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