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Savage Interactive unveils Procreate 5

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 | Posted by Jim Thacker

Animation in Procreate 5. Version 5 of the professional iPad sketching and painting app will add onion skinning capabilities when it ships later this year, alongside a new brush editor and an updated UI.

Savage Interactive has unveiled Procreate 5, the next update to its iPad sketching and painting app, overhauling the graphics engine and user interface, and enhancing Procreate’s animation capabilities.

The release was unveiled last week at LightBox Expo, and is due to ship later this year.

A professional sketching and painting tool with an interface tailored to touchscreen devices
Used by artists at studios including Pixar and Blizzard, ProCreate packages a range of professional drawing and painting tools inside an interface tailored for use on a touchscreen device.

The app currently features over 130 brushes, both natural media and abstract, plus a smaller range of vector drawing and transform tools.

It includes a layer system with layer groups, masks and blending modes, can export to the PSD file format, and works in DCI-P3 colour space.

As well as gestural inputs, Procreate supports pressure-sensitive drawing via the Apple Pencil stylus.

Amazingly, we’ve never covered it on CG Channel before, although we have covered Fresco, Adobe’s rival painting app, which is currently in beta.

New in Procreate 5: Valkyrie graphics engine, new brush editor, more animation tools
Procreate 5 overhauls the app’s core architecture, introducing Valkyrie, its “cutting-edge graphics engine”.

It powers a new full-screen brush editor with a built-in texture generator and – according to third-party news sites, if not the Procreate website itself – the option to import Photoshop brushes into the app.

The UI has also been updated, with a floating colour picker and “redesigned transform and selection modes”.

Other changes include a new Color Dynamics system, which The Verge describes as being able to modify the colour of a brush stroke according to stylus pressure and tilt.

The release also extends Procreate’s animation capabilities, with the Animation Assist system adding support for onion skinning. Artists working for print get support for the CMYK colour space.

More features are due to be announced before Procreate 5 ships.

Pricing and system requirements
Procreate 5 is due to ship later this year. Applications for the public beta begin on 13 November 2019. The update will be free to existing users.

The current version, Procreate 4.3.6, is available for iOS 12.0+. It costs $9.99.

Read an overview of the new features in Procreate 5 on Savage Interactive’s website

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