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.