Is Procreate Worth It? 11 Reasons Why Artists Should Use Procreate

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Many fine artists ask themselves if the Procreate iPad app is really worth it? Even if the Procreate app is not very expensive, other costs are still involved with purchasing an Ipad or the time you need to use the Procreate App.

Procreate is an Ipad app that is definitely worth the cost and time to learn. It is an app that can help you become better as an artist because it will save you time and allow you to be able to experiment with your art digitally before you paint anything onto the canvas. When used correctly, the Procreate App is worth the money, time, and effort.

To use the Procreate app, you will need to have an Apple iPad with an Apple pencil. If you already have an Apple iPad with an Apple Pencil, you can easily download the Apple Store’s Procreate app. If you do not have an Apple Ipad or Apple Pencil, you will need to buy one to use this program.

Here Are 11 Reasons Why The Procreate Ipad App Is Worth It

1 – Powerful Tool For the Cost

Procreate is a powerful tool, especially for the cost of a one-time fee of 9.95 or under US$10. This tool can do a lot of the same thing that the Adobe program Photoshop can do – plus more.

One of the downsides of Procreate is that you will need to have an Apple iPad and an Apple Pencil. But if you already have an iPad and Apple pencil, there is no reason why you should not also get the Procreate app to help you with your artwork.

2 – Easy to Learn

Like any new computer program, there will be a learning curve, but I have found Procreate to be quite easy to learn. Once you learn some of the basics of Procreate, you can start almost immediately to use the app.

In fact, many of the Apple stores, at least in the United States, offer some Procreate basic training. I first used the Procreate app by attending a course at my local Apple store; they allowed me to use one of their Apple iPads with Procreate to see if I wanted to purchase an iPad and if I liked using Procreate.

I walked around with an Apple Instructor at our local shopping mall and learned a few tricks about Procreate and the Apple Ipad. If you do not have an Apple Ipad or want to test out Procreate, this is a great way to do it. I walked out of the Apple Store that day with an Apple Ipad Pro, an Apple Pencil, and the Procreate App; I have never regretted that decision.

3- Can Layout Your Art Before Painting On Canvas

As an artist, I do not use Procreate for digital art, but I use it to help me plan what I want to paint and how I want to paint it. I found Procreate to be invaluable in helping me to be able to do this.

One of the ways that I use Procreate is if I am going to paint, for example, a dog, I will import an actual photo of that dog into Procreate. Then I can use the Procreate app to erase the background or manipulate the image.

I can also add another few layers to the photo, meaning that I can add a photo on top of a photo, so I will know exactly what I want to paint and how. I will do all of this in the Procreate app before I ever put a brush or pencil onto my canvas.

It is always so much easier to paint something if you actually sit down and plan it a bit before putting your brush onto the canvas. I find that planning it first on Procreate helps save me time in the long run as I do not need to paint over something that I don’t like or I’m not happy with.

4 -Print the Procreate Layout and Trace on the Canvas

Another great way that I use the Procreate app is to lay out my oil painting in the way I want to paint; I will print the Procreate layout to my actual canvas size and use the printed layout to trace onto my canvas. I find when I am painting dogs or people, this really helps me to be able to get the proportions correct and saves me steps when laying out my painting.

Procreate really is a great way to be able to save you time in the actual painting process. It means that I do not make so many mistakes on the first coat of paint.

5- Can Help You During Your Painting Process

Sometimes when I am painting something, I might get stuck in that I am not sure what I need to paint next. I will take a photograph of my painting and then put it on Procreate and start playing around with different brushes, colors, and looks.

This allows me to decide exactly what I’m going to paint before I actually paint it. I do not find myself having to repaint something that I did not like. Procreate allows me to test and check things before I actually paint them on the canvas.

6- Can Set Up Color Palettes

Procreate will allow you to set color palettes. Before I mix the color or f I want to see how a new color will look, I can add the color first onto my color palette in Procreate.

Procreate allows you to very easily set up new color palettes. You can then import a photo of your artwork into Procreate and test how different colors will look on the canvas before you actually paint the color on the canvas.

7 – Can Test Background Colors Before Painting

I use a lot of plain color backgrounds with my artwork. Many times I’m not quite sure which color I want to have in the background. I will use Procreate to help me to decide what color to use for my background color.

I will photograph the painting as far as it is completed, then I will use the Procreate app to test different types of background colors. This is a great example of how Procreate can help me save time and steps with my painting because it allows me to make decisions about my painting first on paper before I put a brush onto the canvas.

8- Can Test Brushes Before Painting

The Procreate app comes with a variety of different types of brushes. This means you can also test out other types of brush strokes or brushes on the Procreate app before putting them onto the canvas.

If you don’t like all the brushes which Procreate offers then you can also purchase other brushes that people have made for the Procreate app. Personally, I have found that the brushes that the app comes with are enough for me to use for what I need the Procreate app for. This is because with every single brush in Procreate you can change the size and opacity.

9 – Can Use As An Art Journal

You can use Procreate as your portable art journal. Use Procreate like you would use a pencil and paper and sketch out your ideas on the Procreate app.

One of the great things about this is that it’s very portable and that you can carry it almost anywhere with you. You can also organize all of the sketches into files so that you can easily find them.

10 – Can Use To Produce Digital Art

Procreate is not just a fun app or toy; in fact, many professional digital artists use Procreate to produce their artwork. If you want to explore the digital art world, learning Procreate is a great way to do this.

There is a lot of fabulous art that is now being produced on the Procreate app. So, you can not only use Procreate to help you with your own artwork, but you can also use it to produce digital art.

11- The Old Masters Would Have Loved It

When I use Procreate to layout one of my paintings, I think about how many of the old art masters would have loved this app. I believe many of them would have seen this as a way to save them time and as a way for them to improve their art.

This is how I see Procreate; I see it as a tool to help me actively improve my art. Procreate is a tool that not only saves me time but helps me become a better artist.

This is why Procreate is worth learning, even if it takes some money, time, and effort. If you would like to find out more about Procreate check out our YouTube channel – Anita Louise Art – l that has some videos about how we use Procreate with our art. You can find out YouTube channel by clicking here.

Related Questions

How Can The Procreate App Help You Become a Better Oil Painter?

Procreate can help you set up palettes with color combinations and layout your painting before you paint it. I find it an essential tool to help me with my oil painting. Procreate can do a lot of things that can be done in Abode Photoshop. But Adobe Photoshop can take a lot of time to really master, and it is also quite expensive. The advantage of Procreate is that it is very user-friendly and ONLY USD 9.99 without any monthly or annual fees.

You can read more by reading How Can The Procreate App Help You Become a Better Oil Painter? by clicking here.

How Can I Use Procreate to Layout My Oil Paintings?

Procreate is a really great computer app to use to help you plan and layout your oil paintings before you put them on your canvas.  Procreate will help to save you time because when you will not need to paint over your artistic mistakes.  You can also use Procreate as an online sketchbook or art journal.

You can learn more by reading  Procreate to Layout Your Oil Paintings, What You Need to Know by clicking here.

Anita Louise Hummel

Hi, I am Anita Louise Hummel. I am an artist and a blogger. I paint mainly oil paints. I love to paint women, animals (mainly dogs and cats), and abstracts. I use a lot of gold and silver leaf in my paintings. I also love to blog about anything to do with art, business, Procreate, and all the wonderful artists that inspire me.

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