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Camera Lucida

By Peter Moeykens

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


"In love with drawing again!"

Our Camera Lucida application can make an artist out of anyone!

Although there are hundreds of apps that allow you to draw on your screen, Camera Lucida is different. It's the best app specifically designed to assist you in creating art with traditional materials such as pen and paper, charcoal or paints. With Camera Lucida, you don't draw on the screen, you draw on paper!

For over a century, artists have made use of the camera lucida optical device to superimpose a live view of their subject onto their drawing or painting surface. Essentially allowing the artist to trace what they see in front of them, the camera lucida is an invaluable aid in creating a lifelike and realistic drawing.

With our Camera Lucida iPhone/iPad application, artists and non-artists alike can now draw anything they can take a photo of. Our application will superimpose your image of choice with a live view of your drawing surface. When looking at your screen, you'll be able to simultaneously see the image you want to draw as well as your drawing surface as you create your work of art.

Our Camera Lucida application allows you to choose any image stored on your device. It even allows you to specify the amount of transparency between the live view and the image you're drawing.

Additionally, Camera Lucida has image processing filters that can be used to simplify the drawing process further. Functions such as posterizing, color reduction, comic book effects, edge detection, etc. help tremendously for guiding your hand while producing your next masterpiece.

To use our application, you just place your iphone between your drawing surface and your eyes and trace what you see on the screen!

A ton of fun for artists young or old, amateur or professional, the Camera Lucida app makes a great addition to any artist's toolbox.

IMPORTANT: To use Camera Lucida, you need to fix your iPhone or iPad in place above your drawing. We use a stack of books or a flower vase to do this. See for demos, etc.

Splash art by Carolyn Hall Young

What's New in Version 8.0.1

Version 8.0.1 fixes the app shut-down that occurs if you've denied the app access to the camera. It also fixes a rare camera rotation issue.

Every 8.0.x improvement listed below is the direct result of working with amazing artists around the world and listening to their suggestions for making the app even more powerful and easy to use. The Camera Lucida is in the news lately and we're proud to offer the best of the best! Version 8.0 enhancements include:

A live preview of your drawing surface as you zoom and compose your art. This facilitates everything from creating composite art to placing a cartoon on a cookie that's ready to decorate.
A new and improved information window with direct links to tutorials to help get you started, contact us, leave feedback, etc.
An improved image processing menu that shows live previews of the filters and tools.
A brand new tool box that neatly hides new features out of the way.
A flashlight button that turns on your iPhone's flash to light up your drawing surface.
A new "Vermeer Slider" that allows you to slide your transparent layer horizontally to get perfect side-by-side color and shading.
A new "Flicker" feature that fades the reference image in and out at a speed of your choosing. When your art matches the reference image perfectly, the flicker appears to stop!
A new recording button that lets you actually make a time lapse video recording of your art's creation process. Plus, you have the choice via the settings page to hide the user interface or not in the final movie!
New support for bluetooth keyboards so that you can zoom, pan and adjust the alpha transparency without touching your device. This is really useful if you're mirroring your device to a TV or laptop for creating large art. Note that iOS 8.0 is required for this feature.
Support for the front camera, as well as optionally reversing the image.
Ability to reduce the resolution of the camera in order to reduce lag on slower or older devices.


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Customer Reviews

Worth every penny

My wife has asked me for twelve years why I stopped drawing, and I never had a good answer. In the month following my purchase of this app, I have drawn more than I have in the past twelve years. Camera Lucida has made me fall in love with drawing again. iTunes has that 15 minute grace period where you can "return" an app, right? I wanted to see what I could accomplish in that 15 minutes, and after a very quick sketch session, I realized that in the short time I had been sketching I had accomplished hours worth of work. This app would be a bargain at twice the price.

Incredible App for Art

I Love this app so much that I switched from a droid to an iPhone just so I could use it! This app is so invaluable to my art business as it helps me to accomplish so much more so much faster rather than having to painstakingly sketch out things constantly. I still have to sketch sometimes on the fly and a life situation but this saves me a lot of time in the studio. It can be used for so many different applications! And a major plus is the support available. Peter the developer is extremely prompt in replying to any questions or concerns with the app.

Fantastic Tool!

I seem to do fairly well artistically on my own… except for getting proportions just right. And when I don't, I get frustrated and scrap everything. The fun is taken out of it. That's where this app comes in. I can take a photo, any photo, and have the proportions projected onto my work surface, taking all of the hard part out of it. It closes the gap in my abilities, making it possible to turn out a fantastic and impressive work. Calligraphers, leatherworkers, sketchers, painters, printmakers, etc.: You need this app! It will be worth every penny.

Camera Lucida
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 8.0.1
  • Size: 17.3 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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