Top 5 Free Creative iPhone Apps
The iTunes app store has revolutionized the way many creatives manage their time and stay connected with peers and clients. However, app developers are stepping up their game yet again. I spent an evening searching the app store for the best apps for artists and creatives, and because there are so many available, narrowed my search to the best of those that are free. The following five apps take creative work and sources of inspiration to the next level.
1. Best Color Matching: Ben Color Capture.
I have tried a few different color matching apps offered by paint supply stores and paper companies, but Ben Color Capture from Benjamin Moore & Co. is the best one I have discovered so far. The app allows you to take a picture with your iPhone and then use that image as a swatch/color matching tool. You can view your color matches in the color wheel or on a color strip, save favorites, and match them to Benjamin Moore paints.
2. Best Color Palettes: ThinkInk.
Featured in the latest issue of HOW Magazine, ThinkInk is a palette and color matching app produced by Neenah Papers. The application allows you to create a color palettes based on a photo, paper sample, Dewey attributed, or a specific color. This app is perfect for designers because it works with specific RGB and CMYK color values.
3. Best Drawing/Painting: MyPaint Free.
MyPaint Free is a basic drawing app that also offers easy navigation, color palette selection, and that most important of tools, the Undo button.
4. Best Photography: SnapBox.
For ease of navigation and functionality, SnapBox by Christopher Comar is my favorite free iPhone photography app. The app offers thirteen filters, giving you the same result as many other applications in just one or two easy easy steps.
5. Best Inspiration Stockpiling: Evernote.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Evernote is my favorite resource and inspiration stockpiling method. The developers of this incredible application are always looking for ways to beef it up, either by improving syncronization, producing better audio, or making it easier for other developers to create Evernote-aware applications. Scribble notes, record audio memos, take pictures, and import them all into your Evernote notebooks.
**In the interest of full disclosure, please know that I do not receive payment for any of my content, have not been contacted by any of these developers, and merely offer my opinion and experience with these apps as a free contribution to the creative, iPhone-app-store-using community.