Pro­cre­ate 4

New Go-To Pro­cre­ate is back with a new paint en­gine that make it a must-have app, says artist Chrissie Zullo

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If you have an iPad and Ap­ple Pen­cil, then it makes sense to pur­chase the lat­est ver­sion of this paint­ing app… or does it?

Pro­cre­ate’s changes feel ac­com­mo­dat­ing, and you’ll soon for­get whether they’d been there all along

Price £7.50 or free for ex­ist­ing users Com­pany Sav­age In­ter­ac­tive Web www.pro­cre­ate.art

Pro­cre­ate is a pow­er­ful dig­i­tal sketch­ing and paint­ing ap­pli­ca­tion cre­ated for the iPad, giv­ing am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional artists alike a cre­ative app that’s com­pa­ra­ble to high-end com­peti­tors. The new Sil­ica M paint­ing en­gine has been en­gi­neered specif­i­cally to utilise the power of the iPad and the sen­si­tiv­ity of the Ap­ple Pen­cil, giv­ing artists an in­cred­i­bly com­fort­able and re­spon­sive life-like draw­ing and paint­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Built for iOS 11, Pro­cre­ate 4 is back with a fa­mil­iar-but-new in­ter­face that ex­pands from pre­vi­ous ver­sions. The changes feel ac­com­mo­dat­ing, and you’ll soon for­get whether they’d been there all along. Most no­tice­ably dif­fer­ent is the Brush in­ter­face: brushes are now se­lected from a new or­gan­ised nav­i­ga­tion menu. There are also new brush cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions and blend­ing modes. For ex­am­ple, brushes can be set to Mul­ti­ply in­stead of open­ing a new Mul­ti­ply layer, and brush set­tings can be changed from Nor­mal to Glazed or Wet Mix mode for a dif­fer­ent paint­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Upload­ing new brushes has also never been eas­ier: sim­ply drag your brush files into the Pro­cre­ate app. In­deed, the app’s Drag and Drop fea­ture makes it es­pe­cially easy to pull other files too, such as sim­ply drag­ging an im­age from the web browser or a pal­ette from an email and drop­ping it into Pro­cre­ate, with­out hav­ing to save the file first.

The new wet paint fea­ture al­lows for mix­ing and blend­ing dif­fer­ent colours right on the can­vas, and the colours re­act in a re­al­is­tic man­ner. Choos­ing

colours has also been bet­ter or­gan­ised into tabs from the Color drop-down menu, with op­tions like choos­ing from a colour wheel, the clas­sic colour box, a value cal­cu­la­tor or a pal­ette menu.

The ad­just­ment op­tions have been en­hanced, and now choos­ing Color Bal­ance, for in­stance, will of­fer a more thor­ough and de­scrip­tive menu to keep you from guess­ing what range or colour is be­ing shifted and ad­justed. Layer op­tions have also ex­panded when sin­gle tap­ping an in­di­vid­ual layer, and most no­tice­able is the new Mask mode. This en­ables part of an im­age to be ad­justed with­out chang­ing its orig­i­nal source or shape.

Sketch­ing has also never felt more nat­u­ral, and us­ing meth­ods like tilt­ing the Ap­ple Pen­cil will cre­ate a soft, shad­ing ef­fect. This makes sketch­ing on the iPad a treat for many artists: its ac­ces­si­bil­ity and porta­bil­ity gives Pro­cre­ate a key ad­van­tage over other draw­ing pro­grams. The new P3 Wide Color op­tion in the file menu al­lows for the su­per sat­u­ra­tion of colours, but still no­tice­ably lack­ing is a CMYK colour mode.

Over­all, this is Pro­cre­ate’s big­gest over­haul yet, and fans of the app should feel more than happy with its many im­prove­ments, and new users should con­sider this a must-buy.

The re­designed Ad­just­ments menu en­ables you to eas­ily change com­plex colour modes. You can also now zoom in and out while tweak­ing things. The Gallery menu makes it straight­for­ward to man­age and or­gan­ise stacks of your art­work, and you can drag files to ex­port them to other pro­grams. New layer op­tions are also now avail­able, in­clud­ing Layer Mask and Al­pha Lock.

New brush blend modes can be ap­plied to any brush, en­abling you to Mul­ti­ply or Color Dodge paint on the same layer. Sketch­ing with the Ap­ple Pen­cil has never been eas­ier or felt more nat­u­ral, and Pro­cre­ate of­fers a good selec­tion of cus­tomis­able brushes.

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