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Awesome professional-level tool for digital artists.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.

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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 levelWith 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.

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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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Subjects:Arts: drawing, painting
Skills:Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:December 17, 2012
Topics:Arts and dance, High school
Size:71.60 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.0 or later

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