Tracing Buddy: Drawing Grid 4+

Sketch guides tool

La Fáppbrica

Designed for iPad

    • 4.6 • 671 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Tracing Buddy is a drawing grid and anamorphic images creation tool.

Built for simplicity, Tracing Buddy allows you to easily transfer pictures to a drawing surface

Using the perspective distortion functionality, now you can enter the world of drawing illusions. First, apply the distortion to your images and then transfer them to a drawing surface with a grid

The app is optimized for both iPhone and iPad use, including Dark Mode support

Grid Features:
- Square divisions or choose the preferred aspect ratio
- Change color and transparency of grid lines
- Choose from four subdivision styles and change color and transparency as you wish
- Change the grid background color and the transparency of your image
- Change the scale and position of your image relative to the whole grid
- Save grid settings in projects

Image Features:
- Choose from a regular image, line art style, black & white values, or remove backgrounds with the person detection filter
-With the B&W and values filter you change your image to black & white, adjust shadows and highlights to you liking with the included tone curve and reduce the number of values in the picture to a more manageable amount. With the value selection tool you can inspect where values are placed in your image
- Use the person detection filter to remove the backgrounds of pictures with people in them, change to a transparent or solid color background instead

Anamorphic images:
- Add perspective distortion to your images choosing from two method: AR or using a picture
- In AR method let Tracing Buddy guide you through the whole process, you only need an iOS device equipped with AR capabilities
- If you need more control about the distortion, you can take a picture from your phone or with external camera and apply the distortion manually, for this method to be effective, you need to know the dimensions of the surface you want to transfer your picture to

Premium Features Add-on (either by subscription or lifetime purchase) required for:
- Ad removal
- Premium Image filters
- Multiple Project management
- PNG type export

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Terms of use

What’s New

Version 3.8

Bug fixes and performance improvements, compiled for the new iOS release

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
671 Ratings

671 Ratings

Bad Kitty ,

Great app for watercolor

This is an awesome app for pencil drawing for watercolor…and the price is awesome. I would actually pay a little more for the lifetime ($20?), but really appreciate that is affordable.

My favorite feature is the ability to tap of a square and isolate it for drawing. THIS IS AWESOME and sets the app apart from all the rest. I think my mind tries to fill in if I’m looking at the whole picture. For a long time I didn’t understand how to get back to the whole grid, so I thing a back arrow would be helpful. I finally figured out you just swipe.

I would like the ability to crop the photo inside the app so I don’t have to go into Photos and crop the original. That would be a great feature.

I do think getting a photo into the program and starting a new drawing is more difficult than it could be. Look at how Sketchbook and Procreate handle this with a gallery (and all other drawing programs). Maybe use icons instead of the words and plus sign…they run together and it’s hard to tap the right one on a phone. Maybe add a quick tutorial on that for now? I just wiped out a previous drawing by importing a photo over it.

That said, this is hands-down the best app out there.

RemoteChaos ,

Great app with so much potential!

Tracing buddy is exactly the app I needed for when I am using Procreate to draw on my ipad. I find it a lot easier to have the image separate from the Procreate app, but I also like having a grid overlay to help with image proportions and perspective.

Another thing I like about this app is the realistic pricing it offers, 2.99/year for a subscription or 4.99 for a lifetime unlock. I appreciate that it is not pricing me out of the pro option by being 2.99/week or something ridiculous like some other apps.

Finally, my suggestions that would improve my user experience would be:
1. The ability to rotate the image in the same way you zoom in, so you’d pinch out to Zoom in and rotate your fingers to adjust the image.
2. The ability to have a number overlay for the grid with the option to start the 0 in different positions. As you could drag the 0 along the vertical and horizontal side to adjust where the numbering starts - with it snapping to the center points.
3. The ability to set the grid size based on a specific measurement (e.g., inches, millimeters, centimeters, pixels, and points)

That’s what I have for now from spending about 30 minutes with the app!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your review!
Some of your suggestions are definitely in the backlog of changes, others I would like to discuss them more thoroughly. It would be great if you could reach at for a more in-depth discussion

lespaulgtr ,

Tracing Buddy App

I’ve been using the free version of this app for several months, and I am very pleased with it. I’m an artist and sometimes making a grid on the photo I’m drawing from, to keep everything in perspective, and the options this app has, work perfectly for that. The free version allows you to get the photo, lay a grid across it, you choose the size of the boxes in the grid. And you can change the colors of the lines of your grid, so that you can see it better. And it also allows you to mess around with Augmented Distortion, I don’t know how to use that, but I am very pleased with the other features I can use.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for this review!
You can always reach us at or via the settings screen if you have any questions or suggestions

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