Below are some of the best digital art making tools that teachers and students can use to create a wide variety of educational artwork including beautiful graphics, icons, banners, brochures, posters, images, vector arts and more. Regardless of your drawing, sketching and painting skills, these tools will definitely help you and your students unleash the inner creative genes. This list is not exhaustive and does not include some powerful digital art creators such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator which I will review in a future post.
Pixilart is a free web-based platform where you can draw your pixel art and share it with the global community of amateurs. More specifically, Pixilart enables you to create sprites for games, icons, and more. Some of its features include layers to help you edit complex images, frames to help you create animated GIFs, Pixel Perfect Freehand to help you get a clean line stroke, Stamps lets you add snippets of images created by other users in the Pixilat community. You can create your own drawings, text tools to add text to your artwork or you can create your own fonts, ditching tools for creating textures and patterns, brush tools for creating strikes like paint brushes, among others. Pixilt is also available as a mobile app for Android and iOS devices. As a social platform for all ages, Pixilart promises The Parent and Teacher Platform does not host any private messages and all conversations are public and swearing and spam filters are activated by default.
Another great digital art maker to use to create a myriad of educational artwork, including icons, logos, brochures, banners and more. Vectr is basically a graphics editor that enables you to design and edit various vector graphics. It is available as a web based tool and desktop application. Some of the powerful features they offer include an intuitive set of graphics tools, real-time collaboration, scaling design to any size without losing clarity, importing multiple file formats (e.g., SVG, PNG, JPEG) and more. For drawing tools that you can work with, including pen tools for creating and improving curved and straight paths, freehand drawing tools for drawing custom shapes, and more. Real-time collaboration is one of the strengths of this platform. You can, for example, use a shareable URL to work on the same vector document simultaneously with colleagues or students.
This is a very basic digital art drawing tool from Google. AutoDraw combines the power of machine learning with the works of talented artists to help users create beautiful drawings. Autodraw is smart enough to give you an idea of what you’re trying to draw. It is an ideal tool to use especially for students. It’s simple and easy and works on a variety of platforms and devices. No sign-up or installation required. All you have to do is visit the AutoDraw homepage and click on the Draw tool to start doodling. Choose your colors from the color picker, add text and shapes, and when you’re done, share your digital artwork with others or download it as PNG.
Use a sketchbook to take your drawing experience to the next level. The app provides you with a simulated pen and paper drawing experience that lets you easily sketch, draw and capture your creative thoughts. Features provided include layers and blend modes, different types of brushes (e.g., pencil, marker, airbrush, paint, smear, etc.), numerous color combinations, dynamic symmetry (mirror your pen strokes to create complex designs), smooth lines, natural interaction. (Extreme response to stylus), and more. Sketchbook is available for Mac, Windows and also works on mobile devices (e.g., Android and iOS).
Procreate is a powerful digital art maker that allows you to sketch, paint and create ‘expressive sketches, rich paintings, gorgeous paintings and beautiful animations’. Some of the tools they provide include: a variety of brushes (pencils, inks, artistic brushes, etc.); Ability to download brushes or create your own using Brush Studio; Multiple color choices (including Color Companion and Color Harmony tools); Touch-based interface that is highly responsive to multi-touch gestures, accessibility features including single touch gestures, feedback sounds and color descriptions; QuickShape (just draw and QikShape transforms it into a beautiful shape), and more.
Pixelmeter Pro is an image editing powerhouse designed for Mac only. You can edit the colors in your photos, remove unwanted objects, clone parts of your photos, lighten or darken specific parts, and more. You can also use the app’s vector tools to create beautiful designs. Using the smart shapes already created, you’ll be able to add different shapes, arrows and speech bubbles to your compositions. “Orange tool designs are amazingly easy to create. It lets you automatically select layers by clicking on the canvas. Allows layers to automatically align and distribute. ” The Pixelmator Pro also offers a wide selection of handcrafted dual-texture brushes, full graphics tablet support and sophisticated paint blending technology. Additionally, you can use Pixelmator Pro to design pixel art. The app’s integrated pixel tool is simple and easy to use. “It automatically draws every pixel you place on the canvas, no matter how big or small the pixel is. Creating pixel-perfect art can’t be easy.”