Procreate Pocket: As good as it gets for iPhone makers

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If you talk to an artist who creates work on their iPad, they’ll probably tell you that they use Procreate. He has quite a reputation and a significant amount of influence surrounding him. All for good reason. Its iPad app is second to none for artists who want to be able to create without a pad of paper. Procreate Pocket is the little brother, bringing much of the functionality to the iPhone.

It’s remarkable that I haven’t yet covered Procreate Pocket in this weekly roundup with as many fans as possible. Anyway, we’re here now, so I’ll stop praising the app and move on to what sets it apart.

This app pushes the boundaries of what’s possible on mobile. The canvas is capable of stretching up to an incredible 16K versus 4K. It can store 250 levels of undo and redo in its history. As you work, everything is saved so you never have to manually save your artwork. If you have a Photoshop brush, it can be imported into Procreate Pocket

Procreate Pocket has a feature called Brush Studio which is almost unheard of on mobile. This lets you tinker with over a hundred settings to customize the look of a brush. It even offers users the option to create a complete brush from scratch, tailored to your needs.

But that’s certainly not all. It has a litany of keyboard shortcuts you can use when connected to an external keyboard. Just like with other graphics applications, it is layer-based. You can combine layers with 25 different blending modes. Layer and clipping masks are also available to adjust layers.

I can’t name all the features built into this editing tool, but it’s vast. The choice of colors is top notch. Time-lapse videos can be created up to 30 seconds with editing each of the photos in this sequence. The perspective editor can give you the exact 3D look you are targeting. And much more.

As it was created for Apple tools, it feels perfectly at home on Apple’s platforms. It takes advantage of many native APIs and experiences that are overlooked by applications designed for multiple operating systems. Something as simple as the share sheet. You can export images to various file types before sharing them with AirDrop, iCloud Drive, Finder, etc.

The last major rewrite of the app – version 4.0 – included a huge range of new features. This update added a revamped graphics engine, dark interface, new filters, FacePaint, new transform and capture tools, and much more.

But enough about other people’s apps.


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