Available exclusively on the App Store, meticulously designed to be beautifully powerful, and painstakingly engineered for iPad — Inspire Pro delivers an incredibly fast and realistic painting, drawing, and sketching experience that you can take with you wherever you go and use whenever inspiration strikes.

Our proprietary painting engine Sorcery™ takes full advantage of the GPU to render brush strokes with brilliant 64-bit color, laser-sharp sub-pixel precision, and insanely fast speed. While the strokes of a wet oil paint brush look beautiful on their own, the breathtaking blending effects of a dry brush will absolutely stun you. Graze the canvas with just a bit of pressure to add a subtle blur to your artwork or use stronger pressure to actually mix existing colors on the canvas together to create new ones.

Whether you are a budding artist, seasoned professional, or somewhere in-between, you will enjoy the simplicity and power of the most intuitive and compelling illustration app for iPad, Inspire Pro.

• 150 high quality brushes to choose from, divided into 15 sets: Oil Paint, Airbrushes, Spray Paint, Paint Splatter, Graphite Pencils, Wax Crayons, Markers, Chalk, Charcoal, Pastels & Conté, Basic Shapes, Complex Shapes, Shape Outlines, Patterns, and Textures
• All brushes can be used as a Wet Brush, Dry Brush (Blending), or Eraser
• Over 20 different settings are available to customize brush strokes with powerful versatility and variation

• Sorcery™, the fastest 64-bit painting engine on the App Store
• Full-fledged Apple Pencil support for pressure, tilt angle, orientation, and double-tap
• Smart Keyboard support with over 20 context-sensitive keyboard shortcuts
• Create a canvas of any size up to 16K (64MP) on iPad Pro
• Dual-texture brushes
• 64-bit color
• All device orientations are supported all the time — switch from portrait to landscape painting with ease
• 1000 levels of undo and redo are available
• Touch and slide hotspots can be used to quickly change brush size, opacity, and pressure without opening a menu
• The eyedropper tool can be used with a touch and hold gesture to select paint colors from the canvas
• The canvas can be moved around, rotated, and zoomed in and out up to 6400%
• Create a painting right within the Messages app, starting from a blank canvas or an image from your Photos

Canvas Playback Video Recording
• Brush strokes are automatically recorded as you paint without any delay
• You can play the video of your artwork being created stroke-by-stroke directly in the gallery
• Exported videos are high quality HD at up to 1080p resolution

Color Picker
• Choose any paint color you can dream of with the intuitive color picker
• HSB and RGB sliders accompany a large color circle, color square, and opacity slider
• Your latest colors are saved to a palette automatically while you paint
• You can also save your favorite colors to a palette with drag and drop

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What’s New

Version 3.7

New 12.9” and 11” iPad Pro
• If you have a shiny new iPad Pro, you're going to love it even more with this Inspire Pro update
• The UI fills the beautiful new 12.9” and 11” screens
• Paint colors look vibrant and luscious on the new Liquid Retina displays
• Paint, draw, and sketch faster than ever before with our updated painting engine Sorcery, fully optimized for the new A12X Bionic chip and running at 120 FPS on ProMotion displays
• As always, the entire app works in both portrait and landscape orientations, as well as split-view, with all of the UI adapting seamlessly to the new iPad Pro screens

Apple Pencil (2nd generation)
• Full support for the double-tap gesture of the new Apple Pencil
• By default, you can use double-tap to toggle the eraser on and off, switch to the previously used brush, or show the Color menu, configurable from the Settings in iOS
• There is a new section of Inspire Pro’s Settings that is dedicated to Apple Pencil now and it includes a new menu that allows you to customize the double-tap gesture to perform 9 different actions, including toggling the dry brush on and off, showing the Brush menu, and invoking the eyedropper

Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12
• Hey Siri, painting time!
• Add a shortcut to Siri in iOS 12 from Settings > Siri & Search or the Shortcuts app to automatically open Inspire Pro, create a new canvas, and start painting right away

We haven’t forgot about our big 4.0 update — the beta will be ready soon. Please contact us @snowcanoe or via email if you want to get on the tester list!

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
136 Ratings

136 Ratings

Hestermofet ,

A go-to app👍

Was always able to walk away from the digital art thing, it was always too jarring a difference from convention. This was the first app I tried that blurred the line enough to feel seamless.
There’s no lag, and it’s more fluid than the other big apps. Coupled with the Apple Pencil, it’s a very realistic experience. The interface is minimalist and welcomed by me having tried way too many apps that feel like operating the hadron collider.
Most of the screen is free to create, and making changes is simple and intuitive. The dry brush is pretty incredible, and lifelike. Quick and easy to jump in, pick up or leave makes for a very pleasant use of time. I occasionally use others, but have found this to be the “hub” of my iPad. Everything inspire offers it does very well, extending all the way to customer service. The developer is always there quickly if you need assistance, and is as pleasant as they are helpful. Lots of fun, and usually the only frustration is my pencil running low on power.

Developer Response ,

Hi Hestermofet,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review, it really makes all the time we've spent working on the app worthwhile! We're so glad that you find it easy to use, but also realistic as well, especially with Apple Pencil. Please don't hesitate to contact us anytime about anything else with the app, we're more than happy to help!


The Quintessential Q ,

The power to create right at your fingertips

Imagine having an art studio filled with colored pencils, artists markers, chalk, charcoal, oil paints, acrylics, sketching pens & pencils & And endless supply of canvas and paper of every type of imaginable. That’s what you get with this program.I’ve only just begun to play with it and am amazed at the ability to mix and blend colors and mediums with stunningly real appearance. And yet I have none of the mess I would were I working with those mediums outside of the digital workspace.

Granted there is something to be said about the tactile feel of paint and charcoal on your skin and in your hand. But for usability and ease of switching between materials, this program is amazing. I am eager to complete several projects I’ve been trying to finish with the help of inspire Pro.

JVSchue ,

Love the app

I've been using this app for about two years & I love it. I just got the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. The Pencil works well with the app, even with an otterbox defender case on it.
I would ask the developers if they could add a palm rejection feature so I can rest my palm on the writing surface without leaving marks. And a ruler, like they have in Apple Notes would be great. Thanks

The developers got back to me and told me how in the gestures menu, you can set it so only the Apple Pencil leaves
Any strokes. I'm pleased to say that it works great! Thanks so much in responding so quickly to my query. If I could give you guys a higher rating then a 5-star, I definitely would.

Developer Response ,

Very glad it worked for you, thanks again!


275.7 MB

Requires iOS 12.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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