Concepts is a flexible space to think, plan and create. Sketch plans on the infinite canvas, write notes and doodles with tilt + pressure, draw storyboards, product sketches and design plans, then share with friends, clients and other apps.

Concepts’ vector nature means every stroke is adjustable. Pens, pencils, watercolor… if you mess up, just fix it with the Nudge, Slice and Select tools.

Concepts is used by amazing people at Disney, Playstation, Philips, HP, Apple, Google, Unity and Illumination Entertainment to take ideas from concept to reality. Join us!

Concepts has:

• realistic pens and brushes that respond to pressure, tilt and velocity
• an infinite canvas with many paper types and grids
• a tool wheel or bar you can personalize with your favorite brushes and presets
• customize your gallery, canvas, tools, gestures, everything
• the beautiful COPIC color wheel
• editable vector-based sketching - move, organize, edit by tool, color, size, scale, smoothing, opacity; transform or nudge lines to shape them anytime
• drag+drop images right onto the canvas
• unlimited layers with adjustable opacity
• duplicate your work for easy iterations
• create, store and share vector object libraries synced across devices
• create your own expressive vector brushes
• shape guides, scale and measurement tools that calculate real-world dimensions
• export images + PDFs to scale, and single artboards for printing, portfolios, team + client feedback, and between apps (including AutoCAD and Adobe)
• share directly to email, text, Files, cloud, photos, your favorite social apps and present with AirPlay

"I use Concepts more than any other tool. I absolutely love it. The natural, fluid, vector-based workflow is so easy to use, but incredibly powerful. The technology never gets in the way of creativity. The fast and clean user experience makes it a joy to use.” - Yarrow Cheney, film director

"The Concepts app has not changed what I do, just transformed how I do it. It offers me the power, flexibility and adaptability of technology with all the sensitivity and immediacy of traditional hand drawing. In short, it is an app that I now cannot imagine being without, and the only time I\'ve experienced something that betters pen and paper.” - Ewen Miller, Calderpeel Architects

“I use it just for everything. Drawing, making notes, brainstorming, PDF markup, wireframing, design — EVERYTHING. And it delivers.” - natanaeldekross

Sketch FREE. Enjoy awesome tools, COPIC colors, five layers, our infinite canvas and JPG exports.

Pay-As-You-Go. Become powerful with Essentials and edit your strokes; unlock infinite layers, shape guides, measurement, Basic Shape objects, and create brushes; export PNG, PSD, SVG, DXF and CPT native file formats.

Subscribe to Concepts Everything and sketch freely with every feature, brush + object library we’ll ever make. Enjoy Team Sharing for smooth collaboration, including live-sharing of object libraries, color palettes and brushes.

If you opt to subscribe monthly or yearly, payment will charge to your iTunes Account at time of purchase. Your plan will renew automatically at the price shown above within 24 hours of billing period end unless turned off beforehand. You can cancel or make changes at any time in your iTunes Account settings. Unused portions of any free trial period are forfeit if you make changes to your subscription.

We’re dedicated to quality and update often. Your experience matters to us. Chat with us in-app via Ask Us Anything, email us at, or find us anywhere with @ConceptsApp.

COPIC is the trademark of Too Corporation. Many thanks to Lasse Pekkala and Osama Elfar for cover art!

What’s New

Version 5.4.11

Just a quick bug fix for those of you affected by the missing Export button. We found it and put it back where it should be. Sorry!

If you’d like to share your thoughts on Concepts, please get in touch via Ask Us Anything in-app or leave a nice five-star review on the App Store.

The Concepts Team @ TopHatch

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
761 Ratings

761 Ratings

felixrfelixr ,

Amazing with use of PHYSICAL ruler

This is an amazing sketching app. The speed and huge number of customisation & export options are a big plus. The pencil and marker tools look especially true to the real thing and "feel" great when drawing. The new version 4.5 updated the watercolour tool significantly and I think this might become my favourite colouring brush for my sketches. The current version 4.6 added a few really helpful settings that make the app even more productive.

My previous criticism was the lack of a in-app ruler similar to the real world (like Apples native Note app or Morpholio Trace have). I just really don't like the use of the shapes for architectural sketching when it comes to scale. However I recently discovered that once you set the scale within the app and zoom to 100% (the app catches key zooms) then the drawing is true to scale on the screen. I can now use a traditional physical scale ruler to draw and especially measure. In fact I use the same scale ruler I use for all my other paper sketching. This has made a huge impact and made the app just so much more useful.

I wish TopHatch would publish that on their manual and blog as I could not find this method anywhere and only discovered it by chance.

For Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects etc. this is truly the perfect app in my opinion. I highly recommend it when using it to scale with a physical ruler.

Mayghgshg76554 ,

Cleanest app I’ve found.

When after a seamless app for sketching, note taking and everything in between I found concept to be intuitive but also comprehensive. The infinite art board is amazing, always felt constraint with a set size - now I can go with the flow and edit later. The ease of importing and drag and drop is beautiful. After watching a few of the tutorial videos I feel all set. I also think the price is right so I’ve subscribed. I wish there were more brush options and I love the colour wheel but find myself sometimes wanting to make completely custom colours, but wouldn’t trade that for the ease of using vectors - which I’ve never liked using before Concepts. Changed my perspective. I wish there was a concepts for raster files - if there is let me know.

michael XAM 16 ,


Concepts pro not importing photos or camera pics,variable response to assist do thee need PDF adjust to halp this not clear in app dascription,;;;have read response,support site no msg maethod,q re PDF was do thee need PDF essentials pack to halp import,export photos,as is it pic with camera but not filed,as well gallery not able to imprt into workpiece,I shaell read the manual as we think it might be relartd ,is classroom edition incl this as X ref in app,may b eel to loading Cncpts pro 14,99,thanx looks greart otherwise thanx again,XAM,added PDF essentials still unresponsive,thanx,XAM. Since the above tried on 10,5 iPad Pro is ok,12 ipadpro still no import or camera despite supposed acs shaell reload,thanx,is versatile app thanx,XAM,I have now reloaded on 12,7 iPad Pro,now ok,thanx,this happens with 1/11 apps,thanx,kind regards,XAM

Developer Response ,

Updated: To contact support tap the ? in the top corner of the canvas or gallery, that gets you to the Help page, on the Help page, tap "Ask Us Anything", type a message and send it. Thanks! PDF is not require in order to import and export photos, that is a free feature.
Hi Michael, for the issue with imports, can you go to the iOS settings app, find Concepts, and check that it has permission to access your camera and photo library. It seems that with the iOS 11 these permissions sometimes got lost. On PDF I am not clear what your question is. If you contact our support team we'd be happy to help. Tap "Ask Us Anything" on the help page and send a message. Thanks.


TopHatch, Inc.
176.5 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© TopHatch, Inc.
In-App Purchases
  1. Essentials $22.99
  2. Everything Monthly $6.99
  3. PDF Essentials $7.99


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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