A Design Kit easily adds modern, colorful designs to your photos anywhere and everywhere. Start with the realistic brushes (maybe in gold!) to draw whatever you want. Then choose from over 30 modern fonts to say it exactly right. Anchor it with classic designs. Or maybe just cover the whole thing in stickers. This app has—

• Realistic brushes that can draw in textures or color
• 30+ modern fonts
• 120+ designs
• A TON of stickers
• Backgrounds and textures, including metallics, gradients, and marble

What’s New

Version 1.2

Recent colors
- Custom color selection now captures 10 most recently used colors for easy re-selection

New backgrounds and shop!
- Added two new backgrounds packs which can also be used as textures
- Consolidated all downloadable options under the shop section for easier browsing

Minor bug fixes
- Resolved delayed drawing on iPhone X and XS
- General optimizations for iOS 12

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.8K Ratings
1.8K Ratings
jaimekramer ,

Awesome Start!

I love A Design Kit! I think you guys really nailed what you were trying to do with A Beautiful Mess app back in the day, and in a time when people are ready for it! The brush design color options are super cool, I love the backgrounds option, and the story crop size really nailed it! Just what I’ve been looking for to really take the stories function on instagram to another level. I also love the back and forth functionality with A Color Story! It could be a little smoother but it’s worked fine for me so far, just have to be a little patient.

I do think it would be very cool if you could save your drawing as a sticker for future use, kind of like the filter save function on A Color Story, but like I said overall this is an awesome addition to my photo editing app collection! Thanks!

Update: thank you for listening to your users and adding so many useful updates! I especially love the duplication button!!!

ChelseaLF ,

I’m not sure about this.

Tbh I don’t think this should be a separate app from A Color Story. The toggling back and forth is bad. I like this app but never use it because I mostly use text on photos for Instagram stories and this is too cumbersome to open just for stories. Especially since IG stories has several different fonts and backgrounds now. The fonts and backgrounds in A Design Kit are better but i honestly don’t feel like switching over apps from IG to A Design Kit so I mostly skip it.

Also, the cropping for IG stories is wrong. It doesn’t work. It looks right on the front page of the app and then when you click through to actually add text, it is the wrong size for a story. If I put text too close to the edges it doesn’t show up on IG stories unless I resize the photo to only take up a small portion of the page. Basically it crops too short and wide for IG stories, at least on an iPhone 7+.

I also think there should be way more background and font options.

Developer Response ,

Hi there! Totally fair that not everyone will want to take the time to create a story in another app if they're satisfied with the IG story options. But for those who want something extra, we've got you covered!

As far as the crop, the default crop of our backgrounds is 3x4 like iPhone photos, so you'll need to choose the story crop to make sure it fits stories correctly. That said, we totally agree our cropping options need to be more noticeable, so we're going to make an improvement there. Be on the lookout for that as well as more fonts and backgrounds! If you have any other concerns, please reach out at Thanks for supporting the app!

TNThill5 ,

Design Kit

Love it. It’s not Photoshop, but that’s kind of the point. Level of difficulty is easy and intuitive. Wonderful App for graphic design novices. As an experienced Photoshop user, this App is the “Missing Piece”. I have wanted on occasion to embellish photos of grandchildren, special occasions.....But pics just sit in Photos without me ever getting around to transferring to laptop or desktop, open a Photoshop page, etc...... Overkill for a quick “memory” picture. Wow! With Design Kit, I can easily scroll through my pictures or go to an Album. You get a full page of your Photos, not a tiny window. Choose the pic and embellish away! I was surprised at the amount and quality of the features you get with the Basic Package. After I had used it a while, I spent $2.00 on brushes and access to simple, basic Designer creations. Worth it. I am now using it to make quick design sketches on an image I’ve taken a screenshot of that has ideas for for my home design. No more scribbling notes all over the picture to remember my ideas. I just create my ideas immediately on the screenshot image.
*Get it.
-Makes sharing memories a lot more fun.
-Gives me super easy, immediate accessibility to create design ideas on the fly.
*Not expensive at all, for what this App does.


A Color Story LLC
118.3 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© A Color Story LLC
In-App Purchases
  1. Valley Cruise Free
  2. Painted $1.99
  3. Editorial $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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