The best digital art software

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A photo of an artist painting a wolf on the XPPen Artist Pro tablet

(Image credit: Abi Le Guilcher)

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1. Best overall: Photoshop
2. Best for iPad: Procreate
3. Best affordable: Rebelle 7
4. Best painting package: Corel Painter 2023
5. Best Photoshop alternative: Affinity Photo
6. Best for comic art: Clip Studio Paint Pro
7. Best for Android: Art Rage Vitae
8. Best free: Krita
9. Best free comic art app: MediBang Paint Pro
10. Best for beginners: Artweaver 7
11. Best for kids: Drawing Desk
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When it comes to the best digital art software there is more choice than ever before, from paint simulation software and apps designed for photo editing that can be adapted to digital art and even drawing on the go using iPad. Whether you need the the best iPad drawing app or the best drawing app for PC, I've found something for you in my guide.

Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and video game titles Play and Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on digital art, VFX and video games and tech, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.