Camera Lucida

Camera Lucida

By Peter Moeykens

  • Category: Education
  • Release Date: 2010-03-20
  • Current Version: 8.0.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 16.52 MB
  • Developer: Peter Moeykens
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS 7.0
Score: 4.5
From 148 Ratings


"In love with drawing again!" Our Camera Lucida application can make an artist out of anyone! Although there are hundreds of apps that allow you to draw on your screen, Camera Lucida is different. It's the best app specifically designed to assist you in creating art with traditional materials such as pen and paper, charcoal or paints. With Camera Lucida, you don't draw on the screen, you draw on paper! For over a century, artists have made use of the camera lucida optical device to superimpose a live view of their subject onto their drawing or painting surface. Essentially allowing the artist to trace what they see in front of them, the camera lucida is an invaluable aid in creating a lifelike and realistic drawing. With our Camera Lucida iPhone/iPad application, artists and non-artists alike can now draw anything they can take a photo of. Our application will superimpose your image of choice with a live view of your drawing surface. When looking at your screen, you'll be able to simultaneously see the image you want to draw as well as your drawing surface as you create your work of art. Our Camera Lucida application allows you to choose any image stored on your device. It even allows you to specify the amount of transparency between the live view and the image you're drawing. Additionally, Camera Lucida has image processing filters that can be used to simplify the drawing process further. Functions such as posterizing, color reduction, comic book effects, edge detection, etc. help tremendously for guiding your hand while producing your next masterpiece. To use our application, you just place your iphone between your drawing surface and your eyes and trace what you see on the screen! A ton of fun for artists young or old, amateur or professional, the Camera Lucida app makes a great addition to any artist's toolbox. IMPORTANT: To use Camera Lucida, you need to fix your iPhone or iPad in place above your drawing. We use a stack of books or a flower vase to do this. See for demos, etc. Splash art by Carolyn Hall Young



  • Perfect for artists!

    By KelliMichelle00714
    I'm so excited about this's a wonderful tool for any artist, no matter your skill level. It's a modern day version of an antiquated invention used by the old masters like Michelangelo and Vermeer to create beautiful art with ease. You will not regret this purchase!
  • Great app for art!

    By dcurrin
    Have enjoyed spending less time sketching and more time painting since I found this app! Awesome customer support, too! Thanks for your hard work and time, Peter!
  • Phenomenal App

    By SdaleAk
    If you’re an artist this app will certainly make translating your visions to Canvas so much easier The developer has thought of .everything . This is in my mind the must have app for artists at every skill level !
  • Very useful for art creation

    By Boolian Logically
    I do both watercolor painting and relief printing. This app is very useful in getting the image to the paper or directly to the Lino or woodblock. One can do a simple outline or even just indicate points accurately to later be completed by brush or by cutting the plate. It can easily be used to create a complete drawing though this Is not how I use it. It is a very versatile tool with many applications.
  • Wonderful

    By Gloe Worm
    Great drawing aid. Worth every penny! Wonderful customer support also. Join their FB page for tips.
  • Fabulous Artist App!

    By Hutch376
    Ever since I purchased the Camera Lucida app four years ago, I have been using it to make pencil drawings onto my painting surface before painting from a digital photograph - no more transfer paper, no more inkjet printer! I've probably saved hundreds of dollars not buying ink. While I am painting, I turn on the posterize feature and refer to it in order to guide my color/value choices - the app helps A LOT to identify the light and dark areas of the photograph. It's also great to zoom in on details, like eyes, and draw them accurately. For most paintings, after making the initial drawing, I do not attempt to paint while looking through the app/ipad - just have it next to me as a reference. Sometimes, however, I do the whole painting using the app, and skip the pencil drawing altogether, especially if I am using pastels. There is a Facebook group for Camera Lucida users, and I've learned a lot of tricks there, including ideas on how to build a stand to support the iPad. I love this app!
  • This is fun app

    By badzny5
    If you how to trace, you can use this app and create art.
  • Incredible App for Art

    By Mary (Mearced)
    I Love this app so much that I switched from a droid to an iPhone just so I could use it! This app is so invaluable to my art business as it helps me to accomplish so much more so much faster rather than having to painstakingly sketch out things constantly. I still have to sketch sometimes on the fly and a life situation but this saves me a lot of time in the studio. It can be used for so many different applications! And a major plus is the support available. Peter the developer is extremely prompt in replying to any questions or concerns with the app.
  • Thank you, Gibbs Studios

    By Xidena
    I've had this app maybe an hour but I'm already absolutely in love with it. It does everything I'd want it to, yet it's very easy to use. So glad I took the chance to buy it! And this review is completely voluntary, by the way. The app didn't even ask me to rate it.
  • Impressed. Perfect for cookie decorators

    By Brandyjjjjj
    I'm not a techie. Not even remotely. So, when I had a question I emailed the developer, Pete. I've never had such awesome customer service and response from an app before. Super helpful and friendly. So nice to see this in today's world. He helped me out and now I'm off to use this app for making cookies. I didn't want to invest in bulky, expensive equipment. Now, why would I?? This is perfect for projecting (or overlaying) the image and tracing it on to my cookie. I'll definitely be passing this app along. Thanks Pete!!