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What is Procreate Dreams? | Everything you need to know

Have you heard about Procreate’s new app yet? It looks AMAZING.

Procreate Dreams is a new animation app made by the original Procreate guys. The best part is that you can use the same brushes you are used to in the old Procreate app and use them in Procreate Dreams. This revolutionary app allows you to create animation interactively.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about this app.

Multi-touch Timeline
Credit: Procreate, animation by 21-19

What can you do with Procreate Dreams?

Procreate Dreams allows you to make your own animations. Not only can you edit, trim, and cut your videos like you are used to in desktop animation software, but you can also ”perform live”. This means that you can draw as the video goes, and the software automatically records it.

Talk about fancy!

But Procreate Dreams offers so much more.

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These are some of the key features of Procreate Dreams:

  • Add keyframes
  • Add audio
  • Use effects
  • Use transitions
  • Draw over videos
  • Super fast animation
  • Never waiting for the app to catch up
    • Work as fast as you do (real-time engine)
  • Revolutionary timeline
  • Zoom in with gestures
    • (similar to Procreate)
  • You can perform live on stage
    • Which is a new way to animate (intuitively)
    • Respond to the movie as it plays
  • Turn the timeline into a flipbook
  • Next-gen Procreate painting engine
  • Max 1 milion pixel resolution (instead of 16k in Procreate)
  • Edit in real-time
  • Split, cut, trim, etc like regular videos
  • Eternal history
    • All undo’s are recorded
  • App opens and closes instantly
    • No waiting time
  • Automatic saving just like with Procreate
  • New file format: .Dreams

You can watch the entire keynote event revealing Procreate Dreams that was held on September 8th here:

Procreate vs Procreate Dreams

But what is the difference between Procreate and Procreate Dreams?

Procreate is an illustration app developed for iOS whereas Procreate Dreams is an animation app developed for iOS. Users of the original Procreate have been begging to get animation options but Procreate always said they were an illustration-based app.

But little did we know they were secretly developing a stand-alone app for animation!

Procreate Dreams does not collect data

With the rise of AI-generated images, collecting data and information has been very controversial. Lots of artists find out that their art is copied by AI generators thus making their work easily copyable.

The biggest factor is that it’s done without their consent.

Luckily Procreate, which countless professional artists use, ensures us they do not sell any information or artwork. Everything you make belongs to you. Which, in all fairness, every single software should promise us.

But Procreate is nice enough to assure us they respect us and our work.

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Credit: Procreate, animation by Nikolai Lockertsen

Is procreate dreams free?

Procreate Dreams will cost you $19,99 once because it’s a one-time fee. Just like with ”regular” Procreate, Procreate Dreams will not ask you to pay for any updates or ask you to enroll in a subscription plan.

That’s something I’ve always LOVED about them. Other big software, like Adobe Photoshop, makes you pay big bucks each and every month.

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When will Procreate Dreams be released?

Procreate Dreams will be released on November 22, 2023.

But you can already Pre-order it here.

Procreate Dreams system requirements

To get the best out of your new animation app, Procreate Dreams has the following system requirements:

Procreate Dreams works on all iPads that have iOs16. However, depending on what iPad you have the amount of video and content tracks may vary. Newer models can handle more content and video tracks than older iPad models.

It’s similar to the original Procreate. Newer iPad models can handle bigger canvas resolutions and more layers than older models.

I’m not 100% sure as Procreate Dreams has not come out yet, but I think content tracks are or contain layers. Video tracks are ”groups” that contain different content tracks. (I will update you as soon as I learn more!)

Here’s a table of which iPads can have how many content and video tracks:

iPadHow many content tracksHow many video tracks
iPad (10th generation)1001 track (4K)
iPad Air (5th generation)2002 tracks (4k)
iPad Pro 11-inch (4th generation)2004 tracks (4k)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th generation)2004 tracks (4k)
iPad (9th generation)1001 track (4k)
iPad mini (6th generation)2001 track (4k)
iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)2002 tracks (4k)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)2002 tracks (4k)
iPad (8th generation)1001 track (4k)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)2001 track (4k)
iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)2001 track (4k)
iPad Air (4th generation)1001 track (4k)
iPad (7th generation)501 track (1080p)
iPad mini (5th generation)1001 track (4k)
iPad Air (3rd generation)1001 track (4k)
iPad (6th generation)501 track (1080p)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)2001 track (4k)
iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)2001 track (4k)
iPad (5th generation)501 track (1080p)
iPad Pro 10.5-inch501 track (1080p)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)501 track (1080p)
iPad Pro 9.7-inch501 track (1080p)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)501 track (1080p)

What platform is Procreate Dreams on?

Procreate Dreams will be available on iOS only. This means only iPad users can make use of this app. Unfortunately, Procreate has no plans to make its successful apps available for Android users.

Whether or not Procreate will be available on Android is a question that people often ask. Every time Procreate says no, we do not have plans for this.

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Q&A’s about Procreate Dreams

Too busy to read all of this information? Here are some short and easy Q&A’s!

Who owns Procreate Sreams?

Procreate Dreams is owned by the same guys who made Procreate and Procreate Pocket.

Do you have to pay for Procreate Dreams every year?

You do not have to pay for Procreate Dreams every year. Procreate is a one-time purchase of $19,99 USD. Every single future update will be free of charge.

Procreate Dreams release date

Procreate Dreams will be released on November 22.

Are you as excited as I am? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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♡ Laura

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