10 Amazing Creative Mobile Apps You’ve Never Heard Of
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In a big sea of articles aimed at creative people, it’s hard to say what kind of tools, apps, and websites we haven’t covered. Wherever your creativity lies, we’ve found the sources that could help you develop your skills and use your talent.

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All Things Creative

We imagine that apps for creative people are invented by those who consider themselves a part of the same group. People whose minds are bursting with many creative ideas 10 Creative Ways to Use Your Old Smartphone 10 Creative Ways to Use Your Old Smartphone Why sell or throw away your old smartphone when there are so many ways for you to reuse it? Some of those reuses might be more creative than you thought. Here are some ideas. Read More on a daily basis. As a result, you and I get to enjoy all the new apps that make a creative person’s life easier.

All things mainstream aside, get ready to have your creative mind blown, as this time we’ve decided to cover apps that you most likely have never heard of. However, that doesn’t make them any less useful or interesting. In fact, sometimes it’s quite the opposite.

The apps we’ve put on this list either don’t assume any prior experience in a specific sphere, like music production, photography, and video editing, or are aimed at both novices and amateur users. So don’t be shy — go and explore new forms of art.

Music

1. Magic Piano

Platform — iOS, Android

Price — Freemium

What’s Cool — You don’t have to have a degree in music to become a Magic Piano composer. This easy to use app will help you fulfill your childhood dreams of becoming a piano player without actually having to study for it. Learn to play famous tunes on a virtual piano (there’s a catalog of pop and classical pieces you can play along to) or have fun creating your own songs.

2. Figure

figure app music

Platform — iOS

Price — Free

What’s Cool — If neither classical music nor pop hits do it for you, but you would still like to create your own music, give Figure a try. It’s perfect if you’re a techno lover and believe that beat is the most important part of a soundtrack. You can also create remixes, collaborate, and share your music pieces with other music makers. There’s even a handy function that exports your music to other music-making apps.

Photo and Video

3. Pablo

Platform — iOS, Android (Beta)

Price — Free

What’s Cool — Stop taking photos and learn to make magic with Pablo. With the help of this app, you can create long-exposure videos and light write photos in HD quality on your smartphone. More than that, unlike DSLR, you can see the content while you are capturing it when making a long-exposure video.

4. Everyday

Platform — iOS

Price — Free

What’s Cool — This app allows you to literally capture the cycle of life on your iPhone. Take a photo of yourself (your plant, cat, mom etc) every day, and let the app turn it into a movie about your life. You can get smart reminders on a daily basis to make sure you don’t miss your picture time.

5. Diptic

Platform — iOS, Android

Price — $0.99 plus in-app purchases

What’s Cool — Does picture editing also mean creating collages, slideshows, before-and-after photographic series to you? With this app, you get to choose from hundreds of different layouts, customized photo frames, filters, fonts and more. You can experiment with both your photos and videos, and then share them via email, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Flickr.

6. Vintagio

vintagio video app

Platform — iOS

Price — $3.99

What’s Cool — This stylish vintage video app will enable you to become a film director and add effects and professional touch ups to your videos. You can create a professional-looking video with the app or choose an existing video and turn it into a 1920s, 30s, 60s, 70s, or black and white film. There’s also an option to export your film and share it via email or across the social web.

7. Perfect Pic

Platform — iOS

Price — Free

What’s Cool — With Perfect Pic you can choose and save any photo file from any video you have on your iPhone. You can play your videos in different speed: real-time, slow, or slow-mo 11 Unbelievable Super Slow-Mo Videos (And How to Record Your Own) 11 Unbelievable Super Slow-Mo Videos (And How to Record Your Own) With slow motion footage, we can witness never-before-seen details in events that we usually take for granted. Here's how to make such videos yourself. Read More . Pause your video at any time, flip through the photos frame-by-frame and select a perfectly timed shot to save.

Art

8. Bamboo Paper

Platform — iOS, Android, Windows

Price — Freemium

What’s Cool — Bamboo Paper turns your device into a digital sketchbook. Use it to draw, write, or doodle in your free time. With plenty of writing and drawing tools, this app will suit creatives of all abilities. What your masterpiece is going to be like (an artwork or a diagram) is solely up to you. A pleasant bonus is an ability to share your creations on social networks straight from the app.

9. Loop

loop art app

Platform — iOS

Price — Free

What’s Cool — Ever thought of learning to make your own animation? Then you’ll find Loop most enjoyable. It lets you create hand-drawn animations as you watch your scribblings come to life. The menu and tool collection are rather simple, and you’ll get the hang of it in no time. You can also save your animations and share them on social media.

Creative Writing

10. Foldpass

foldpass art app

Platform — iOS

Price — Free

What’s Cool — Two phrases: “haiku” and “collaborative writing How Collaborative Writing Tools Make Your Life Easier How Collaborative Writing Tools Make Your Life Easier Thanks to the Internet, collaborating on a writing project should be a breeze. If you have ever co-produced one, you know this can be difficult. It shouldn't be with the right tool. Read More “. Intrigued? You should be. It doesn’t get more creative than getting together with a few other writers to create a short but meaningful poem. Or forget all about that and invite friends to have some fun with words. You can then add a picture to your haiku and share the results on social media.

Time to Get Creative

Now that you know about these non-mainstream apps you should be able to find one that will help you realize your artistic potential and create something meaningful or learn a new skill. Or maybe you’ll just use these apps to relax and have some fun in your free time.

There are, of course, many more creative apps out there that are worth discovering How Do You Discover New Apps? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Do You Discover New Apps? [MakeUseOf Poll] There's an app for everything these days. This is obviously a boon for all of us who own smartphones, but it makes discovering new apps difficult. Especially new apps actually worth installing. Read More . But before we accept the challenge and continue our research, we’d like to know your thoughts.

Do you enjoy discovering new apps or normally stick to those you’re already used to? How often do you use apps and tools that help aid your creativity? Are they a part of your professional life or just something you do in your spare time? Please, let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Davin Peterson
    May 18, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    You included too many iOS only apps and only a few Android. Please include more Android apps

    • Anya Zhukova
      May 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks, Davin!
      I'll make sure next piece on creative apps has more things for Android.

      • Dan Grimm
        May 19, 2017 at 12:54 pm

        Diptic for Android hasn't been updated since 2013 and has a 2.9? rating. The only mention of it on the company's website is in a chart of export sizes. Pretty safe to say they've abandoned that platform.