Sometimes inspiration strikes at inopportune times, but with a travel-friendly device such as the iPad, you can capture creative lightning in a bottle or work on long-term projects right from your tablet. Type “graphic design” into the App Store search bar on your iPad and you’ll find no shortage of applications to peruse. Sure, there are plenty of apps for creating designs, but there’s more to graphic design than creating. Saving, organizing and sharing copious files are just a few essential tasks, and the iPad has solutions for these needs as well.
As a brand that’s synonymous with graphic design, Adobe offers apps that span just about every aspect of graphic design. Photoshop Touch, a $9.99 download, offers photo-editing tools such as filters and effects, provides layers, makes it possible to create backgrounds using the iPad’s camera and supports 12 megapixel images. In the free Adobe Ideas app, you can create freehand vector illustrations on up to 10 layers on an enormous canvas with Kuler sync capabilities and customizable drawing tools. The no-cost, color-capturing tool, Adobe Kuler, pulls colors from your iPad’s photos, and you can adjust colors from within the app. Adobe’s Edge Inspect app synchronizes your iPad to your computer so you can share browsing sessions, tweak HTML or CSS and more. Edge Inspect is free in the App Store.