You can be a digital Da Vinci

lifestyle March 03, 2018 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation

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If you own an iPad, grab the pencil and the Procreate 4 app and start painting!

You too can create art masterpieces when your Apple Pencil is backed up with the Procreate 4 app for iPads.

The winner of an Apple Design Award contains a suite of tools for the stylus pen that will quickly have you drawing and painting with precision and imagination.

The app from Savage Interactive allows for rapid work, each brushstroke responsive in real time, as though you were sketching on real paper or canvas.


Procreate 4 works with the latest iOS11 operating system.

The Drag and Drop function is terrific. If you need to grab a custom brush from the Web, you just drag it into Procreate. 

You can also drag the layer straight off your canvas and into Mail to share with friends and coworkers. You can also back up your work easily by grabbing all your artwork from the Gallery and dropping them into your favourite cloud service. 

You can pastein images directly from a Web browser or drag out multiple artworks together.

Procreate has more than 130 brushes for creating masterpieces. When you open the brush library, you also see pencils, spray paints and pastel crayons.


There’s little in the way to limit your capabilities. The app’s dual-texture brush system offers a seemingly endless supply new and purely digital brushes. 

Light Brush paints with an incredible radiant glow and the Triangulum brush twists the shading to add dimension to your canvas.

You can modify or create a custom brush. With one tap, you pop the hood on a brush and change any setting you like – or start fresh, and make your own. You can organise the brushes in sets and share them with other artists.

Procreate is intuitive to use with its array of multitouch gestures. For example, you can pinch to zoom and tap with two fingers to Undo an action. Advanced gestures include QuickLine, ColourDrop and QuickMenu.


Procreate feels professional because it paints in gorgeous 64bit colour. And, thanks to the graphically accelerated Silica M painting engine, it paints fast in a P3 Wide Colour gamut at 120 frames per second.

You can create astonishingly rich and detailed art on an iPad with canvases up to 16K in one direction. With this kind of resolution, you can create massive prints from your artwork. It’s quite easy to integrate Procreate into a professional workflow on the go with your iPad pro.

Procreate 4 has several improvements over the last version, 3.2. It’s now completely powered by the Silica M engine. Built with technologies like Metal 2, Swift 4 and Core Video, Silica M is specifically engineered to utilise the iPad’s full power for breathtaking colour depth, fluid and accurate painting and stunningly fast performance.


The new version comes with an all-new brush interface, enabling instant access to your entire library. You can navigate hundreds of brushes easily and instantly import or share multiple brushes at once with iOS 11 Drag & Drop.

The new Smudge feature lets you use any brush to smudge and mix paint with extraordinary speed and fidelity. With the Silica M engine, blending colours is 250 times more accurate than in Procreate 3.2. 

There’s now “wet painting” as well. You can effortlessly mix and combine paint on the canvas for texture and colour blending. The Metal-powered engine ensures that mixing is accurate and blazingly fast.


The new Apple Pencil brush setting allows for vastly improved control. Using Bleed, you can increase pressure to change how much your brush impacts the canvas, transforming a simple brush into something far more powerful.

Improved sketching tools include Apple Pencil Tilt with Sketching brushes for a higher level of realism and responsiveness.

The colour interface has been rebuilt. You can now select exactly the right tone easily. All four colour-selection modes have been neatly ordered in tabs, so you can quickly jump between, picking hues, managing swatches, and entering precise colour values. 

You can now actually see your canvas while performing complex image adjustments with the new interface design. You can zoom and rotate the canvas and maintain a full view of your artwork while editing curves or tweaking the colour balance.


The Procreate Gallery has been redesigned to make it easy to manage your output. You can scroll thousands of canvases fast and order them into Stacks. The Gallery also works seamlessly with the new iOS11 Files App. Just tap a button to instantly access your files across all of your locations and Drag and Drop artworks in and out.

Using an iPad Pro 10.5-inch, I found that the app worked fast and was very responsive. You have the ability to fully adjust every Apple Pencil technology on every single Procreate brush. You can modify exactly when tilt shading should kick in or exactly how much pressure you want. 

You have several canvas options, including the screen size of an iPad Pro 10.5 – 1,668x2,224 pixels – a square canvas at 2,048x2,048 pixels, a 4K canvas at 4,096x1,714 pixels, A4 size, and 4x6 photo size.

The canvas will have a Quick Menu above it, affording fast access to actions, adjustments, freehand, layer selection, drawing tools, brushes, eraser, layer tools and palette. You can fully customise the Quick Menu to show any of your favourite features.

One very nice feature is timelapse video recording, which can be turned on or off. When activated, Procreate will record your progress from concept to completion. At any time you can watch a timelapse replay of your work.

If your masterpieces draw a following, you can broadcast your work in progress live via Facebook or similar programs. 

Procreate 4 sells for Bt349.


- Seller: Savage Interactive

- Size: 174.5 megabytes

- Requirements: iOS 11.1 or later

- Compatibility: iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Wi-Fi (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (fifth generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (second generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular (second generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular.

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