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The iPad, with its beautiful large screen is perfect for creating art. However creating art is only a sampling of what the iPad can do for artists. We found incredible apps that also help you protect, learn, light, display, copyright, and even sell your work. Whether you are new to art or an award-winning professional, you owe it to yourself to check out this AppList!

Procreate – Sketch, paint, create for iPad


Procreate – Sketch, paint, create for iPadProcreate – Sketch, paint, create for iPad

"If you are an artist with an iPad® and don't use Procreate; you are crazy. If you don't yet

have an iPad®, Procreate is the reason to get one." Blue Ember Studios (@blue_ember)

Procreate is the only studio-grade sketchbook for iPad®. Whether you're storyboarding the

next Hollywood blockbuster, illustrating a kid's book or a casual artist, Procreate puts you

in a league of your own.

Packed with over 45 professional brushes ranging from true-to-life sets of sketching pencils

and gorgeous paint brushes, to impossible abstract brushes. Procreate is a professional

studio of tools at your finger tips.

Procreate paints fast. Really fast. This is due to our game-changing OpenGL® ES 2.0 painting

engine, Silica™. Made exclusively for iPad®, Silica™ uses the powerful GPU in your iPad® to

achieve results impossible in other apps. Deep 48-bit colour painting, a liquid-silk smudge

tool and enormous brush sizes are all possible in a crisp retina resolution while remaining

completely lag-free.

Procreate has pioneered the way by fusing ground-breaking brush architecture with the

easiest and most powerful brush creation available today. Watch each stroke come to life as

a smoke brush twists and turns as you paint or how a realistic, organic brush behaves

differently with every stroke.

Take those brushes to a canvas bigger than a Blu-ray® movie and you'll capture incredible

detail like never before on a mobile device. By the way, don't worry about making a mistake.

You've got 16 HD layers and 100 undo/redo states to keep you safe.

You won't even notice it, but Procreate saves every…single…stroke. Besides keeping you in

the zone, you can always expect to come back to exactly the same spot you left it every

time. Procreate all boils down to intelligent design; the deceptively simple UI keeps you in

the creative zone by putting the features you use most right up front. With this attention

to detail your creativity has no bounds.

★ Studio-grade features:
✓ Custom painting engine Silica™
✓ Incredibly smooth and responsive painting (precision & performance)
✓ Full retina support for new iPad®
✓ HD canvas size: 1920 x 1408px (iPad® 2 or greater)
✓ 64-bit painting engine
✓ Delicious smudge tool
✓ Unparalleled 1024 x 1024 texel brush textures give incredibly sharp results
✓ Create, duplicate, modify and organise brushes
✓ Max 724px brush size (imagine a third of your screen on the new iPad®!)
✓ Multi-threading for faster load times

★ Evolved brush system:
✓ Realistic stroke taper
✓ Synthetic pressure sensitivity
✓ Over 25 customisable settings for every brush
✓ Chose from over 50 shapes from the Pro Library
✓ Import ANY image/photo as a brush grain or shape!
✓ Realtime preview of brush adjustments
✓ Individual tool size/opacity memory

★ Advanced layering system:
✓ A whopping 16 Layers (yes, even in HD!)
✓ Create, delete and re-order layers
✓ Transform, duplicate, fill and clear a layer
✓ Lock layer alpha
✓ Merge layers up and down
✓ 6 blend modes
✓ Adjust layer opacity with live thumbnail preview

★ Simple and efficient Interface:
✓ Continuous auto-save—never loose work again
✓ Import images from Photos to your canvas
✓ Flip canvas horizontally and vertically
✓ Rapidly adjust the brush size/opacity on the fly
✓ Realtime brush size/opacity preview
✓ 100 levels of undo and redo

★ Multi-touch gesture implementation:
✓ Two finger zoom & rotate canvas
✓ Three finger tap to show 1:1 pixels
✓ 3 finger Z-motion – Instant clear layer
✓ Quick-pinch shortcut for fit-to-screen
✓ Three finger swipe (left/right) for undo/redo
✓ Tap and hold eyedropper shortcut

★ Artwork Gallery:
✓ Super-simple drag & drop organising
✓ Create artwork stacks and name them
✓ Export to your artwork to Photos, iTunes, Twitter and email
✓ Support for layered PSD, transparent PNG or JPEG

What's new in Version 1.6


★ Completely rebuilt gallery

• Thumbnail grid layout: Landscape & portrait

• Drag & drop organisation for artwork thumbnails

• Drag & drop artwork thumbnails to create stacks (groups)

• Export to twitter

★ New brush management

• New ‘General’ tab in advanced brush settings

• Option to display brush preview as a stamp
• Duplicate any Pro Tool
• Paged brush sets for uncluttered organisation
• Link to Procreate Artery in far left Page of brush sets
• Create, delete and rename custom brush sets (groups)

• Rename, delete and duplicate custom brushes

• Drag & drop brushes AND brush sets (even between sets)

• Access the Pro Library to use shape and grain files from Pro Tools

★ Pro Tools
48 carefully crafted new brushes, organised into the following sets:

• Sketching tools

• Inking tools

• Painting tools

• Airbrushing tools

• Texture tools; and
• Abstract tools

★ Procreate Artery
Buy additional Pro Tools Sets from the store. You can preview each brush before you buy,

just like a real art supply shop!
• Elemental brush set
• Touch-Ups brush set
• Retro brush set
• Charcoal brush set
• Spray Paint brush set
• Luminance brush set

★ New actions available in painting mode

• Take and insert a photo directly from camera

• Export canvas to email (PNG or JPEG)

• Export canvas to iTunes (PSD, JPEG, PNG)

• Export canvas to photos (JPEG)

• Export to Twitter

★ General brush features

• Realistic stroke taper

• Grain & shape orient to canvas and device

• Background colour select UI

• Show real canvas transparency

★ Gestures
• 3 finger swipe – Undo and redo
• 3 finger Z-motion – Instant clear layer
• 4 finger tap – reset canvas rotation

★ Behind the curtain

• Zoom & rotate canvas (Pinch and rotate)

• ARC memory management

• Jot Touch support
• 48-bit colour painting
• Multi-threaded key areas
• Reworked export process



★ Interface refinements

• Improved contrast app wide

• Increased menu transparency

• Much improved Si popovers
• Re-designed actions popover

★ General
• New iPad® support
• Improved accuracy of precision sliders app wide
• iOS 5 improvements and optimisations
• 64-bit colour computations allow for ridiculously low opacity with no loss of colour

• Huge performance boost to make use of the incredible GPU in the new iPad®
• General performance tweaks for first and second generation iPad®
• Refined app icon (including retina)
• Improved stability of transform mode

★ Gallery
• Updated ‘Create a new canvas’ UI (SD/HD selection)
• Improved 'Export’ dialogue interface
• Export multiple artworks to Photos, email or iTunes (instead of one at a time)
• Select multiple artworks to delete, share or duplicate (instead of one at a time)

★ Brushes
• Maximum size increased (e.g spacing > 12%, size up to 400%) 

• Updated help options in advanced brush settings
• Instant Drag & drop organisation
• Refined advanced options UI
• Improved slider readouts
• Added min & max limits
• Improved slider min/max/zero point snap areas
• Better workflow for custom brush creation UI
• Improved tool ‘memory’ (i.e. remember every tool's size and opacity setting. Even

between paint, smudge and erase)
• Improved visibility of brush thumbnails
• Double tap (or single tap if already selected) to edit a brush
• Brushes from 1.5 moved into folder called 'Old Brushes'


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