iPad / Procreate Questions

  • I'm in the process of getting an iPad Pro soon so that I can have a mobile 'sketchbook' I can draw on and use Procreate. But I have a few questions the iPad Pro and Procreate users can maybe answer for me...

    Can I save my work as a PDF file and just download the file into Photoshop? I'm assuming that you can, but I don't want to assume anything.

    Also, which size do you guys prefer... 12.9 or the 9.7 inch model? Any thoughts? Pros and Cons?

    Thanks for your input!

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    You can export the files as PSD files, which photoshop can read - layers and all. I have a Dropbox account linked to all my devices, so I just upload the PSD into Dropbox (you do that directly from ProCreate) and can get them from there onto my computer. With the new release it is theoretically possible to export also from PSD into ProCreate - but so far the direct way has not worked for me. There are workarounds though, which work pretty well.

    I have a 12.9 - and normally I like to work as big as I can. But ProCreate has nearly no menus on-screen (there is just a thin bar on the left side and top), so the whole screen is used for drawing. If you are fine drawing on a 9.7 inch screen, that would be fine too.

  • Awesome! Thanks for your input @smceccarelli. I always thought you could export things easily but I just wanted to make sure. I use Dropbox, too and I love the simplicity of it. Thank you : )

  • @Ed-O I recently bought an iPad pro 12.9, it is massive! Combined with the apple Pencil and Procreate it is quite the formidable portable sketching solution. The two things that I do not like about it are :

    1. out of the box it actually does very little, expect to keep spending more money in buying apps and getting the tools that you will need to complete your work flow.

    2. There is no one app that does it all. expect to spend some time and effort finding a collection of apps that do the sperate bits and pieces that you need to complete a piece. For example, I do not believe there is an easy way to create a layer in procreate with text on it. A requirement if you want to prodcue a smaller version with a watermark.

    It is a really good tool, but it does have some limitations.

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    @smceccarelli Procreate is my go to app for iPad pro and in regards to the importing of PSD files I was having trouble at first too until I realized why. Procreate uses a sliding scale of what it can handle, basically the higher the resolution of an image, they less layers and vice versa. So if you try to import a very high resolution PSD with a ton of layers it won't be able to. At least that was the thing I found keeping me from importing PSD files initially.

    @RobinSlee I would say Procrete is just about as close to an "all in one" illustration app as you can get, but for the one thing you pointed out, TEXT! I'm really hoping they add this feature in soon!

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