Procreate x iPad Pro

If you love lettering and drawing like I do and you're on the hunt for a drawing app for your iPad Pro, look no further than Procreate. It's fairly intuitive to use, especially if you're already familiar with Photoshop, though it does take some getting used to.

Sidenote: I kind of hate blogging and I'm in no way promoting this product for monetary gain. I just really like using it and thought it's blog-worthy enough to share!

So, why do I love Procreate so much? I've tried Adobe SketchTayasui Sketches and Paper by FiftyThree and found that the range of tools and customizable options in all three apps are limited. None can compare with the features that Procreate offers. Let's cover my favs, shall we?


LAYERS

This is a must-have feature for any design program that I use. Having the ability to create artwork on a layer and then reorder, hide or adjust that layer ONLY is crucial to my workflow. You can also give the layer a descriptive name (which you should always do as best practice) and use blending modes as you would in Photoshop. 


EYEDROPPER

This tool is helpful in a pinch when you want to get the exact color you used on a particular portion of your piece (<< try saying that 3x fast!). The eyedropper is also über awesome when you want to change up the color scheme of your work, as I did in the video below.


CUSTOM BRUSHES

Not only does Procreate already come with over 100 standard brushes to choose from, you also have the ability to customize each brush, create your own or upload someone else's. The app also comes with a large folder of images and textures which you can use as your custom brush source files. The means you have unlimited options when it comes to the tools you use. Bananas, right? I used my own custom brush on this piece and created it by fiddling with the source files and settings in the app.

 


PLAYBACK VIDEO

Okay, this has to be THE coolest feature. Once you set up a canvas and begin working, Procreate records all of your strokes - including when you mess up - and compiles a high-speed video of the entire process. It's so much fun to watch how a piece comes to life!


UNLIMITED VARIATIONS

I love doing multiple iterations of a design to test out ideas. With Procreate, you can duplicate artboards and adjust them in countless number of ways. As you can see above, I took the original design I ended up with, change the hues to a jungle-green setting and added fun characters to the backgrounds... AND I did it without destroying or touching my original piece.

(I kind of love this version, by the way. It'd be perfect for a children's book!)


THE PROCREATE COMMUNITY

I haven't fully immersed myself in the Procreate community online because I'm weirdly shy on the internet (as evidenced by my bare-bones-blog)... BUT!... I have lurked around enough to know that the people who are active in that forum are incredibly helpful and generous when it comes to sharing their expertise and knowledge. BONUS: A lot of users upload custom brushes for free!

COST: $

That's right - that single dollar sign means Procreate is super affordable... like, $5.99 affordable. This robust platform is ridiculously underpriced for all of the bells and whistles you get. I have yet to push the limits of what it (and I) can do but I can definitely say it's worth every single penny!

And there you have it - a few reasons why I absolutely love using Procreate with my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for lettering and doodles. So...Have you tried it? Do you have tips and tricks to share? Let me know!