Jump to content

Procreate (software)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Developer(s)Savage Interactive
Initial releaseMarch 16, 2011; 13 years ago (2011-03-16)
Stable release(s) [±]
iPadOS5.3.5[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 24 May 2023; 12 months ago (24 May 2023)
iOS4.0.8[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 15 December 2022; 17 months ago (15 December 2022)
Operating system
Available in13 languages[3]
List of languages
English (United States), English (United Kingdom), English (Australia), Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish.
TypeRaster graphics editor

Procreate is a raster graphics editor app for digital painting developed and published by the Australian company Savage Interactive for iOS and iPadOS.[4] It was launched on the App Store in 2011.[5][6]



The Procreate interface displays a commissioned artwork by Ayan Nag

Procreate for iPad was first released in 2011 by the Tasmanian software company Savage Interactive. After winning an Apple Design Award in June 2013, Savage launched Procreate 2 in conjunction with iOS 7, adding new features such as higher resolution capabilities and more brush options.[7]

In 2016, Procreate became one of the top ten best-selling iPad apps on the App Store.[8] It rose into the top two in 2017.[9] In 2018, Procreate became the overall best selling iPad app.[10]

As of April 2023, the most recent version of Procreate for the iPad is 5.3.4.

Procreate Pocket[edit]

Procreate Pocket was released to the App Store in December 2014.[11] Pocket originally included most tools found in Procreate; however, it did not include any features that released on the original Procreate app since its release.

In 2018, Savage launched Procreate Pocket 2.0 to the App Store.[12]

In December 2018, Procreate Pocket received Apple's "App of the Year" award.[13][14]

As of April 2023, the most recent version of Procreate Pocket (for the iPhone) is 4.0.8.

Procreate Software Functions[edit]

Valkyrie graphics engine[edit]

In 2019, Savage switched Procreate to a proprietary graphics engine, Valkyrie,[15] following a period of beta testing on TestFlight. The engine is said to provide “customizable brush options and let [artists] import Adobe Photoshop brushes for the first time.” Alongside the new engine, Procreate 5 featured Brush Studio, a tool for creating new and modifying existing brushes with support for fine-tuning Apple Pencil settings.

Basic Tools[edit]

Paint, smudge and erase are the basic tools located in the top right of the program. The brush for Paint, the finger for Smudge, and the eraser for Erase.

Brush Library[edit]

Brush options include a wide variety from drawing, calligraphy and airbrushing pens. As well as abstract, charcoal, spray paint, luminance and water textures.

Brushes Available for Online Purchase[edit]

Users are able to import personalized brushes from online marketplaces such as Etsy, Creative Market, Gumroad, and Procreate Market.[16]


Users obtain access to millions of color swatches. Users can add colors in the Palettes and it will display in the users color disc. Additionally, users can drag and drop a color anywhere on the canvas.


Users can add, change, delete or duplicate multiple layers. The maximum number of layers is decided by the resolution ratio. Effects can be added on layers. Merging layers is also permitted. Dragging layers into other canvases is also possible.


Different transformations including rescaling, rotation, and distortion are included.

Lasso Tools[edit]

Including Rectangular Marquee Tool, Elliptical Marquee Tool, Lasso Tool and Magnetic Lasso Tool. User can select certain areas to do adjustments on it.

Eyedropper Tool[edit]

Users can hold finger on any part of the canvas to select a color. Hold and drag finger across screen for color selection.

Color Adjustments[edit]

The hue, saturation and brightness features are located in Adjustments in the top left of the program. Hue allows users to change the color, saturation allows users to alter the intensity of colors, and brightness allows users to lighten or darken the canvas artwork.


Also known as transparency, users can alter the opacity on a scroll by selecting a layer in the Layers tab. The less percentage of opacity, the more see-through the object is.


This tool warps the layer a user is working on. The effect alters the shape of an item or creates a marbleized effect to the artwork.


The clone tool allows users to duplicate part of a picture. After clicking clone, a disk will appear. Users must click and drag the disc to the part of the artwork they would like to clone. Draw with the Apple pencil in the location for where you want to clone it. Users can also hold down the disk if they don’t want the clone tool to move.

Color Balance[edit]

This tool allows users to change the hue setting using cyan, red, magenta, green, yellow and blue.


Users can change the red, green, and blue tonalities with curves.

Gradient Map[edit]

Users can add a smooth transition of colors (gradient) to the selected layer. The Gradient Library also allows users to customize their own gradients.

Blur Effects[edit]

The Motion Blur tool allows users to give the canvas a blur effect that makes it look like the artwork is moving. Gaussian Blur tool allows users to smooth the layer with a blur. After clicking the tool, users slide their finger left or right across the top of the screen to adjust the amount of blur. Perspective Blur allows users to add a radial or partial radial blur. When users select this option, a circle appears on the screen and allows users to drag it to the center of where the effect is wanted.


Noise effect adds a grainy effect to the user’s layer. Drag finger across the screen to add more or less grain.


This tool allows users to achieve an in-focus look of the artwork. Similar to the steps of gaussian blur, users must drag their finger across the top of the screen until satisfied.


Users can adjust the bloom to create realistic lighting effects to the canvas. Users can adjust the Transition, Size and Burn to control the appearance.


Users can replicate glitches and distortion with this tool. Users can adjust the Amount, Block Size and Zoom of the glitch by sliding their finger across the screen for less or more.


This tool reproduces the canvas using dots. Users can alter the appearance of the dots with the Full Color, Screen Print and Newspaper options.

Chromatic Aberration[edit]

Also known as color fringing, users can distort color to create an outline around the edges of the objects on their canvas. Users have the option of Perspective or Displace aberration and can alter the transition, fall off, blur and transparency on the tool.


Users can crop canvas, add guidelines to the current view, flip the canvas, and check canvas information. It is also possible to allow animation. Along with animation assist, user can also have page previews of their layers(s) with page assist.

In the canvas menu there’s also reference guide that can be activated. Users can preview their canvas, add a reference picture.

Animation Features of procreate[edit]

Within the Procreate application, animation capabilities are present. The process involves sketching individual frames or layers, selectively concealing all but the desired initial frame. To control the duration of each displayed frame, establish distinct layers. For instance, to achieve a 0.5-second duration, incorporate approximately 10 marks on the animation layer. Subsequently, hide the frame intended for playback. Position a marker to indicate the endpoint of the subsequent frame. Upon completion of the time-lapse playback, the frames seamlessly animate. For additional editing options, such as removing the sketch recording or incorporating music, export the animation to iMovie.[17]

Animation Assist provides animators with a straightforward yet powerful interface. The tool includes fundamental features such as onion-skinning, immediate playback, and a visual Timeline. This software enables users to efficiently edit and oversee both individual frames and the entire animation process. Share your dynamic artwork with the world in diverse formats through Animation Assist.[18]

Advanced Features[edit]

A groundbreaking approach to digital painting, Procreate offers an innovative canvas where the robust brush engine empowers users to craft stunning textures. The ability to handcraft personalized texture maps enhances creative possibilities, allowing for lighting adjustments, seamless exportation, and even immersive experiences in Augmented Reality (AR).[16]

Supercharged M2: Elevated by the cutting-edge M2 chip, optimized for the latest iPad Pro generation, Procreate delivers an impressive 30% performance boost across various aspects. The responsiveness of filters and adjustments has reached unprecedented levels, ensuring a remarkably smooth and efficient creative process, particularly in 3D painting.[16]

Building upon its reputation, Procreate introduces further enhancements to Freehand Selection, establishing it as an exceptionally user-friendly and flexible selection method. The incorporation of Hover with Apple Pencil introduces a preview feature, providing users with a glimpse of their next move before finalizing their selection.[16]

Precision is paramount in Procreate's latest iteration, where an improved brush cursor seamlessly integrates with artistic creations. Users now benefit from a full-color preview preceding each stroke, offering insight into the impending erasure even before it touches the canvas. Intuitive gestures facilitate on-the-fly brush control, allowing users to hover over their artwork for dynamic adjustments in size and opacity.[16]

Advanced Stroke Stabilization[edit]

Users get more control and range over their stabilization in a brush’s setting or though preference settings under pressure and smoothing for global affects.


Works can be exported to the following format: Procreate, PSD, PDF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, (following for exporting layers) PDF, PNG, GIF(animation), PNG(animation), MP4(animation), and HEVC(animation). Procreate provides ingrained screen recording for a time-lapse feature, and the recorded video can also be exported.

Notable users[edit]

Kyle Lambert made the Stranger Things poster[19] and a viral photo realistic "finger-painting" of Morgan Freeman in Procreate.[20]

Concept artist Doug Chiang creates robot, vehicle, and creature designs for Star Wars in Procreate.[21]

John Dyer, the English landscape painter, was sponsored by Savage Interactive and used Procreate as part of the "Last Chance to Paint" project, a partnership with the Eden Project that sent Dyer to stay with the Yaminawá in the Amazon rainforest, where he painted the experience.[22]

Professional artists have also used Procreate to create the posters for Stranger Things,[23] Logan,[24] and Blade Runner 2049,[25] as well as several covers for The New Yorker.[26][27] It has also been professionally adopted at Marvel Comics, DC Comics,[28] Disney Animation, and Pixar.[29] For the 2018 detective game Return of the Obra Dinn developer Lucas Pope used Procreate to draw a series of in-game portraits, mimicking the look of 19th-Century pen and ink sketches.[30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Procreate: Version History: 5.3.5; May 24, 2023". May 24, 2023. Retrieved June 26, 2023.
  2. ^ "Procreate Pocket on the App Store". Savage Interactive. December 15, 2022. Retrieved February 23, 2023.
  3. ^ "Procreate FAQ". Savage Interactive. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "James Cuda: Savage Interactive". Make It Tasmania. April 15, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  5. ^ "A look at Procreate, a new painting app for the iPad". FingerPainted.it. March 24, 2011. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "Procreate Review". 148apps.com. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  7. ^ "Procreate 2 brings GPU accelerated filters, 4K canvases & 64-bit to iPad app". Digital Arts. Digital Arts Online. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  8. ^ "App Store shatters records on New Years Day". Apple.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Rewind 2017: Apple reveals most popular apps, music, movies & more". iDownloadBlog.com. December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "Apple presents the best of 2018". Apple.com. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  11. ^ "Procreate Pocket is an iPhone version of the popular iPad art app". Digital Arts. 9to5Mac.com. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  12. ^ "Procreate Pocket receives major 2.0 update that's built from the ground up". 9to5Mac.com. May 21, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  13. ^ "Best of 2018: Apps of the Year". Apple. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  14. ^ "Best of 2018: Apps of the Year". Apple. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  15. ^ "Procreate is getting a new graphics engine and the ability to import Photoshop brushes". The Verge. September 6, 2019. Retrieved February 23, 2023.
  16. ^ a b c d e Cho, Yongyeon (July 29, 2022). "Chapter 8. iPad & Procreate". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  17. ^ "Animation Tool". Procreate Folio. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  18. ^ "Animation — Procreate Handbook". Procreate Help Center. Retrieved February 21, 2024.
  19. ^ "'Stranger Things' iconic poster created on Apple's iPad Pro". Mashable. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  20. ^ "This Hyperrealistic iPad Painting Of Morgan Freeman Boggles The Mind". Huffington Post. December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  21. ^ "Doug Chiang: The Evolution of Star Wars Design - Designing Episode I Live Panel at SWCC 2019". Star Wars - YouTube. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  22. ^ "Spirit of the Rainforest 2". LastChanceToPaint.com. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  23. ^ "'Stranger Things' iconic poster created on Apple's iPad Pro". Mashable. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  24. ^ "Incredible Logan poster painted on iPad Pro towers over Times Square". CultofMac.com. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  25. ^ "An Interview with James Jean — Creating Posters for Blade Runner 2049 and the Year's Most Anticipated Films". Booooooom.com. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  26. ^ "Latest New Yorker Cover Was Drawn With an Apple Pencil". Adweek. January 4, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  27. ^ "iPad art graces cover of latest New Yorker". CultofMac.com. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  28. ^ "Watch a Marvel and DC Comics illustrator do what he does best with an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil". PhoneArena.com. April 6, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  29. ^ "Disney animators use iPad Pro to sketch characters such as Mickey and Olaf". 9to5mac.com. October 6, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  30. ^ Devblog: Return of the Obra Dinn: Manifest Sketch, Part Final

External links[edit]