Last modified
Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Description of App

Loved by creative pros and aspiring artists alike, Procreate is the leading creative application made for iPad.

Offering 100s of handmade brushes, a suite of innovative artistic tools, advanced layer system, and the lightning fast Valkyrie graphics engine — Procreate has everything you need to create expressive sketches, rich paintings, gorgeous illustrations and beautiful animations. Work on the couch, the train, the beach, or while waiting in line for coffee. It’s a complete art studio you can take anywhere; packed with these powerful features and more:

• Highlights:
- Ultra High Definition canvases - up to 16k by 8k on compatible iPad Pros
- Beautifully intuitive interface made for iPad and Apple Pencil
- Revolutionary QuickShape feature for perfect shapes
- Smooth and responsive smudge sampling
- 3D Painting with Lighting Studio and Animated Export
- Powered by Valkyrie: the fastest 64-bit painting engine for iPad
- Connect a keyboard to use shortcuts
- Create art in stunning 64-bit color
- Continuous auto-save — never lose work again

• Breakthrough brushes:
- Packed with hundreds of beautifully crafted brushes
- Brush sets to organize your painting, sketching and drawing brushes
- Over 100 customisable settings for every brush
- Add Metallic and Roughness for painting in 3D
- Brush Studio – design your own custom Procreate brushes
- Import and export custom Procreate brushes
- Import Adobe® Photoshop® brushes, and run them faster than Photoshop®

• Full-featured layering system:
- Layer your art for precise control over details and composition
- Create Layer Masks and Clipping Masks for non-destructive editing
- Stay organised by combining layers into Groups
- Select multiple layers to move or Transform objects simultaneously
- Access over 25 layer blend modes for industry grade compositing

• Colour without compromise:
- Fill your line work with ColorDrop and SwatchDrop
- Disc, Classic, Harmony, Value and Palette colour panels
- Import colour profiles for colour matching
- Assign Colour Dynamics to any brush

• The design tools you need:
- Add vector Text to your illustrations
- Easily import all your favorite fonts
- Crop and Resize your canvas for perfect composition
- Perspective, Isometric, 2D, and Symmetry visual guides
- Drawing Assist perfects your strokes in real time
- Streamline and stabilisation smooth out strokes for beautiful calligraphy and expert inking
- Use Scribble to name layers, change settings and create text

• Accessibility features:
- Advanced stroke stabilisation
- Dynamic Type, VoiceOver and Feedback Sounds
- Assignable single finger gestures
- Colour naming

• Animation and Page Assist
- Easy frame by frame animation with customisable onion skinning
- Create storyboards, GIFs, animatics and simple animations
- Sketch page-by-page concepts or begin a comic with Page Assist
- Import, edit and share PDFs

• Dramatic finishing effects:
- Brush in image adjustments and effects with Apple Pencil while keeping the ability to fine-tune its effects
- Glitch, Chromatic Aberration, Bloom, Noise and Halftone add new dimensions to your work
- Gaussian, Motion, and Perspective Blur filters create depth and movement
- Powerful image adjustments including Color Balance, Curves, HSB and Gradient Map
- Let the mind-bending powers of Warp, Symmetry, and Liquify Dynamics bring your art to life

• Time-lapse replay
- Relive your creative journey with Procreate’s celebrated Time-lapse Replay
- Export your Time-lapse recording in 4K for high-end video production
- Share a shorter 30-second Time-lapse on your social networks

Share your creations:
- Import or export your art as Adobe® Photoshop® PSD files
- Import Adobe® ASE and ACO Color Palettes
- Import images files such as JPG, PNG and TIFF
- Export your art as layered native .procreate file, PSD, TIFF, transparent PNG, multi-page PDF, web ready JPEG, OBJ, USDZ, and animated GIFs, PNGs, and MP4s



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support


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Accessibility Comments

This app is very accessible. You can do just about everything, though determining how big your brush is can be tricky.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver, but the interface could be easier to navigate and use.

Other Comments

For an art app, Procreate is very accessible. There are some drawbacks of course, like not knowing where you have drawn on the screen, but I am hoping to speak to the developer about this to see what can be done. You can do everything from selecting your brush and it's colour, to adding layers. Painting does require you to turn voiceover off, because direct touch is not supported. Whether the app was made accessible unintentionally, I am not sure. I do hope to speak to the developer about adding in a few more accessibility features, where possible. If you have some usable vision and would like to get into art, this may be a great start. I did go out and buy an apple pencil, and using the pencil with the app works great.

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1 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by lunarwolf 4 months 3 weeks ago



Submitted by lunarwolf on Wednesday, December 29, 2021

I have actually managed to create something using this app. It's a basic abstract piece, but it's still something.

Submitted by steff on Friday, January 7, 2022

For some reason I can't get the app to download. I don't know why. Where it says the price of the app it shows dimg Thanks.

Submitted by Wenwei on Friday, January 7, 2022

This is great to know! I was always struggling to articulate how to layer images and illustrations. I might have given procreate a shot if I hadn't decided that my time would be better spent paying a graphic designer.

Submitted by Mira on Thursday, February 3, 2022

Hi guys, just bought the app and checked in the colors section, all i get are tones of red and blue. Only about like 20 to 30 colours. That can't be all of them. Where do you find the other colors, like black white or yellow/green/whatever? Hope someone can help.

Submitted by tunmi13 on Thursday, February 3, 2022

@Steff This app was designed for iPads. It doesn't work because you're probably using an iPhone.