Procreate (software)

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Procreate
Logo for Procreate (software).png
Developer(s)Savage Interactive
Initial releaseMarch 16, 2011; 10 years ago (2011-03-16)
Stable release(s) [±]
iPadOS5.1.5[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 22 December 2020; 13 months ago (22 December 2020)
iOS4.0.2[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 9 March 2021; 10 months ago (9 March 2021)
Operating systemiOS,[3] iPadOS
PlatformiPad Pro (all versions), iPad Air (all versions), iPad Mini (2-5), iPad (2017), iPad (2018), iPhone
Available in13 languages[3]
List of languages
English (United States), English (United Kingdom), Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish.
TypeRaster graphics editor
LicenseProprietary
Websiteprocreate.art

Procreate is a raster graphics editor app for digital painting developed and published by Savage Interactive for iOS and iPadOS. Designed in response to the artistic possibilities of the iPad,[4] it was launched on the App Store (iOS) in 2011.[5][6]


Versions[edit]

Procreate[edit]

The Procreate interface displaying a commissioned artwork by Ayan Nag

Currently in version 5.2, Procreate for iPad was first released in 2011 by Tasmanian software company Savage Interactive. In 2013 it received an Apple Design Award,[7] and was subject to wide publicity when artist Kyle Lambert's hyper-realistic Procreate finger painting of Morgan Freeman went viral.[8][9] In the hands of professional artists, Procreate has been used to create the posters for Stranger Things,[10] Logan,[11] and Blade Runner 2049,[12] as well as several covers for The New Yorker.[13][14] It has also been adopted by fine artists,[15] tattoo artists,[16] and creatives at Marvel Comics, DC Comics,[17] Disney Animation, and Pixar.[18]

In 2016 Procreate became one of the top ten best-selling iPad apps on the App Store,[19] rose into the top two in 2017,[20] and became the overall best-selling iPad app in 2018.[21] It is regularly featured in Apple Inc.'s product launches.[22][23] It has become an important digital art software for beginning and advanced artists alike[24]

Procreate Pocket[edit]

Featuring a stripped-back interface released to the App Store in December 2014.[25] Initially, Procreate Pocket incorporated almost every tool found in Procreate; however, as Procreate amassed additional features via multiple updates over the following years, Pocket fell behind. In 2018, Savage launched Procreate Pocket 2.0, which brought the iPhone version of the app back to feature parity with the iPad version.[26] In December of 2018, Procreate Pocket received Apple's 'App of the Year' award.[27]

Notable users[edit]

Users of Procreate include comics artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, who has used it to sketch Batman and the Joker.[28] British fine artist David Hockney created a series of landscape paintings using Procreate.[29] Kyle Lambert, a poster artist notable for creating the Stranger Things poster in Procreate,[30] is also known for his viral Procreate finger-painting of Morgan Freeman.[31] Artist James Jean uses Procreate for film poster work, as with his poster for Blade Runner 2049.[32] Art Director for Ubisoft and Electronic Arts, Raphael Lacoste, uses Procreate for studies.[33] Concept artist Doug Chiang creates robot, vehicle and creature designs for Star Wars in Procreate.[34] John Dyer, the English landscape painter, 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.[35]

Procreate is also used in-house at Disney[36] and Pixar.[37][failed verification]


After winning an Apple Design Award in June 2013, Savage launched Procreate 2 in conjunction with iOS7, adding 4K file support, continuous auto-save, and customizable brushes.[38]

In December 2018, Procreate became the best-selling app[39] on the App Store, and Procreate Pocket received Apple's 'App of the Year' award.[40]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions : Proceate". Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  2. ^ "Procreate Pocket on the App Store"; publisher: Savage Interactive; published in: App Store; publication date: 9 March 2021; retrieved: 14 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Procreate FAQ". Savage Interactive. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "James Cuda: Savage Interactive". Make It Tasmania. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  5. ^ "A look at Procreate, a new painting app for the iPad". FingerPainted.it. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "Procreate Review". 148apps.com. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  7. ^ "Apple fingers app for award". The Mercury. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  8. ^ "Morgan Freeman's biggest role yet? Viral video of an iPad drawing". LA Times. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "This Hyperrealistic iPad Painting Of Morgan Freeman Boggles The Mind". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  10. ^ "'Stranger Things' iconic poster created on Apple's iPad Pro". Mashable. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  11. ^ "Incredible Logan poster painted on iPad Pro towers over Times Square". CultofMac.com. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  12. ^ "An Interview with James Jean — Creating Posters for Blade Runner 2049 and the Year's Most Anticipated Films". Booooooom.com. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "Latest New Yorker Cover Was Drawn With an Apple Pencil". Adweek. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "iPad art graces cover of latest New Yorker". CultofMac.com. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  15. ^ "iPad Is an Artist's Canvas for David Hockney". New York Times. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  16. ^ "Who's Using The iPad Pro At Work? Tattoo Artists". FastCompany.com. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  17. ^ "Watch a Marvel and DC Comics illustrator do what he does best with an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil". PhoneArena.com. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  18. ^ "Disney animators use iPad Pro to sketch characters such as Mickey and Olaf". 9to5mac.com. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  19. ^ "App Store shatters records on New Years Day". Apple.com. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  20. ^ "Rewind 2017: Apple reveals most popular apps, music, movies & more". iDownloadBlog.com. December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  21. ^ "Apple presents the best of 2018". Apple.com. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  22. ^ "Epic 12.9-inch iPad Pro Available to Order Online Wednesday & Arrives in Stores Later This Week". Apple. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  23. ^ "New iPad Pro with all-screen design is most advanced, powerful iPad ever". Apple. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  24. ^ "Is Procreate Good for Beginners? The Honest Truth - Adventures with Art" (in American English). April 18, 2020. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  25. ^ "Procreate Pocket is an iPhone version of the popular iPad art app". 9to5Mac.com. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  26. ^ "Procreate Pocket receives major 2.0 update that's built from the ground up". 9to5Mac.com. May 21, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  27. ^ "Best of 2018: Apps of the Year". Apple. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  28. ^ "Watch DC Comics Publisher Jim Lee Draw Batman and Joker on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil". iPhoneHacks.com. April 6, 2016. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  29. ^ "Interactive demo of David Hockney painting with iPad, The Met, New York". YouTube. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  30. ^ "'Stranger Things' iconic poster created on Apple's iPad Pro". Mashable. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  31. ^ "This Hyperrealistic iPad Painting Of Morgan Freeman Boggles The Mind". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  32. ^ "An Interview with James Jean — Creating Posters for Blade Runner 2049 and the Year's Most Anticipated Films". Booooooom.com. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  33. ^ "French Villages - Procreate Studies". Raphael-Lacoste.com. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
  34. ^ "Doug Chiang: The Evolution of Star Wars Design - Designing Episode I Live Panel at SWCC 2019". Star Wars - YouTube. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  35. ^ "Spirit of the Rainforest 2". LastChanceToPaint.com. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  36. ^ "Disney Artists Try Out The iPad Pro And Apple Pencil: What Do They Have To Say?". TechTimes. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  37. ^ "Pixar development team tests iPad Pro & Apple Pencil, says palm-rejection is perfect". 9to5mac.com. September 29, 2015. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  38. ^ "Procreate 2 brings GPU accelerated filters, 4K canvases & 64-bit to iPad app". Digital Arts Online. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  39. ^ "Apple presents the best of 2018". Apple.com. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  40. ^ "Best of 2018: Apps of the Year". Apple. Retrieved January 1, 2019.

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