When being part of procreate / adobe groups, one thing I saw was that a lot of people don’t know if their iPad works with Procreate. If you need an answer go that question. I got some answers to that. 

I myself use an iPad ( 7th gen ) 2018. The normal one, but even my 4 year old iPad mini 2 can run Procreate ( pocket only ). But not the normal version, only an old one that cannot be updated. So, for which model can you use Procreate, let’s check the website:

As you can read Procreate is available for a lot of iPads. 

The current version of Procreate is supported on the following iPad models:
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (1st and 2nd generation)
  • 12.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

Now I checked with Adobe what is their requirements for their apps. Such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator / Adobe Fresco and Capture and all their other apps. Below is a screenshot of their website:

As you can see it’s the same requirements for their apps and the same systems supported. 

Now Procreate also has an iPhone version named Pocket. Now Pocket is a whole different story. As that app can be installed on most easy devices. The downside, no use of the pen/Apple Pencil. 

Are there alternative apps?

Over the past few months i’ve been playing with several different apps. 

If you’re into painting ArtRage is a great app. It’s a painting app with several different types of brushes. It exports into PNG / JPEG and ptg. The last one is native to the app and can be used to get back into it if your painting is not finished or if you own the app on your Macbook or Windows, you can open the file on your Macbook. How to save: click the logo of Artrage on the bottom of the screen and press – export image. 

Another cool app is Realistic Paint Studio . It’s a painting app that as the name suggests is as if you’re painting with realistic brushes. The brushes feel a lot like how oil and acrylic is supposed to feel. You kind of forget that it’s just an app. Exporting is something I do want to point out. It’s not easy to do that. To export the file you’re file comes with a scene. So basically as if you’re painting is in a museum or on an easel. Which in one end does make it realistic. To export you click a small icon on the left side to export to an image.

More into Vector? One app I recommend is Vectornator. It’s a small vector based app which lets you freely create and paint vector images. It has the ability to export to several different types of files. From Send to Illustrator to continue in Adobe Illustrator, to jpeg / png / svg / pdf / AI and VN. Or you can simply save it as an image on your iPad or print it straight away. The last option is AR. Which if you wanna play with things, try it out. 

Zenbrush is another app which I recommend if you got a passion for Ink work. When using the brushes it feels like you are drawing with inks that true feeling with bleeds and strokes is completely there. The app only works with 2 color sessions but that’s only in ZenBrush 2. 

realistic painting app procreate competition

But what if you can’t afford an iPad, what’s there to use? 

Well I personally own a Huion 13 inch Kamvas. I use it as a second monitor. If you can look into a tablet like that. If not, a normal basic Wacom tablet also does the trick. 

Next week we deep dive into more creative apps like Flamepainter

This all in prep for my biggest launch ever! So stay tuned!


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