Record Time-Lapses of Your Artwork Using Procreate


Having some free time to myself the other night, I decided that it was a perfect opportunity to finally open Procreate on my iPad Pro and give it a fair chance. I've always heard amazing things about the popular art and design app. I picked up my Apple Pencil and went to work.

At first I wasn't sure what I wanted to create. While I appreciate many things about what the art scene has to offer, I'm not exactly well versed when it comes to drawing and painting — two skills that Procreate seems to primarily focus on, and for good reason. The app offers an extensive amount of tools and brushes to take advantage of, so it's understandable to feel a bit overwhelmed in the beginning.

Eventually I decided to not think so much, so I put my Apple Pencil to the iPad Pro's surface and began creating strokes of paint in random colors. Using the Pencil's support for pressure sensitivity, I was sure to apply some variety in my strokes, adding a nice overall balance into the mix.

Needless to say, the experience was very satisfying and quite relaxing. I was creating art without the mess of paint going everywhere. But as I wrapped on my amazing creation (yeah, right), I noticed something really cool. Procreate's share menu included an option for exporting a video. Was this what I thought it was? Precisely.

Tapping 'Export video' creates a time-lapse of your artwork and allows you to share the video locally, as well as via Facebook, iCloud Photo Sharing and even the default Notes app. How cool is that?

Okay, so time-lapses aren't exactly anything new. But still, the fact that Procreate is constantly recording the progress of my art? I just think that's the coolest thing and I had to share it with everyone. It's an amazing way of watching your own creative techniques in action. And who knows, doing so could also help improve your skills on a variety of levels.

If you are interested in creating your own time-lapse in Procreate, be sure the option is enabled before working on a project. It's likely turned on by default, but look for the 'Video Enabled' option in the Canvas menu — as seen in the screenshot below.

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Procreate is available for the iPad ($5.99) and iPhone ($2.99), both of which support the ability to record, export and share time-lapses. While you cannot edit the time-lapses from within Procreate, you can always open the exported video in your preferred video editor and take things from there.

What are some of your favorite art and design apps? Let me know in the comments! I'm always interested in discovering something new, especially if it means getting creative.