A more than deserving winner of an Apple Design Award, Procreate for iPad is easily one of the best sketching, drawing and painting apps. Since its launch in 2011, the app, developed by Savage Interactive with the proprietary Silica 64-bit painting engine, has been offering its users a variety of tools, ranging from brushes to layers to transformations, for creating professional-grade illustrations and other types of artistic masterpieces.
And now, Procreate has received its highly anticipated holiday update, which, in addition to promising vastly improved speed and stability, delivers a number of significant new features.
Layers, layers, layers
A handful of the new features included in Procreate’s holiday update are focused on the app’s layering system.
Ever wish you could combine layers into groups so you can easily organize them? Well, now you can. That’s right: You can now group layers. Just drag layers to put them in and out of groups, and then hide or lock them together.
Procreate for iPad Layer Grouping
About that “lock” thing … Well, you can now lock layers or groups to prevent them from being accidentally altered or deleted.
Multiple layer select
You can now also select multiple layers at once by swiping layers to the right. Then, you can move, delete, group, or lock your selected layers all together.
Procreate for iPad Multiple Layer Select
Multiple layer transform
Also, you can now transform multiple layers at once. This means that you now have the ability to move, scale, shear, or distort selected layers or groups.
When we talk about layers in image editing, one of the more frequent associations we can make is that with Adobe Photoshop or PSD files. And wouldn’t you know it? Procreate for iPad now allows direct importing of PSD files, complete with layers, groups, blend modes, and more.
Share your screen live or later
The latest version of Procreate also introduces new ways to capture and share your creative process.
Record your screen in real-time as you go about making your next Procreate masterpiece, with optional integration with the iPad camera and microphone for facial capture and voice narration. You can export the recording for later or share it right away.
Procreate for iPad Screen Capture
Prepare to go live with your work in progress. With the touch of a button, you can broadcast your creative process live through popular streaming services like Periscope and Mobcrush directly from Procreate.
Even more features
Procreate’s holiday update is the gift that keeps on giving. As though layering system improvements and creative process sharing weren’t enough, it still has room for more features.
Access Procreate’s advanced features faster by connecting a hardware keyboard to your iPad and using industry-standard keyboards (refer to the list in the image below).
Color wheel expansion
“We used to give you equal amounts of all colors,” Savage Interactive says, “but it turns out that’s bad for painting.” And so Procreate has been equipped with an expanded hue ring with more yellow and orange options.
Procreate for iPad Color Expand
Rapid undo and redo
Procreate has long been supporting a two-finger gesture for undo and redo actions. Its latest update takes that further by allowing you to hold your fingers on the canvas to continuously undo or redo until you lift them off.
Procreate for iPad Rapid Undo
Compatible with iPad running iOS 10.0 or later, the new version of Procreate for iPad is available now on the App Store as a free update or as a new $5.99 download.
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Procreate Pocket for iPhone is also available