Saturday, 25 June 2016

Sketch, Draw and Paint with Procreate

Procreate is an advanced drawing app for the iPad, with many features such as layers and multiple colours.


Procreate is a drawing app for iOS. It has loads of features, such as different canvas sizes and tons of different brushes. It connects with 5 different bluetooth styluses, including Adonit Jot, Pencil by Fiftythree and the Apple Pencil. Of course, it also works with your standard rubber tip and carbon tip styluses, such as the Wacom Bamboo Solo 3.

Styluses compatible with Procreate
Procreate has a very simple layout; when you are drawing, there is not much to distract you. All the icons are simple and in a toolbar (which can be hidden) and the sliders on the left to change the size and opacity of the brush are extremely useful, as they are easy to use and you don’t need to navigate loads of menus.

Procreate’s ‘gallery’ screen is where you can see all your drawings. It’s very clean with no menus, and I like that a lot. When you swipe left on a drawing, you get the options to delete, duplicate or share.

Procreate offers a lot of preset canvas sizes, and also allows you to make your own custom size canvas. There is a limit to the size canvas you can make, and you can see them below:

  • iPad Pro 12.9" - 16384 x 4096, or 8192 x 8192
  • iPad Pro 9.7", iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 - 8192 x 4096
  • iPad Air 1, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 - 4096 x 4096
  • iPad 2, iPad mini 1 - 4096 x 2616

Procreate has over 120 different brushes, for pencils to watercolours. For each brush, there are even more settings. You can edit the following things below:
  • Stroke
  • Shape
  • Grain
  • Dynamics
  • Pencil (the pressure setting apply to any pressure sensitive stylus, whilst the tilt setting only applies for the Apple Pencil)
  • General
  • Source (you can edit the source of the shape and the grain source
In each of the brush settings, there are sliders that let you edit your brushes jitter, opacity and so much more. You can make the brush do anything you want, and also make custom brushes using source. There are 35 customisable settings for every brush

Moving the canvas is also easy with Procreate. You can zoom in and change the angle of the canvas, which is extremely useful, especially when you are doing details.

Another feature which is great is that you can watch how you made your art as Procreate records your strokes, and then you can re-watch them. It's pretty cool to see how you art came to life, and you can You can see an example below:

                           

Procreate also gives you effects, such as perspective blur, and Procreate is the only drawing tool with perspective blur available for iPad. It also gives you Gaussian and motion blurs, which can really make your drawing come to life. You can change the colour balance, and also see image curves.

Procreate also allows you to export your drawings as many different file types, and you can also save them as .psd files.

All in all, Procreate is the best drawing app I have used on the App Store. Procreate is available on the App Store at £4.49, and I would really recommend that you check it out.

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