Pro­cre­ate

The small iPad app with the big artis­tic brain, that’s de­signed for rapid-fire cre­ativ­ity on the fly

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Ver­sion 3.2 en­ables you to im­port PSDs and keep their lay­ers and blend modes

For those who haven’t tried this art app, you’re in for a treat! This may be an iPadonly prod­uct, but there’s re­ally noth­ing diminu­tive about it other than the ask­ing price. And with the lat­est ver­sion, the app just got a lot more pow­er­ful.

First of all, there’s the in­ter­face. It took the team be­hind Pro­cre­ate a year and a half of de­sign work to ar­rive at what you see when you fire it up, and it was time well spent. A set of pow­er­ful multi-touch ges­tures drive com­mon tasks, making the cre­ative process un­like any­thing else. The two-fin­ger-tap to Undo is a good ex­am­ple. The de­vel­op­ers de­signed this ges­ture so artists don’t need to travel to a but­ton or use a key command – in­stead, they just tap the screen with two fin­gers.

Pro­cre­ate ships with 128 brushes, which are all cus­tomis­able. They range from tra­di­tional me­dia to spray paints and the hum­ble Round brush. With pro­fes­sional artists in mind, ver­sion 3.2 en­ables you to im­port Pho­to­shop doc­u­ments and keep their lay­ers and blend modes, and now you can achieve more with lay­ers: speed­ier layer se­lec­tion and al­ter­ation means more cre­ative pos­si­bil­i­ties. You can also record and play back all that cre­ativ­ity with the new video ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“It’s an app that can def­i­nitely com­pete with any ad­vanced desk­top pro­gram” says artist

Chrissie Zullo. “It has ev­ery­thing you need as a dig­i­tal artist, in a sim­pli­fied in­ter­face, and the way it works with the Ap­ple Pen­cil is the most ‘re­al­is­tic’ dig­i­tal draw­ing ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve ever had.”

This is no happy ac­ci­dent. Speed and per­for­mance are the ad­van­tages of specif­i­cally de­vel­op­ing for the iPad, and if you’re us­ing Ap­ple Pen­cil on iPad Pro, it’s taken to an en­tirely dif­fer­ent level. All of which just got silly! Imag­ineFX has seen a beta of Pro­cre­ate 3.3’s Metal En­gine in ac­tion (out soon), and things move four times faster than be­fore. Stand­outs are a more ac­cu­rate Smudg­ing tool and ad­vanced water­colour paints.

Pro­cre­ate is per­fect for art on the move, out­side or in a cof­fee shop – all for the price of a nice sand­wich!

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