"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. Tutorials are included in the app to help you get started.

This app is dedicated to Carolyn Hall Young, 1953-2016 who created the splash art and inspired us all.

What's New

Version 9.0

Camera Lucida version 9.0 has a host of new features that you're going to love!
With a completely revamped method of creating screen captures and time-lapsed videos, you now have more ways than ever to share your work with the world! Easily upload to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or any social media app you've installed on your device. And with new settings available, you can create videos of your art being created that completely hides the user interface and even zooming or panning gestures.

Version 9.0 also brings massive support for mirrored and tilted drawing setups such as when using an Osmo stand. With new camera transformation controls, you can now do things such as flip or mirror the camera view. You can even adjust for tilt, rotation and 3D perspective. Want to set-up your device in front of you tilted forward? Version 9.0 has you covered.

Other changes include a new free-rotate feature for your reference image, manual setting and locking of camera exposure, a more streamlined UI with less intrusive menus, snappier response, etc. For those just getting started with the app, version 9.0 also has built-in video tutorials and an FAQ. Don't miss this update!

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Fabulous Artist App!


Ever since I purchased the Camera Lucida app four years ago, I have been using it to make pencil drawings onto my painting surface before painting from a digital photograph - no more transfer paper, no more inkjet printer! I've probably saved hundreds of dollars not buying ink. While I am painting, I turn on the posterize feature and refer to it in order to guide my color/value choices - the app helps A LOT to identify the light and dark areas of the photograph. It's also great to zoom in on details, like eyes, and draw them accurately. For most paintings, after making the initial drawing, I do not attempt to paint while looking through the app/ipad - just have it next to me as a reference. Sometimes, however, I do the whole painting using the app, and skip the pencil drawing altogether, especially if I am using pastels. There is a Facebook group for Camera Lucida users, and I've learned a lot of tricks there, including ideas on how to build a stand to support the iPad. I love this app!

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

Mary (Mearced)

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.

Developer Response

Mary, thank you for your kind words! I love to learn about how people like you are using the app in such creative ways. I expect to release a new version soon with more features inspired by the art community!


Peter Moeykens
21.2 MB
Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Peter Moeykens


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