Rating Procreate - 4 out of 5 - Good Rating 4.0

  • iPad
  • Paid
  • age 12+
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About Procreate

Procreate is a graphic designing app that provides creative professionals with tools to design digital sketches, paintings, and illustrations on an iPad. 

Procreate Review

Procreate is a powerful digital sketching and painting app designed specifically for the iPad. Procreate is a popular app that’s made for professional creatives to sketch, paint and edit with a robust collection of tools. It responds to touch and pressure with the Apple Pencil for detailed work. The Procreate app includes an impressive suite of tools for creating art and animation, making the app well worth the price. The app supports Apple Pencil and iCloud Drive, and it records each brushstroke as you work, so sharing your work by video is seamless.

Procreate is an award-winning illustration, sketching, and painting app made exclusively for iPad. Procreate is a fully-featured art creation app chock-full of professional-grade features. You can import brushes or create your own and edit everything from texture to flow dynamics and pressure curves.

Help for Procreate is available through an in-app quick start guide, as well as a detailed handbook you can download from within the app. Like Adobe Photoshop, Procreate's selection tool allows you to outline areas of your drawing for editing without affecting the whole canvas.

Benefits of Using Procreate

Procreate makes it easy to organize your artwork in a gallery format familiar to Photoshop users; import files from other devices and locations; use hand gestures to zoom in and out of your artwork and undo changes to work. You can also perform professional-level compositing and adjustment of layers and generally create and develop your artwork at a speed that can keep up with your imagination.

Is Procreate app free?

Procreate is $9.99 to download. There’s no subscription or renewal fee. You pay for the app once and that’s it. The top reason that some designers might make the switch from Photoshop to Procreate is the price.

Is Procreate only for iPad?

Procreate is available only for iPad devices. Procreate is not available for Android or iPhone.

Is Procreate free for iPad?

Procreate is not free for iPad. Procreate is only $9.99 for lifetime access. No monthly subscription, add-ons, or hidden fees. You can buy additional brushes to use with Procreate, but you can use the entire app to its full capabilities with this one purchase.

How to Use Procreate

To use Procreate, you’ll need either an iPad or an iPhone. Procreate Pocket version is now available on the iPhone. It’s nice for quick sketches. The iPad version is preferred for professional work. Procreate also works quite smoothly on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil. The tool includes a sleek interface and is a game changer when it comes to online drawing apps. It includes 64-bit color, customizable brushes, incredible canvas resolutions, a nice layer system, and cinema-style effects.

Procreate has a very clean and minimalist interface. And it’s much easier to learn than most other drawing apps, even if you’re completely new to digital painting.
There are various buttons to choose from, but here’s a general breakdown of the functionalities:
  • Image: Allows you to insert a file or photo, along with commands to cut, copy, and paste.
  • Canvas: Gives you options to insert drawing guides, flip the canvas, and provide canvas information.
  • Share: Provides export options such as a Procreate file, PSD, PDF, JPEG, PNG, and TIFF.
  • Video: Shows time-lapse recording features to screen-record your drawing sessions.
  • Prefs: Displays preferences in regards to canvas interface and cursor settings. Allows you to edit Gesture Controls to alter finger commands for specific tools. If using a third-party stylus, connect it to Procreate in this tab.
Procreate Brush Menu
The Brushes menu is inarguably one of the best aspects of Procreate. Select the paint brush icon at the top of the program to open the brush library. There are tons of default brushes at your finger tips, from pencils to textured brushes.
How to Use Layers in Procreate
Procreate’s Layers menu is similar to Adobe Photoshop’s. You can easily add, duplicate, delete, merge, or rearrange the order of your layers with simple swipes. Similar to Photoshop’s layer modes, Procreate contains blend modes within the Layers tab. Access these within the Layers menu by clicking the letter next to the check box on an individual layer.
Color Options in Procreate
There are various ways to alter colors within the Procreate app; you can browse through hues within the Disc, Classic, Value, and Palettes tabs.

Procreate vs Sketchbook: Which is better?

While Procreate offers advanced tools and features, Sketchbook focuses on providing the basic tools that you need to capture your ideas and transform your sketch into the piece of art you desire.

This overview covers the basics of the Procreate app, but as you can imagine there are thousands of ways to make this powerful application work for you. Procreate is a stellar tool packed with features that creatives will surely appreciate. It’s better than the iPad versions of Adobe apps but is truly a tablet-based tool. If that’s your preferred method to work, Procreate could actually replace some other tools and applications based on how you use them.

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