iPhone and iPad

Spoil The Digital Artist In You With Procreate For iPad [Giveaway]

Jeffry Thurana 04-07-2011

While the tech world is still trying to constrain the iPad into a particular category, users have already found many cool uses for the gadget. Although the iPad is known for consuming media like news, books, music, and movies; it is also a great tool for creative individuals.


Digital graphic artists are one of the many groups of talents to see the iPad as a new medium to express their creativity. This enthusiasm resulted in the availability of many great drawing apps for iPad. One of the latest names to enter the game is Procreate.

We’re giving away 25 copies of Procreate for iPad this week. Find out more about it and how to join the giveaway below.

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If you think you will see “just another” drawing tool for iPad, you’ll be surprised. The first thing that you’ll notice just how fast it is. Procreate is a snap even on the first generation iPad. This is because the creator of this app spent over a year to create their own non-GPU reliant painting engine called Silica.

01a main interface

Other great features of this app are the number of layers and undo that users can utilize. Procreate supports up to 16 layers – with the ability to blend the layers – and 100 undos (which will definitely come in handy).


04a layers

The app comes with more brushes than any inspiring new artist would ever need. But it doesn’t stop there, you can edit the existing brushes, import more brushes, and even create your own sets of brushes if you wanted to.

03a customizing brush

A Quick Encounter

The best way to know how a drawing app performs is by trying it out, so I tried to draw using Procreate. Since I’m not a professional artist, I don’t expect to produce a beautiful and realistic photo-like painting. Yet, I was able to do amazing things during my first 30 minutes.


To cut a long story short, I created several layers: for sketching, for line drawing, for coloring, for shading, and for background toning. I constantly switched between the layers to add different elements to my drawing. I start drawing the general sketch, then I “cheated” by zooming into drawing to add details.

05a drawing

As someone who always draws traditionally using a pencil and paper, I was amazed at how cool digital drawing is and how lucky we are to live in a time where you can create beautiful paintings easily on a multi-touch digital drawing board.

There are many more things that you can do with Procreate, and you can learn about them by reading the downloadable user guide or watching the introductory video. But the best way is to find out by yourself. If you want to try out Procreate, it’s available at iTunes App Store for $4.99. But you can get it for free because we are giving away the app to 25 lucky readers.


How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from Friday’s newsletter or on our Facebook page.


Step 2: Share!

You’re almost done. Now, all that’s left to do is to share the post. There are 2 options to choose from or you can do both!

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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, July 8th at 2100hrs PDT. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank Savage Interactive for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

Related topics: Digital Art, Drawing Software.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Dang, I missed it!

  2. Gasport
    July 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    The code was not there when I and the others who commented did as you say.  It is not the first time I have done this, so I know what I am doing.  

    • Tina
      July 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      I hope it was just one time glitch.

  3. Gasport
    July 9, 2011 at 2:14 am

    no code

    • Tina
      July 10, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      Well, I'm afraid it's too late now, however, Jeffry did explain how to find the code.

      For future reference: you can find it on the MakeUseOf Facebook page. There is a link in the menu bar on the left-hand side, called 'Giveaway Codes'. Click it to reveal the code.

  4. Kimace
    July 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    The giveaway code is not in my email :(

  5. Digiglio
    July 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I think I got it now....

  6. Roymatusek
    July 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I can't find the code, this is very frustrating :(

    • Anonymous
      July 5, 2011 at 12:02 am

      To find the code:

      Go to our Facebook page, you'll find "Giveaway Codes" link on the left sidebar under profile picture.

      Click the link to reveal the code.

  7. A3Munier
    July 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Can't find any code?

    • Anonymous
      July 5, 2011 at 12:02 am

      To find the code:Go to our Facebook page, you'll find "Giveaway Codes" link on the left sidebar under profile picture.Click the link to reveal the code.

  8. Edgardo Gonzalez
    July 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    It doesn't wORK in my iPhone...