myPantone is a very handy app for designers looking for inspiration for their projects. myPantone provides access to Pantone Colour Libraries straight from your device, and offers the ability to build and share Pantone palettes and export them to Adobe Creative Suite or QuarkXPress as .ase files.

One of the most useful features (though the accuracy may depend on your device's camera capabilities on some occasions) is the ability to extract colours from photographs.

View myPantone on the Google Play Store.

Paperless is more of a digital Moleskine for jotting down ideas than an app for creating masterpieces, but it does its job nicely and we'd suggest that it's an Android alternative to the popular FiftyThree Paper app for iOS. You can add virtual books to keep your ideas organised, ready for when you return to them at a later date.

Some of its tools are quite advanced, though. You can add up to three layers and adjust the opacity of those, and there are a variety of different customisable brush types suitable for drawing, painting, colouring, sketching or writing notes.

Exporting options are a little lacking, but you can share straight to Facebook, save to your gallery or save as a PNG.

View Paperless on the Google Play Store.

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