PROCREATE

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AMAZ­ING ART APP GETS EVEN MORE SHINE. $14.99 | procreate.art Procreate was one of the first apps to take full creative ad­van­tage of the iPad, and this fourth ver­sion con­firms it’s still ahead of its ri­vals. It’s aimed squarely at artists — dab­blers and pros — both for fin­ished art­work and vi­su­al­i­sa­tion, where a scene or char­ac­ter is roughed out. This is a big update, with changes both above and be­low the sur­face. The in­ter­face is more stream­lined than ever, with ev­ery­thing clearly and log­i­cally laid out in drop-down pan­els ac­cessed from the top tool­bar, mak­ing it easy to switch colours and brushes. The de­vel­op­ers have also made clever use of ges­tures, so you can find ex­tra set­tings with a swipe. You can undo with a two-fin­ger tap, or hold your fin­gers down to wind back as many steps as you want, but there’s no way to edit in­di­vid­ual strokes or ef­fects later, or change the res­o­lu­tion of a can­vas. Still, this suits the app’s painterly ap­proach, which is en­hanced by a new set of wet paint­ing brushes. These feel real and in­ter­act sat­is­fy­ingly with colours on the can­vas. There’s also a Smudge mode. An iPad Pro with Ap­ple’s Pen­cil is the ideal setup: both pres­sure and tilt are sup­ported, and you get de­tailed con­trol over how brushes re­spond. Many Pogo, Jot and Wa­com ac­tive sty­luses are sup­ported, too. In­evitably, you see some lag on slower iPads.

Procreate is a se­ri­ous creative tool. At $14.99 all-in, with no in-app pur­chases re­quired, it’s great value.

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