Attention iPad users: Procreate just got even better

Procreate is one of the most popular iPad apps for digital artists, and it's about to get even better. Developer Savage Interactive has just revealed the latest major update, Procreate 5X – and it's available today.

The company has been teasing the 5X update for a while (below), but has finally lifted the lid on what creatives can expect from the latest version of the graphic design app. New features include Pencil Filters, Reference Companion, Selection Fill, enhanced Transform tools and much more. It seems the app won't be leaving our list of the best iPad apps for designers any time soon. 

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Pencil Filters (below) can turn any brush into a filter that can be used to paint effects straight onto your canvas. In a press release, Savage Interactive calls this "an entirely new way of applying image adjustments," letting you paint in effects with the precision of Apple Pencil.

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Pencil Filters (Image credit: Savage Interactive)

One of the most requested features has also made its way into Procreate 5X. Gradient Map enables you to map gradients across the tonal values in your painting – which can be chosen from Procreate's Gradient Library, or even created from scratch.

Other features include FacePaint (below), which uses the power of ARKit to allow anyone to paint directly onto their face (why not, we guess), and a new Bounding Box Adjust tool, which can be rotated around an object to scale and stretch it from any orientation. "This feels so natural," Savage Interactive says, "it’s a wonder Transform hasn’t always been this way". Sounds like it might just transform the experience (sorry).  

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FacePaint – because why not? (Image credit: Savage Interactive)

With an incredibly powerful new iPad Air about to join the top-end 2020 iPad Pro, Apple's tablet range should be able to handle even the most demanding creative workflow – which is just as well, as the latest version of Procreate is set to offer tablet-toting digital artists more creative freedom than ever.

From this major Procreate update to the imminent arrival of Adobe Illustrator for iPad, there's never been a better time to try closing the laptop lid and getting creative on the iPad. Check out today's best iPad deals below, and don't forget to explore the best offers available as part of Apple Amazon Prime Day

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.