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Popular iPad painting and sketching app Procreate was today updated to version 4, offering an overhauled experience that provides improvements to the app's core elements and introduces support for iOS 11.

Procreate 4 adopts support for Metal 2, Swift 4, and Core Video, introducing a new Silica M painting engine that's been engineered with better color depth, more fluid and accurate painting, and faster performance.

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A new brush engine and interface allows for new effects and settings, and there's a new, faster smudge tool for smudging and mixing paint along with a new wet painting experience. Blending colors in Procreate 4 is 250 times more accurate than in the previous-generation Procreate app.

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Layer Masks have been added in Procreate 4 for non-destructive image modifications, and there are new Brush Blend Modes, with support for applying existing blend modes to any brush.

When using the Apple Pencil, there's a new Bleed setting, and the Tilt and Sketching brushes available with the accessory offer better realism and responsiveness.

With Drag and Drop support, multiple paintings can be dragged out of the app into another for sharing, and brushes and palettes can be dragged in. Layers can be dragged as individual images, and images taken directly from the web browser can be quickly dragged into Procreate for faster editing.

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Other improvements include P3 Wide Color support, a new color interface to make it easier to switch between colors, a new interface for image adjustments, and a new gallery for managing artwork and interacting with the Files app.

Procreate 4 can be downloaded from the App Store for $9.99. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Procreate 4 for iPad Offers New Painting Engine, Layer Masks, Drag and Drop, and More
 
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AstroRob

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This is such a well-designed app. Of the many paint programs I've tried for the iPad this one is just the most fluid for letting you draw without the UI getting in the way. Looking forward to the new features!
 
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trusso

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Whether it's an iPad or a Mac OS app, whenever I see the beautiful art done in the PR photos for programs like this, I half-convince myself that if only I bought that piece of software, I, too, could be a wonderfully talented artiste. Alas, my homemade scribbles and lightly-used Wacom attest to the true caliber of my oeuvre.

Looks like a nice piece of software, though.
 

mabhatter

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App Store pet peeve. That it won't just show you the darn store item on an iPhone if it's iPad only. I understand I can't download it, so take away the download button.. but it's stupid to have to put down my iphone and wait til I have my iPad handy to even LOOK at the entry on the App Store.

This goes for Mac App Store entries too. That I can't display Mac Store results on my iOS devices. Again, if I'm cruising Macrumors for cool stuff half the links are broken depending on what device I'm on. Worse, if I'm looking for Apps from the same company that work with all my devices I can be required to go to THREE different devices just to see what they are.
 

subjonas

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Two strange things.
1) My Procreate is on version 3.2.4 and the App Store doesn't show that there's an update available.
2) In the App Store it says Procreate version 4 was released two and a half months ago on June 26.
[doublepost=1505860333][/doublepost]Procreate is a great app. I'm really hoping they make a better gallery though. It's kind of a pain only being able to browse thumbnails and not full size drawings. Also the pressure sensitivity when the pencil is tilted is quite off. Other than that it's great.
 
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Jukens

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App Store pet peeve. That it won't just show you the darn store item on an iPhone if it's iPad only. I understand I can't download it, so take away the download button.. but it's stupid to have to put down my iphone and wait til I have my iPad handy to even LOOK at the entry on the App Store.

This goes for Mac App Store entries too. That I can't display Mac Store results on my iOS devices. Again, if I'm cruising Macrumors for cool stuff half the links are broken depending on what device I'm on. Worse, if I'm looking for Apps from the same company that work with all my devices I can be required to go to THREE different devices just to see what they are.

Umm I can view it just fine in the App Store on my iPhone. It does exactly as you are saying you wish it did.
 

canadianreader

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It’s a free update for those who have the v2 knowing that they could have launched a new app with those feature they’re not greedy and I like it.
 
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pawcio

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App Store pet peeve. That it won't just show you the darn store item on an iPhone if it's iPad only. I understand I can't download it, so take away the download button.. but it's stupid to have to put down my iphone and wait til I have my iPad handy to even LOOK at the entry on the App Store.

This goes for Mac App Store entries too. That I can't display Mac Store results on my iOS devices. Again, if I'm cruising Macrumors for cool stuff half the links are broken depending on what device I'm on. Worse, if I'm looking for Apps from the same company that work with all my devices I can be required to go to THREE different devices just to see what they are.

If you update to iOS 11, you will be able to view iPad and Mac App Store apps on the iPhone App Store.
 

DanGoh

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Whether it's an iPad or a Mac OS app, whenever I see the beautiful art done in the PR photos for programs like this, I half-convince myself that if only I bought that piece of software, I, too, could be a wonderfully talented artiste. Alas, my homemade scribbles and lightly-used Wacom attest to the true caliber of my oeuvre.

Looks like a nice piece of software, though.

It's all a matter of practice. You know that.
 

trusso

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It's all a matter of practice. You know that.
Indeed I do. And someday (I tell myself) I will have put enough practice in to be pretty good.

As for the rest of it, I'm going to try and steer clear of frivolous products that companies try to sell me – overdraft protection, Viagra, 1000+ channel television packages, brand new iPhones... you know, necessities. :rolleyes:
 

MentalFloss

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This app makes me feel kinda lonely, because I seem to be the only one who doesn't get why it is so popular. It always seemed very very light on features (layer masks in version 4... yay...), missing a lot of stuff that is standard in any other painting app, and the user interface is very unwieldy and extremely unintuitive. So the brushes can be tweaked through what feels like a hundred options, but it's difficult to figure out how each setting affects the brush (you always have to leave the settings interface to try it out), and I still haven't figured out how to just take an existing brush with all its settings and to "clone" it into a new brush that I could then tweak. Perhaps this doesn't actually exist as a feature, or perhaps it's hidden somewhere in the generally bad UI design.

At least I hope that now I can record a drawing session without including the undo actions (i.e. the obvious way how 95% of the users would probably expect that feature to work). That would make me pick up the app again. (Edit: nah, still doesn‘t work)
 
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majasu

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Two strange things.
1) My Procreate is on version 3.2.4 and the App Store doesn't show that there's an update available.
2) In the App Store it says Procreate version 4 was released two and a half months ago on June 26.
[doublepost=1505860333][/doublepost]Procreate is a great app. I'm really hoping they make a better gallery though. It's kind of a pain only being able to browse thumbnails and not full size drawings. Also the pressure sensitivity when the pencil is tilted is quite off. Other than that it's great.


I had the same Experience! Really strange...
 

subjonas

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I had the same Experience! Really strange...

Were you on iOS 11 or previous? I think it was because I hadn’t updated to 11 yet. Once I updated iOS I saw the Procreate update was available. But I’m not sure why the date says June 26 if it was just released.
 

majasu

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Were you on iOS 11 or previous? I think it was because I hadn’t updated to 11 yet. Once I updated iOS I saw the Procreate update was available. But I’m not sure why the date says June 26 if it was just released.

Thank you for your quick answer! :)
Ah, ok. Yes, i updated to IOS 11 yesterday, too... Same on both iPads, no procreate 4.
 

sinsin07

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Two strange things.
1) My Procreate is on version 3.2.4 and the App Store doesn't show that there's an update available.
2) In the App Store it says Procreate version 4 was released two and a half months ago on June 26.
I have the same issue, iPad Pro 12 first edition.
 

sinsin07

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Hey, I just received the update notification in the Appstore early this morning EST.
Strange it took 4 days.
Since I was able to download version 4 to an iPad that never had the software, the plan was to backup 80 drawings to icloud on the Ipad Pro and delete and reinstall.
It figures when I get to the end of the upload the update became available.
 

meady100

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This is a flat out fantastic app. Stunning for the money. Layer masks are a great step forward, now if they could just make the canvas size editable after doc creation, it would be heaven!
 
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