Best Drawing Applications for Mac

When it comes to drawing apps for Mac OS X, many people might quickly name famous applications like GIMP or the extravagantly expensive Photoshop, however it is worth pointing out that neither of them are Mac drawing applications as they are basically image editors which also provide drawing options. Since many people might not find Photoshop to be affordable and other may find GIMP to be inadequate for fulfilling advanced drawing requirements one may wish to look for Mac drawing apps that are available for free (or are cheap), with good drawing options. Below is a list of such Mac apps that can make your drawing tasks more convenient by providing you with rich drawing features. With the help of the below mentioned tools you can draw logos, illustration’s, graphics and other type of drawings for various purposes e.g. PowerPoint presentations, for use on a website, to create diagrams, for making wire frames or mockups and more.

1. Artboard

Artboard is an easy to use drawing app that provides different types of flowing curves and shapes to help you create drawing with ease. Perhaps one of the best features of this app include the hundreds of  editable vector clip art that can aid your drawing. These clip art include everything from buttons, speech bubbles, to flags, maps and more. With Artboard you can create entire drawings or simply use it for making logos, floor plans, posters, graphics for your website and the like. Artboard works with Mac  OS X 10.6 or higher and costs $29.99.

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2. SketchBook Express

This is a free Mac drawing app available at the Mac app store. It provides users with professional grade tools to help create images on your Mac computer. SketchBook Express offers Gesture-based marking menus, which make it possible to quickly access tools and commands. Moreover, this app has also been optimized for tablet-based interaction to aid drawing using touch input. SketchBook also has a paid application by the name of Sketchbook Pro. SketchBook Express works with computers running Mac OS X version 10.6.6 or later.

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SketchBook Express

3. Inkscape

Inkscape is an open source and cross-platform vector graphic editor which provides many rich features that can help you draw items in Mac with ease. This free Mac app has many features similar to Adobe Illustrator, Xara X and even CorelDraw. While CorelDraw was discontinued for Mac OS X shortly after its release late last year, you can still benefit from CorelDraw like features by using this feature rich application. Furthermore, you can use Inkscape to acquire support for the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics or SVG file format. Inkscape is compatible with

  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux
  • Unix

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4. Logo Design Studio Lite

As obvious from the name, this is a cheaper version of the software and it also has a premium version with more advanced features. Nonetheless, you can even use the light version to easily create custom logos and to fulfill your drawing needs. Unlike other applications with “Lite” versions, Logo Design Studio Lite is not free and costs $2.99, whereas Logo Design Studio Pro costs $39.99. While the main purpose of this app is to design logos, you might also find it handy enough for other kinds of drawing tasks (as evident from the below image).

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Logo Design Studio

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