Best Procreate Alternatives for Windows 10 OS [2021 Edition]

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary
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Paper is the most conventional medium of expressing one’s art through a canvas. However, it is not the only medium. Other media such as cloth, pot, walls have also been used to express emotions by artists all across the globe. A major issue with illustration or painting is the fact that all these above-written materials are non-reusable. They are just like a pen once done can’t be undone. Furthermore, in the modern era requirements of art and design have changed drastically.


“What colour should the shopping bag be in the ad?”, “What prop should compliment the dress in the next issue of Vogue?”, “What symbol should we use in our logo?”. All these are questions that designers and illustrators ask. Hence, there is a need for continuous change and improvement in every design. To enable this technologies like palm rejection, handwriting detection, and multi-touch (capability of a touchscreen to register multiple fingers simultaneously) have been put in touchscreens. Devices in the iPad line have been doing this for years now. Until quite recently windows didn’t have this however, this has now changed since the new Windows Surface devices have come out. So, here are 7 alternatives to the iPad exclusive Procreate for Windows.The alternatives range from cheap to expensive to even beginner and advanced. Users are fairly varied and taking that into consideration is a major cornerstone that has been taken into consideration.


Editor's Picked - ProCreate for Windows Alternatives


1. Krita


Krita is a powerful alternative to Procreate app more so after the latest update that greatly improved the UI of the application. It is extremely powerful with professional-grade drawing possible with relative ease. It is an open-source software which means that its code is available freely for modification or viewing.


Bear in mind due to the extensive list of capabilities of the app there is an obvious learning curve that on average takes a user approximately 2 weeks. Comics, graphics, drawing, and even concept art all of that is possible through Krita.

Here is a glance at the most essential points about Krita that are crucial to a designer.


Pros

The type of art that can be curated on Krita is massive ranging from comics to concept art.

Krita is free and open-source.

Raster Graphics (drawing sheet divided into bits and pixels) is supported as well.

Designers can leverage Advance layers to create sophisticated art pieces.


Cons

There is a 2 week long learning curve

The extensive number of tools and options can feel daunting or overwhelming.

2. Autodesk Sketchbook


Autodesk Sketchbook is an application that is now available to users at 19.99 USD, unlike Procreate which comes at a one-time fee of 9.99 USD. Autodesk is immensely popular for its AutoCAD software and the firm’s experience is clearly visible. Support for a graphic tablet and stylus is hassle-free and seamless. In fact, many YouTubers are using Autodesk Sketchbook for their YouTube videos as well. To state the whole app in one line would be something like this. “An infinite canvas that a user can use to create anything on.”


Here is a glance at the most essential points about Autodesk Sketchbook that are crucial to a designer.

Pros

Infinite canvas.

Palm rejection.


Support for stylus and graphic tablets.

Cons


Costs $19.99 as a one-time fee.


Autodesk Sketchbook is resource-heavy.

3.Adobe Illustrator


The master of creative apps Adobe has an app for everything and rightfully so, Adobe Illustrator packs a solid punch with a fantastic UI and huge marketplace to plugins, fonts, and templates thanks to Adobe’s community-run Behance.


Illustrator supports both raster and vector graphics with the versatility of being able to create anything from a logo to a Times Square banner. However, like every piece of software Illustrator also has its issues for starters it does have a learning curve that can be challenging for beginners and is really expensive at almost $250 per year


Pros


Huge marketplace for assets.

Superb User Interface


Versatility in creating art is massive.


Cons


The software is challenging for beginners.


Extremely expensive.


4. Concepts:


An application that can provide an almost identical experience to Procreate is Concepts. The app is optimized for ARM64 architecture windows devices such as the Surface Pro X. Stylus support enables a user to work more effectively since the stylus can work like a paintbrush, shading pencil, etc. However, due to the optimization for a certain segment of devices, the experience on other devices can vary.


Pros


The app is free.

UI is unique and pleasant.


Best for surface devices.


Cons


Experience is varied for non-surface devices.


The free version has limited features.



5.Corel Painter 2022

Corel has been an authority on art for years now. What sets the app apart is the fact that Corel Painter is marketed as an “app for professionals”. With a plethora of brushes that total to almost 9 thousand. To assist beginners a large volume of tutorials is also available.


Corel Painter is an app that has assistance from the other Corel ecosystem apps such as Corel Draw couple this with plugins and extension support it becomes a compelling option


Pros


Corel Painter is feature-packed with tools and tricks to aid your productivity.

A large collection of brushes to choose from.


Support for plugins and extensions.


Cons


A very heavy learning curve.


Priced at a very expensive price point of almost $200.


6. Inkscape

Inkscape is another app that is open source and free. Having said that, the app is capable of sophisticated art and design including vector graphics. Where it does falter is raster graphics. You can easily draw complex shapes such as Bezier curves and the support for stylus’ does help designers by a huge margin in this scenario.


Inkscape is another app that is open source and free. Having said that, the app is capable of sophisticated art and design including vector graphics. Where it does falter is raster graphics. You can easily draw complex shapes such as Bezier curves and the support for stylus’ does help designers by a huge margin in this scenario.


Pros


The app is free and open-source allowing adding of features quickly and fewer errors as an effect.

Layers are a utility that can be employed to create complex and captivating shapes.


The freehand tool is a huge help.


Stylus support is also available.


Cons


Not suitable for raster graphics.


7.Affinity Designer

Even though Affinity Designer is not a Graphics Design software but features are available to compete with a full-fledged graphics designing software.


One major point in this app that is missing in most apps is that the app is made with beginner users in mind. This as an effect allows the learning curve to be skipped completely or if a user is ambitious he or she can skim through all the features at best.


Pros


Best for vector graphics and illustration.

Very simple UI.


Almost all graphics can be created.


Affinity Designer is a beginner-friendly software.


Cons


Priced at a one-time fee of $49.99.


No plugin support.


Not good for raster graphics.


With that, all the seven alternatives are covered as stated before graphic design and UI UX is a field that is growing at an accelerated pace due to the COVID-19 pandemic designers need the best tools at their hand. This would enable designers to also gauge the competition of the app market and finally ace in their career.