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Procreate – iPad App Updated Today and Optimised for iPad Pro

Procreate is one of the very best mobile photography and art editing apps you will find in the Apple App Store and now, it has got even better. Procreate 3 is their biggest release yet, with more features and refinements than ever before.

With iPad Pro, Procreate 3 transforms the bounds of mobile creativity, allowing massive canvases: up to an incredible 16K in resolution. When using Apple Pencil, Procreate comes alive with all 128 brushes taking full advantage of pressure sensitivity, tilt detection and palm rejection. If you don’t have an iPad Pro (yet), don’t worry – from Quickline and Instant Replay to the two pixels the developers shaved off the Transform tool button, there’s tons of new things to explore, no matter which iPad you have. Procreate 3 has over 100 new features and refinements.

We have previously published tutorials based on earlier versions of Procreate, if you missed those, please go here and here.

If you would like to download the free Procreate Artists’ Handbook to help you become more familiar with this app (not yet updated for this version). Then please go here. Alternatively/in addition you may enjoy the free Procreate Pocketbook, to download, please go here.

Procreate for iPad retails for $5.99/£4.99 – you can download it here


Procreate 3 New Features

• Breakthrough resolution with up to 16K by 4K on iPad Pro, and 8K by 4K on Air 2. That’s canvases with more Ks than you’ve ever had before.

• We don’t often add new tools; but when we do, they’re things we know you want. Pause at the end of your stroke and Quickline will help you create precise straight lines without lifting a finger.

• One does not simply integrate Apple Pencil, so we’ve added predictive touch, coalesced touches, pressure sensitivity, and customising modes for Pencil and multi-touch input.

• Brush settings have been added specifically for Apple Pencil; Accumulation, Flow, Tilt, and Azimuth. There are 8 new Artistic brushes to show off your hot, new capabilities.

• We made a cool new feature early in development and literally forgot about it until final testing. Now you can paint on brush previews to quickly test out all the new brush settings without having to paint on your canvas.

• Make your stylus work for you. Adjust the pressure curve of any supported stylus to tailor it to your personal style.

• Relive your artistic journey right there in the canvas. You can now Instant Replay your artwork without needing to export.

• We’ve made it easier to make things look like they’re going by really fast. Procreate 3 includes Motion Blur and fully customisable Perspective Blur: a Procreate exclusive.

• Support for iOS9’s multitasking allows your friends to keep distracting you while you paint. In compact Split View Preview mode, you’ll just be able to admire your artwork.

• For the seventh time, we’ve made Procreate’s sidebar even better. You can now move the sidebar to wherever works best for you.

• Convoluted gestures have been replaced by simple taps; undo (2 fingers), redo (3 fingers), and fullscreen (4 fingers). So now you could, I don’t know, hold a pencil or something. The 1:1 ratio gesture has left to pursue other opportunities.

• Canvas rotations no longer have a strange wibble. Nobody likes strange wibbles.

• The new San Francisco font has been implemented throughout Procreate to help you read good.

• If you always want the shiniest, new things you can purchase our Early Access tools before they go free into the next Procreate release. This time it’s new Perspective Guide tools to help you paint in another dimension. You can create grids for up to 3-point perspective by tapping to add vanishing points. Perspective Guide Assist snaps your strokes to the guide.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]

One Comment

  • Carolyn Hall Young

    Thank you for posting this. I have heard that here will be another update soon, with better support for pressure sensitive styluses – currently the SDKs are not working – but it’s absolutely fabulous, with a normal stylus. I learned a thing or two from reading this article – it is a significant update, and there is much to explore! You must have the latest version of iOS in order to locate this on the app store, and some of the new features are specific to the processors on iPad Air 2 and the soon to arrive iPad Pro.