Pro­cre­ate Pocket

POW­ER­FUL, POR­TA­BLE, PAINT STU­DIO.

TechLife Australia - - DISCOVER - [ CLIFF JOSEPH ]

$7.99 | pro­cre­ate.art

PRO­CRE­ATE POCKET HAS long been con­sid­ered one of the best paint­ing and sketch­ing apps for the iPhone, but it’s been a cou­ple of years since its last up­date, so ver­sion 2.0 has been long awaited. It’s a ma­jor up­grade, too, with a new graph­ics en­gine that uses Ap­ple’s Metal soft­ware to im­prove per­for­mance. The app ran very smoothly on an iPhone 7, han­dling a va­ri­ety of com­plex brush styles and ef­fects without any hint of de­lay, so you can ex­per­i­ment to your heart’s con­tent when in­spi­ra­tion hits you. Ver­sion 2.0 doesn’t work with Ap­ple Pen­cil — that op­tion’s only avail­able on the more ex­pen­sive iPad ver­sion of Pro­cre­ate — but it does sup­port 3D Touch on re­cent iPhones, which pro­vides a de­gree of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity when you’re paint­ing with a fin­ger or sty­lus. And as with pre­vi­ous ver­sions, you still have the free­dom to mod­ify brush styles, chang­ing set­tings such as the shape, size and opac­ity of the brush strokes, and to use lay­ers to sep­a­rate dif­fer­ent el­e­ments within your art­work.

These com­plex set­tings might be daunt­ing for novice artists, but the pro­gram does pro­vide some help for peo­ple who just want to draw a few quick sketches. Sim­ply tap on the tabs at the side of the screen and you can quickly ad­just the size and opac­ity of the brush. There are also some sim­ple fil­ter ef­fects, such as Gaus­sian Blur, Sharpen and Noise, which can be ap­plied with a quick swipe of your fin­ger.

The app’s time-lapse fea­tures have been im­proved as well, with the op­tion of cre­at­ing a 30-sec­ond video to show off your art­work on so­cial me­dia, while pro­fes­sional users gain the abil­ity to ex­port videos in full 4K res­o­lu­tion.

But this is where Ver­sion 2.0 re­veals a few rough edges. The app’s in­ter­face still seems to be a work in progress, and we had trou­ble lo­cat­ing some fea­tures be­cause the illustrations in the man­ual dif­fered from the ac­tual app. The man­ual also ig­nores some fea­tures al­to­gether (in­clud­ing the time-lapse op­tion), so the de­vel­op­ers could do more to in­tro­duce new­bies to the app’s key fea­tures. It’s worth per­se­ver­ing, though, since Pro­cre­ate Pocket pro­vides a pow­er­ful and ver­sa­tile ar­ray of paint­ing fea­tures for those on iOS.

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