A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to create digital art using this professional-grade app. Though there is no tutorial included, kids can learn through exploring the tool and creating as they go. The developer's website includes examples of digital art created using the tool and a forum for users to share ideas and ask questions. Using Procreate, kids learn how to design digital art just like the professionals.
Ease of Play
Experienced artists – those familiar with working in layers and selecting brushes – will find the interface easy to use. Inexperienced artists will need instruction, as much in creating art as in using the tools.
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.