Hello, it’s about time I share with you my take on my Procreate App Review. This digital drawing app is a powerful sketching and drawing software that is specially designed for the Apple product known as the iPad. The intuitive Procreate program offers a friendly user interface with multiple functions, features, and tools that bring an amazing drawing experience for professional artists and beginners.
Procreate iPad App
It was the year 2017 when I received my gift of an iPad Pro. I discovered the iPad drawing app for creating illustrative artwork and design. I could not look back to just painting on canvas anymore. I fell in love with the transportable and paperless way of creating digital artwork on the go.
I purchased the Procreate App for just $9.99 a one-time fee on the Apple App Store. This is done within my iPad Pro and I find it convenient. What I really like about the one-time fee is that I no longer need to pay monthly subscriptions to Adobe Photoshop and I can save more money this way, while growing my digital illustration skills.
With powerful backup support and colorful layers, you get hundreds of brush sets, presets, abstract tools, and pencils. You can unleash the inner artist in you. Besides awesome preinstalled Procreate brushes, you can create and import your customized brushes, even share them if you like. The drawing app supports iCloud Drive and the Apple Pencil.
An awesome feature is that your work is automatically recorded and put into video with the option to create cool animated gifs to share. Here is a short Procreate App Review that I put together. It is what I use regularly to create my fun illustrations. But I want to help you decide if this popular iPad drawing app is worth buying or not for you.
Procreate User Interface and Performance
From my experience, this drawing app has a simple friendly user interface. Besides its array of features, a notable thing about this application is how responsive, fluid, and easy it is to draw with. This is due to the high-end performance and well thought out design of the user interface.
Unlike other painting and sketching apps, this one eliminates the stroke lag. This means absolutely zero lag. This being that it is quite responsive and especially if you want to work with the smudging tool for blending in the colors.
For more on precision and beauty, you can switch-on the streamlined feature to automatically set your strokes at the right place whenever you draw.
Another good thing about the Procreate app is when you rotate the iPad device the canvas stays intact while the user interface, tools, and icons rotate to your oriented position. I find this convenient.
Just like popular Adobe Photoshop, this app offers you digital drawing tools that you can outline selected areas of your drawing that you want to edit without affecting the whole drawing on canvas.
Procreate Brush and Layers
Hundreds of Procreate brushes are being used by professional artists or iPad users. Here is a list of default pressure-sensitive digital brushes that come with this app. You get over 50 customizable settings for every category. What I really like about this is, the ability to create and import or export your very own custom brushes and sets.
To create your brushes, you would need to import snapshots of brush texture images in different shapes, textures, sizes, and attributes.
When it comes to layers in the Procreate program, it provides the users with great flexibility of locking and merging with a blending mode. The advanced layering system with the high speed of Silica M 64-bit painting engine is great. But keep in mind the bigger your canvas size, for instance, 7000 x 7000 px, the fewer layers you will have to work within the App. You can merge-down, and or combine-down layers to add-on more layers.
Procreate and Third-Party Devices
The Procreate drawing app only supports Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro for azimuth tilt, accumulation, and flow configurations. If you have a different iPad, you can use these other pressure-sensitive stylus pens:
- Jot Script, Jot Script 2, Jot Touch Pixelpoint, Adonit Jot 4.
- 10OneDesign’s Pogo Connect 1 and 2.
- FiftyThree Pencil.
- Bamboo Fineline 1 and 2.
- Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 1 and 2.
Features and Tools of Procreate Drawing App
Her is a list of tools and features of the Procreate art program:
- Time-Lapse Recording
Automatically records all your work in real-time. Saving all your brushstrokes, every move that you make on your canvas. You can go back and review and improve on your artwork. You can even convert your time-lapse recording or video into animated gifs to share.
Works with PDF, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and PSD files. You can even import and export your incomplete work and continue to work on your PC easily without trouble. It is helpful while preparing your graphics for printing.
The image option allows you to insert any image or file along with commands like cut, copy, and or paste.
This tool displays user preferences with respect to your canvas settings and your configurations. In collaborations with the cursor settings, this app allows you to edit Gesture controls for specific touch actions for finger control. Even when using a third-party stylus, you can connect it to Procreate using this tool.
Here are a few amazing shortcuts to help ease your editing process:
- Undo: The undo shortcut, is quickly done using two-fingers.
- Redo: With just 3 fingers, you can redo your previous action.
- Cut, Paste, and Copy: You can use 3 fingers to slide these options to your screen or canvas.
- Zoom: You can use only 2 fingers simultaneously and pinch towards the screen to zoom out and zoom in. Move your finger in a circular motion on the screen to rotate your canvas.
- Eyedropper Tool: The eyedropper tool can find colors quickly in the canvas or from an image.
- Draw Straight Line: This helps to set a line of 15 centimeters.
- Draw smoother circles.
- Erase Layer Components: With just 3 fingers, you can erase the components of the layer that you have chosen.
Here are some advantages:
- Highly responsive with zero stroke lag
- Exclusive blur
- Motion and Gaussian blur
- Brightness, saturation, and hue settings available
- 64-bit color
- 128 brushes available, each with different settings
- Work saves automatically
- Right-handed and Left-handed both options available
- It supports large canvases
- 250 various levels of undo and redo
- The time-lapse recording feature is built in.
Here are a few disadvantages:
- You cannot create masks easily. You must paint the selected areas.
- There are no vectors in the Procreate art program.
- You cannot adjust the color and layers adjustments for your whole canvas at once.
- There are many hidden tricks to draw faster.
My Final Verdict on Procreate App
What I like was the overall one-time price of just $9.99 for Procreate. It did not take me long to do simple doodling, drawing, and sketching. It is very intuitive for Adobe users and for professional artists to draw some marvelous illustrations.
However, it takes some time and patience to really learn about the Procreate app, its brushes, settings, limitations, advantages, and hidden tricks. You can learn more here at: Procreate Art.
Here is another post that you might be interested in reading. You can watch a time-lapse video of me “Working in iPad Pro, Procreate Art, Unicorn Hugo“.
That’s it for now, for this Procreate app Review. I hope this help’s in some way, to help you decide on whether to purchase this drawing app.
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