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Top 10 : Must-Have iphone Apps for a Graphic Designer

Starting out in the freelance graphic industry isn´t easy, but with a little help from Smartphone apps, it could become that much easier. From colour creation tools to task management apps, simplify your life and maximise your potential with our guide.

1. Palettes

Website : Palettes

Graphic Design Apps - Palettes

Palettes is a must-have for any freelance graphic designer, enabling users to turn their iOS device into a portable color creation platform. It also allows users to grab colors from photographs and websites quickly to find matching colors and create color schemes.

2. Zeptopad

Website : Zeptopad

Graphic Design Apps - Zeptopad

Zeptopad is a handy brainstorming tool for everyone of all abilities. Use your iPhone as a portable sketch pad. Zeptopad allows you to sketch out your thoughts, so the only limit is your own imagination.

3. OpticsCalc

Website : OpticsCalc

OpticsCalc is a great optical calculator, available for iPhone and iPod Touch. It´s great for graphic design professionals who have a knowledge of optical theory but need a quick way to calculate common equations. It allows the user to concentrate on their design work by handling computations such as Paraxial Thick Lens, Snell´s Law, Prism Reflection, and Fresnel Reflection.

4. TaskCards

Website : TaskCards

Graphic Design Apps - Taskcards

TaskCards : While the graphic design apps are great, being a freelance graphic designer also means you need to become a master at Task Management. TaskCards uses virtual index cards to organize tasks on a desktop and organize them. The interface is a wooden desktop with white cards, which you can then label. TaskCards is great because it is simple and easy to use, with features such as the ability to set due dates, recurring tasks, priorities and also shows completed tasks on the back of each card. Never miss a deadline again!

5. Dexigner

Website : Dexigner

Graphic Design Apps - Dexigner

Dexigner: While concentrating on your own work is what you really want to do, it´s also important to keep up to date with the latest design industry news. Access all of the latest industry breakthroughs and competition announcements. You don´t even need to download any software, just navigate the online portal through your iPhone.

6. WhatTheFont

Website : WhatTheFont

Graphic Design Apps - What The Font

WhatTheFont: Seen a great font, but don´t know what it is? Just snap it and WhatTheFont will identify it in seconds. WhatTheFont for iPhone connects to the MyFonts identification service, allowing you to find the name of that mystery font. It can also be used by iPod touch users who save images from apps as WhatTheFont, can then identify them from there.

7. CameraBag

Website : CameraBag

Graphic Design Apps - Camera Bag

CameraBag lets you enhance your photos using different camera and film simulations. So if you need to emulate a certain style or era, CameraBag is the app for you. Some of the cameras included are: Helga (toy camera with washed-out highlights), Cinema (dramatic and moody, with a widescreen aspect ratio), Fisheye and Mono.

8. The Typography Manual

Website : The Typography Manual

Graphic Design Apps - The Typography Manual

The Typography Manual features over 60 pages covering the history and basics of type, how to set text and how to utilise special characters. It also includes a calculator, font-sized ruler and glossary. It has all the information that you would normally find on a desktop reference book, all in your back pocket!

9. Credit Card Terminal

Website : Credit Card Terminal

Graphic Design Apps - Credit Card Terminal

This app allows users to get paid on the spot! The app is quite expensive but it´s worth it as you have the convenience of accepting major credit cards wherever you go. All you have to do is key in the customer´s credit card information, have them sign, and then you´re paid.

10. Oblique Strategies

Website : Oblique Strategies

Feeling a little overwhelmed and just can´t think? Oblique Strategies was a set of postcards published by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt in the ´70s. Each card contains a phrase or a suggestion to spur on creative thinking and get you through any deadlock situation.

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