Procreate 5 for iPadOS is out with a powerful roster of latest options. The replace by Savage Interactive features a new graphics engine, an up to date coloration picker and coloration administration instruments, an extremely deep and versatile brush studio, and a enjoyable new animation assistant that brings your creations to life. Remarkably, these sturdy new options don’t litter the app’s UI or add undue complexity. As an alternative, Procreate 5 delivers its added flexibility and energy gracefully and in a fashion that I anticipate each veterans of the app and newcomers alike will respect.

Procreate has been round for the reason that earliest days of the App Retailer and has been used to create improbable artwork. Through the years, we’ve lined tales of artists utilizing the app to create every thing from the Stranger Issues poster artwork and a photorealistic portrait of Morgan Freeman that includes 285,00zero brush strokes to a latest Apple advert. Procreate’s capabilities are spectacular, but additionally somewhat intimidating.

I don’t think about myself rather more than a doodler at finest, which made me query whether or not the app was for me and whether or not I ought to sort out reviewing it in any respect. Right here’s the factor, although: you don’t must be knowledgeable artist to take pleasure in drawing. Artwork is for everybody, and the important thing to Procreate’s success over its lengthy historical past is that it too is for everybody. The app’s UI is a mannequin of simplicity and progressive disclosure that stays out of the best way, revealing its highly effective instruments provided that and whenever you want them. Mixed with an affordable $10 price ticket, Procreate is a improbable selection for dabblers or professionals alike, and with model 5 out in the present day, Procreate is extra highly effective than it has ever been, however simply as straightforward to make use of.

New Options Tucked Away in a Acquainted Interface

The Procreate 5 Gallery.

Should you’ve used Procreate earlier than, the primary time you open the Gallery in model 5 might be acquainted as a result of the UI hasn’t modified. Procreate consists of its personal interface for opening and managing information within the app as a substitute of utilizing the iOS and iPadOS doc browser. From the app’s Gallery, you’ll be able to create a brand new doc from scratch utilizing any of seven pre-defined templates, create a customized template, or import from the system file picker or your photograph library. The Choose button prompts a mode that permits you to handle information by creating Stacks, that are basically folders of photographs, or preview, share, duplicate, or delete information.

Procreate’s editor view. (Image via Procreate’s default gallery.)

When you open a picture, you’ll enter Procreate’s editor, one other acquainted view that hasn’t modified. Alongside the highest and left edges of Procreate’s important edit view are toolbars that function the gateways to the app’s full set of options. On the left fringe of the display are sliders for adjusting brush measurement and opacity together with a modify button that’s a part of the app’s in depth library of gestures. It’s spectacular that the Procreate workforce has managed to withstand overloading the modifying interface with instruments, which is one thing that I anticipate might be appreciated for its familiarity by current customers, and dramatically reduces the barrier to getting began for newcomers.

That streamlined design is likely one of the keys to Procreate. It conceals loads of energy below the hood, together with a lot of the options which are new to model 5, and makes it straightforward to get began with the app. Buttons to entry the app’s brush, eraser, smudge, and coloration picker instruments must be acquainted to anybody who has tried an art-creation app earlier than. Nevertheless, behind the buttons in Procreate’s toolbar is a deep set of instruments and settings to discover. This overview focuses on what’s new in Procreate 5, however to be taught extra in regards to the full capabilities of the app, I like to recommend testing Savage Interactive’s help pages, that are a improbable useful resource crammed with tutorials, detailed directions, and suggestions.


Procreate 5 adds a detachable color picker with harmony rules.

The primary main revision in Procreate 5 that I wish to cowl is the colour picker within the prime right-hand nook of your iPad’s display. Earlier than model 5, the colour picker was a popover that dropped down from the toolbar so you could possibly decide colours. The difficulty was that in the event you needed to modify colours typically, you needed to attain for the nook of the display frequently.

In model 5, Procreate’s coloration picker remains to be a popover situated within the prime nook of the display, however it may be indifferent from the toolbar by dragging it by the drag deal with on the prime of the picker. In its indifferent kind, the colour picker is extra compact than in popover mode, which is a superb approach to preserve helpful display house and put your coloration palette shut at hand the place it’s most helpful.

Procreate’s previous color picker (left) and the new detachable color picker in Procreate 5 (right).

Procreate 5 additionally features a new Colour Concord function that shows complementary, cut up complementary, analogous, Triadic, and the Tetradic colours to assist make choosing ones that work collectively simpler. There’s a 10-color historical past strip that gives entry to recently-used colours too.

The app additionally provides the power to regulate coloration dynamics with the Apple Pencil’s stress and tilt sensors. Hue, saturation, brightness, and different variables can all be tied to the Pencil, opening up a variety of on-the-fly coloration transformations. Print artists ought to respect that Procreate now helps CMYK and RGB ICC coloration profiles too.

The mixture of latest coloration instruments in Procreate 5 provides each comfort and depth. The draggable coloration picker, coloration historical past, and coloration concord instruments are the types of options that learners and professionals alike will be capable of reap the benefits of instantly. In my testing of the app, I discovered myself utilizing all three options often. In contrast with earlier variations of Procreate, the modifications scale back the friction of choosing colours, making the method much less of a disruption to the factor you’re creating. Colour dynamics and CMYK and RGB ICC profile help aren’t one thing that I anticipate to make use of myself. Nonetheless, they’re important additions for anybody who makes use of Procreate in print workflows and who’s searching for larger flexibility in creating artwork on the iPad.

The Brush Studio

Procreate 5 has an extensive collection of default brushes. (Image via Procreate’s default gallery.)

On the core of the Procreate 5 replace is a brand new graphics engine known as Valkyrie, which is predicated on Apple’s Steel framework. The brand new engine underlies every thing you create onscreen in Procreate, permitting the app to do issues that weren’t beforehand potential, together with a number of the new capabilities constructed into its brush system.

Tapping the paintbrush icon within the toolbar switches you to the comb software for drawing and portray on Procreate’s canvas. Tapping the button a second time opens a popover of 18 classes of brush kinds that arrange a complete of 190 brushes. That’s loads of brush choices to maintain any newbie like me busy exploring choices for a really very long time.

Procreate’s Brush Studio.

Procreate’s brush help doesn’t cease there, although. Customers can even create their very own brushes, together with combining two brushes into one, which the Procreate workforce says takes benefit of Apple’s Steel framework to seamlessly combine the traits of every. You too can import Adobe Photoshop brushes and use them natively in Procreate.

Creating new brushes occurs in Procreate’s Brush Studio. It’s an applicable identify for the full-screen function that might be a standalone app itself. Tapping on the plus button within the brush software’s popover opens the Brush Studio, which incorporates 10 classes of brush traits and settings that may be adjusted. The Brush Studio additionally has a drawing pad that modifications as you modify settings, offering a preview of your newly-created brush stroke and a spot you’ll be able to check your brush. When you’ve created a brush you’re pleased with, you’ll be able to share it by swiping left on it from the comb popover and utilizing the share sheet.

The flexibleness out there for designing brushes is tough to convey. With so some ways to regulate and mix brushes, customers can create an countless number of distinctive kinds that broaden the scope of what’s potential with Procreate. Personally, I’m unlikely to spend so much of time creating brushes from scratch, however I respect the power to start out with an current brush, duplicate it, and tweak just a few parameters to go well with my wants. With the suggestions supplied by the built-in drawing pad, the method is intuitive no matter your expertise stage.


Procreate 5’s Animation Assist mode.

Maybe my favourite new function of Procreate 5 is its animation software. As a doodler, nothing pulled me into Procreate 5 greater than experimenting with bringing my doodles to life with animation.

To get began, faucet the wrench button on the left facet of the toolbar to entry settings. Within the Canvas part of the settings popover, toggle ‘Animation Help’ on. As quickly as you do, a brand new set of controls seem on the backside of the display, which can embrace the animation frames you create plus just a few different controls.

Animation Assist brings your work to life as a shareable GIF.

Consider the strip of frames on the backside of the display like a flip ebook. Begin drawing, including frames as you go, and frames will use an onion pores and skin method to show echoes of earlier frames as you draw new ones, enormously aiding the animation course of. Simply above the strip of frames is a Play button for testing your animation, a Settings button for altering the body charge, onion pores and skin traits, the playback mode, and different settings. The ultimate button provides a body to the strip. Double-tapping a body opens a popover with extra choices, together with the power to set a maintain time for particular person frames, duplicate them, or delete them.

The steps essential to create an animation couldn’t be extra pure. On the identical time, although, the entire picture creation instruments can be found to create every body, bringing the total breadth and depth of Procreate’s instruments to bear as you craft an animation. Once you’re completed, you’ll be able to export your creation in all kinds of codecs, together with as an easily-shareable GIF.

I anticipate animation would be the Trojan Horse that entices many customers to strive Procreate for the primary time. Animation Help was the place I spent loads of my time as I explored the beta of Procreate 5. It’s enjoyable to mess around with even in the event you’re solely animating doodles and stick figures. On the identical time although, every body is a brand new drawing, which helps to shortly construct expertise utilizing the app’s instruments and encourages exploration of the opposite options Procreate has to supply.

All the things Else

As I discussed on the outset, the Gallery and picture modifying views of Procreate stay the identical as earlier than, however that doesn’t imply there haven’t been modifications to the design elsewhere. A lot of the modifications are refined, however there are new icons, reorganized settings, and different tweaks that give the app a extra modern feel and appear whereas lending extra readability and minimizing chrome that blocks the view of the canvas, which makes Procreate simpler to make use of. Procreate additionally includes a new clone software that permits you to use any of the app’s brushes to color one a part of a picture onto one other space of the canvas.

Procreate 5 is an ideal instance of the kind of subtle iPad software that performs to the {hardware}’s strengths. The app harnesses the Apple Pencil, direct contact enter, the ability of the iPad’s graphics system, and Apple’s Steel framework, all in a approach that’s larger than the sum of its elements and uniquely an iPad expertise.

What’s extra, the design of the app makes that energy approachable, and the value makes it accessible to a broad viewers. The simplicity of Procreate’s canvas view and enjoyable, partaking options like animation make the app approachable. With expertise, although, customers can simply uncover and experiment with Procreate’s extra superior performance, which is supported by in depth assist and tutorial supplies created by Savage Interactive, plus a big group of customers.

The enterprise mannequin makes a distinction too. Many learners wouldn’t be prepared to decide to a recurring subscription mannequin for an app that they could not persist with, however at simply $9.99, Procreate is a simple buy for anybody who aspires to make artwork on their iPad and a cut price for professionals.

Should you’re seeking to get extra out of your iPad, Procreate is a superb place to start out. I’ve loved the brand new options of model 5 and plan to spend extra time exploring every thing the app has to supply over the vacations, when I’ve somewhat additional downtime.

Procreate 5 is out there on the App Retailer as a free obtain to current customers and $9.99 for brand spanking new customers.