What to look for in these apps
There are many applications that can be found in the App Store whose mission is to offer a space for you to write with total freedom. But you always have to give priority to those options that are most appropriate for your personal situation. To choose wisely, apps should meet the following points:
- Esthetic: Priority should always be given to those applications that are graphically beautiful but also simple. In the Store you can find many that meet these requirements and that are ideal in the event that you do not want to overwhelm yourself with tools that you will not use in the long run.
- Apple Pencil integration: When we talk about calligraphy we must bear in mind that it is best to use an Apple Pencil with the iPad. Although many apps support the finger to make a letter, the truth is that it is not the most productive. Look for those apps that have full integration with the Apple pencil.
- Price: one of the most critical points when talking about any application. In the App Store you can find options that are free but others in which you must pay a monthly fee or make a single payment. You should always assess the circumstances that exist to know if it is worth it or not to make the disbursement.
When you are trying to have a better penmanship, it is logical to look for those applications that are focused on this task mainly. In this case, you can find many options in the App Store with predefined templates and also with tools that are focused on improving your penmanship and resembling as much as possible with what can be had in a traditional folio with a pen.
An application that is presented by Manuscript Pen Company to be able to practice calligraphy in a professional way. You will be able to write letters, words or messages with a unique interactive experience. There are many options that are presented as you can experiment with different pens, nib widths and colors to share your beautiful handwritten messages with friends, family and other calligraphy enthusiasts.
As we say, you will have different templates on the iPad to learn how to make the letters to your liking. This will mean that in the long run you will not have to use this type of templates when making the different compositions. You can even share all these drawings with your friends and also social networks through the corresponding button.
This app comes with a selection of four tips and brushes. Just select your favorite tool and instantly vary the nib thickness for the most suitable experience depending on your particular taste. In the event that you are not lucky and you don’t like everything you have written, you can use the eraser function to suddenly get rid of everything you have done up to that moment.
The only problem you may have is that you do not have a template as such, but you will have a real canvas so you can perform different calligraphy techniques. As we have mentioned before, you can choose different colors and it has maximum compatibility with the Apple Pencil. At any time you can take a capture of everything you have advanced to be able to share it quickly.
Really versatile application as it has different functions. The first thing is that it can help the little ones in the house learn to write. It is specially designed for the Apple Pencil with the aim that it works as if it were a real pen. This makes it feel like you are writing on real physical paper. Within the app there are three handwriting courses with a guide to be able to draw all the letters that you propose.
That is why the goal they finally set is to improve the handwriting of all age groups. There is a wide typeface with quite diverse fonts. Specifically, there are courses in the Roman alphabet, printed writing and cursive writing. All this on the basis that it is free of ads so that you can enjoy its content.
Calligraphy coloring book
If you have small children at home and you want their penmanship to be improved, this is the ideal application. It has a very childish design that is ideal for this type of public that we have discussed. The goal is to learn to write the letters of the alphabet by doing different repetitions. It can be extrapolated to the old ‘Rubio’ booklets in Spain but to the format being able to fill it in with the Apple Pencil itself.
Educational and didactic game to put writing into practice, learn calligraphy and the letters of the alphabet with fun exercises. It is the best application for users who are still learning the ABC letters and need to put handwriting into practice. Keep in mind that it is based on the reputed Montessori method.
The developers advise as soon as you open the application that although it can be used with your finger, it is advisable to have the Apple Pencil at hand. This is an application that is providing the best experience to calligraphers and lovers of letters to be able to create digital works of art on the iPad itself. You will find numerous styles of tracing when writing these letters.
Keep in mind that the app integrates a series of templates so that you can learn in a correct way how these types of letters are made. It will be simulated at all times to have a pointed ink pen that is sensitive to pressure changes that may end up practicing on the iPad screen. That is why it becomes an ideal application to practice calligraphy and have a spectacular result.
In the App Store you can find some options that, in addition to putting a canvas in front of you so you can practice calligraphy, is also focused on art. That is, you can make real masterpieces but also rehearse your way of writing with all the drawing tools that can be found. We show you the most important ones below.
With a really clear user interface you can have a canvas on your iPad to develop your art and also practice your calligraphy style. To give you an idea, this is an app focused on creating impressive tessellations and mandalas thanks to all the tools that allow you to customize the layout that is achieved. But as we have commented previously in the plan, you will be able to make use of all the functions of the Apple Pencil so that you can always change the stroke depending on the pressure that is applied.
The only problem is that you will not have a template as such of the letters to practice. You must use the correct tracing yourself to write the letters in the style you want. You will not have any type of limit and you also have 20 types of symmetries that can help you make the letters better or make them more beautiful as long as you make a letter that has a certain symmetry such as ‘M’ or ‘H’.
Application that is designed to meet the demands of the most demanding artists when making different drawings. As in previous cases, we are facing an app whose mission is that you can create authentic works of graphic design art. Although, it has many tools to be able to write in a traditional way with the Apple Pencil and practice writing and calligraphy in general in this way.
Keep in mind that the integration of customizable pressure curves and magic gestures stands out. In this way you can create authentic combinations with the touch pen. The thickness will be adjustable at all times, so you can do your special calligraphy practices, highlighting especially the italic mode.
Transform your iPad into a notepad and start practicing calligraphy with your Apple Pencil acting like a simple pen. The application detects the pressure that is being made by simulating what can be achieved with a pen. You will be able to write extensive texts to be able to improve the letter you have without any type of limit and always with the Apple Pencil in your hand.
It is for all this that the application has numerous advantages, since you should not have any type of paper in the middle. You also have the ability to open PDF files. This means that you can make use of different templates that can be found on the internet to improve the calligraphy. In this way you will be able to fill the gap that can be found in this regard by not having the templates natively.
Which one do we recommend?
Of all the applications that we have discussed throughout this article, without a doubt we are left with two of them. The first is that of Callicreative App which is ideal because it integrates a series of templates to be able to have a clear reference of how some letters are written. Its objective is that you can replicate it afterwards on a traditional page without any problem and do not stay on the iPad screen.
The second that should be recommended is Amaziograph that offers a wide set of tools to have an experience as customizable as possible so that you can write with total freedom. Obviously, it is not limited only to calligraphy, but drawings can also be made at a higher level and without having to pay a subscription or a one-time payment.