Procreate – Sketch, paint, create.
By Savage Interactive Pty Ltd
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Apple Design Award Winner 2013
Procreate is the most powerful and intuitive digital illustration App available for iPad. It’s packed with features artists love, from true-to-life sets of pencils, inks and brushes, through to advanced layer compositing, 64-bit performance and unique digital tools. And it isn’t just iPad friendly – it’s an iPad exclusive.
Creatives are embracing Procreate for it’s deadly combination of intuitive design, raw processing power and innate understanding of the artistic process allowing them to work with a world of familiar techniques alongside the limitless potential of the digital medium.
Procreate now includes game-changing GPU accelerated filters and adjustments, offering a whole new dimension of expression. Artists can now apply colour adjustments, gaussian blur, sharpen – and more – all in real time.
The list of technical features that have gone into Procreate 2 is impressive, and includes:
• Studio-grade features:
- 64-bit optimised for iPad Air & iPad Mini 2
- Ultra-High Definition 4K Canvas size
- up to 4096 x 4096px (16.7 MP) for iPad 3+
- up to 4096 x 2616px (10.7 MP) for iPad 2/Mini
- Create custom canvas sizes
- OpenGL painting engine – Silica
- 64-bit smudge sampling
- 64-bit color
- Deliciously responsive smudge tool
- Multi-threaded, utilises iPad’s multiple cores
- 250 levels of undo and redo
- Continuous auto-save—never lose work again
- Dropbox integration everywhere
• Beautiful interface designed for iOS 7:
- Charcoal, translucent and blurred interface keeps you focused on your artwork
- Advanced Multitouch functionally built exclusively for iPad®
- Rapidly adjust the brush size & opacity on the fly
• Next generation drawing tools:
- Packed with 120 beautifully made brushes
- Game changing dual texture system
- 30 customisable settings for every brush
- Create your own custom Procreate brushes
- Organise your brushes into your own custom sets
- Share your brushes
• Advanced layering system:
- Dynamic layers–up to 128 layers, depending on size of canvas.
- Lock layer transparency (Alpha lock)
- Copy and paste layers from/to clipboard
- Pinch layers together to merge
- Pinch layers apart to create a new layer
- Swipe a layer to the right to action
- Swipe a layer to the left to alpha lock
- Two finger tap to adjust layer opacity
- 18 Layer Blend modes
- Distort perspective & shear
- Non Uniform & Uniform transformation
- Magnetic smart guide system
• Multi-touch gestures:
- Two finger zoom & rotate canvas
- Three finger tap fullscreen
- 3 finger Z-motion – Instant clear layer
- Quick-pinch shortcut for fit-to-screen
- Three finger swipe (left/right) for undo/redo
- Tap and hold eyedropper shortcut
- Pinch layers together to merge
- Pinch layers apart to create a layer
- Fullscreen adjust layer opacity
- Change artwork orientation
• Redesigned Gallery:
- Drag & drop organising
- Create artwork groups and name them
- Export to Photos, iTunes, Twitter, Dropbox, Facebook, Weibo and email
- Export as layered native Procreate file, PSD, transparent PNG or JPEG
• Multi-touch selection tool:
- Hybrid Freehand & Polygon selection tool
- Add or inverse selection
• GPU accelerated filters:
- Gaussian Blur
- Hue, Saturation, brightness
- Color Balance
• 1080p video capture:
- Record every stroke in realtime, without delay
- Export HD video files to anyone
- Video management options
What's New in Version 2.0.2
• Fixed issue with strokes missing first segment.
• Small bug fixes and small improvements
• Included latest Pogo Connect SDK
• Fixed pressure data issues for Jot Touch
Best app for painting
Let's get the negatives out of the way. Yes, it sometimes crashes (can you name an app that doesn't), fiddly and limited if you're a desktop Photoshop user. But do you expect a desktop Adobe CC in an iPad?! Most of us designers or hobbyists aren't going to create another Morgan Freeman on this, but we're gonna to try to design the next best thing. This is by far better than any freehand paint app in iTunes if you want to create non professional work and save it as PSD or any other format.
The idea behind it is brush tools being based on shape and grain, and you can adjust almost any elements of it. Also, it has some important tools, such us (in Photoshop language) magic wand, selection of some blend options, adjustment layers (although in this you adjust the layer itself instead of creating an adjustment layer), erase, smudge, etc. Get the idea? - Painting.
I highly recommend it for those that have creative ideas flowing all the time and love expressing themselves on a canvas, but not for novices. I wouldn't use it for mere sketching; Paper53 and Bamboo Paper are optimal for sketching.
The 'closest to perfect' drawing app there is
While I absolutely love the app - to the point it is what I use my iPad mini for most - I have to admit an incredible annoyance at the frequency with which it crashes.
The crashes aren’t just annoying (which they are) but they ‘cook in’ all previous steps of your illustration, so you lose your “undo” options which has on several occasions has left me with an unworkable image as I’d been testing brush~ or colour options. At times I find I can’t export the final image as a PSD to finalise in Painter or Photoshop as the image crashes at each attempt, meaning the image has to be exported as a limited flat JPG.
I have found some degree of success by restarting the iPad several times when working for prolonged periods.
With that rant out of the way, the interface is simple & intuitive, the brushes and tools realistic & fluid and on the whole the package very professional. So very close...
I used to draw and paint a lot when I was younger but stopped for some reason. I have always liked the idea of digital painting (no mess, no fuss and portable) but never gave it a go until now. Having doing a bit of research I decided to give procreate a go and wow am I in love! It's fast, the interface is sleek and easy to navigate, there is no steep learning curve and it has a large range of brushes which you are also able to customise if you wish. Once you have finished your painting Procreate makes it really easy to export and share your art and I particularly like that you can export it as a PSD.I was thrilled with the end result of my first attempt and am now planning my next project. I noticed other reviewers complaining that it crashes, I have an iPad 4/retina and it hasn't crashed once yet.