Comic Draw Review

Plasq's Comic Draw is an impressive little program that gives you the ability to draw directly on an iPad screen using a graphics pen. This comic book program also happens to be one of the easiest drawing programs to use.

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Our Verdict

This is a very inexpensive program, perfect for beginning and experienced artists alike since the interface is simple while still providing a decent range of drawing tools.

For

  • Comic Draw is a powerful yet simple comic book program that offers plenty of drawing tools.

Against

  • This program is only available on iPad.
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Comic Draw gives you access to script and canvas formats so you can write up your stories as well as draw them out.

Comic Draw gives you access to script and canvas formats so you can write up your stories as well as draw them out.
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If you like to create tutorials and drawing videos, Comic Draw allows you to record your screen and audio.

If you like to create tutorials and drawing videos, Comic Draw allows you to record your screen and audio.
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Comic Draw's script templates include a page that explains how to indicate various parts of your comic, like dialogue and sound effects.

Comic Draw's script templates include a page that explains how to indicate various parts of your comic, like dialogue and sound effects.
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Comic Draw allows you to choose the size and resolution of your canvas.

Comic Draw allows you to choose the size and resolution of your canvas.
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You will find a handful of preset canvas layouts on Comic Draw.

You will find a handful of preset canvas layouts on Comic Draw.
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You can switch between three different tabs within Comic Draw and the program will remind you which one you are in. In this screenshot, I have just switched to the Sketching tab so a notification has appeared to let me know.

You can switch between three different tabs within Comic Draw and the program will remind you which one you are in. In this screenshot, I have just switched to the Sketching tab so a notification has appeared to let me know.
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Comic Draw offers a handful of pencil tools.

Comic Draw offers a handful of pencil tools.
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Comic Draw also allows you to adjust the texture and size of your brushes so you can get the desired effect from its tools.

Comic Draw also allows you to adjust the texture and size of your brushes so you can get the desired effect from its tools.
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When you first use Comic Draw, the program takes you through a mini tutorial to explain the various tools and buttons.

When you first use Comic Draw, the program takes you through a mini tutorial to explain the various tools and buttons.
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Comic Draw allow you to place Perspective Guides to help you get the right angle in your drawings.

Comic Draw allow you to place Perspective Guides to help you get the right angle in your drawings.
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One of the nice things about drawing on an iPad is the ability to rotate your drawing using your fingers. Unfortunately, since the screen responds to anything touching it, it is also easy to accidentally rotate the image or mark your drawings when you don't mean to.

One of the nice things about drawing on an iPad is the ability to rotate your drawing using your fingers. Unfortunately, since the screen responds to anything touching it, it is also easy to accidentally rotate the image or mark your drawings when you don't mean to.
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The word balloon tab gives you access to a number of fonts and also allows you to change the color and size of your text.

The word balloon tab gives you access to a number of fonts and also allows you to change the color and size of your text.
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While the sensitivity and accuracy of the iPad's graphics pen wasn't as good as drawing on an actual graphics tablet, I was able to draw the images I wanted in Comic Draw.

While the sensitivity and accuracy of the iPad's graphics pen wasn't as good as drawing on an actual graphics tablet, I was able to draw the images I wanted in Comic Draw.
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When you are done creating your images, you can save them as Comic Draw, PDF, ePUB, JPEG, PSD and PNG files.

When you are done creating your images, you can save them as Comic Draw, PDF, ePUB, JPEG, PSD and PNG files.
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You can view both your script and your drawing canvas on the screen at the same time.

You can view both your script and your drawing canvas on the screen at the same time.
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When you are done with your comics, you can share them via email or use AirDrop to send them to other iPad users.

When you are done with your comics, you can share them via email or use AirDrop to send them to other iPad users.

Plasq's Comic Draw is an impressive little program that gives you the ability to draw directly on an iPad screen using a graphics pen. This comic book program also happens to be one of the easiest drawing programs to use. It does have one major downside however – it is only compatible with the iPad, so you cannot use it on your computer or Android tablet. The tools don't respond as well on an iPad as they would for a graphics tablet with stronger drawing programs, but the outcome is still good. Since the interface is so simple, this program is perfect for both the beginning artist and the professional.

Pricing Notes

While at first glance this app seems like the least expensive option, it actually requires additional purchases in conjunction with the app to get the most out of it. First off, you'll need an iPad. If you already have one, this works out great. If not, you'll need to spend additional money (typically between $150 and $700) to purchase one. Having the mobility to draw wherever you want might just make this software worth it.

You can draw using your fingers, but you'll need a graphics pen like the Apple Pencil if you want to get the most precise and lifelike strokes. Graphics pens can range anywhere from $10 to $100. Just make sure you determine how well specific brands respond to your movements and if they are compatible with your iPad.

Here’s fair warning: Although I liked being able to quickly zoom in and out or rotate the image using my fingers, it was equally easy and really frustrating to accidentally touch my palms or fingers to the screen and add brush marks to my project. You might want to consider buying a drawing glove to prevent any accidental markings.

Comic Book & Manga Tools

Something I loved is that you can add Perspective Guides to your work; you simply drag them around until you find the angles you want to use. This makes it so you can easily sketch tall buildings, landscapes or character poses accurately and dynamically. The program uses layers so you can draw on one layer without changing or affecting the lower sketches. Comic Draw doesn't have premade panels; however, it makes it super easy to create your own. And since it focuses on being a basic drawing program, there are no premade characters, backgrounds or props for you to use. Like most of the other programs we tested, this one allows you to easily create word balloons but there is no spell checker.

In addition to creating your own drawings, this program helps you set up professionally formatted scripts. A cheat sheet even explains what symbols to use to specify dialogue, prologue and sound effects. You can have your drawings or your script take up the entire screen, or have them both displayed and ready to edit simultaneously. You can add multiple pages to one project or link existing projects together in the main menu.

Digital Painting Tools

Obviously, drawing tablets and screens have more sensitivity than an iPad, but I was able to make relatively detailed sketches on my iPad. Unlike other advanced drawing and painting programs like Clip Studio Paint EX, this software simplifies the interface, making it easier to find pencils, brushes, ink and other tools you need without cluttering up the workspace. While you can change the opacity of your strokes, there are no gradient tools, so you'll have to get creative with the opacity settings in order to add shading.

Tutorials & Support

The trial version only lasts 14 days, which should give you plenty of time to see if you're interested in purchasing it. As I was learning more about this software, I found myriad tutorials on YouTube, both by the company and from fellow users. The Plasq website also has a vibrant community forum so you can interact with other users to learn tricks or get advice. The only way to contact Plasq for product support is via email.

Since this program is solely available on the Apple App Store, you will need an internet connection to download it. However, day-to-day use won't necessarily require Wi-Fi unless you intend on sharing your creations with others. When you are done creating your comics, you can save them as PSD, JPEG, PNG, ePUB, Comic Draw or PDF files. You can also share your creations directly to email or use AirDrop to send to other iPad users nearby.

Comic Draw is the perfect choice for iPad owners wanting an inexpensive yet powerful comic drawing program. The interface is simplified compared to advanced software, but it still provides plenty of drawing tools to make it a viable choice. If you already have an iPad, you can't beat the low price of this app, especially considering the professional level of art you can create with it. We found this software responded beautifully to our graphics pen and gave us the look and feel we were trying to make in our comics.