Mental Canvas Draw 4+

Drawing in a New Dimension

Mental Canvas

    • 3.2 • 379 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Mental Canvas re-imagines drawing for the digital age by augmenting it with spatial strokes, 3D navigation, and animations — all drawn with the ease of pencil and paper.

Pick up where pen and paper leave off with Mental Canvas Draw. Creatives are using Mental Canvas Draw every day to explore ideas, communicate concepts, design products and tell stories.

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Optimized for Apple Pencil and the Apple iPad Pro.

Mental Canvas Draw supports iPad Pro (all except 1st gen), iPad (7th gen or later), iPad Air (3rd gen or later), iPad Mini (5th gen). Please note older iPads aren’t supported.


Infinite space for your creative freedom:
• Draw on infinite canvases arranged in space
• Freely navigate the spatial drawing to view perspectives you never could on paper
• Unlimited canvases, layers and bookmark views

Draw with the ease of pen and paper:
• Get started with templates or create scenes from scratch
• Choose from several brushes with adjustable sizes and a fill tool
• Select color swatches or custom colors
• Use layers to organize the drawings, group strokes and adjust opacity

Easy editing & image import:
• Import jpegs and pngs to seamlessly collage images and drawings together or create entirely image-based scenes
• Full editing capabilities: select, duplicate, edit and transform drawings and images

Quickly create animated flythroughs:
• Save bookmark views throughout the spatial drawing to create a flythrough
• Customize the flythrough animation by adjusting the timing, transitions and visibility of canvases

Transform and develop spatial drawings with projection:
• Seamlessly place new canvases in the scene
• Reinterpret existing strokes using the novel projection tools

Share your creations:
• Export video of animated flythrough with choice of aspect ratio and resolution
• Save high resolution images of bookmarks

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What’s New

Version 1.0.24910

Finger draw mode
Share screenshot UI improvements
Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
379 Ratings

379 Ratings

Cacomyxl ,

Almost useful

I hope to see an upgraded version that allows you to create 3D objects to put into your 3D landscape, and offers greater more editing capability. Mental Canvas has a lot of constraints that tend to limit the type of pieces you can create with it. While there are plenty of fun, creative things to do within this stylized 2D/3D hybrid, it doesn’t meet my needs and I don’t think it would be that much harder to make it versatile enough to be much more generally useful. Unless I am missing something, it doesn’t seem to be possible to edit anything once you have projected it off of the plane. Also there is only very limited capability to rotate objects off the plane using the hinge tool. Once they are rotated or projected objects positions can’t be adjusted. If there is a cut/copy/paste method, it is not intuitive. Taken together, these limitation make for a frustrating experience.

Jasand P ,

Hands down the most innovative app I've downloaded in years

I tend to get excited about new apps that might make me more productive or help with art and creativity. Nine times out of ten, I have found these apps to repeat what other apps do – they're just shinier, with a better UI and not much else. They don't do anything different. So they collect dust and eventually end up getting uninstalled.

I came across a user demoing Mental Canvas via TikTok and instantly knew I had to download the app to my iPad and try it myself. Within fifteen minutes of installation, I had my first drawing consisting of multiple canvases in 3D. Mental canvas makes 2D art have depth in ways I've never seen before. The best part is, I didn't have to learn 3D modeling to do this. Mental Canvas also provided on-screen video tutorials and provided example scenes to learn and get up and running quickly.

It's been a day, and I'm already addicted to making new art in Mental Canvas. I doubt I'll ever let this collect dust. I could see myself using this as a replacement or addition to work done in Procreate. My mind has been exploding with new ideas of what I could do in the future, and I can't wait to get started on my next piece.

Elykahn ,

Incredibly Powerful & Expansive

To say this app allows you to “go outside the box” doesn’t even begin to express how powerfully it expands your abilities. Unlike any other tool I’ve ever seen or used Mental Canvas makes infinite canvases for drawing(acknowledging that you’re drawing on a 2D screen) which can each be positioned at any angle, distance, relation to the other layers/canvases and then travel through your creation by saving particular perspectives/positions and zooming from one to the next as though you were hovering in 3D space. The drawing tools are relatively basic/simple, probably for the best 90% of the time but I would like to see SVG imports and basic vector type integration. Otherwise the limits are imaginary.

Well, and cost. I’m generally happy to pay for well-made apps rather than be advertised to or having my data sold to fund the development, but I’ve had a difficult time justifying the ROI for this one. I want it to keep up to date and progress, I love to use it from time to time but I haven’t quite cracked how to make it worth the paid investment.

App Privacy

The developer, Mental Canvas, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Diagnostics

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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