A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Procreate is a professional-caliber creation tool for digital artists. Tweens and teens will need instruction to fully utilize the app. It's possible that some younger kids will enjoy the app, but it might be better to steer them towards other choices targeted at their age and skill level. With Procreate, teens can share their creations over email or social media. While it comes loaded with an arsenal of brushes, more brushes can be purchased in-app.
What's it about?
Procreate is a professional-level medium for digital artists. Its 48 brushes include sets of pencils, inks, paint brushes, and digital tools. Kids can also create their own custom brushes, or buy additional brushes. They can work in layers as well as choose the canvas size and shape. Procreate is capable of producing incredibly high resolution work - up to 16 megapixels (which is 20 times better than the original iPad's resolution). Kids can import files from Dropbox or a camera, and they can export their creations to Dropbox, iTunes, or as Photoshop PSD files; they can also share creations via social media.
Is it any good?
Procreate isn't just an app to use on the go; it's simply impressive enough to take the place of many desktop programs. Thanks to the customization function the brush options are limitless, but an impressive arsenal is also included. Working in layers is easy since kids can move between layers with a tap. The ability to create very high resolution images is impressive, and Procreate is more customizable than Sketchbook Pro. However, teens used to working with Sketchbook Pro may miss options like flood fill and the clone brush, among a few other tools. While Procreate is fantastic, it's probably too sophisticated for younger kids. For beginners, or kids just dabbling in digital art and design, a simpler option might be better.
Talk to your kids about ...
Steer younger kids to more instructional apps like How to Draw-Full Version.
Encourage tweens and teens to view a variety of artists' works for inspiration and appreciation.
Give kids time to create. Booked-solid schedules don't allow the flow necessary for creativity to flourish.
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Arts: drawing, painting
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
- Pricing structure: Paid ($9.99; additional tools can be purchased in-app.)
- Release date: December 31, 2016
- Category: Productivity
- Topics: Arts and Dance, High School
- Size: 133.00 MB
- Publisher: Savage Interactive Pty Ltd.
- Version: 3.2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
- Last updated: February 16, 2020
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