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