"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

4.9 out of 5
104 Ratings
104 Ratings
PastorVee ,

Great Googly Moogly

Good Golly Miss Molley. I love this app. Love experimenting with things you can do. I was going to buy a Camera Lucia prism, but this is so much more versatile. From just tracing to working with shadows. I built a holder out of cardboard for the iPad it keeps it @12 inches over my work.
This app is going to create a serous health problem, I’m staying up till 2-3 am working on drawings, and experimenting with all the features.
All I can say is Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. I love it. It has reawakened my love of drawing.

Lorenzojose ,

Great tool

This Lucida app helps me quickly layout drawings that I can finish later, and allows me to work away from the subject in my study.

MikieMikie ,


This app is an incredible implementation. Well thought out and easy to use. I have cut down my drawing time and increased the quality of my work. I cannot give it more than five stars because Apple won’t let me give it 10.

Don’t hesitate — time you spend gridding or free-handing is time you’re wasting.


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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