Procreate 4.1 is here, making the best iPad painting app even better

New tools in Procreate 4.1 includes a new Liquify filter and drawing guides.

Artists interested in drawing and painting on their iPad listen up, as one of the best apps on the market has just had the perfect update. We're talking about Procreate, or Procreate 4.1 to be more precise, as released today on the Apple store.

Procreate is one of the most powerful sketching, painting and illustration app ever designed for a mobile device, as built for creative professionals. In their latest update, Australian developer team Savage have added advanced Symmetry drawing, Image Liquify, Warp Transform, customisable Drawing Guides, Layer Select gestures, and a total of 25 new gesture controls. 

The new Liquify filter, as featured below, is powered by Metal 2 and allows manipulation of pixels at 120fps, making for incredibly fluid effects.

As Procreate is designed and developed specifically for iPad, you can interact intuitively with touch, or use Apple Pencil pressure for even more control. Artists can Push, Pull, Expand, Pinch, and Twirl their art, and use the live Reconstruct feature to tweak their changes to perfection.

Character artists will be interested in the new Symmetry Drawing Guide, which allows users to mirror strokes as they paint, resulting in a nicely efficient workflow.

The Guide, as shown above, can be customised in half, quadrant, or radial division, with mirror or rotational modes, and also be used in conjunction with Liquify to make some nifty looking creations.

Procreate’s Perspective tools have also been expanded to include 2D and Isometric Guides (shown below). Accurate control over grid measurements will let you create the exact guides needed, and the added power of Drawing Assist snaps lines to the guide for fast, precise sketches.

Procreate 4.1 also brings the new Warp Transform mode; with up to 16 adjustable nodes and intuitive depth layering, Warp can be used in conjunction with the Freeform and Distort Transform modes for some more precise and powerful changes. Look at how this little critter below is stretched out in masterful fashion.

The new Layer Select gesture option meanwhile allows artists to select a layer simply by touching the layer’s content. This means you can switch to the exact layer you need without leaving the canvas. That'll help speed things up, won't it?

Procreate 4.1 also includes Brush Set import and export, a 30-Second Time-lapse export option, and a color invert option for layers. The update is a free one for existing users, £9.99/US$9.99 for new customers, and is available exclusively now through the App Store.

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