Savage released a major update for the Procreate iPad illustration app today, adding long-awaited features like the ability to add text and create animations. The update will come with standard iOS fonts, plus three additional typefaces. Artists can also create their own custom fonts. New Layer Export options have an Export to GIF feature, allowing artists to create looping animations with frame rates from 0.1 to 60 frames per second.
The text tool feature is a major game that changes the addition for many artists relying on Procreate as their main iPad illustration app, especially comic artists. Before, users need to import texts created in other apps (such as Pixelmator) as image files, or export their Procreate files and add text later. Today's update allows artists to keep their entire workflow within Procreate, without having to switch between many different apps.
This feature is also noticeable because many drawing apps do not include the Text tool, because a text engine with many different fonts can slow down the app. The Procreate text tool allows for text to be manipulated in vector format with warp and transform features and rasterize when changes are focused.
Additional features include more Blending Modes and enhanced firing pressure. Layers can also be exported as folders of PNG files and multiple pages of a PDF. The update is free for existing users, and Procreate will get to the App Store for $ 9.99.