Astropad is a relatively inexpensive application that enables users to transform their iPad into a graphics tablet–similar to Wacom’s $800+ Cintiq. Designed for programs like Photoshop, Astropad allows you to display and interact with content on your Mac, in real time, via Wi-Fi or USB, using your finger or a stylus. Those with a more expensive Bluetooth stylus can take advantage of its palm rejection feature which prevents accidental marking. Although there is also an iPhone version, the iPad’s larger screen makes for a more enjoyable experience.

I traced Astropad’s logo, and added text, in Photoshop.



  • Illustrating
  • Sketching
  • Painting
  • Photo editing

Application(s): iOS Apps

Platform(s): iPad: iOS 8.0+  |  iPhone: iOS 8.2+  |  Mac: iOS 10.9+ (Mac required)

Price: $4.99 – iPhone  |  $19.99 – iPad  (Introductory pricing)

Tutorial:  How to Setup Astropad

Overall Rating

Price3stars  Ease of Use  Features3stars