Graphic design

5 Best Free Graphic Design Apps for iPhone and iPad

A picture is worth a thousand words, of course. But what about the tools to help you create such images? And is it even possible to create informative graphics and illustrations right on your smartphone? Well, you absolutely can. And in this article, we will show you some of the best graphic design apps for iPhone and iPad.

Thanks to a few well-designed apps, creating illustrations on the go is easier than ever. With a minimum of skill and practice, one can quickly prepare a basic chart on iPhone with these apps. Some apps may also appeal to seasoned graphic designers. So go ahead and take a look at this list.

1. Canva – Best Graphic Design App Overall

We can unanimously agree that Canva has revolutionized graphic design. Creating a user interface for a task like graphic design is quite a challenge. However, Canva has done a wonderful job of creating an intuitive user interface, which is by far the best we’ve ever come across, in free online software.

Canva has a ton of free elements and templates for creating graphics. To start, you can quickly choose a category, for example a presentation, a poster, logos or an Instagram post (or any other social platform like Facebook). Moreover, you can also create quick animations and videos using ready-made templates.

We’ve been Canva users for a few years and appreciate the degree of control we have over the elements of a graphic. You can even edit the details of existing templates and elements so you can fine-tune them to blend with the elements you add.

However, some items have a watermark in the free version, and purchasing the pro version unlocks that. Moreover, removing the background from the image or resizing the image is also limited to the pro version. Fortunately, there are no ads in the free version.

However, one thing that bothered us was that the app shows a project collaborator editing long after leaving the draft, which can interrupt your experience of editing or creating the chart.

All in all, we can recommend Canva to anyone, and we’re huge fans ourselves. Moreover, the free version is sufficient for most users who want access to the basic tools. Therefore, you don’t have to buy Canva Pro, but it offers good value for money as it is comparatively cheaper than all other apps.

Price: Free, Pro Version: $1.99 and $119/year

2. Adobe Express – Powerful design application from Adobe

Adobe was a pioneer in the development of design applications. Obviously, they were quick enough to develop a free direct competitor to Canva initially called Adobe Spark, now renamed Adobe Express. Luckily, this app also makes graphic designing easy and hence featured in our list of best graphic design apps for iPhone and iPad.

Just like Canva, Adobe Express also has a range of great templates to get you started on your design. They have templates for social media posts, posters and flyers, logos and infographics. It also has tools that guide you to perform functions such as removing backgrounds, resizing images, and modifying elements on existing templates. Pretty cool, right?

What we really like is that it also comes with effects, filters and textures present in Photoshop. Moreover, you also have various tools to edit and modify videos. However, people who were already using Adobe Spark might find it difficult as the user interface has been changed which is a bit disappointing as it was simple, user-friendly and perfect.

There is also a pro version which unlocks all templates, fonts and photo collections and also lets you access Adobe Express on the web. Since it is a trusted brand, we recommend purchasing its premium subscription if your work relies heavily on tool design.

Price: Free, Pro Version: $9.99/month from.

3. Pixelcut – Graphic Design App with AI Generator

Pixelcut is one of those graphic design apps for iPhone that adds an AI art generation tool along with traditional graphic design tools. The design tools are similar to what Canva and Adobe Express have to offer, so all the basics are available along with templates and pre-designed elements for posters, social media posts, and presentations.

However, the AI ​​graphics generation tool needs some polishing but gets the job done. Like all AI generators, you must enter a prompt and wait for your artwork to be generated.

Besides the AI ​​generation, another feature that sets Pixelcut apart is the background remover and magic eraser, which worked pretty well in our experience, but it seemed to reduce image quality. You also get an animation tool on Pixelcut that will help you easily create animated images and GIFs of your artwork.

Pixelcut also lets you create a website to showcase your work which can be added as a “link in bio” on social media apps. While the free version is enough for most users, Pixelcut also offers a pro version that unlocks all templates, cutouts, and other elements to enhance your graphic design experience.

While the user interface was generally smooth, many users reported issues with logging into the app. That said, Pixelcut is generally stable and therefore an easy recommendation from us.

Price: Free, Pro Version: $9.99 and up

4. Design Lab: Graphic Templates – App Design with Great Editing Tools

Design Lab is another feature-rich graphic design app for iPhone and iPad. While there might not be a lot of features that stand out, we’re pretty impressed with how smooth this app is and how well it masters the basics.

Apart from templates to start your design, this app also gives you a good collection of filters and adjustments to fine tune your photo. Moreover, you also get a powerful text editor that lets you control size, position and opacity and even curve it and create 3D transformations.

Like Canva, Design Lab also offers layer-based editing to help you easily control all elements of your graphic. However, a few users have complained about problems downloading models over the mobile network and random app crashes. So beware!

The free version of the app comes with a good number of templates and features, but purchasing the pro version unlocks full access to the app.

Price: Free, Pro Version: $9.99/month from

5. CREATE: Graphic Design + Fonts – Minimal UI

All of the other graphic design apps for iPhone on this list mostly work on pre-existing templates and elements. However, Create is an app that aims to give you full control over your artwork, as it lets you create graphics from scratch without any templates.

When you start on a blank canvas, you can add shapes and text to start your illustration. To go further, you can add images from your gallery to the canvas. Moreover, there are also good customization options when it comes to chart fonts and colors. Create also offers vector design, which we think is a nice addition.

Keep in mind that this app is primarily for people who want to create something of their own rather than using a template. So it might not be very appealing if you consider it as an alternative to apps like Canva.

There is also a pro version of this app, which allows you to save unlimited projects, share editable project files, custom canvas sizes, and other export options like “.pdf ” and “.svg”.

Price: Free, Pro Version: $3.99/month from

So! Here’s our list of 5 great graphic design apps for iPhone and iPad that we highly recommend. However, if you have any questions about this, you can check out our FAQ section below.

FAQs on Graphic Design Apps for iPhone and iPad

1. Can you create graphics in Photos app on iPhone?

The Photos app offers a few tools for annotating, but it’s not possible to create highly detailed illustrations and graphics using the Photos app.

2. Can you import photos to Canva?

Yes, you can import photos captured from your gallery into Canva.

3. What is the best format to export a graph?

PNG is a high quality image format which is the most recommended file extension for an illustration.

Turn your ideas into graphics with these apps

Now go ahead and visualize your ideas with colorful illustrations using these graphic design apps for iPhone and iPad. Although there are other popular apps like Paper by WeTransfer and even Autodesk Sketchbook, they mainly focus on sketching rather than designing illustrations. We have therefore taken care to choose the relevant applications for this list. We hope this helped you make the right choice!