Savage Interactive has introduced Procreate 5X, the latest update to its iPad sketching and painting app, with the option to paint filter effects directly on an image without the need to create masks.
Other changes include new filters for gradient map, chromatic aberration, glitch and halftone. Blur brushes for mixing colors; Handwriting recognition support; and the option to sample color palettes from images.
Less practical, but probably more noticeable, the update also introduces FacePaint, a new AR-based system that lets you paint directly on your face in real time via your iPad's camera feed.
A professional sketching and painting tool with an interface tailored for touchscreen devices
Used by artists in studios such as Pixar and Blizzard, ProCreate provides a range of professional drawing and painting tools in a user interface tailored for use on a touchscreen device.
The app currently offers nearly 200 brushes, both natural and abstract, as well as a smaller selection of tools for drawing and transforming vectors.
It contains a layer system with layer groups, masks and blending modes, can be exported to the PSD file format, works in the DCI-P3 color space and supports canvases with a size of up to 16,000 x 4,000 pixels on iPad Pros.
In addition to gestural input, Procreate also supports pressure-sensitive drawing with the Apple Pencil.
New in Procreate 5X: With pencil filters you can paint filter effects directly on an image
One of the major changes in Procreate 5X – the traditional version numbering is Procreate 5.1, which doesn't really do justice to the scope of the update – includes what Savage Interactive calls a "pencil filter".
They allow users to paint the effect of a filter – in the case of the screenshot above, the new chromatic aberration filter – directly onto an image.
This makes it possible to apply a filter selectively to individual parts of the image without having to paint masks: a much faster and more intuitive workflow.
Five new effect filters including chromatic aberration, halftone and gradient mapping
In addition to Chromatic Aberration, Procreate offers a number of new filters, including Bloom, Glitch and Halftone: the latter with presets that mimic real-world newsprint and screen prints.
The most versatile, however, is the Gradient Card (see above), which applies a gradient to selected parts of an image to colorize tonal colors, black and white photos, and text.
It comes with a library of preset gradients that range from film and moonlight to bubblegum.
The blur support in the brush settings helps with mixing colors
New painting features include blur settings in Procreate & # 39; s Brush Studio, which Savage Interactive describes for both mixing colors and blurring the edges of strokes.
Brush Studio's performance is also better, although the release notes don't quantify the improvement.
The new palette detection system generates color palettes from source images
Procreate 5X also adds Palette Capture, a new feature for scanning color palettes from source images, similar to the Adobe Color online service, but built right into the app.
Users can also import .aco and .ase palette files from Adobe applications. (Though the Savage Interactive release notes add rather astutely, "Why?")
For coloring graphics, the new selection color fill system automatically fills the selection with color as you draw. You can add or remove areas from the fill using any selection tool.
It is now also possible to fill graphics with color by dragging color swatches directly onto the canvas.
Support for the new scribble handwriting recognition from iPadOS
In addition, Procreate 5X supports Scribble, iPadOS 14's new handwriting recognition system, which allows you to add text to an image by writing it manually and then having Procreate convert it to a font.
Scribble can also be used for entering text within the Procreate interface, e.g. B. for naming levels.
Better workflows for transforming selections, snapping them, and working with reference images
Workflow enhancements include the option to adjust bounding boxes from any orientation so that a selection can be rotated and then scaled along its own local axes, rather than having to perform the transformation first.
Procreate now also supports snapping – on the edges or in the middle of the canvas, as well as on other layers – both when aligning objects and when cutting or resizing.
Other useful changes include the Reference Companion, which displays a reference image in a repositionable floating window above the canvas as you paint.
It is now also possible to make layers with reference material "private", which means that they will not appear in time-lapse footage of paintings created in Procreate.
UX changes include new QuickMenu profiles that allow you to switch between dedicated menu settings for sketching, coloring, and finishing. and redesigned menus for copy and paste.
The new AR-based FacePaint system should generate viral marketing for publication immediately
Probably the most social media-friendly – if not the most practical – of the new features in Procreate 5X, however, is the FacePaint system.
The augmented reality system – it is based on ARKit and requires an iPad with a TrueDepth camera – enables digital face paint to be added to live footage from the camera feed.
Pricing and system requirements
Procreate 5.1 is available for iOS 13.2+. New licenses are $ 9.99. The update is free for existing users.
Read an overview of the new features in Procreate on the Savage Interactive website
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